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Staying Organized – Working From Home Requires Strategy

By [tag]working from home[/tag],  skilled entrepreneurs enjoy the flexibility of earning an income without sacrificing time spent with the family. But as virtual professionals all know, it’s not always possible to lock yourself away in your quiet office away from the hustle and bustle of your busy household.

So when clients call and deadlines need to be met, how does one create the illusion of a professional, organized workplace? Kirsten Ly offers some suggestions in her article “Creating Balance in Your Working Life” on

In brief, they are: 1) Set Boundaries – establish clear working hours and family time, which do not overlap.

2) Manage Client Expectations – let clients know when and how to reach you, to establish an environment of mutual respect.

3) Stay Organized – create a workspace which will be respected by other members of the family.

4) Prioritize Activities – make a daily to-do list of all your activities – personal and professional.

5) Spend Time With Yourself – read a novel or visit a museum – take time to relax and recharge.

Ly adds that if the dog decides to bark in the midst of an important phone call revealing the fact that you’re at home, honesty and humor are the best ways to deal with it. Read the article at

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  2. By jamesb on Feb 22, 2009 | Reply

    Planning and organization skills are definitely two key elements to being a successful virtual assistant. You should never let any of your client down as word of mouth advertising and referrals are so very important in our line of business.

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