Today's society wants us to believe that we need to be doing something 24/7, 365 or we will fail. Can you say burnout! This is probably the number 1 reason a lot of people are turning to home based businesses. Without having an online business myself, I would not be able to get my kids to their sports events on time (and they are only in 1 sport at a time), get my grass cut or anything else around the house done for that matter, workout to try to stay healthy and oh yeah...sleep! Having a full time job away from home would be impossible at this point.

Having a home based business or online business allows me to get everything done that I need to without having that "burned out" feeling. However, even working from home requires some sort of schedule. You still need to plan your day, week and even your month. Without a plan or schedule, you will be running around like a chicken without its head! There are just to many things to get done and without structure, you will fail.

My advice and the advice of many others is to plan out your day first. Set a time that you will work on your home based business and stick to that, but do not make that time more than 8 hours. If you try to work 15 hours a day you will burnout quickly and your home based business will fail. Remember, you are working from home to have more free time...not less. Also, make time for your family and for yourself. This will help you get rid of the stress that comes with starting a home based business.

Next, plan your week. Allow yourself a day or two off. Personally, I do not work much on weekends. I like to have that day away from the computer screen. I also like to work out so I set time aside to do that. Again, keeps the stress level down. You should allow 1 hour a day, 3 days a week to exercise. You will be amazed at how much better you will feel!

You can even plan farther ahead, say the month or even the year. Set your goals of what you would like to accomplish with your home based business in 3 months, 6 months and by the end of your first year. A very important point...make your goals achievable! This will help keep you motivated to succeed.

Most importantly, don't forget to plan that vacation! We all need to get away. Taking some time off from "life" to relax and rejuvenate yourself can work wonders. Burnout is one of the top reasons people fail with anything including home based businesses. Try to do everything in moderation. If you can achieve this, you will find yourself as a wealthy person.

Successful home based businesses are just that because of planning. Someone had a goal, made a plan to get there and set a schedule to reach it without burning out. That is how you become successful with your home based business and in life!

Author's Bio: 

I am a successful home based business owner helping others get started and become successful with their home business. Please visit Biz Ideas For Home for ideas and opportunities to get stared with your home based business.