5 Tips for Working From Home

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Registered: 01-20-2004
5 Tips for Working From Home
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 4:06pm

Everyone thinks working from home is a piece of cake. Not so. Here are 5 tips to help you out:

1) Set as specific as you can hours.
2) Schedule! Some sort of planner will be your best friend! (And no, you don't need to spend a fortune.)
3) Set up a specific area, away from your high-traffic areas.
4) Get up and walk around a bit. (You're working from home, not in jail!)
5) Don't check work email/projects after hours (unless of course, your job requires it).

What would you add?

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Registered: 06-06-2001
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 4:53pm

Those are good tips.

I do work from home, and honestly, I'm personally terrified of missing a phone call or email during working hours. I feel that there's a distrust of employees who do work from home; so, I feel it's necessary to be hypervigilant and aware of my remote coworkers' and clients' communications. It's at times more stressful than it was to go into an office.

I would add that it's important to make sure tha internet and phone connections are always working, especially during working hours, and that others know exactly what your working hours at home are. Be sure to set the out of office email and phone messages when necessary!


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Registered: 08-06-2013
Tue, 08-06-2013 - 7:21pm

  Hi Everyone 

 I just joined this group.  I think it makes a big difference also if you are telecommuting and report to a boss or are in your own business.  Everything you said above is good for both. But when it is your own business you are moore likely to put extra time in. It makes a differencew when the only person you answer to is yourself.


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