If you’re looking to start a work from home business, or are already self-employed, you may know that success doesn’t always come easy. Many work from home entrepreneurs find that it’s more difficult to discipline yourself with the many distractions that exist in your home surroundings. In this article, I’m going to provide you with a few of my secrets for successfully running a home based business. Hopefully by the time you’ve finished this article, you’ll have some great ideas on how you can stay motivated while running your business from the house. The first thing that I learned many years ago when I started to work from home, was that television isn’t necessarily my best friend. For me, the TV is a huge distraction and when I was first starting out, I would waste hours each day watching television shows when I honestly should have been building my business. So what did I do? I ran a little experiment… For one year, I unsubscribed from cable TV. Oh, the horror! But guess what happened? My income in that one year period of time was up 112% over the previous year. I was making more than twice what I earned when I was a cable TV subscriber! So, as you probably can guess… I still don’t have cable. Another thing that really boosted my income was having a space in the house that was dedicated to my business. Having a “real” home office really allowed me to improve my focus and get more done during the day. Highly recommended, and you can also deduct that space at tax time. Hopefully these few ideas will prove to be beneficial to you and your home based business success. As a self-employed entrepreneur, you’re in complete control of your own destiny and it’s up to you to discipline yourself and make the most of the time you have to devote to your business.