THE 3 TOP TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL WORK-AT-HOME
First and foremost, all new telecommuters must reconcile to the fact that working from home is not as easy as it sounds. If you are looking to supplement your income with a few bucks each month, you can definitely find some fun money makers like paid surveys and microjobbing. However, if you are looking for a career working from home, prepare yourself for a large workload.
It takes just as much time and effort working from home as if you were working at your company’s job site. When you are also juggling home and family, in some ways working from home can be harder. I don’t want to discourage you, I just want to be realistic. With that being said, I absolutely love working from home and wouldn’t have it any other way!
Tip #1: Create a Designated Work Area
It might sound nice to be able to kick back on the couch or at the kitchen table to do your day’s work but take it from me, a designated work area is crucial in order to can get as much productivity out of your limited work day. When you are juggling home, kids and work, it is so easy to get distracted! When taking a break, you might be tempted to turn on the TV “just for a minute”. However, that minute can easily become two hours before you know it. A designated work area is also crucial when you have kids. Your children need to know and understand when mommy or daddy are working. Having your own space helps set these boundaries.
I live in a small two bedroom house with my husband and three young kids so space is at a premium. However, I have converted our mudroom into my office. I have a desk, phone, computer and all in one printer with fax, copier and scanner. For today’s online jobs, this equipment is a must.
My toddlers, the spouse, the doorbell, the laundry….Calgon Take Me Away…(am I dating myself)…lol?
Another crucial tip when working at home is to develop a schedule and stick to it. Many home based jobs require a certain amount of phone time. I can tell you from personal experience that if you have toddlers running around, a schedule is imperative. You won’t keep a job long with the baby crying in the background. Now we all know that it is almost impossible to keep to the exact scheduled times in your daytimer (unless there is a scheduled conference call etc). However, a schedule will help keep you on track during the day to get the job done.
Now, obviously, with small children, things get interrupted and the scheduled times may vary somewhat. However, if you don’t have a schedule, those toddler tantrums or impromptu neighbor visits will get the best of you and before you know it the day will be done with nothing accomplished. As you can guess, this is not what your employer wants to see.
Tip #3: Have a Child Care Plan
No matter how organized you are or how much scheduling you do, there will be times when you will need a babysitter. For example, you might have an important conference call scheduled and don’t want to worry about your baby crying at an an inopportune moment. There might also be times when you have a certain deadline and you need extra time to finish your work. Remember, always have a Plan B just in case. I am really lucky that the daughter of my neighbor was always available when I needed her. She is married and out of state now but boy did she help me out of some binds.
I hope that this basic information helps you in the wonderful world of working form home. It is so gratifying!
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