How do you make a “work from home” job a successful proposition?
I was reading an article that was on Mashable about “Do You Have What it Takes to Work From Home?” and I looked around me with two dogs, two cats a house hold full of kids and a house that looks like it needs a total makeover and I kind of laughed and went..yep I work at home and I also work from home!
While many companies and organizations are finding that they can save a lot of money by having their employees work from home, every person who is a full time marketer/affiliate marketer already know that working from home takes a lot of focus, creativity and a whole lot of organizing because there will be a lot of distractions!
I know that it took me time to sort out and make working from home into something that was workable and I also know that for many it is almost impossible to separate between “home time” and work from home” time and while there are many work from home tips that have very good information, I thought I would share my experiences and tips that I have found useful for me.
I think that the best tip I can give to anyone is to realize that you are human and you need to allow yourself be flexible in what you are doing. In my case because of cats, dogs and kids, I had to readjust my whole thinking and not sweat the small stuff. I have had to learn how to say no to people and and I have had to learn how to be organized.
1. I created my office so that I have two phone lines ( one for home and one for work), when I am working I do NOT anwer the home phone. I have my Ipod set up for messages and will look at them when I take a break.
2. I made a sign for my office and it says…. “Working please leave a message” I have a pencil and paper outside the door so that the kids can write me a note and I will take care of them on my break. A funny thing about this is that the kids have learned to solve a lot of their own problems or answer their questions and they have practiced their writing 🙂
3 I have set weekly schedules! I have a calendar that I keep near me at all times so that I can figure out what is going on or needed for the home as well as for planning work projects and schedules. Knowing what is going on a weekly basis helps me worry less about all the different things that I need to do.
4. I work early in the mornings. I start my day normally around 5.30-6.00 am. I have found that by adjusting my times, I can get a lot of work done before the kids wake up and its a great feeling to know that I have been productive.
5. I take breaks! I make a point of walking away, taking a breather and doing some of the home stuff I need to do ( think laundry etc.). I know many people will say that you need to keep that perfect division between work and home, but for me that is just not logical and not even practical.
I think the best advise I can give anyone has to do with wording and I decided that if I was going to make this work, I needed to create my own brand offline. At one time I used to say to people when they asked me what I did, that I worked at home and of course people would say that’s nice ( with a funny look on their faces). Of course people would ask me to do things for them, from helping them with a task or asking me to take care of a child and I have to be honest I was getting very frustrated. As soon as I changed the wording to I work from home and I have my home office, people started to treat me differently. All of a sudden I was more a professional in their eyes. By branding myself off line, I have been able to brand myself online and that makes a world of difference in doing my job.
Yes I still have the kids, the dogs and the cats and yes I still have to deal with many things, but I have to tell you that working from home, while not perfect, is the perfect lifestyle for me.
Do you have any tips to working from home and have you found it rewarding or has it been more of a challenge than you thought?