Have you ever thought how good it would be to work from the comforts of your home? You can choose to make your office wherever your laptop can travel. No commuting in crowded buses and trains, and no hurrying in the morning and gulping down your breakfast to go for a 9 am meeting. Life is much better, more paced out when you start to work from home. Sounds incredible and blissful right? There is flexibility of schedule, you will be your own boss and most importantly you need not seek permission from anyone to take a break. But of course, when you are your own boss, the onus is double. So, let’s talk about five things which will help you initially when you start working from home.
Think about a space where you can work
Even though the entire idea of a travelling laptop sounds amazing, when you start to work at home, it is best to have a designated workplace. It is always better to have some place, where you can take your client calls uninterrupted and even fix up a meeting with your clients, if needed. It is said that once you know where you want to work, you create a psychological connection with the place which helps you to concentrate.
Maintaining a daily work schedule
Since you are self-employed, you will probably have to devote more hours in an in-house job than in an office. Although your hours are mostly flexible, you cannot be available 24x7 for your clients; this will completely defy the purpose of self-employment. When you work from home, you must have good time management skills. You need to be well-organized, so that you have a fixed schedule of work. Beyond that schedule, it is best to avoid client phone calls and meetings. It is like setting boundaries for your office time. This way, it will be easier to manage your personal time as well.
Take help of technology
When you work at home, you do not really go out and meet people every day. So, how do you remain connected with the rest of the world and get all the latest updates? You must take the help of technology to remain connected with your employer, work, and past employers. A LinkedIn profile for instance is an amazing way to stay connected. Also, your comments and posts will actually help others to know more about you. This will give you a virtual feel of getting connected with a community. Also, with a profile like this, you will receive new ‘connections’ as well.
Get help for your family
When you start working from home, you are in constant connection with your family. It is good to watch out for your kids when you are working. But in reality, it might hamper your work. Your toddler might want to sit on your lap when you are working. This really does not sound extremely convenient when you are in the meeting or in the middle of a deadline. It would be helpful to have someone else to take care of your child when you are busy with work. You might also sign up for a daycare where the child can spend 3 to 4 hours and you get those uninterrupted hours to yourself.
Be consistent in meeting deadlines
You must remember one thing when you are working from home; your productivity should not diminish. As the onus is on you, you must take it upon yourself to discuss work hours, so that your clients are happy with your deadlines. Work in solitude will have its own disadvantages; so try to balance your work in such a manner so that you never compromise on your work and your personal hours as well.
Take note of basic things, like maintaining a daily work schedule or selecting a work place to remain motivated when you work from home.