Work from home jobs sound great on the surface but they do bring to the table a different set of challenges. It’s wonderful to be your own boss and work at home but you might find it becomes lonely after a while if you are used to being around people. If you only work from home part time you might not notice it but if you do find a real work at home job where all your work is done from home and you never have to leave the house, you might begin to miss the social interaction of the workplace.
If you are to seriously work from home, you must be a person who is able to motivate yourself constantly. In a workplace such as an office, there is really nothing to do other than work. Yes, you can talk to co-workers and maybe dream about taking a nap, but only the “talking to co-workers” is a real option. When you are at home working, the nap also becomes a very doable option and things other than naps become temptations as well. Extra breaks, TV breaks, surfing the Internet, talking on the phone and all sorts of other things start to come in to play when you don’t have a structured work environment.
When you are in a workplace cubicle, everyone else is working around you so it is not hard to get work done yourself. If you were to work from home, whether it be one of those full time legitimate work at home jobs or a part time data entry job, there is no one else there to motivate you to work. The line between your home life and work-life can become blurred as you are always at home. This is definitely one of the advantages of actually leaving your home and going in to an office where you are around others who are also working.
1) Make sure you have a room in your house that is your “office” where you work. This helps you separate your “work” life from your “home” life.
2) Set a schedule and stick to it. Start work the same time everyday, eat lunch at the same time, and do everything else as close to a set schedule as you can. This brings structure to any home based jobs that you might take on.
3) Make sure you have a desk and chair that is both functional and comfortable. In other words, don’t work off of your cofee table that you got from downstairs and a chair that was in the kitchen.
4) Decide whether you are going to be working 7 days a week (all the time) or whether you will stick to a 9 to 5 type schedule. With work from home jobs, it is easy to start to work more than if you had to go to an outside place of business. You might have to force yourself to quit sometimes.
5) Leave your house at least one time a day. Go grocery shopping, take a walk, take a drive, visit friends, or do whatever to get yourself out of the house and into the real world. It is easy to get in a bad habit of being at home all the time when you have that “at home job”.
6) Set goals or have a list of things you want to accomplish just like you would have at an office. At a “real” job you would probably have a boss who gives you a list of things to do. With work at home jobs, you have to be that boss and make a list of all the things you need to get done every day.
7) Don’t procrastinate during the day’s work hours only to have to work late and thus taking yourself away from your family life. Again, set a schedule and stick to it so that you can at some point leave your work behind.
8) Change into real clothes everyday and do not work in your pajamas. The longer you go everyday in your pajamas the less likely that you will get around to taking them off.