To many the idea of working from home is very attractive, especially if you have young children or are in any way immobile. But working at home does not suit everybody and there are some questions you need to ask yourself before you commit to work from home.
First of all there are a number of ways you could work from home. Many big companies encourage it these days, especially if you are in a job which can be performed from anywhere. Equally you could setup your own business working from home supplying services to your local area, or you could go online with your own internet business.
First consider where you will work. Is there a spare room or a room you could set aside as an office where you could set yourself up and not be disturbed, or distracted, from normal family life? If not, make sure you set aside your own workspace and that your loved ones know it is where you work.
Next think about what equipment you will need to work from home, whether you can afford it, and how and where you will set it up. It is likely you will need a computer, printer, a desk, an office chair and a reliable internet connection as a minimum. It is as important to consider Health and Safety implications as it would be in a regular office environment.
Next consider the impact on the family or those around you. Set down some ground rules so your loved ones know when you are working and therefore can’t be disturbed. Equally let them know your working hours and stick to them. Working from home has many advantages, but it can sometimes be difficult to switch off at the end of the day, so set your boundaries, including what you are prepared to do, make sure they are fair to everyone and meet everyone’s needs, and stick to them.
Finally, and most importantly, ask yourself whether you have the temperament to work effectively from home. Are you the sort of person who needs the buzz of the office, or do you prefer to get your head down and get on with it. Do you need to get out of the house in the morning, or are you happy to stay within your own four walls every day? Asking yourself these questions will determine whether you will be happy working from home. If you are at all doubtful, don’t despair, are there things you could do to make it work? For instance you may need to work harder on your social life, join a gym or a local networking group.
Asking yourself the above questions before you embark on your working at home will really help you determine whether it will suit you or not, and therefore whether it will work for you.