Ok. My business is completely online, or at least on my laptop computer... The store, bank, advertising, inventory (ok the inventory is in my garage), everything is on my laptop. My shipping days are set (two days a week, generally taking 3-4 hours), then back to the computer. Did I mention the SuN community is on my priority list, and captivates at least 4 hours a day? (I work beyond 5PM in order to fit SuN into the mix.)
Anyway, I found my weakness to be physically marketing and talking to people. After all, I can stay locked up in the room for days, typing on the computer, without ever emerging. So I make a point to dress well (maybe not a tie) and attend my local cafe, which provides wireless internet connectivity for no charge. This allows me to see the people who come in on a daily basis. The waitresses all know I am running an online, home decorative biz. They share that info with the patrons.
I also stick out a bit, since I am a white guy amongst the Vietnamese attendees. This physical difference, as well as my skillful ability to play their favorite game (Chinese chess) allows me to connect with many new people and open dialog about what I do. I must limit my time there to ensure I am still getting work done, however, I find it beneficial to make an appearance. I occasionally bring in new items in my inventory to show the cafe owner (we have become friends) which lends itself to showing a new group of people (the customers) my available products.
So I send two day in the garage, two days at the cafe, 2 days stuck in the room with no distractions, and one day doing things around the house... My productive work day usually extends from 7:00am to 7-8PM. Even when I am really caught up, I still get going at 7AM because my wife also works (off site, different biz) and this forces me to be active everyday... I find it keeps me honest and keeps laziness at bay.
Vincent Wilcox (a.k.a. KRAKR)
My band: Letters Make Words