Embarrassingly the other day my daughter called me from school (within ear shot of all her friends but hopefully not her teachers) and said “Can you come and pick me up or are you still in your pyjamas.”
Working from home can be a fantastic idea for some and a horrendous thought for others. It can feel a little isolating at times if you are not careful, but gives you tremendous autonomy and flexibility.
Working from home tips
Working from home requires dedication and commitment (especially if you're prone to taking regular breaks and sneaky peaks at daytime TV!) and isn't for everyone, but for those that find it works for them home-based jobs can make a dramatic difference to their quality of life.
From the beginning I was looking for something which fitted around my daughter so here are my tips for success when working from home.
Plan your day
A structured day will keep you focused and avoid side-tracking. Write a list the night before of all the things you need to do and keep to it as best you can. You’ll feel great as you tick off each completed task. Also keep in mind the important as well as the urgent. Set aside time in your week to complete those important tasks that often don’t seem to come to the top of your task list.
Schedule breaks and holidays
Create a coffee break, lunch and afternoon tea break. This can help preserve your commitment and prevent you from sneaking off to the food cupboard to grab a snack.
If you are working for yourself it’s often hard to turn away business, but planning in holidays is essential and important for a positive work life balance.
Stay away from the TV and other distractions
Tempted as you might be and easy as working at home jobs make it, TV is a time-drainer and will consume parts of your day that could be put to good use if turned off. Save the remote for the evening and you'll also feel like you've achieved a good day's work.
Create a specific working place
Set aside a part of your home which is the hub of your business. A spare room can become an office or even a desk and chair set aside from the rest of the living room can be sufficient.
Producing home-baked gifts as I do in my business means that my home kitchen functions as both a working kitchen and a domestic kitchen. I separate these two kitchen roles by ensuring that I always clear the decks before I start my working baking and at the end always ensure that I start my domestic cooking with clear surfaces.
Get out and about
It can be a bit isolating when working from home as you tend to see and interact with fewer people. Joining business or networking groups gives an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and information with other people in a business setting. I would also suggest meeting friends and contacts for an informal coffee or lunch – this often helps to energise me!
So, if you would like to be more flexible and achieve more of a work-life balance then with a little discipline and hard work, working from home could be the right choice for you.
Have you ever thought about doing your own thing and setting up your own small local business? Everyone we speak to tells us the hardest part of their new venture was the first few months ... getting those first few satisfied customers. This option sounds great but do you know where to start?
Buying into an existing proven business such as a licence or franchise may be the answer. Although initially this sounds expensive, the founders have made all the mistakes which can often be very costly) and will give you step-by-step guides as to how to start in a short space of time and hold your hand along the way. You are often also part of a larger team which you can turn to for support.
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