Working From Home: Making It Work For You

Young business woman working from home, talking

By working from home, you can work the hours you want, save time and money, and enhance productivity. Here are some pointers on how to make working from home work for you.

Since the advent of the internet and electronic communication, working from home has become a viable option for people in many different professions, from journalism to translation to content writing. Working from home saves you time and money spent travelling to the office, as well as allowing you more flexible work hours. If you are considering making the switch to working from home, here are a few pointers on how to make the arrangement work for you.

Distractions and a Designated Work Space

Firstly, your home is bound to be full of distractions that will cause you to procrastinate or waste time if you let them. Distractions can include anything from the television to the fridge to your kids. If you want to successfully work from home, you need to eliminate distractions by creating a designated work space. By enforcing a strict separation between your work space and your home life, you’ll know each time you sit down at your designated work space that it’s time to work and you won’t be tempted to watch an episode of your favourite series or have a quick snack first. Your work space should be located in a room where you are unlikely to be interrupted by children or other people in the house as each interruption will slow you down and affect the quality of your work. If you do have children, make sure they know not to distract you when working except in case of an emergency.

The Right Equipment

Your work space should have all the office equipment and supplies you need, from envelopes to paper to a printer. If you don’t have a lot of space, there are printers available that also serve as photocopiers and scanners. You should also ensure that you have a comfortable office chair as you don’t want to have aches and pains after a few hours spent working.

Fending Off Loneliness

Working from home is usually solitary, so it’s important to socialise during the day in order to avoid loneliness. Meet someone for lunch, make plans to see friends regularly or take up a group sport in your spare time. If you hole yourself up at home with no social outlets, you could end up feeling isolated and even depressed.

Fitness Levels and Weight Gain

Finally, when you don’t have to commute to work, you’ll find that you exercise less and may even start putting on weight. Make a morning jog part of your daily routine to stay in shape, boost your spirits and give you energy for the day.

Working from home can be a great way of working the hours you want to work, reducing travel costs and saving money on renting premises if you run your own business. Plus, surveys have shown that people who do work from home find that they are more productive when working from home than they were when they worked in an office!


This has been a Guukle guest post

This article was written by Tony Giles, a translator who started a translation business from his home with the help of a few items of office equipment, his laptop and the motivation to make working at home work for him.