As a work-at-home professional, you will face a different set of challenges and blessings in your job. There are many tips available as you progress with working from home, but some are especially important to keep in mind. These include the following points.
DO designate a specific time to work. Assuming that work will just happen because you are always home is a dangerous assumption. Instead, schedule yourself specific times to work and stick to those hours. This will also help you keep your work and home lives separate, according to Businessinsider.com.
DON’T mix your work and home areas. While working at home can make it seem easy to mesh the two, it is actually quite important to keep them separate. Entrepeneur.com states that this allows you to escape work at the end of the day and will help you preserve time and space for family.
DO take breaks. Of course, keeping these breaks to a moderate length is important. However, Businessinsider.com states that breaks in which you eat or exercise will help you focus better and ultimately get more done. In fact, Agmrc.org suggests that you spend 5-15 minute breaks doing something you enjoy that relaxes you. But stick to the time-limit on these breaks or they can eat away at your day.
DON’T procrastinate. Working at home can make it easy to put off doing a project that you know is not due for some time. However, procrastination will only further complicate your life. Schedule time to work on major projects well before they are due, and stick to that commitment.
DO your financial research. If you own your work-from-home business, make sure you know about the tax implications – not knowing could have serious consequences. It may be best to sit down with a financial advisor to arrange your monetary matters. Agmrc.org warns those who work at home to check on insurance as needed for their business. Make certain that you keep a close eye on your bank accounts and spending so that you are not caught off guard.
DON’T undersell yourself. Learn to sell yourself well. It is suggested by Entrepreneur.com that you come up with a one-minute “elevator speech” about your business, and give it to everyone you meet. It is a free and easy way to spread your business. Do not fall into the trap of charging less than your services are worth in order to attract customers. If your prices are too low, you will appear cheap and low-quality; too high, and no one will support you. Find the happy medium.
DO maintain your social life. When you work at home, work is always there. Following the above tips will help you keep home and work separate, but make sure that you still have time to spend with your friends and family. Letting work take over your life is not healthy for you or your friendships. Make time to get out of the house and be social.
DON’T spend too much time on email. Unless your job is based in email, Theworkinghouse.com says that checking three times a day should be enough. Otherwise, email can easily chip away at your work time. It is generally fine to wait a while before replying to emails, unless they are urgent.
Following these simple dos and don’ts will help you work from home in a successful manner. There are other challenges, but some will be conquered by following these easy tips.