Being an entrepreneur or working from home for any reason is a great opportunity to be a part of the work force and achieve your professional goals, from the comfort of your own home. There are many advantages of being able to work from home including spending less on gas and having more flexibility of time.
However working from home isn’t for everyone. There are a lot of distractions and you need to be organized…extremely organized. If you are an entrepreneur or find yourself working from home for any reason, take a look at this checklist to help you achieve your professional goals in your home office. If you treat your work from home situation like any other job, only with the added perk of not having to drive through traffic to get there you will already be ahead of the game. So here we with your …
Lucky 7 List of Work From Home Tips
1 – Dress for success…no working in your jammies.
When you look good, you feel good so dress the part. If you have to make professional business calls, dress accordingly. Just consider working from your home office to be an extension of a business location. Whatever you would wear in the office, wear it at home.
2 – Have a designated work space.
This is crucial for your success, especially if there are other people living with you. In addition to the fact that papers and other important business necessities can get lost or destroyed if they are in other peoples way or all over the house, the other people will probably not appreciate your mess. And perhaps more importantly, when you have an area that is designated specifically for your work then when you enter that area, you can go directly into work mode which is critical in order to be achieve your professional goals when working from home.
3 – Set your hours.
Depending on your personality, working from home can have one of two opposite effects if you don’t monitor your work hours. First, time can get wasted away if you get distracted from work related activities and instead begin home related activities. Know that you are committed to your work schedule. The opposite can also be true as well. You can end up working many more hours than expected and continue to work so much that you don’t pay attention to other areas of your life. When creating a long-term path toward achieving your professional goals from your home office, just like anything else, balance is critical.
4 – Make your to-do list every day
Just as if you were in the office and had a boss telling you what you needed to get done that day, make your own list. Have a daily planner, set your priorities and follow your plan. Don’t leave work until it all gets done.
5– Stay organized
Staying organized is a major factor in achieving your professional goals and even more important for people who work from home. Find the methods and supplies that work best for you. If you have all the supplies that you need within arms reach, that will reduce time spent looking all over the house for a pen or stapler. Have a filing system that makes sense to you so you can easily access important documents and information. You might have to invest a little money but in the long run you will save time.
6 – Get out of the house
Whether you work from home for 4, 8 or more hours, make sure to get out of the house everyday and do something that you enjoy. Spend time with friends, get to the gym, or do anything that gets you out of work mode. Don’t become isolated in your own home
7 – Evaluate your work
Take time once a month to evaluate what you have gotten done during the past 4 weeks. Are there any areas that you need to work on? Do you procrastinate? Do you manage your time well? Do a self-evaluation and get the additional skills that you need. Even if you are not getting a review by a boss, be your own best boss and get better because it will benefit you.