Working From Home Can Work For You If You Take A Little Time On Your Office

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Working from home is everybody’s dream. Who doesn’t want to rock out in their pajamas every day? The reality of not having to go to the office each morning is great, but working from home has its downsides. When there’s no set end to the day, it’s hard to know when enough is enough.

Set up a separate workspace, to keep your work at work and your home at home. Working in one set place will allow you to walk away when you need to. It’s important you take the time to get your office exactly how you want it. Here are some home office tips you ought to consider.

 

LAY THE FOUNDATIONS

From the off, you should bear in mind that you’ll be spending extended periods of time in your office. Lay the right foundation to ensure your comfort and your business success.

For example, think of how you’ll be heating the room. As you’re home all the time, sticking the heating on could get expensive. Consider alternate heat saving methods, such as double glazing or spray foam equipment to save yourself money.

Think, too, about the decor. Aim to create an ambient space that you can concentrate in. Avoid loud colors that could get on your nerves. Neutral colors might be the best bet. They may be uninspiring, but they’re unlikely to lead to distraction or give you a headache!

Flooring is important, too. Carpet could help keep the room warm, but wood flooring is easier to keep clean.

GET THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT

Once the foundations are in place, turn your attention to the equipment you need. This will vary depending on your venture, but it’s likely you’ll need these basics. Look for a desk that offers you the right amount of storage space to keep papers in should you need to. Desk drawers are excellent for file storage. You’re going to need to keep the surface of your desk clear, so you’re able to work without clutter.

Think, too, about a good chair. Remember that you’ll be sitting for extended periods of time. A chair with good support and cushioning is a must.

You’ll need to stock up on a reliable computer and a good printer, too. When searching for a computer, pick one with a software package you’re already familiar with. With printers, you’ll need one that offers the chance to photocopy, fax and scan.

And don’t forget to stock up on stationary. Buy in bulk, and don’t worry about the money; you can claim it on expenses in your tax form!

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MAKE THE ROOM YOUR OWN

Making the room your own is where the fun starts. Adding personal touches will make you feel comfortable and inspired. Bookshelves and books are always a nice touch, as are fresh plants and personal pictures. Be careful to strike the right balance here. You don’t want to get distracted while you’re working. With your books, stick to business books that you won’t get lost in when you should be working.

Working From Home: Separate Your Work And Home Life More Effectively

Many people would love the opportunity to work independently from home and take advantage of the benefits it provides. No more daily commute, more time with your family and freedom to choose your work hours. But while working from home might sound appealing, it does come with it’s own unique challenges. The most difficult being the separation of your personal and professional life.

When you work entirely from home, it’s harder to maintain these boundaries, and you constantly need to juggle the two. It can cause you to feel conflicted and unsure of what to do for the best. Thankfully there are some simple things you can do to make the process far easier. Take a look at these tips and tricks to find out how.

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Set designated working hours

When you work from home, you have access to your workplace 24/7. This is different to traditional office jobs as you don’t have any time away from your work environment. If you don’t set any ground rules regarding your work hours, this can make it difficult to maintain a healthy balance.

No matter how much you love your work, it’s important to have time to relax and unwind. So set designated work hour and stick to them as closely as you can. Let your loved ones know these times too. If you have work colleagues in another location, they should also know when these working hours are. This will ensure your work gets completed and you can still spend time with your loved ones afterwards.

Separate your contact information

Having one email for both your business and your personal life can be confusing and inconvenient. The same can be said for having the same phone number and address. This can make keeping these two areas of your life incredible different, but there is a way around it.

Start by buying a new smartphone with a new number that is just for business. Then set up an email address which is purely for business too. You can also find companies that provide a house registered office address which can separate your home and business address too. These methods will ensure that there are a healthy separation between the two and help to streamline your business processes.

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Always get dressed

One of the many benefits of working from home is that you can wear what you like. While your favorite pair of pajamas might seem like the most appealing option, they could affect your productivity. It can also create the impression to your family that you aren’t doing anything important. This could encourage them to distract you more.

So, as tempting as it might be to wear pajamas, always stick to suitable workwear even when you are at home. This can boost your motivation and make you feel happy to be at work. This will allow you to complete tasks quickly which gives you more time to spend with your loved ones.

Don’t make juggling your work and home life more difficult than it has to be. With these tips to help you, there is no reason why you can’t make it work for you.

 

7 Ways To Adapt To The Work-From-Home Lifestyle

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You might think that working from home is a luxury. Well, you’d be right! It’s certainly a luxury that very few of us get to enjoy. However, it also has plenty of downsides if you don’t treat it in the proper fashion. You see, working from home requires a lot of different skills from what you’d find in a traditional workplace. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a small business or still working for someone else; it’s going to be difficult. We’re going to have a look at a few ways you can adjust to the work-from-home lifestyle in an effective way.

Detaching Yourself From The Workplace

The first thing you’re going to need to learn is how to detach yourself from the workplace. The chances are that you’ve been working in an office or work-related environment for years. You’ll have gotten used to everything that comes along with it, from business meetings to friendships. You have to forget all that. It’s gone! Now, you’re going to have to manage everything on your own, and it’ll take a while to get used to that. Eventually, it’ll start to become easier.

Time-Management

When you’re working for an employer, you normally have a set list of things that you know you have to do. You’re told when to do them for, and what needs to be done over each week. When you’re working from home, that might still be the case, but it’s up to you when it gets done. No one is going to be breathing over your neck anymore, and you can relax a bit. Make sure you’ve got one eye on the time in all cases. Don’t let it get out of hand or you’ll be rushing so much that you might make a serious mistake.

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Self-Discipline

Now, we come to arguably the most important tip of all. Start improving your self-discipline! Working from home is amazing. You can sit in your pajamas all day, go to the fridge and get food, and do whatever else you want. Unfortunately, there are so many distractions at home that it can be difficult to retain that self-discipline. If you’re not browsing Facebook, you’re watching television or taking an extra-long lunch break. If you’re not self-disciplined, you’re going to find yourself in trouble very quickly.

Money Management

Managing your money becomes much harder when you start working from home. It might not be so bad if you’re still employed by a company, but if you’re self-employed, it can be a nightmare. You’ve got to think about tax returns for starters, which aren’t easy, to say the least! You also need to consider insurance for home business purposes, or you could find yourself severely out of pocket. You’re going to have to start learning how to manage your money effectively sooner rather than later.

Personal Branding

This is only relevant for those who work for themselves in most cases. Personal branding is a way of turning yourself into a brand. You need to advertise your own services to find more work and create a great reputation. This is exactly the same if you own a small business. So, how do you do it? Marketing is the best way. Create a social media page for yourself, and rent a relevant website domain. Create business cards and flyers advertising your services. Put yourself out there in as many ways as possible if you want to make the most money.

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Socialize

Working from home can be an incredibly lonely experience. Think about this: you get up, do your work, and finish late in the day. Once you’re done with that, you’ve then got a whole evening ahead of you, and you won’t even have to leave the building. Spending day after day by yourself can make you go a little bit crazy if you aren’t careful. That’s why it’s so important to spend time with family, friends and the general public. Get out there and go to entertainment events or just go and play in the park with friends! Whatever it is; you don’t want to be shut out from the world for too long.

Don’t Take It For Granted

Remember; this is a luxury. You’re so lucky to be able to work from home when many others would switch places with you in a second. Don’t forget how privileged you are. Work just as hard as you would in any workplace, and enjoy the benefits that are available to you. This situation might not last forever, so enjoy it while you can, and do the best job possible!

[post contributed for tamarhela.com]