In recent years there has been an increase in home based employees
and I am among the masses who now call their home their office. I am
self employed but whether you work for yourself or an established
employer you are likely to face obstacles similar to those that I
encountered. Early on as my business was first established I made a few
mistakes and fell into the common pitfalls of working from home. I have
since learned to overcome those obstacles and I would like to share my
tips for working effectively from home with you.
up a functional workspace is critical to the success from a work from
home employee. Try setting up your space so that it contains all of the
necessary equipment that you need. You may decorate your workspace so
that it is aesthetically appealing but try to keep distractions to a
- Establishing a working schedule is also important.
Having regularly scheduled hours when you work will help you to be more
efficient during these times. Be sure to schedule work time as well as
break times so that you will not become overwhelmed. One of the
pitfalls that some work from home employees fall into is working too
many hours. In an office there is a clear signal to the end of the day
as other employees start to leave the office for the day but at home
employees sometimes have difficulty ending their day.
able to motivate yourself is critical for the work at home employee. In
an office situation, you have a supervisor and co-workers who motivate
you to complete your work but when you are working at home, you only
have yourself to push you to succeed.
- Maintaining a
professional attitude is also important for the work from home
employee. If you have frequent client interactions, be careful to
answer the phone or respond to their emails in a professional way. A
home office may be an informal environment that affords you the luxury
of dressing casually but client interactions should always follow
certain decorum. Keeping your interactions businesslike will ensure
that the client does not begin to doubt the amount or quality of work
that is being put into their projects.
- Considering hiring a
day care provider is another tip for working from home. Those who have
young children may find it difficult to attend to the needs of their
children while fulfilling their job obligations. For this reason it may
be worthwhile to have a day care provider care for your child during
your working hours.
- Avoid volunteering for too many
activities. Many people will assume that because you work at home you
are free to help them run errands, pick up their children from school
or be an emergency babysitter if their child has a cold. While you may
want to help your friends and family members, it is important to make
it clear that your work is just as important as theirs and that you
have obligations to take care of each day.
the tips that helped me to work effectively from home but you may find
other tricks or ideas that help you to improve your efficiency and
productivity while working from home. The important thing to remember
is that your home based job deserves the same attention and dedication
as an office position. Following the tips that I have provided will
help you to become a lucrative and productive home based worker.
I’ve been working out of my home office since the first of the year, and sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when the only person standing over you with a whip is you. Lifehack.org has some good tips on how to be more effective when working from home.