Do you want to learn more about working at home?
I guess, yes. So let’s look into the art of working at home!
First, if you work from home, then you’re one or more of these:
- A Remote Employee
- A Freelancer
- You Have Your Own Business
Some pros and cons are the same in all three. I’ll start with these.
- Less stress.
- No annoying colleagues.
- No reason for work clothes – you can even work in your pyjamas!
- If you get sick easily, a job you can do from home is the best. Most employees won’t give you a week off for a cold. But you may need it.
- Low productivity (potentially): Sometimes, it’s difficult to work from home because you get bored, tired or just lazy. When you go to the office, you usually HAVE to work. When at home, you need to master your self-discipline. That’s not a bad thing, though.
- People think they can interrupt for any reason. Especially, friends and family. They believe that just because you don’t have a fixed schedule or a boss to watch your every move, you can just slack off, or finish your work later.
And then, there are pros and cons that are different based on the category you belong:
When you have your own business, you’re truly independent. This kind of applies when you’re a freelancer too, even though someone has to hire you.
When you work for someone else, you don’t have much independence, but you have more security, provided you won’t get fired. Unfortunately, that comes with an annoying consequence.
If you’re not at the office and you’re not available at a moment’s notice, people think you’re lazy. Even though they may waste more time on getting a coffee or on the lunch break.
Working for someone else means that you’ll always have a salary, no matter what.
Being a freelancer or having your own business doesn’t give you that. Though, if you‘re good at your job, then you’ll probably make money, and if you’re really good, then you have a chance to make a lot of money. Like a lot – money that you can’t make while working for someone else.
Working at home gives you the option to make your own schedule. So you can take a break, when you need it, and go for a walk or work out. You can even work like a maniac for 3 days and enjoy the rest of the week.
This is easier to do if you’re a freelancer or work for yourself, but even as a remote worker, you might have this luxury. You may not, of course. This depends on the agreement you have with your boss.
On the other hand, sometimes it’s difficult to say: “Now, I stop working for today“. Work tends to blend in with your life, and you end up working all day long.
Loving What You Do
If you’re a freelancer or have your own business, then you’ll probably work on something you love. I don’t know a lot of people who work on something they don’t like if they work for themselves.
As a remote worker, you don’t always have this luxury.
Working from Home may be the Only Alternative
If you’re a mom and you don’t have anyone to help you then working from home is the only way you can make some money.
If you are a student and you want to make money while studying, it’s easier to start something from home than doing a job that will take a significant amount of time in your day. Time you may need to dedicate to your studies some days.
The most important benefit, in my opinion, of working at home is that you can start part-time, and wait until you make enough money to quit your 9-5 job.
Tips to Master the Art of Working at Home
No matter what kind of work-at-home job you have, here are some tips that’ll make your life easier:
Set a Schedule
Make a plan and don’t deviate from it. It’s essential to create a routine so you can start and finish your workday when you should and don’t spend less or more time on it.
“Now, I’m Done Working”
Find a routine that says: “Now, I’m done working”. It’s difficult to stop working if you feel like there’s still work to be done. And there’s always work to be done!
Your routine could be taking a shower, going for a walk, going to the gum, for a coffee, writing in your journal about your day… anything that works for you.
Make a Home Office
It’s better to create a home office if you’re working from home. First, it’ll be easier to start working, because the moment you step into your office, you get into “work” mode. It doesn’t even have to be a room, it can be a corner in your living room.
Second, if you work on your laptop a lot, then working from your bed or your sofa isn’t good for your health. Start thinking about investing in an ergonomic chair and an office. And before you think about the cost, think how much you’d pay to be healthy.
Set deadlines and keep them. If you work for you, it’s easy to delay projects.
But don’t forget that, just because there’s not the danger of getting fired, it doesn’t mean that your laziness doesn’t come at a cost. You delay your success. And everything that comes with it.
Working at home makes you stay more in your house. So make sure that in your free time, you get out more.
- First, you need to see the sun, it makes you happier
- Second, you need to see other people to eliminate the loneliness
- Third, there are more things to do outside than in your house. And no, watching TV shows are not a good way to spend time. Not that you can’t do it once in a while, of course. Who else waits for the third season of La Casa de Papel?
At least when you go to your job, you have to move a little. If you work all day from your bed, that’s terrible for your health. Set a daily reminder to go for a walk if you can’t hit the gym.
If you think about starting working at home, here are some great ways to escape 9 to 5. If I have to recommend one, I’d say affiliate marketing. It’s an awesome choice for beginners that want to start their own business.
Let me know what you think about working at home and, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer! Any suggestions are always welcome, so tell me about topics you’d like me to write.
See you next time!