Maybe you're just beginning to think about starting your home business, or perhaps you've taken the plunge and have found the perfect opportunity or business idea. Regardless of how far into the planning you are, there are some simple concepts to consider when you're the captain of your own ship. It's very easy when you work alone or on your own to lose track of time and become distracted by every phone call or email that you receive during the day; Facebook, twitter, blackberry and other chats and apps on your mobile phone and gadgets. Although communication is important, being able to distinguish between what you must do immediately and what can wait is often difficult. When you own your own business, you're in charge of creating your own livelihood, and when you aren't productive, you don't make money.

Here are some tips to help you increase the productivity of your business and create the kind of income that you desire from your business.

1.    Make a schedule and stick to it.
One of the main reasons that people are drawn to a small business is the thought of having flexible hours and being your own boss. But just because you're the decision maker doesn't mean you're good at it from the word go. When you worked away from home for someone else, you had others to tell you where you had to be and when, and you were accountable to them. Now, since that is no longer the case, you have to manage your own time. Being without a schedule or routine is often a strange and uncomfortable feeling for many new business owners. Create office hours and stick to them. Tell your family and friends when your business hours are and ask them to treat that schedule just as they did when you worked at a job. They will take your business seriously when they know that you are dedicated to working at and growing your business.

2.  Be able to avoid distractions.
Being able to ignore distractions that aren't emergencies is a hard ability for many small business owners to master. If you work at home, then some distractions will be unavoidable and part of the beauty of a home business, but others such as phone calls from your sister or visits from your best friend at 10:00 am, which is during your office hours, are really only taking you away from your ability to be productive and earn money. Be sure to leave the television off and the radio too.

3.  Have a plan.
Before you can get busy creating and marketing your product or service, you must know what you want to get from your business. Very many small business owners tend to neglect the simple productivity skill of goal setting. If you have no idea what you're going to do next, and just work on a wing and a prayer, then you'll find yourself spinning wheels and decreasing your productivity. Set short-term goals along with your long-term ones so that you can mark out each day's tasks. Your short-term goals should also help you achieve your long-term goal.

4.  Have fun at work.
Avoid being overly-stressed about your small business. The reason why you got into it in the first place is because you wanted to be free from the regular troubles of your previous job. Be passionate about your business. Meet each day and objective as positively as you can, and before long you will achieve the level of success you desire from your business.

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