Many people hesitate when starting a home based business because they are not sure they can run a business from home and take care of their family at the same time. One of the conveniences of having a home business is so you can be home with your children and take care of the things you normally would not be able to if you worked outside of the home. However, this can be difficult if you do not have two key elements in place.Office SpaceYou must reserve office space for your home based business in your home separate from your living space. Let your family know where you will be working and you need to keep that space for your home based business. If you are able to reserve a room with a door, let them know you do not want to be disturbed when the door is closed because you are working. Make sure you have comfortable furniture so you can work for a few hours in your home office. If you are not comfortable in your home office, you may find yourself on the couch in the family room or sitting at the kitchen table trying to work your home based business. If you can keep your home business space separate from your living space, you will be able to stay organized in your home.Work HoursDecide what your work hours will be for your home based business. Just like working a 9 to 5 job, your home business should have office hours for you to work your business. It is very easy to find house work to do instead of working your business when you work from home so making a schedule will help organize your time. It may also help to make your schedule available for your family to see so your family will know your work schedule for a given day. Note the times you really do not want to be disturbed, like when you know you will be on a conference call or making business calls. It is also a good idea to note when you will spend time with your family on your schedule as well. They will see your schedule and feel good that you did not forget about their school events or night out at the movies you promised them. Setting work hours for your home based business and sticking to them is a good way to make sure you are running your home business and running your household efficiently.Having both of these key elements planned and in place will help you have a greater chance for success with your home based business. Also, involving your family in the decision for both elements is a good idea to give them a sense of involvement in your home based business. It is important to make your home business something that your entire family will be able to live with because they will play a part in your success by helping you stick to your work hours and keep your office space for your business.This is Sheila, talking real talk about the home based business industry!