10 Tips for Working From Home

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Registered: 01-20-2004
10 Tips for Working From Home
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 3:59pm

Most of them are tried and true, but this one is a big one and a lot of people don't even think of it:

4. Be an extrovert. Working remotely can prevent you from building workplace relationships and chances to meet new people in an office — those things rarely happen when you work from home. This is a bit of an intangible loss, but, again, push yourself to get out of the house, and squeeze in an out-of-the-office lunch, or coffee with colleagues and bosses.

Co-workers can also be envious and resentful of your freedom. With a little effort, you can avoid the bad blood.

At the very least, every so often, make a phone call instead of shooting off an email or a text. It can be a time suck, but I think it helps build camaraderie and you might even pick up some fun office dishing.

The best work-at-home jobs are often ones that demand a quiet space where there are few distractions. Web-based jobs in accounting, translation, sales, public relations, medical transcription and customer service are some of the growing areas that I write about in my book Great Jobs for Everyone 50+, and there are more coming on stream all the time. Nonetheless, you should always be aware of keeping your people skills sharp.

Here's the rest of the list. Anything else to add? Any changes to the ones given?

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