There is nothing more liberating than saying goodbye to your nine to five job, and becoming your own boss. But, not everyone is cut out for this type of work either. Without an effective plan about how you are going to tackle your working days, or the discipline to pay attention, you will find being your own boss is a lot harder than any traditional position you have previously had. Use these three tips to make sure that you are working at your most efficient while you are at home, and not just wasting your day away.
Set Up A Home Office
Trying to working on the couch in your lounge while the television blares in the background is not going to help you focus on the job at hand. It also leaves you open to constant interruption from the family when they can’t open the pickle jar, or locate their missing socks.
If you do not have a room that you can solely designate for an office, set up a desk in the corner of a quiet room, and let the family know that unless it is an emergency they should not disturb you while you are in that area. You may need to gently remind them to go away from time to time, but having a designated office space will help you to switch to work focus when you are sitting there.
Be Firm With Friends And Family
Once you are working out of the home you will be surprised at the number of friends and family members who may ask you for a favour during the day because they think you are sitting at home doing nothing. “Can you just watch little Fred for 30 minutes?” may become a common question.
They may be offended at first at your refusals, but you need to make them see that when you are working at home you are making an income, and any favour that distracts you from working is taking income out of your pocket. Harden your skin a little to their disapproval, but know that they will understand one day.
While lounging around in your pyjamas all day does sound like the ultimate way to earn a living, the problem is that if you do not make yourself think professionally, you will struggle to make a success of your new working surroundings.
Get up at a set time each day, and at the very least have a shower and get dressed. This will help you to get your brain into work mode, rather than lazing around the house pretending to be working mode.
There is no reason why you cannot make a reasonable living while working at home, but you must approach the task properly and effectively to truly be successful. Use these three tips to get yourself set up and started properly in your new work location, and watch your earnings grow in line with your future success.