Is Working From Home Right For You?
Whether you’re thinking of telecommuting to the office or starting your own home-based business, you’ll first want to determine if working from home is the right choice for you. While many workers dream of being able to get out of bed in the morning and go directly to their work station without enduring the long commute or the daily office politics, the prospect of working at home isn’t always what it is cracked up to be. As a matter of fact, it often takes considerable time for people to get used to this new routine, as well as to become as productive as they once were at the office.
The first requirement is discipline. The majority of us by our very nature are lazy, preferring to play than to work. As such, it is hard for us to get started in the morning without some kind of motivation. In normal business settings, this motivation is simple enough: we either go to work or we get fired. But when allowed to work from home, we are inevitably provided with a greater degree of freedom. For some workers and business owners, there aren’t even any set hours. In this case, it is left up to us to get our necessary work done each and every day, which can take commitment to stick to a schedule as well as fight daily disruptions from family and friends.
The second requirement is additional space. The reality is that you’re not going to be able to simply plop down in front of the couch and get your work done while watching episodes of Star Trek. If only the world were that simple, it would certainly be more enjoyable. Usually, however, we can only tune out so many distractions before they threaten to ruin our work day. Whether these distractions are from children, telemarketers, or television shows, it is irrelevant. What we have to do is have a separate space for our working hours. This usually means an office space, which you should set up and equip before you begin your work at home journey. Unfortunately, living in a cramped apartment or small house often doesn’t afford us with the necessary space for such a separation of work life from home life. In this case, the idea of working from home should be given a second thought.
Working from home will only grow in popularity as more people start their own businesses and employees learn to accept that some workers can be trusted enough to not have to come into the office every day. Before you take the plunge into the work from home lifestyle, it is necessary to first determine if you have the right personality for it. Unfortunately, many people do not. For most of us, however, there is a small period of time during which we get used to the new freedom afforded to us, which we quickly grow accustom to and return to our old productive habits.