Can You Separate Your Work From Your Home Life?

To operate an eBay business from home — particularly if you want to become a PowerSeller — requires self-discipline and will power. At a separate workplace, the only distractions might be walking to the water cooler or playing solitaire on the computer. At home, however, it’s a different story: We all have things we should be doing (folding the laundry or washing the dishes) and things we’d like to be doing (watching television or reading the paper). Unless you can knuckle down and accomplish your eBay goals despite distractions like these — and more compelling ones, such as your children or other loved ones — your eBay business may never get off the ground.

If you do decide to work from home, setting up your home workspace in a separate room or outbuilding can help minimize distractions by keeping you out of household traffic patterns (and giving you a door you can close). If you live with others, consider writing down your work schedule and posting it on the refrigerator or your workplace door, and asking the people you live with not to disturb you during your posted work times.

If you have children, you can find a lot of great information about avoiding distractions and other tips for work-at-home parents on the Web. Among the more popular sites are WebMomz, WAHM (Work at Home Moms), and BizyMoms.

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