Thinking of Working From Home? 6 Things You Should Know First

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You’ve seen an advertisement or social media post from someone bragging about their awesome work from home experience.  They’re showing pics of their paycheck or numbers for their monthly income and talking about how easy it is. You begin to look at your own situation and wonder what it would be like to work from home, be your own boss, and have more free time. Before you turn in your two-week notice or tell your boss where they can take the job and shove it, WAIT!  Read about what working from home is really like below, and then you’ll be ready to decide if it’s right for you.

 

Thinking of working from home? You better know this before you finalize your decision

 

Nap Time Is Anytime

The good news is you can take naps whenever you want. The bad news is you can take naps whenever you want. It’s already tempting to repeatedly hit the snooze button in the mornings.  Knowing you’re on your own schedule makes it even more of a challenge to get out of bed and get moving. 

You must keep your eyes on the prize, and take your business seriously even though it’s from your home and within your control. Take advantage of your freedom sometimes, but use your flexibility wisely.  Work hard and use your down time as a reward for all you’ve done.
 

You’re The Boss, So There’s No One To Enforce Productivity

Challenges with being productive is the number one drawback of being self-employed, especially while working from home. Many people or things will distract you from work (kids, spouse, friends, TV, radio, cat, dog, social media, your own thoughts, your free will, just knowing that you’re on your own schedule). With dedication and focus, you can overcome this challenge. 

 

There’s No Such Thing As Riding The Clock

As a matter of fact, there is no clock when working from home. No more clocking in and running off to the break room to grab your morning coffee. In other words, if you don’t work you don’t get paid. If you’re solely self-employed, it won’t take long to understand this well.

If you’re an independent contractor, most companies explicitly state that you can’t even document technical issues as time worked.  Whether you complete your work early or late, it’s not their problem. Getting paid for time off and holidays is also very rare. Keep in mind that you’ll have to sacrifice a lot of benefits for the reward of working from the comfort of your home and having more control of your life and schedule.

 

Kiss Your Water Cooler Talks Goodbye After Working From Home

One of the things that got me through my days in the traditional workforce are my co-workers.  In fact, some of them are still good friends of mine today. Their morning greetings, jokes and laughter, words of encouragement, lunches, department parties, and even occasional office gossip made the days shorter and easier. That’s one of the things you won’t have working from home, and it can be a challenge.

You’ll have to find other ways to meet new people and make friends.  It may also be a struggle to have conversations your old friends can relate to.  Your professional setups are no longer the same. Don’t fret, though; all isn’t lost! There are plenty of people on networking sites and social media groups who connect and help each other make work at home experiences less anti-social.

 

Learn How To Say No Or Prepare To Fail

Many people in your life will think working from home equals free time or, in other words, THAT YOU DO NOTHING. They’ll start to call more whenever they feel like it or even ask you to run their errands or do their chores. Keep this under control and learn not to be a pushover.  If you don’t, your career will suffer and so will your paycheck. Don’t start what you can’t continue, so practice saying no before someone else makes a habit of planning out your day for you.

 

Always Have Money In The Bank

This is a no-brainer, but it can’t be stressed enough. It doesn’t matter if you’re an independent contractor, working in sales, or have your own personal clients, you never know when your bread and butter income streams will want to sever their ties and dry up your stream. Do your best to have enough money in the bank to cover expenses (without dipping into long-term savings) while you’re seeking out your new dream client.

Just like the beginning of any business opportunity, the weight of making money and having benefits is completely on your shoulders. Working from home can be one of the best decisions you ever make if you do it the right way. Use the six tips to evaluate your own situation and think about what it will take to transition into working from home.

 

Are you considering working from home?  What are some of your questions or concerns?  If you already work from home, share your advice in the comments below!

 

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Danielle Towner

Danielle is owner of The Taste Team, LLC, a travel and food website providing restaurant reviews and travel tips. She's a free spirit who's passionate about being able to do what she loves, which is traveling and writing. Her interests and hobbies include reading, writing, spending time with loved ones, working out, any type of water activities, trying new foods, curing her sweet tooth and natural products. Visit The Taste Team's website and follow us on social media to see all of our team's travel adventures and foodie finds.
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38 thoughts on “Thinking of Working From Home? 6 Things You Should Know First

  1. It’s hard at first to find an opportunity that lets you work from home – be it freelancing or other enployment. But once u do, nothing works better than that.
    I have Been freelancing working from home for a little while now and it surely is rewarding given that I’m with my 3 month old around the clock! 🙂

    1. Congratulations on the new baby 😀. Working from home is definitely rewarding once you get the hang of it! The flexibility is great. I’m not a mom yet, but being available for my family is one of the things I look forward to.

  2. Naps all the time sound AMAZING. Haha But I think I would definitely struggle with remaining motivated and productive.

    1. Lol! You definitely have to keep yourself in check with productivity. You have to keep your reasons in mind. It also helps to connect with others who work from home too. That way you can motivate each other.

  3. Working from home with kids definitely changes things. I’ve been working from home for about 15 years now. Started off doing it on my own and it was MUCH easier. It was a blessing while I was pregnant and even more to have the ability to stay with the kids. That was my sole purpose when I set things in motion to work from home, to stay with my future babies. It’s hard but very rewarding!

    1. That’s great to hear! Hope it’s going well for you. I look at it as an investment for gaining more control and being available for special moments you might ordinarily miss.

  4. Very nice article…and quite true about learning not to be a pushover! The two things I really learned working from home and freelancing was when to say no professionally keeping my long-term goals in sight no matter how tempted I was to say yes…and that I was the sole person motivating and pushing myself to meet all the short-term goals. It’s still a work in progress, but am enjoying every bit of it…focussed on making it a success 🙂

    1. Thank you! You really do learn the value of time and how to prioritize when working from home. Glad you’re enjoying taking steps toward your goals. That’s what’s most important 😀

  5. I’d love to work from home, I did sometimes & it suits me very well. But it’s true one needs some organization & structure.

  6. I haven’t jumped on the blogging mom professional band wagon yet because I still have my part time jobs. I guess I feel that until my own blog starts to make some real money that I can’t justify leaving it. Thanks for the tips when I eventually do jump on that band wagon

  7. I’ve worked from home at different times in my life–the latest is for the last eight years. I love it. My advice is: be serious about it. Get dressed for work (even if you decide your work attire is your favorite pair of sweats), regulate breaks to when you have to have them to–literally take a break from what you’re doing, guard your off time so that people don’t think you’re available 24/7 simply because you work from home.

    1. Great advice! On days that I get up and workout, it’s easy to get dressed. I’m still working on the other days. One thing I recently changed to schedule breaks is to take them at the same time as my peers who work traditional jobs. They like to call me on their breaks too, so that way I’m not losing productivity!

  8. I’ve worked from home as a book editor for a number of years now. One thing that really helped me was to divide my day into five chunks of time. If I follow that, a productive work week for me is 45 hours. Like Rose Mary, I get ready for “work” almost every day, even if I won’t see a soul that day or all week for that matter.

  9. so many great tips! my biggest struggle with working from home is that I can work all the time, no established hours; which means I need to establish my own hours and keep a balance between family life and work tasks.

    1. Thanks! That’s something I have to stay aware of too. I find myself wanting to jump right into it as soon as I wake up. Before I know it I’ve missed meals and neglected other things and people. This year, I started using my planner to map out each week. I try to stick as close to it as possible, and that has helped a lot with balancing and managing time.

  10. This is great! Working from home sounds wonderful at first-you get to decide when t do what in the luxury of your own home, but I’m starting to see that it can also be difficult to motivate yourself and actually get as much work done as you would’ve in an office.

    1. Sometimes it’s better to change it up a bit and get out of the house, if possible. Occasionally, I’ll go to a coffeehouse or coworking space. I just hate smelling like coffe when I leave. Lol!

  11. Even with all the downs to working at home, I feel it the positives would outweigh the negatives. I would have a hard time with the snooze button though.

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