The evolution of technology has enabled a lot of people to do the job they love from the comfort of their own home. More and more people are turning to this way of working because of its convenience, and sometimes the inability to work from the office, either because of other responsibilities, an impossibly long commute or health problems. But working from home is not as easy as many people think, and it does take some skills and self-control. However, if you are considering it, these are some things that can help you make the most out of working from home:
Create a barrier
Working from home has a lot of advantages, but the two areas – work and home – need to be clearly divided. Just because you are working at home doesn’t mean that your work is a part of your home life. You need to clearly divide – preferably physically, but at least mentally – your work hours from the rest of your life. If you don’t do that, you risk feeling like you are constantly working, especially if you are working in the places where you would normally rest, like in your bed or on the living room couch. Separate work space from resting space by setting up an at-home office, which is the only space where work is allowed, and only spend time there while you are working.
Find the right job
There are plenty of jobs that you can do from your home, but they all require different skills, hours invested and, of course, pay differently. Firstly, you have to decide what you want from that job. Is it a full-time job that is your primary source of income? Then you can consider being a personal assistant, copywriter, editor, consultant, tutor and other jobs that are often done from the office, but can also be done from home. If you are looking for a side hustle for extra income, you can try a job that only requires a couple of hours daily, like proofreading or image editing, or you can get paid to take surveys, giving valuable information to many companies. And if you are simply looking to do something from home to fill spare time, or you want to do something for yourself, without income as the primary focus, you can try blogging, logging and podcasting about things you love or your daily life.
Have a plan
No matter what your work preferences are, working without a plan for the future can seem pointless and make you feel like you’re going nowhere fast. As soon as you start, you should have clear goals for the future. The goals can be professional, like wanting to reach a certain audience, sell a specific amount of products, or get a raise, or they can be personal, like switching to working full time, having a good work-life balance or improving in your area of expertise. When setting your goals, try to keep them specific, and realistic. Try the SMART method of goal defining and make sure you have a way to evaluate your goals. It’s a good idea to share your goals with someone who will hold you accountable for them. Stay motivated by printing out your goals and putting them in a visible place in your home office.
Unless you live alone, your home will probably be full of distractions that will try to drag you away from work. It’s important to inform your housemates what your work hours are and ask them not to disturb you and keep noise in your surroundings to a minimum during that time. And if you feel like working from home is starting to take over your entire life and that you don’t have any personal time, you might want to consider changing back to an office setting. But if you are only considering switching to working from home, rest assured that there are plenty of people who have successful careers without leaving their home, and that you can be one of them too.