Business & Entrepreneurship
Succeeding at a Work-at-Home Job
Written by: Akua Hinds
December 21, 2018
Working can be enjoyable, relaxing, fulfilling, and fun, especially when you have the opportunity to work from home. In order to track how successful you are at working from home, you first have to determine how you measure success. Success to you might mean being able to set your own hours and work at any time of the day or night. Or, perhaps your definition of success is trying to cope with the lack of social interaction that happens when you no longer have co-workers to exchange gossip with at the office water cooler. Whatever your definition of success is, working from home can help you to achieve the work and life balance that many people crave as long as you do it right.
Setting a work schedule and following it will help you to achieve a lot of the success you strive for in your work-at-home career. You must be very self-disciplined if you plan to work from home and meet your goals. The television, radio, and Internet can be in your house, silently beckoning for you to turn them on and escape from doing your work, but it is your responsibility to resist the temptation and complete your work duties. Whether you work from home for a company as an employee, or you work as a self-employed independent contractor, you should be focused on income producing activities first before turning to distractions during your work day. Even though there is not a boss looking over your shoulder as you work at home, you have to act like a boss to yourself and resist the temptation to slack off from doing your work. Focus on completing your work tasks first before you give yourself time to take a break from working to indulge in your other interests.
A home office space that is dedicated to where you do your work will be a great reminder that your home is not just where you live; it is also where you earn income. Your home office should be fully equipped with the tools that you need to be successful at what you do. Working from home should be done to make life easier, not more chaotic. Stock up on the supplies and tools that you need. Purchase items in bulk if you can so that you won’t have to make frequent trips to stores to replace products that you need to use frequently like printing paper, pens, and staples. Decorate your office with posters and pictures that have helpful quotes and messages of successful thinking on them. Your home office should be a place that reminds you of your priorities and your possibilities to succeed at your career.
Working from home used to be a rarity, but thanks to technological products like telephones, computers, printers, fax machines, and Internet, working from home is becoming commonplace. Anytime that you feel unmotivated to work while at home, spend some time thinking about the many benefits that working from home can bring to your personal and professional life. It truly is a privilege to be able to work from home and set your own hours around yours and your family’s activities. You’ll save money on transportation costs as well as on food and clothing when you work from home. Let your family know that you will need their cooperation in respecting your work schedule. Don’t feel pressured to set your work schedule around the typical 9 to 5 office schedule that most people who work outside of the home do. Not everyone prefers to work during typical office hours, and you might feel more comfortable working at different times of the day or night depending on the type of work you do. Instead, create a work-at-home schedule that helps you to accomplish your work tasks, earn income, and live your life your way.
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