Working From Home How Does It Work?

For many people the ultimate dream is to escape from the 9 to 5 routine and work from home. To some people who have achieved this dream it has turned into the ultimate nightmare!

With the everyday stresses of life, work and commuting, working from home can appear to be the way out, but it is not as easy and idyllic as it sounds.

If you are seriously thinking about setting up in business on your own and working from home, what are the pitfalls and what can you do to avoid them?

Working from home is hard

Understanding Your Motivation:

It can be too tempting to stay in bed for a little longer when you are working at home.

The need to get up and beat the early morning traffic or to be at your desk by 8.30am is missing when you only have a short walk to your new place of work.

If you are to be effective in your new work environment you have to find a motivator which is sufficiently strong enough to get you up and about and at your desk by your appointed time.

To find out what your motivator is cast your mind back to why you wanted to work from home in the first place.

Was it to spend more time with the family? Was it to give you freedom to pursue other interests?

If you dont find these strong enough to get you out of bed, find a financial reason. Visualize you and your family being thrown out of your house because you couldn’t keep up the mortgage payment!

Keep this image in mind and the next time you find yourself staring at the bedroom ceiling raise this image and you’ll quickly find yourself at your desk!

Establish a Routine:

We are all creatures of habit and a set routine can help keep us motivated and focused on the job in hand. Set yourself a starting time, a tea break and lunch break etc.

A set routine can help you settle into your new role much more quickly than lets see what happens today approach.

Without a working schedule, which includes a finite finishing time to the day, you’re working day will be unfocused and could stretch late into the night, ending what ever social life you may have.

You’re All Alone:

Working from home can be a lonely existence. As human beings we are born to seek out contact with other humans.

In an office environment there is daily contact, quick 10 minute chats at the coffee machine finding out what colleagues did the night before, and someone to celebrate a big sale with.

All of this is essential to making our lives feel complete and yet this is missing from a home-based business.

To overcome this feeling of isolation, which will be especially pronounced during your early months, you must establish a network of people who are in the same position as you.

Agree that you will talk on the phone at least twice a week, and arrange to have lunch or a quick coffee once every 2 weeks.

Your family may not be the right people to talk over a business problem with, so you have to find someone who can relate to your successes and problems.

Get Out of The House:

Staying in the house Monday to Friday without seeing the light of day is certainly not good for your health or state of mind.

You may be so focused on your work that you convince yourself you cannot afford the time to leave the house.

This is a false economy. You have to schedule time to move out and experience a different environment.

As well meeting your fellow home workers for a regular get together, join a health club, go for a swim once or twice a week, go to the cinema, check out your local Business Link to see what seminars they are running anything to get you out of the house!

Don’t get trapped into only working, eating and sleeping in your home.

The Work Space

Be Mobile:

These days you can do most work-related tasks away from your home desk.

Once your business is established invest in a laptop, PDA and a good mobile phone.

Armed with these devices you can take your office with you and work from your garden, the local park, or even the library.

It doesn’t matter where, just as long as you are out of the house and being around the rest of the human race.

Create an Office:

If you have been used to working in a formal office environment all you’re working life, then switching to the kitchen table or the spare room can be an unwelcome distraction.

To give you that discipline and focus designate a part of the house as your office. If you have a spare room or study then even better. Buy a desk and office chair, filing cabinets and other office-style stationery.

Remove all family and home-related items so this tells your mind that you are at work and not home.

Get Organized:

In any office you have too many colleagues and clients visiting you to allow your work area to get cluttered.

At home its different. Unless you are expecting clients on a regular basis then its too easy to allow your paperwork and filing to get out of hand. The saying that a cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind is true.

Your efficiency and productivity will suffer unless you are organized. Buy filing cabinets, box files, waste paper bin, put up shelves, so that everything is in place.

Getting organized and being efficient also includes setting the ground rules with the family.

They need to understand that you are at work and not at their beck and call for every little job that needs doing.

Be firm and say no unless it is very urgent and requires immediate attention. Allow nothing to get in the way of your business.

In Closing:

Working from home can be a liberating experience, yet at the same time it can be dangerous unless properly handled.

Before embarking on your home business, take time to plan and prepare how you are going to deal with the transition.

Done correctly, working from home can be a very attractive alternative to the daily grind of the office.

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Kind Regards Shane.

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10 thoughts on “Working From Home How Does It Work?”

  1. Working from home is totally cool and easy until when convenience is achieved and everything else becomes difficult and that is the reason I believe that, dedication and commitment are integral to make things work out better. Getting the right motivation and being able to revisit it would only bring more better to us. Thanks

    • Hello Rodarrick,

      Working from home is cool. 

      It works for me. 

      Motivation is something one needs to work on constantly. 

      Regards Shane.

  2. Hi, great advice provided here. A lot of people do not believe that it is possible work from home and get well paid by doing it. However there are people all over the world doing just that by using Wealthy Affiliate.

    There are an unlimited number of keywords for people to write keywords on,  and there are infinite opportunities in terms of niches.

    There is almost too much opportunity and not enough time.

    It requires hard work,failure, and persistence. However for the most part I enjoy it a little to much. I have been working on my WA business for 3 months putting in hundreds of hours, and the time has flew by.

    Nice work

    • Hello Jake, 

      Thank you for reading my post. 

      Wealthy Affiliate would be the best way to learn how to run a business.

      Good Luck in your endeavours.

      Regards Shane.

  3. Yeah working from home is something I love most,although when i started this work i kept on decieveing myself because I ll claimed  I was working at home to my husband but I actually slept from morning till evening then I ll work for about 2 hours then get back to sleep lol,but when I realised the points you made in this post I gave myself a new work schedule  and an office plans which is actually working out for me till now 

    • Hello Rose, 

      Thank you for reading my post. 

      Motivation is one of the hardest things to do. 

      Good luck in your business. 

      Regards Shane.

  4. Nobody wants to be bossed around. We all want to live the American dreaming which is, learning to live life a line without answering to anyone. Though it seems not okay but then, all you have written here ate great. I like this and surely worthy of reading on. Thumbs up

    • Hello Ramos, 

      Thank you for reading my article.

      Appreciate the feedback.

      To be one’s own boss is an achievable dream. 

      Regards Shane.

  5. Hello Shane; your post is saying a lot to work from home business people. These are needful pointers that many home-based business owners might have overlooked. 

    Outdoors breeze has a lot to add to one’s health and the mind is replenished by the things the eyes see. If one who works from home, stays indoors all day 24/7s it will lead to a mental disfunction; which is not good for business.

    Did you know that Interacting with the outside world can prove beneficial to those who write content? By looking at, and talking to people new ideas flood the mind?


    • Hello Dorcas, 

      Thank you for your comments. 

      Appreciate the time you took to read my post.

      Interacting with people in all aspects of life is important. 

      Regards Shane.


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