Setting Your All Business Hours.

If you’re working for yourself, one of the key things to think about when you’re trying to manage your
schedule is how are you going to set up the boundaries around your work life. Some people like having
flexible boundaries; that’s one of the benefits of being your boss–you can set things up how you like them.
But I encourage you to think about structures you can put into place, whether it’s starting and ending work at
the same time each day or working from the same location each day. Setting boundaries that can carry forth
from day to day can help you be much more efficient in managing your time.For more infomation look at this
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One of the most important boundaries you need to set for your business is what your regular hours will be.
This can be as flexible or inflexible as you feel comfortable with–you’re in charge, so you get to set the
parameters. But I encourage you to set some parameters. For instance, which days per week will you be open
for business, and how many hours you want to work in a day? What time will you start and end each working
day? Your working hours become the general container for your schedule.

You also want to factor in how many hours per week overall you want to work. This is something that varies
from person to person. I’ve worked with clients whose goal is to work less than 40 hours a week, while others
are so passionate about their businesses that they are happy–elated–to work 60, 70, or more hours per
week if they feel like they are using their time effectively. Whatever it is for you, choose it deliberately. Then set your working boundaries to accommodate the schedule.

Once you’ve decided on that primary plan, then it’s time to let the people connected to your business know
what that schedule is. If they don’t know what your hours of business are, how can you expect them to
respect those boundaries? You need to be able to communicate these effectively to the people who are
connected with your business–your vendors, your clients, your family, your friends, your business partners,

and associates. That way you don’t have customers calling you at ten o’clock at night when you’re only anticipating being open for business until five. Depending your business, clients might think you’re available whenever they need you. If that’s the case for you, great. Let them know that. And if it’s not, you want to communicate when they can expect to reach you. Another effective way to set boundaries is to let people know when they can expect to hear from you if they don’t reach you during your business hours. For instance, you might want to indicate in your outgoing voicemail that clients can expect to hear from you within one business day, so their expectations are appropriately set.

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