How To Be Successful Working From Home
Thinking of getting that job where you would be working from home? Really excited about the prospect of not having to commute? Working from home can be either a blessing or a curse.
You need to know how to do it as working from home is an art that many fail at. With that being said, if you want to be successful working from a virtual office, here’s how to do so:
1. Understand where work is and where it is not. To get off on the right foot, you must draw clear boundaries regarding where you can go during work hours and where is not considered the office.
It’s actually best if you consider your home an office – no different than the type of office you’re accustomed to working in. Now, would you kick your feet up and drink a beer in your current environment? I don’t think so.
2. Don’t get into bad habits. Take good breaks such as going to the gym rather than watching cable. Bad habits are hard to break…harder to break than good habits are to form.
A good rule of thumb is to think whether an action is appropriate to take while working from any office and if there is a grey area, shy away from doing so. When it comes to forming habits, you are either your best friend or worst enemy. The latter can get you fired.
3. Pick a job that you like and that you can get into. If you don’t like your job, you are much more prone to bad habits and getting into trouble. Working from home can be lonely and think of your job as your only friend.
Do you want to spend time with that friend or are you dying to take a break? Being successful working from home is too difficult not to like the job that you take.
4. Keep open communication lines. The best way to know as to whether you’re doing a good job is to keep open communication lines between your employer and yourself. Always ask for feedback. If you’re ever wondering how you’re doing, consider yourself not being vocal enough with your employer.
In the End
It’s great not to have that commute especially in bad weather; this is not to mention all the money that you save in gas bills. However, only the disciplined survive when it comes to working from home.
Follow the above tips and you should not only survive, but you should thrive in your next job.
About the Author
Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement, a sales, marketing and media executive search firm recruiting in over 100 different industries.