Are You Built to Work at Home?
Working from home can be very beneficial to many, but are you built to work from home? It can really boost your savings account! Just think no more buying gas for the car or commuting by bus or train; no longer any need to keep up with a wardrobe for work attire; no more lunch expense. But, the best part about working from home is that you have the flexibility to totally control your own schedule if you own your own business. If you telecommute (partially work from home), you still will have to revolve around the schedule imposed by your boss.
As good as working from home seems you should recognize that there are challenges for working at home. One is that you will need to be able to make a definite separation between your work and your life at home.
Perceptions of Working from Home
Work from home scams are exposed every day and that is one reason why most people don’t have a good opinion about work at home jobs. Other people’s perceptions, as well as your own, play a big role in working from home. Many people think that working from home can’t be a legitimate job and even those that actually work at home sometimes treat it less than a real job. Nevertheless, there is real work from home business opportunities.
If you are going to work from home, you will need to manage those perceptions, including your own! Keep a consistent schedule as much as possible to maintain the “at home work day”. Plan the tasks you will complete within your set hours of work.
Create and Maintain Work Boundaries
Baby crying, dinner burning and you are missing the conference call you set up with two clients! How could this happen you ask? One of the biggest and most important challenges in working at home is establishing a balance between work and personal life. A conversation should be had with your family members to make sure they understand that during a specific time during the day you have to work without any distractions or commotions. Also, make sure the family knows that your workspace is off limits to everyone!
It is very important to make a division between your workspace and the common shared spaces of the family home. Make all your friends, neighbors and other family members outside the home aware of the workspace and work hour boundaries as well. This will keep them from just dropping by or assuming you can do a favor for them because they know you are home and available.
Establish and Set Up the Home Office
If you are going to work from home you should select where your home office will be located. Select a specific area of your home that is set aside strictly for your work. This will keep for work-life professional; you will be more focused and; your family will recognize and appreciate that you are performing real work.
Always keep your work area organized and uncluttered. It should be well stocked with materials that you use frequently. Ensure that you have obtained the necessary equipment; computer, printer, scanner, ink, paper, appropriate computer software, reliable phone lines and data storage options to reassure that your information is secure. Don’t break the bank, but have enough funds available to make sure that you have a safe area in which to work.
Don’t Become Isolated
There are times when we need and enjoy our time alone and being alone sometimes is a good thing. However, don’t get lost in the isolation! Spending a lot of time working at home alone can sometimes separate you from staying professionally engaged.
If you own a business and work from home, stay engaged by attending seminars that will allow you to network with like-minded people. Other activities that will keep you engaged is to possibly attend some classes and other public events that are pertinent to your field. This is important so that you can establish business relationships, identify what the new trends are, who the leaders are, and who the competition is. Make sure you keep profiles up-to-date on the business networks.
Don’t Let Distractions Do You In
Having a home business can be a really good way to earn an income when you are unable to go out and get a regular 9 to 5 job. But, having a home business is not necessarily an easy thing to do. Truthfully, it is difficult to be successful at it. You need an extreme amount of discipline, self-motivation, and some organizational skills. If you are missing these main ingredients, your productivity and your potential to generate income will be tremendously limited.
The benefits that working from home can afford you can be a double-edged sword. The same reasons that we find working at home so appealing can also be the same things that become our distractions if we don’t what it takes to control those distractions. Learn how to avoid those distractions.
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