To many, working from home sounds like a dream come true. No ghastly commute first thing in the morning. Your own independence to manage your schedule just how you want to. A cafetiere on constant flow. Maximum productivity in maximum comfort. But just hold your horses there cowboy. There are a few things to take into consideration when making the move to working from home.
1. Time Management
One of the first things you’ll come up against when making the change from office life to working from home is managing your time. You no longer have a designated time to be sat in a swivel chair feeling the pressure of management directly in your back. Instead you have your own home, with all its associated distractions. But it’s essential to keep track of the time spent working at home. Otherwise, the lines between personal professional life can become blurred. Plus if you are still working for a manager, they will want to see you are still a valid employee whilst working remotely. Software such as online timesheets can be of real use for the dedicated work-from-homer. Keep track of your productivity.
One challenge of working from home is ensuring you create an environment where your productivity can flourish. Your home naturally has all the creature comforts that make a house a home. But don’t be tempted to mix business and pleasure. Designate one room as your office and assign that space exclusively to work. That means no sitting about in your dressing gown on the sofa whilst trying to get the job done. Sorry to be spoilsports, but you’ll thank us when you’ve had a productive day of work at home. But as an added bonus, when you do eventually clock off, you can make a beeline straight to the sofa.
If you’re setting up your own digital business, working from home may be a no-brainer. But it makes sense to get the details right before making this bold move. Home based business insurance coverage is a subject all of those choosing to work from home should investigate. The last thing you need is to encounter some natural disaster and not have the right coverage. Make sure your paperwork is up to scratch before proudly announcing yourself as a home-based business owner.
If your office is in your home, it can become quite isolated. No office banter, no gossip around the water machine. Instead just a blinking computer screen for company. With that in mind, it’s essential to stay in good communication with your colleagues or other freelancers. Rather than endless emails, why not arrange a Skype meeting? That’ll give you a chance to have some human contact and get a clear message about your work at the same time. Consider outsourcing your work to ease responsibilities and create a new dialogue. Don’t become a home hermit – reach out!
When working from home, you can become so absorbed in your work that you lose track of time. This means hours hunched over a screen. No good for your eyes or your back. Make sure you schedule in regular breaks. Use the advantage of being your own boss. Go for a run in the middle of the day. Drink plenty of water and have healthy snacks readily available. You’ll find you’re more productive and altogether happier.