When I started working from home there wasn’t good planning on my part. The decision had already been made but the day it happened it was based on pure impulse.
I learned the hard way how important it is to have a plan before you start working from home. Today, I thought I would share some things you need to get together so there’s a smooth transition to your new work from home life. I put this post together to help you get your ducks in a row before working from home.
If you ask Sicorra, she would probably advise to have at least two to three months of income in a savings that can cover expenses while you find a work-from-home job. This certainly can keep you stress-free while something permanent comes through. And you can take your time selecting a job you would be happy doing instead of taking one because you have to.
Children and Pets
One of the requirements for working from home is to have a private work space. You can’t sound like a professional representative if you have the kiddos going “mom, mom, mom” while patting you on the leg to get your attention or if the dog is barking at the cars as they pass by.
Quick story: One night during my training with Cloud 10, my kids were in the kitchen grabbing snacks. At that time, I still hadn’t had my private work space setup so I was working where the family would hang out.
Ian and Adrian decided to get into a “discussion” about something when I yelled out “what are you two arguing about now” and guess who didn’t have her mute button on?? Good thing it was during my break and no one was online - only the trainer and a couple other people. True story and okay not so quick, LOL.
So that your day runs smoothly, you should consider making a daily routine. Maintaining a work-life balance takes good time management skills and the ability to multitask. And when you add a schedule to the mix, it helps keep all the balls in the air so to speak. You still have to be ready for those unexpected occurrences but when you have a routine down you can make a quick transition without getting off track from your normal schedule.
It’s also a good idea to develop a job search routine to keep track of what jobs you’ve applied for, interview appointments, and recruiter names. Can you imagine the embarrassment if you greeted the recruiter by the wrong name?
While you’re submitting resumes and before you commit to taking a job, make sure your home-office or work area has the latest equipment and software. The good thing is most job descriptions will include PC and Office requirements.
Over To You
What other preparations should we make before we start working from home? Fill out the comment section below and let’s get this conversation going!
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Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.