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The importance of establishing routines when starting your own business

Owning your own business can be stressful, but you can ease the process by maintaining old routines.

Owning your own business can be stressful, but you can ease the process by maintaining old routines.

When you work a typical corporate job, your day is filled with routines. You get to work around the same time. You get coffee and you go to lunch in a similar pattern every day. You have specific tasks that you have to complete every day and you probably have an internal schedule that dictates when you do most of your work. It's easy to get settled and comfortable when you have someone else giving you orders. But when you open your own business and become your own boss, all of that goes out the window.

When you run a business, you have to control everything that happens to it and you have to consider both internal and external factors. Unfortunately, they are rarely predictable. But, because you wear so many hats as a small business owner, you have to be prepared for anything and everything, and two consecutive days at your company could look completely different. You could argue that it's part of the excitement of owning your own company, but in order to be successful, a recent Huffington Post article suggests forming some semblance of a routine, even if doing so proves to be difficult.

"This is especially important during your first few months in business," writes Gillian Small, a PR professional and author of the article. "It's a strange feeling going from commuting and working a nine to six job, to working from home at various hours. You may not be able to control your new, crazy schedule, but you can take control of your day. Set your alarm for the same time every morning, read the newspaper or cook breakfast. Hold on to your daily routine as much as you can."

Doing so can help the transition, as can contacting a registered agent and learning how to incorporate your company. That way, while you are busy managing the balance between a routine and the unpredictable nature of owning your own company, you can rest assured that your business is properly incorporated.