Monday, February 17, 2014


balance home-based business and work
1. Thou shalt not combine one with the other for each endeavour is a jealous one. 
You cannot intermingle business interests with your full-time job. Your boss will notice and keep an unreasonable eye on you and find fault on your daily actions. I remember a story about my friend who was into freelance writing and her boss kept on checking on her once in a while thinking she (friend) has left her guard down. 

2. Thou shalt not “worship” one or the other. 
Many who transition from a full-time job “worship” their home-based business and forget they still have duties and responsibilities with their current jobs. Pamela, a high school teacher, tend to forget about her classes while working on her business. This hurts her reputation as a worker.

3. Thou shalt not begrudge all the negativity of the full-time job.
People are never attracted to negative individuals. Even if your job sucks, it is never right to publicly announce how work makes you feel drained with all the negativity. Your positive attitude can be the tool in attracting others with your business. 

4. Remember Family Day.
Working on a full-time job and a home-based business can take its toll on a person. However, getting busy with either should never take away your time with your family. 

There was this story of a child who had a very busy father. One day, he asked as to how much is his day’s salary. The father told his child as to why he is very interested. The kid said he wants to buy his father’s time. Sad but true. Dads, moms, and even adult children do not spend quality time with their family anymore because they are so engrossed with work and business.

5. Honour thy boss.
In this world filled with people with imperfect traits, we can never have perfect workplaces. It is very possible that an employee finds himself a better “boss” compared to his boss at work. However, the golden rule is still to do unto others what you want others to do unto you. 

6. Thou shalt not end relationships because of poor money decisions.
Often times, money gets in the way of relationships. This especially holds true when business ventures are done with co-workers. Always remember that people are important. Never risk when the collateral is your friendship or relationship with the other.

7. Thou shalt not be disloyal.
You can show loyalty with your work and with your business. Give what is due to your work and give what is due to your business. That is loyalty.

8. Thou shalt not steal.
Time is a very precious commodity. Do not steal working hours with your business and vice-versa. Do time management wisely. Do not steal the time of one and use that with the other.

9. Thou shalt not engage with negative people.
Being around negative people drains the energy of even the most positive person. Working on a full-time job with negative people can release negative ions that can be absorbed by positive people. Being surrounded by negative people at work can affect your performance with your home-based business as well.

10. Thou shalt not covet.
The motivation with doing a home-based business while working on a full-time job is dependent on each person. However, keeping up with the Joneses should never be the reason why you engage in both. Be happy with the success of others.

If you agree with these commandments, share your thoughts about it.

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  1. These tips are great reminders for those who are just new in conducting business at home. Of course, there are always more temptations to stay away from focus and concentration since the workplace is not as formal and serious.

    1. Multi-tasking might not work for most people :) However, I have seen successful people who have done that as well :)

  2. There should be proper separation between home based jobs to work and to family in terms of time and resources so it won't get messed up.

  3. I used to have a co-worker in the recovery room who violated commandments # 1 & 8. And because of that, she neglected a number of patients and the workload was transferred to her subordinates, as she attended to non work-related matters. I can't help but wonder if maybe she chose one or the other, she would have been more successful than trying to balance both and failing.

    1. Recovery room? People can never juggle people's lives with business!

  4. Commandment No.2: "Thou shalt not ->worship one or the other." This is truly applicable to full time job. But, I think to part-timers like me, it is "time management" that matters. I was once then a Part-Time University Instructor, and I prefer to work part-time so as to make other options for additional home based jobs.

    Thanks for this informative posts. This is "Ten Commandments" to be followed by serious people engaged on a full-time home based business.

    1. Thanks for liking my post ardz :) By the way, I have a co-teacher whose family name is Cofreros :)

  5. Everything you have mentioned is so true... I have read a lot these kind of stories online from other peoples experience, but never had anyone close that have done it.

  6. Real useful tips! I always think you should focus 100% on the full-time job when working on that and once you leave the building you can focus on your other freelance job again :)

  7. i love the one where u dont engage with NEGATIVE people. its true! be surrounded with ur favorite folks, you'll be happier :D

  8. I agree with this. And I'm currently spending my few days with my family before I leave for work. Meh I don't think my blogging skills are enough even I'm with my familt. So i am going out of the box to try something new for the family but the sad thing, I'll be away. :(

  9. Great tips though everyone finds their stride their own way I know I did, its just that first part at the beginning thats tricky.

  10. So trueee.. thank you for sharing this.. this is a great reminder to all of us :)