Tips about working from home

Fun Fact: In 1979, IBM was one of the first 500 fortune companies to allow employees to work remotely. So, here’s the question? What if you could work remotely but for yourself? Would this appeal to you? Could you support yourself?

For me, one of the most enticing features of working from home was the freedom.  Not having to report to anyone felt luxurious! I was in control of my time, income, and autonomy.

Appealing as it was, it wasn’t easy. It was much harder than being at a physical job location, however, it was worth it. When I look back on the struggles I overcame, I’m grateful that I can not only help myself, but others to navigate around the work-from-home environment! 

So, the question comes up. Are you looking for ways to generate income? If that is one of your main reasons for coming here, I can help you!

 If it’s a yes, then keep reading. If it’s a no, still keep reading to see if I have some best practices that can help you.

Best Practices

  1. Talk about your expectations with anyone who lives with you. 
  2. Make sure you take 15 min breaks and 1-hour lunch breaks.
  3. Have your food prepared the night before.
  4. Hang out with friends online and offline so you can socialize and not talk about work.
  5. Join a group that supports your goals and understands your vision.
  6. The big one. Start a Home-Based business. (Ideas below).

Ideas for a home-based business:

  1. Talk about your expectations. It is important for others you share your workspace to know your needs regarding noise and disruptions. Have a conversation to set boundaries. 
  1. Make sure you take 15 min breaks and 1-hour lunch breaks. If you sit all day at the computer with no breaks your time blurs together. Put your screen into sleep mode and go outside for some fresh air. This will recharge you, so you have enough energy to complete the day. 
  1. Have your food prepared the night before. This will help you with both time saving and money-saving. Preparing your lunch, the night before not only saves you time but also your money. You will have more time for lunch, and you can prepare your own food which would lower your food budget. But to keep it interesting, you could also order in every now and then, and make sure to get something new!
  1. Hang out with friends online and offline so you can socialize and not talk about work.  It’s time to use a lifeline! When working from home, you most likely will not have any interaction with others. So, you might miss the casual social interactions with colleagues you usually would have. Reaching out to friends through video chat can help with solitude.
  1. Join a group that supports your goals and understands your vision. There are plenty of Facebook groups, YouTube channels, and other social media platforms that talk about this topic. By joining a group, you will have an outlet to support each other and get clarity on your ideas on how to make your business better. However, if you can’t find one that fits your needs, you can always start your own.
  2. This is next level. Start a Home-Based business. Starting a home-based business is one way to work from home. Just make sure you’re working in a field or niche that you like or are passionate about. Starting your own business doesn’t always need you to have any prerequisites, instead, a smart business plan and choosing the right business for you is paramount.

 


You can find more work-from-home ideas listed in this survey for starting a business. 

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