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Why It’s Important to Set Office Hours for Your Craft Business

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I swear, Cutting for Business blog readers are some of the hardest working people that I know. Why do I say that? Because I keep in pretty close contact with a lot of blog readers through different social media outlets including the Cutting for Business Insider’s Club. It’s recently come to my attention that a lot of readers could have a better work/life balance. Running a home business is just like having a 9-5 job. While I understand that often, you have to work odd hours (evenings, weekends, or late nights), that doesn’t mean you can’t have a regular schedule.

Today, I challenge you to write out a working schedule. This will vary per small business, but write out the times per day that you will work and the times that you are off. After you’ve got it in writing, hang it somewhere you will always see it – and stick to it! Feel free to also advertise your office hours to customers. This way, if a customer emails you after you are closed for the day – they will know to expect a response at a later time.

When writing out your schedule, be sure to include time for these tasks:

  • Designing and creating products
  • Inventory and workspace clean up
  • Scheduling social media
  • Customer service – like answering emails
  • Networking
  • Advertising for new customers

This whole post can be summed up with one question: When you die, do you want your kids to remember you constantly working or do you want them to remember the laughing, smiling, and time you spent with them? If you don’t have kids, think of your partner, your family, or your close friends.

If you need some help with time management, head to this post.

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