We can talk all day about the challenges of working from home–distractions, lack of motivation, isolation, and the list goes on. And it seems as if everyone’s offering advice on how to make the most of work at home life.
It’s important to consider many factors before leaping into telecommute or work at home life. And some people take this leap without a home office or designated workspace.
I’m a firm believer in a workspace—and no, I’m not talking about your bed or living room couch, although my creative juices tend to flow better when I’m in either spot. There’s nothing wrong with switching things up a bit and changing your surroundings. This is why some people choose to work outdoors or at their local coffeehouse. But when I mention a “designated workspace,” I’m referring to a trustworthy and reliable space that’s always free from distractions. The living room or your kitchen table may provide a suitable workspace. But unless you live alone, is this space always available? Think about it: it might be difficult to speak with clients on the telephone or complete projects with someone sitting next to you on the couch watching television or chatting in your eye.
You don’t need a state of the art office to launch your freelance career. In fact, you don’t need an office–at least not in the beginning. But even if don’t have an immediate workspace, make it your aim to create one.
A spare bedroom, a corner in your bedroom, a space in your garage or basement–all of these can make great home offices.
About two weeks ago I felt a scratchiness in my throat that’s always the initial sign of a cold. But like always, I took immediate action and drowned myself in vitamin C and cold medications. Within a couple days my symptoms disappeared and I had successfully outsmarted the germs.
I’ve been a freelance writer for roughly seven years, and during this time I’ve created thousands of articles on different topics. But up until two years ago, I completed all my work on a desktop computer located in our home office. The computer had everything I needed–Internet, Microsoft Office, etc.
For years I expressed my wishes for a laptop computer. But for whatever reason, I kept putting off the purchase and spent my money elsewhere. I wanted a laptop, but I didn’t necessarily need one. And because I didn’t work on a laptop, I didn’t know what I was missing.
Everyone needs a break from work. And with the end of the year coming up fast, many people are beginning to make their vacation plans. But while some people are open to the idea of enjoying a few days away from their computer and e-mail, others will enjoy their vacations with their work in tow.
That was me a few years ago. I might add, I was also younger and healthier back then, wherein I could work on vacation and still enjoy myself. Things have definitely changed, and I’ve learned to appreciate physical and mental rest.
Developing good people skills can carry you far in life. Putting business relationships aside, knowing how to deal with people in a respectful and kind manner lures people and attracts friends. But what about telecommuters or people who work alone? Do they need people skills?
When I think of good people skills I picture my husband with his calm personality and his ability to make friends wherever we go. He works in sales and owns his own business; and in his line of work, good people skills are mandatory. Without it, he wouldn’t attract clients, and he wouldn’t make any money.