Great tips. I have a number 6:
Expect to work hard. I have come across many people who envision working 3 hours and day and then sitting back and watching the money roll in. Talk about failing before you even begin!
Starting a real business anywhere, whether it is at home or otherwise, requires a lot of work. Be realistic and expect to work at least 40 hours per week (and often considerably more), especially while you are getting your business off the ground.
The good news:
This dedication and initiative will pay off ten-fold down the road.
I would have to add: be organized, set a routine. There are many obstacles to running a business out of your home. Clients want to meet with you, you may get the "look"...you work out of your home???" . It happens. Be professional, get ready everyday...look presentable, you may make a call and the prospect may say...can you be here in 10 minutes...always be ready. You will also feel more inclined to get more done, feeling fresh and dresssed. You must be dedicated, set daily goals and check in with where you are in your business on a regular basis. Networking with the local business community is key....let folks know, you are in business. Find a quiet space, don`t be on the phone with children in backround, dogs barking etc... You have to put out an image to compete with larger companies.
One that I have the most difficulty with, is shutting down for the day. Set an end time to your business day. Otherwise family members may feel second to your business. I am still working on this. It isn`t easy when you have so much to complete with a small crew of people, or just yourself. But in order to feel motivated to do better and grow your business, you have to take relax time with yourself, friends, family to remind you of why you want to do well....so you can do better for your life, your family and afford a lifestyle that is comfortable. Relaxation time, is also a time to reflct, open your mind to options that you may not always be thinking of with the one track focused business mind.
Keep in mind the outcome that you want for yourself, develop a system to take you through the steps, you created to get there.
Communication is a whole other different topic entirely.
Set an end time to your business day.
True words of wisdom there, Erin. Not only will your life be more balanced, but you will be more effective during the workday. It is difficult, though, isn`t it?