Clients, phone calls, email, social media -- there are so many distractions around our office that prevent us from getting work done faster. And if you work from home, you can expand on those distractions when you factor in family, pets and (for some of us) the kitchen.
A common criticism we hear back from clients at the end of a contract is that a contractor wasn't focused on their work enough, and they felt they were sharing their time with personal phone calls, emails or social networks. Sure, the client's employees do the same, but companies hold independent contractors to a higher standard. After all, how would you feel if the carpenter billing you by the hour took 45 minutes each morning to check Facebook instead of building your deck?
Because independent contractors can stand out with exceptional customer service and high productivity, you should make it a priority to remain as focused as possible, regardless of all of the distractions around you. Almost everyone can improve in this area to some degree, so have a look at this infographic from On Stride Financial for ideas to impress your client.