In recent years, there has been an increase in home based employment; more people are working from home than ever before. Working from home can be a rewarding experience; however, it’s not always easy to make the switch from working outside your home to a stay-at-home position. There will be obstacles to overcome, but with dedication and patience, you can have a rewarding career while working from home. To help make the switch a bit easier, here are five tips for working from home.
Setting up a functional workspace is essential to the success of working from home. Not only should your workspace contain all of the necessary equipment you will need for your specific type of work, but it’s best to dedicate a space in your home that is just for working. Having an area that is designated specifically for working will help you create an environment that you will be the most productive in. Although you can certainly decorate your work space so that it is aesthetically pleasing to you, but try to keep the distractions to a minimum.
One of the most difficult things to do when working from home is to stick to a schedule. Establishing a working schedule is extremely important for a few different reasons. A schedule will help reduce distractions and it will prevent you from getting out-of-control with the hours you put in. Many people who work from home either work too many hours or not enough hours; a schedule will help you stay on track. Decide how many hours you want to work each day/week and what the ideal times would be, print a schedule and display it where you can clearly see it and most importantly-stick to it.
Being a work-from-home parent definitely has its benefits, but it can also be a serious distraction when the kids are home. One way to accomplish getting done what you need to do is to consider putting younger children in day care for a few hours a day. Keep in mind that it is often difficult to tend to the needs of children young when trying to fulfill your job obligations and they may not understand that the “office” is off limits while you are working.
Working from home means you no longer have to get up hours before you are supposed to clock-in in order to get ready for work. Although you don’t have to wear a professional outfit while in your home office, you should consider changing out of your pajamas-at least a day or two each week. Dressing in something comfortable and presentable will automatically give you the feeling of accomplishment and it’s also a great motivator. Dressing in presentable clothing will make you much more likely to take your work day seriously.
One of the most common complaints from people who work at home is that others don’t take your job seriously. Many people assume that because you work from home you have the time to pick up their children from school, run their errands or be the emergency babysitter if their child has the flu. While it’s nice to want to help family and friends, it is extremely important that you make it clear that even though you work from home, you still have a job to do and that your job is just as important as theirs. You have obligations to take care of each day, so avoid volunteering for activities during your scheduled work time.
The most important thing to remember is that your work-from-home job deserves the same dedication and attention as any other employment position. Sometimes the best motivator for productivity is getting outside for a few minutes, so remember to take breaks a couple of times each day.