Get organised - this is super important to your success at working from home. Organise your stock; donate old stock to charity shops or sell it as a job lot on craft sites. If you're spending the vast majority of your day there, it needs to be an environment that inspires you and keeps you focused. See being organised and spending time organising as a vital piece of your business and schedule in regular slots to do it.
I find that much of my overwhelm actually just comes from having an untidy desk and not keeping my diary up to date so it's now my very first task every Monday morning.
Make space - this might be your biggest challenge but if you have to pull out your laptop or take out your sewing machine and set it up every time you need to complete a task, it is not only inefficient, it can feel like too much of a task and you may find you get behind very quickly (which can be stressful). If you can, make a space for stock, one for creating with tools etc., and one for business - a "workspace" with your order book, laptop, planner etc. It doesn't need to be a big space and could even be set up so that it can be stored in the evening when the family need that space. I know a lady who places her laptop, order/supply books etc. on a small blanket on one end of the dining room table where she works during the day. In the evening, she closes her lap top, places the order/note books on top of that and wraps the small blanket around the pile like a parcel and moves it off the table so that the family can have dinner together. Be inventive and make it work for you and your family.
Create Storage - vitally important to keep stock safe and from being broken or damaged, as well as organised. Boxes from Hobby Craft, Hobby Lobby, Muji, Amazon, Target and eBay are for most crafters, cat nip, but can be expensive. Try to use what you already have - plastic containers from the kitchen, shoe boxes and envelopes for small objects can work quite well.
Network - one of the biggest challenges most home workers have is loneliness and isolation. Join entrepreneur societies or clubs in your neighbourhood. Look for one or start one of your own using meetup. Make sure you get out during the day and speak to the guy in the post office or the lady in the bank. Sometimes just having the radio in the back ground is enough.
It's also why I developed the Member's Lounge so that people working on their own didn't have to feel isolated and could join in a community of others who are going through the same journey.
Whatever you choose to do, find a community where you feel safe enough to share your challenges and wins in a positive and supportive environment whilst also learning from people who can offer advice and experience.
Ensure Balance - another challenge that I see pop up for new home workers is how their work and home life just melts into one and they never seem to be able to get away from those unfinished tasks or incomplete orders. Complaints from family about this add to the pressure and the dream seems more like a nightmare. If this feels like you, reassess your reasoning for working from home. Was it to spend more time with the family, have more control or a better work/life balance? Is that still the goal? You may need to be stricter with yourself about downing tools or at least make it clear to loved ones when you'll be finished and they can have your attention.
Enforce Parameters - this relates a little bit to the point above. To have an effective working life, you must set parameters for you and those around you. Many of you will have friends or family who just "pop" over because, well, you're at home and they haven't quite grasped that you're not sitting in front of day time TV just waiting for a knock at the door. Let them know when you are available, and stick to that. Have time limits for tasks, schedule breaks and don't forget household chores. The more you stick to your parameters, the people around you will respect them and you'll find your rhythm.
Remember: you don't have to work from home.
I'm not suggesting you take out a 35 year lease on an office, but you could break it up by doing your admin work in a library or coffee shop (I find them too distracting but plenty of people don't). Investigate part-time office space. There are many options for entrepreneurs who can hire a desk in a shared office with other solo business owners. You can pop in for one day a week and network with other people just like you, but often in very different industries. There is more than one way to be a home-worker so do whatever works for you and be open to new ideas.
Until next time, keep creating!