For many people, the thought of cutting the daily commute from 30 minutes to zero minutes is quite tempting. And if you’re a freelancer or run your own new business on a small budget, it’ll likely prove to be the best starting point.
Now that everything is connected thanks to the Internet, you really can do it all from home. First step? Create a website that turns heads. Second step? Stay on task and keep focus. This second part can be tricky as working from home comes with a long list of distractions.
1 – Keep Strict Hours
The first mistake you can make is to start shifting your work hours around. Since you’ll be at home, it might seem okay to say “I’ll get to that project right after I do a load of laundry,” but you’ll be mistaken. Just because you’re working from the homestead doesn’t mean the rest of the world is, and if you want to be in sync with your peers and target audience, you’ll want to adapt hours that mimic theirs so you don’t miss out on opportunities.
2 – Brief Your Housemates
If you live alone, you can skip this step. But, for the majority of people who share their home with roommates and/or family, you’ll do well to inform them of your work hours and requests. If you don’t set some boundaries, you can find your workplace quickly become a hangout or even a playground for the little ones. Just because you’re a freelancer doesn’t mean you’re free to hang or babysit.
3 – Set Up a Space That Works
This step is crucial. If you work from home and don’t have a set space for your work alone, things can quickly get overwhelming and disorganized. Not only is it a great way to keep all of your materials in one place, it’s an important step in order to enter the “I’m at work now,” mindset.
4 – Stay Far Away From Temptation
At an office building, you don’t have the option to watch the 6th season of Game of Thrones. However, at home all leisure activities are right at your fingertips, and there’s nothing really stopping you. Use your time wisely so you can “clock out” at a regular hour.
5 – Plan Your Days
When you’re your own boss, you don’t have to take orders from someone else. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give yourself structure, and take that structure seriously. While everyone works differently, it’s always a good idea to break down your daily tasks, hour by hour, week by week. Keeping a clear calendar will help you meet deadlines and keep stress minimised.