Generating additional income on a part time basis or starting a full time business from home can be a very rewarding experience. Working from home is not for everyone though; One of the biggest issues I faced was to separate work and home life. If you can overcome the small issues, you will find that the benefits far outweigh the issues.
Define your work space
Try and set up a dedicated work space, away from “high traffic” zones like the kitchen. Keep the space neat and organised and try not to have your “home” tasks in this area – a messy desk is a distraction.
Dressed for success
You may think that working in your pyjamas is a benefit of working from home. From experience (and most successful home workers will agree) I can tell you that getting dressed for work as though you were going into the office changes your mindset and will result in higher productivity.
Its important to define “Work” and “Personal” time. Set defined working hours, and stick to them – even if your working hours happen to be at odd hours. This will go a long way to assist in keeping your work-life in balance. Leave work at work. Just because you work from home does not mean that you are always at work.
Informs friends and family of your working hours. Only allow urgent matters to interrupt you.
Set a regular lunch break, and go out – even if it is for a walk. Take regular breaks (Most employees take two 15 minute breaks). Evidence suggests that taking breaks increases productivity by helping to maintain focus.
If your ill, put in a sick day!
Getting things done
One of the issues facing many home workers is that there are a lot of distractions at home - its all to easy to catch the latest Oprah show, that allow them to procrastinate.
In an article, Susan Adams shares this tip: “For instance, keep a to-do list, and update it often. Set your priorities, and tackle the most urgent matters first. After the most pressing tasks, do the worst jobs next. Putting them off will just make your whole workload seem more impossible. Also, set realistic goals and deadlines.”
What are some of the challenges you have faced working from home? Have any more top tips to share?