Have you just landed your dream job working from home? Have you captured enough free-lance business to quit your current position and work from home? Maybe your company has given you to opportunity to work from home. The thought of ditching the commute and working in sweats and Uggs is no doubt appealing. Follow these recommendations from the professionals to ensure your work from home job gets off to a great start.
Begin by designating an area exclusively for your home office, our productivity will increase. Avoid the temptations to simply hang on the couch with your laptop. You’re a professional and that calls for a professional environment. If you’re fortunate enough to have a spare room to designate as a home office, you’re in great shape. Don’t allow homework, family schedules, mail and bills clutter your workspace. Again, these items will become a distraction.
Establish a schedule. Begin working at roughly the same time each morning and complete your work for the day by 6pm. Working all hours of the day and night and over weekends will serve to make you less productive. Define a healthy work life balance. This is a more difficult challenge for those working from home. It will pay handsome dividends in the long run.
Commit to staying connected with your office, coworkers or clients. Working in a quiet vacuum every day isn’t healthy for your job or your personal psyche. If you are located in the same town as your company, plan to visit the office at least every other week to touch base with coworkers and your hiring manager. If you are working as an independent contractor, arrange conference calls with your clients to stay in touch.
Designating a dedicated work space, defining working hours and staying in touch with coworkers are all critical components for successfully working from a home based office. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to establishing a successful career. Best of luck to you as you grin at the early morning commuters!