Working from home can be a blessing and/or a disaster. It really depends on how you are able to handle it.
Working from home is not for all of us. There are many people who prefer to get out into the corporate world to work. For me, working from home is something that gets my imagination going. The thought of not having to get up and drive the commute to an office and waste money on gas is something that I look forward too.
Working from home is a decision that not only affects you but also your family members. Below, I’ve listed 7 Critical Steps to help YOU decide if working from home is right for you:
1. You are your own boss -
How do you feel about being your own boss? Is it exciting for you? When I first began my own business which allowed me to be home, I was thrilled to say the least. No more commuting and rushing out the door in the mornings. No more tugging at my panty hose and figuring out what to wear. I literally felt FREE to do as I pleased within boundaries of course! Also, the privilege of being a work from home mom allowed me to be there for my family. Find out your own reasons to be your own boss. Consider the pros and cons by making a list which will help your decision making or follow my 7 critical tips written in this article.
2. Make a schedule and stick to it -
They will be times when your schedule will need to be updated because of changes your business will incur. However, keeping a schedule will help keep you sane and keep things in order.
3. Self-discipline -
It can be tough to be self-disciplined when working from home. There can be many distractions that can take you away from your business. I like to remind myself of the reasons why I chose to go into business for myself. Knowing when to separate business with family life is a challenge but can be easily obtained. Setting strict rules for my business is key which my family understands and vice versa.
4. Make your office a no-play zone -
Having kids around while you’re trying to work can be stressful. Your kids are not out to drive you insane (honestly) but a friendly reminder that they need to stay out of your office while you’re working isn’t out of place either. If you have toddlers (like myself) who require your constant supervision, working is nearly impossible. Wait for naps, or do your work late at night or early in the morning like I do. Or, hire a trustworthy teen to watch your child for a couple hours a day for a small fee so you can get your work done.
5. Stay motivated -
Your level of motivation is important to sustain a successful work from home business. My motivational reasons are no boss, passion for what I believe in, family, helping others, etc. Find your own goals and motivations for your decision to work from home. Whenever you feel like it’s too much, take a break. Go outside for a walk. Breathe in some fresh air. Look away from your computer and stretch. It is truly amazing what these little tactics can do for your concentration and sanity.
6. Stay organized -
Organization is yet another key factor. Although we might be very organized, we just might not have enough space when working from home. Some people might have a separate room for an office, others may have work stations or corners. Whatever the case may be, always keep your financial and business papers in an organized fashion so that you’re ready to tackle your business needs.
7. Get out of your home office –
Isolation is a big stress factor for people who work at home. While that nagging office mate or hateful boss added stress to your life before you started your own work from home business, sometimes loneliness and complete lack of interaction with other people can be just as stressful. Go out to lunch with a friend, go on a few errands during the day. Simple interactions like these with people will keep you a bit saner. Also, don’t go at it alone. Join network groups and socialize with other stay at home moms and dads who can relate to your decision of working from home.
The work from home concept is very popular these days. It is a more flexible approach to earning an income than other conventional methods. Working from home means having the satisfaction of being employed with a combination of factors, the most prominent of which is convenience. What makes it so attractive is the convenience of flexibility, place, time and family. The increasing rate of traffic jams, cost of fuel, short-staffing in corporate offices and the easy availability of the Internet and computers are a few reasons that have made working from home a very promising means to earn an income for entrepreneurs.
A Pew survey shows that more stay-at-home moms today (48 percent) consider being home full-time the ideal situation than they did 10 years ago (39 percent).
Have you decided if working from home is right for you? If yes, please tell us why in the comments below.
About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog, and biz owner at Once Upon A Star. For additional powerful business articles and Internet marketing tips for maintaining a lucrative home business subscribe to her newsletter below.
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