Home Based Business – Dress Up Or Not?

If you run a home based business, most likely the question of whether or not you should be dressing up for work probably never occurred to you. Quite frankly, this is one of those issues that are just not that important to your business bottom line. However, get it wrong and it could become something that just undermines everything else you are doing right in your business. No, it won’t make or break your business, but it can be one of those things that drag on you in an insidious manner. So try to get this aspect of your business right from the start.

It is obvious that no one wants to have a home based business where you have to get up every day and dress formally. That is no fun. However, there are going to be times when it is extremely important for you to dress the part and be a bit more formal. Those times are most likely associated with interacting with the public or your clients. That is the obvious part about whether or not you should dress up or down in your home during business hours. There is however another important aspect that you need to give some consideration to and mundane as it may sound, it is important. And here it is – what impact does clothes have on your day-to-day outlook as a person.

The way one dresses in the workplace is important not only because you are in a formal environment, but because it also has an effect on you. It is not different at home if you are running a home based business. Should you get dressed up every day in your home while working? Of course not. But you should at least get away from the doing business in your pajamas mentality. If you are going to be in your pajamas and working, then you are probably sending yourself a signal that what you are doing is not all that important. That there is no sense of urgency and you always have all day to get the task done.

So it is important that you consider how you dress while running your home based business. At the very least, have clothes that are designated for work even if they are very casual. Running a home based business means taking responsibility for a lot including how you motivate yourself and what messages you send to yourself. Clothes and how you dress is a large part of that message.