The following is a guest post.
Working from home can present an interesting mix of heaven and hell. Most people claim to want to work from home someday without really considering how much self-discipline would be required by this. Within a few days or weeks of working from home, most freelancers will realize how challenging it is to be your own boss. Everyone from bloggers and video editors to web designers, stay-at-home mothers, and contractors take up this challenge. Here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind:
Do: Make sure you have a good Internet connection. Many contemporary jobs simply would not function without the Internet. In the case of someone working from home, you need to be sure that you’re able to access online accounts, that your information is secure, and that your emails are being sent properly.
Don’t: Think of yourself as being on permanent vacation. Even if you’ve completed the work you need to get done on a certain day, don’t spend business hours lolly-gagging around. Use your time productively: knock off previous year taxes; organize your email inbox; heck, clean the house if you have the time.
Do: Disable video from your browser. YouTube videos can be the death of a productive work day. Disabling streaming video on your browser will ensure you’re not tempted to take in a noon viral.
Don’t: Sleep until noon. Working from home doesn’t mean you’re an unemployed alcoholic. Get up in the morning and take care of business.
Do: Use social media to network. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest can be excellent ways to expand your business contacts and share information. Use judiciously.
Don’t: Use social media to watch cuddly cat videos. With great promise comes great peril. Hopefully you’ve already disabled video on your browser and this won’t be a problem. Otherwise, don’t succumb to the lure of mindless social media browsing.
Working from home requires self-discipline, solid scheduling, and a strong work ethic. If you’re a freelancer and you’re expecting to work from home, you should start by building a home office and make it your business haven.
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!