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Prepare Your Home Ahead of Time
The worst thing you can do for your sanity and productivity is to try to make space for a home business and a new pet after the fact. Assuming you planned for each, set aside a few weeks ahead of time to prepare spaces within your home for both. Before welcoming your new pet, determine a safe space where they can retreat but that also provides you line of sight. Go ahead and gather any necessary gear too, such as collars, leashes, a litter box, and food and water bowls.
As for a space for your new home-based business — whether you are able to designate an entire room as your home office or just a small corner, choose a space that is free of distractions. Ideally, this will be away from your pet’s safe space.
Look Into Time Management Apps
Both a new home-based business and a new pet will demand a lot of your time. To ensure both get enough of it to grow and thrive, manage your time wisely with a time management app. There are dozens of apps available that claim to make your life easier, a fact that may actually prove to make your life more difficult. With the right guide, however, you can narrow down your options to those best suited to your needs. Todoist is great for basic to-do lists; TickTick allows you to set goals, organize to-dos by specific project type and prioritize them with color codes; and several others help you stay focused and establish good habits.
Establish Consistent Routines
It’s important to establish healthy and consistent daily routines in the early days of your business and pet ownership if you hope to be successful at each. Daily habits help you manage your time better, increase your focus and self-discipline, and achieve a healthy work-life balance. As for your new pet, routines are crucial for their long-term care and happiness. Once you establish a routine with your pet, you will better be able to predict his or her actions and vice versa.
Understand Local Codes
Before you welcome a new pet into your home or establish a home-based business, make sure you’re legally allowed to do both. Regardless of local codes, you may be better off establishing a limited liability company, as LLCs offer the most protection, several tax advantages and ease. You can establish one on your own with the help of a filing service to avoid hefty lawyer fees. Check your city’s and neighborhood’s regulations and requirements for certain pet breeds, as they can vary. The last thing you need in the early days of pet ownership or business ownership is an expensive citation.
Nurturing a young business and making a new pet feel at home can be tough to do at once. However, with the above advice, you can do both with the proficiency of a pro.
Article written by our friend Penny Martin
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