You are driven by different circumstances when you consider the work-from-home lifestyle. You might be looking for a career change, wanting to skip the struggles of daily commute or looking to find more time to spend with the family. But whether or not your reason to work-from-home is driven by a huge career or life changes, you will be needing all the tips you can get from those who thrive on this work setup.
Since I launched my career from home, I have gathered helpful tips to start a career as a work-from-home professional.
Yes! I call it ‘work-from-home professional’ because just like any other careers working-from-home requires discipline, mastery and hard work to succeed in this work setup.
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Tip # 1 Set a deadline for your goal
You may feel a bit lost and intimidated to start your journey working-from-home. What you can do is to write down your main goal with a deadline in mind. The key here is to start immediately with a single goal so you won’t end up overwhelming yourself. Back when I was employed in an SEO company, my coworkers and I would take quick huddle sessions with our boss. He would then ask us of our goals through a point A and point B system. It’s a way to help you transition from your current reality to your main goal. We would concentrate on one goal and work our way until we reach our set goal on a specific deadline.
“ A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Tip # 2 It’s okay to start with a basic device
You don’t need the fanciest equipment, there are work-from-home jobs that require a set of the basic device. For my location independent business like my digital marketing consultancy and social media services, I use the basic equipment, a laptop, computer mouse and a pair of earphones for taking calls, podcasts and some white noise while I write blogs. Believe it or not, these devices which I’ve been using for years are still working well until this day.
Tip # 3 Your time is your most valuable asset
Setting your home office a few feet away from the living room with a TV is a huge temptation to get you off track with your priorities so as those dishes that’s been sitting waiting for you to wash them! Solve the itch of distractions by having specific time slots for work and other things that you have to do at home. You could also try my home and work routine to have a smooth system while you work-from-home.
Tip # 4 Treat the process of getting jobs similar to an office-based work
The truth is you have to prepare to sell yourself! Just like in regular office-based employment, you have to bring your A game in writing your CV or resumé and during your Skype interview. Prepare for the interview as early as possible! Sometimes the simplest matter like getting a nice and quiet corner in your house to a ready headset gets in the way only because you didn’t set them up early on! But that’s just the basic stuff. How about the skill requirement for the online job? Were you able to prepare for the questions related to what you have applied for? As you prepare your CV with your goal in mind, you will have an idea on what to learn before your interview. Learn a thing or two about it or update your skills if you happen to have a background. We have tons of resources online so an excuse that you don’t know a particular skill or software might be viewed as a red flag to a client.
Tip # 5 Be creative in your new workplace
If you are used to having people around your cubicle when you were a full-time employee in an office, chances are the first few months of your work-from-home experience will give you the feeling of isolation from the world. The drastic change in your work environment, especially when you’re not used to working in a quiet environment, will drive you nuts. Luckily, I found ways to remedy the isolated feeling from working-from-home. You can take your work outside the comforts of your home by spending an hour or two in a friendly coffee shop or find restaurants that have few people in it but be sure to order some food during your stay. The change of environment will give you a fresh outlook on your whole new work set-up.
Tip # 6 Keep learning
Sometimes working for yourself or working in the comforts of your home will give you less exposure to important career training that usual office-based employment would give you. But in the age of the Internet, this problem has solved itself a long time ago. In my downtime or while I take care of the house chores I would normally watch tutorial videos, listen to podcast or audiobooks. By doing this, you’ll feel that you are still in the loop and constantly growing while you earn from the comforts of your own home.
Tip # 7 Practice self-care
Whether you are a newbie in the work-from-home lifestyle or simply looking for ways to earn extra, the key here is to prepare yourself to the work setup while keeping track of your progress.
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