I have to admit, sometimes running a home business is pretty stressful. It takes a lot to be successful, and sometimes all that work doesn’t seem to be getting me anywhere. It’s just one more thing to do on many a hectic day.

If you want your home business to be successful, however, you have to work at it regularly. It’s not going to build itself. You can try to ease the strain by really thinking about how you work.

Rethink Your Goals

The first thing to consider is the goals you’ve set for yourself. Are they realistic and something you can achieve in a reasonable time frame?

It’s okay to have big goals for the long run, but for shorter terms, have simpler goals and don’t make them all about money or even getting visitors to your website. Goals for your own productivity are nice because that’s something you have more control over. Set a daily goal of a certain number of articles or words written, for example, or a goal for the number of blog comments you’ll leave.

You may also want to set goals for spending enough time enjoying your family. For many of us, they’re the reason we started a home business in the first place. Including goals for having fun with them helps keep the guilt of working too hard away.

Rethink Your Priorities

What’s most important to you in your business and your life in general? Are you balancing your priorities well?

Many moms say their children are their #1 priority. That’s a good thing, but if your family needs the money you may have to reconsider how you list your priorities. You could list business priorities and personal ones separately, and acknowledge that sometimes finances require business priorities to take precedence. That’s just how life goes sometimes.

Knowing your priorities helps you decide what you should be doing. Be honest about your priorities both in terms of what you need to get done and what you want to do.

Don’t Work Just to Meet a Goal

While goals matter, don’t work just to meet a goal. Don’t write just to hit a certain number of words. Find a way to make it all really worth the time.

If you find that you can’t meet your goals consistently because all you end up doing is sloppy work to meet your goals, you’ve probably set them too high.

Ease up on such goals, and find other ways to use your work time productively. You could use that extra time to research your niche or to learn new marketing techniques, for example.

Be Yourself

There are probably people out there you admire who work in a niche similar to yours. That doesn’t mean you should imitate them. It’s much more fun and often more profitable to be yourself.

Doing things your own way isn’t always easy. It’s stressful trying to find your own unique voice. But if you sound like every other business in your niche you’ll never stand out.

Just look at some of the most popular blogs out there. They aren’t imitating anyone else. They have their own voice and their own style. Find your voice.

Know What You Want from Your Home Business

Most of us start home businesses to bring in extra money for our family, or even to completely support a family. Making money is important, but it may not be the only thing you want from your business.

You probably started the business you did because it was a topic you enjoyed. Hopefully it wasn’t just about the money, as it’s easier to sustain enthusiasm for a business that you enjoy for its own sake as well as for the money you may be earning.

Remember why you started your business. Pay attention to why you continue to run it. If there’s something causing you to lose enthusiasm for it, pay attention and see if you can get back on track.