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You’re almost there! You’re almost ready to start working from home full-time.
But there are a few little bits and pieces you might not have thought of doing yet, like creating a daily schedule and a contingency plan for your business.
Don’t skip over them! They might not seem that important or they might seem like things you can put off until later, but getting these things done will be a huge contributor to the success of your business.
Sagan Morrow, a Work-At-Home School contributor, is back on the blog today to share why you shouldn’t ignore these steps!
Step 9: Put together your website
Why does your business services webpage matter? In the world of working in an office, you have a résumé to give to potential employers. But when you are your own boss, you really need to rely on your business services website to do the talking for you. Think of this page as a combination of your résumé, job interview, and references.
You will absolutely want to set this up before you quit your day job so that it’s up and running (and so you can already start using it) by the time you are working from home full-time.
Find out the basics of what you should include on your business services webpage in Goodbye 9 to 5.
Step 10: Plan your daily work-from-home schedule
What will your daily and weekly schedule look like when you start working from home full-time? If you don’t have a plan for what your daily and weekly schedule will look like after you have quit your 9-to-5 job, then you’re going to struggle with keeping yourself on track and well-organized when you do start spending all your time at home.
Having a structured daily schedule will help you to stay organized, reduce overwhelm, and ensure you keep up with all of your tasks as a business owner. It really makes sure that nothing slips through the cracks!
Get tips for creating your daily schedule (plus an example of what it could look like) in Goodbye 9 to 5.
Step 11: Set up your home office
Prepare your home office before you quit your 9-to-5 job so that you’ll be all ready to go starting on Day 1. Setting up your home office will make it easier for you to make a smooth transition.
It’s also important that you take into consideration things like how you will organize your office to anticipate your needs. You want to organize everything so you know where to find your Post-it Notes, pens, stapler, and so on. You also want to arrange it so that you don’t have to constantly move stuff to access a particular drawer. It really disrupts your workday if you have to pause and dig around in a drawer to find your office supplies.
This is another reason why I recommend setting up your home office sooner rather than later: you’ll be able to test things out and rearrange the organizational structure a little so that it is optimized for your business.
Step 12: Put in place contingency plans
Your contingency plans are basically the back-up, in case Plan A for your business doesn’t work out as planned. If you set up the right systems and strategies and put in the time and effort required for your business, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to need to resort to one of these back-up plans. But it is always a good idea to have back-up plans in place—just in case!
Learn the secret to creating the perfect back-up plans in Goodbye 9 to 5.
It’s time to put all this into action! Learn more about how to (finally!) quit your day job—forever—in the Goodbye 9 to 5 masterclass.
Sagan Morrow has a decade of experience as a freelance writer, editor, and social media manager. She loves being able to pass on what she’s learned over the years with other freelancers, in between doing her client work. Learn more and get additional business tips & resources at SaganMorrow.com.
Note from Caitlin: Goodbye 9 to 5 is included in Work-At-Home School, which is open for enrollment right now, so if you’re itching to get started, check it out!