Set Limits On Your Time
Just because you have a home office or your work number is a cell phone, that doesn't mean that you have to be available 24/7, or that you're obligated to work long into the night. Just like a normal job, give yourself and your clients a schedule, and stick with it.
Manage Your Money Wisely
When all the money is coming to you instead of just a paycheck from a normal job, it can sometimes be tempting to overspend. Make sure you're managing your finances realistically, and don't be afraid to talk to an accountant if you need help. The price of getting help will be much less than the price of making a mistake on your own.
Know What You Want
Hard work and skills are all well and good, but without an overarching direction for your business, you'll never be able to realize your full potential. Make sure that you know where you want to end up, and examine every step you take to make sure it lines up with your end goal. If it doesn't, that may be a sign that you need to reevaluate that step and head in a different direction.
When you're a small business, it can sometimes be tempting to act a bit bigger than you really are, or to attempt to come across as corporate when you're really just a one-person show. While this may be a tactic that works for some, just being yourself is much easier, and probably isn't going to cost you any business.
Never Stop Learning
If you're not constantly learning and improving, you're not going to remain valuable or relevant as technologies change and update. If you tried to sell the same services that you were selling five years ago to someone today, they'd laugh and hang up the phone. You have to continually be learning and adjusting to give yourself the best advantage in whatever field of work you're in.
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