Could Working From Home Work For You?
Do you get envious when people tell you that they work from home? If so, could it be an option worth exploring? More and more people are working at home on a part-time or full-time basis. If you’ve got the opportunity to base yourself at home or you’re thinking of a career change, here’s everything you need to know about working at home.
Where to work
If you work from home, it’s not all about lounging around on the sofa and replying to emails from the comfort of your bed. To make working from home work for you, it’s highly likely that you’ll need a workstation of some description. If you only work at home one day a week, you may be able to cope with using the kitchen table as a desk, but for most people, it’s essential to have a dedicated office or studio. You need to concentrate when you’re working and be able to give the tasks you’re working on your full attention. If you’re trying to spread papers out over the coffee table or answer calls when the kids are watching TV, it’s not going to work.
If you have a spare room that you barely ever use, this could be the perfect site for your new office. Alternatively, you could consider converting the loft or part of the the garage. If you plan to work from home for a long time, and you’re also hoping to add value to your home, these larger-scale projects are worth considering. If you only plan to work from home on a temporary or part-time basis, you could put a desk and chair in a guest room or devote part of the kitchen to work and homework if you have an open plan space.
Your working regime
When you go to work at an office, you know that most of the people around you will be in their places between 9 am and 5 pm. You have a set regime, and you know when your hours are, and what time you’re due to arrive and leave on a daily basis. When you’re at home, you don’t have these restrictions. You can start earlier or later, and finish when you’ve worked through your list of jobs. If you’re an early riser, and you’re a morning person, you may prefer to start work at 6 am rather than 9 am. Likewise, if you can’t function properly until you’ve been up for an hour or so and you’ve had a strong coffee, you may prefer to start later. Whatever your preference, what is essential is the establishment of a routine. It’s so much easier to get things done when you’re used to a pattern that works for you. If you are a morning person, get up, and get started. Organize meetings for the morning, and tackle the most demanding jobs when you’re at your best. Be as organized as possible, and don’t let your time management skills lapse just because you’re at home. Write down what you need to do each day, and keep track of engagements, meetings, and calls using a diary or an app on your phone.
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What you’ll need
When you go to work at an office, you’ll probably be surrounded by equipment and the latest technology, which enable you to do your job. If you start working from home, or you’re thinking about setting up on your own or trying to secure a home-based job, think about what you’ll need in your office. Before you even think about the latest gadgets, you’ll need to order a chair and a desk. You may also need a new laptop, a desktop computer or a tablet plus a printer and a photocopier. If your job involves making calls, you may also need to investigate adding software that allows you to make video and conference calls or upgrading your smartphone. If you do need new equipment, this will incur a cost. Make sure you shop around and make use of discounted cards online. If you know what you want, take a minute to explore your options, and find the best price. Even if you only make a small saving on every item, you could save hundreds of dollars on your shopping list.
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Motivation and inspiration
The idea of working from home may seem incredibly appealing, but there are downsides, especially if you struggle to find motivation or you get distracted easily. In a work setting, you know you’re there to do a job. At home, it’s easy to switch into relaxation mode. This is why it’s so important to set aside a work area. In this zone, you can concentrate and focus. When you step out of it, you can turn your attentions to chilling out and catching up with the family.
Try and make your workspace a motivational and inspirational space. This is particularly beneficial if you have a creative role. If you look around, you don’t want to see blank walls. Keep things professional and smart, but add some color and some life. Plants are a great addition to any office, and you can also brighten up the walls with framed prints, plaques or maps.
Just as it’s unhealthy to spend all your time at the office, it’s also important to separate your work and home lives when you’re based at home. If you’re a workaholic, there’s always a temptation to sneak off into the office and send some emails. Everyone should have a healthy work-life balance, so don’t let work interrupt your downtime. When you’ve finished, turn off the computer, and relax. Take the dog for a walk and get some fresh air, kick back in front of the TV or let off some steam at the gym.
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Many people like the idea of working from home, but would it really suit you? If you’re thinking of spending more time at home, hopefully, this guide has given you an insight and helped you decide whether working at home could work for you.