Working From Home

by Megan Ryan

When we’re usually an office-based worker, we love the idea of being able to work from home. Taking a day out from the normal routine is a pleasure. Taking a conference call in our PJ’s, popping downstairs to get something from the fridge and probably being highly productive, are all really appealing.

But to work from home full time takes a special sort of person.

Working at home is a different game

You need discipline to work from home. It requires you go into ‘the office’ every day and you stick at it. You actually have to work. It is true you can get more done at home because there isn’t always the interruptions and the discussion of last night’s TV. But unless you have the discipline to get in your chair and stay there, working from home slips into a huge time warp.

You can sit at home at the end of the day and wondered what you did for the last ten hours.

A day without structure

If you are a home worker for a corporate entity, there is some sort of imposed structure to your day. If you work for yourself you have to create structure. If you don’t you will get distracted, emails come in and you look at them and then wander away from your desk.

I need to be feeling creative for my work. There are days when creativity seems out of the question, and with no creative juices and no structure, my day can easily become a bust.

Don’t multitask

Multitasking is the enemy of the home worker. Multitasking diverts your attention. It fools you into doing the immediate, not the important and the important never seems to get done.

If you’re of the right temperament, working from home couldn’t be better.

No matter why you give up the 9 to 5 if you can make working from home a winner for you, there’s nothing better than the freedom you get. The ability to work from anywhere, for as little or as much as you like, does open the door to a happy life if you’re the right sort of person. If you’re not it can be a disaster waiting to happen.

Ways of working from home

There are lots of different ways in which you can work from home.  Creative types, like me, or designers and programmers can look for projects. It allows us to change our work and can actually, broaden our skill set.

In a regular job, you tend to do the same thing. In a home-based job, you have to apply what you’ve learned in the past to new situations all the time. You skills broaden much faster than they would in the office. The difficulty comes when you need to market them because you just don’t have the time.

Using a company get you work might be a way of developing the skill. They will push things to you, things you never knew you could do.