Sometimes, life throws you hurdles — sometimes, two hurdles at once. If you are in the process of starting a new business, it’s a challenge to keep all your ducks in a row to make it to launch day. But if you’re adding a new pet at the same time, it can be an even bigger challenge. Both of these things can bring you happiness and fulfilment, so no wonder you want to do them both at once — but you need to make sure you do it right.
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Growingsquirrel.com takes a look at some things you should keep in mind as you’re welcoming your new family member and launching your startup from home.
Routine, Routine, Routine
Having a routine is critical for both pets and humans, especially if those humans are getting ready to start a business. Routines help animals feel at home, can get them more acclimated to new environments, and provide a point of comfort for them since they know how things work.
Routine can also help you get your business off the ground. It can help you stay focused on the things you need to do in order to create success for your company. Establishing a day-to-day working schedule keeps you in the right mindset for doing business and being successful. This is even better if your routine coincides with your pet’s routine — getting on the same page is key. Feed and play with your buddy before starting your workday so everyone gets the enrichment they need!
Helpful Gadgets to Keep You on Track
The technological world we live in also provides some creative ways for you and your pet to cohabitate. Smartphone apps designed to let you know when your cat or dog needs to go in for the yearly vet visit or other important events in your pet’s life let you relax so you can focus on storing memories for other things. Automated feeders and litter boxes can also provide you some critical productive time because you won’t have to be interrupted to fulfill those particular needs.
And don’t forget about payroll related services for you and your employees. Payroll is among the most critical components of running a business, important for staying in compliance with tax code, maintaining morale, and optimizing scheduling and labor costs. Important things like making tax payments on time may fall through the cracks for small business owners, which is why automated payroll software like QuickBooks can be a life saver. Automated payroll ensures that paychecks are issued on time, the correct amount of tax is withheld and paid to authorities, and reports highlight details of each pay period.
Moving for a New Home Office
Be creative with the space you have! Your home office can be a sanctuary for your pet just as it is a productive space for you. And if you don’t have enough space to accomplish all of your business dreams, find a home that will accommodate all your ideas. You can even work with an architect to draw up plans to modify all or parts of your home office.
As you consider all options, you can make sure that you set aside part of that space for your new animal companion. For instance: Tell your architect that you want to install cat shelves so your cat can walk along the walls of the room without disturbing your space, or create a special space for your dog to lie down as he’s watching you work.
When moving to a new house, make sure you take special care with your fragile items. Consider hiring a moving service so you can have the best experience possible on moving day. Other than that, you need to keep your furry companion safe and calm throughout the transition.
Just the Beginning
Hopefully, your fears about adopting a pet and starting a business simultaneously have been assuaged. Just take one day at a time, and keep your new best friend in mind when you make big decisions like moving.
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Written By - Jessica Brody