If you are thinking of working from home, you may be thinking it’s a one-way ticket to all day pajamas, TV watching and more time to catch up with friends without answering to a boss. In reality, working from home is a challenge because you technically have the freedom to do these things, but not without serious cost to your business.
People love work-from-home opportunities, especially when they are trying to raise a family or don’t want to deal with a commute anymore. Before you decide to take the plunge, you should really understand what it will entail and what traits are needed to make a work-from-home job successful. Here is a look at what traits you should have before switching to home employment.
Are you Organized?
Organization is really important because you need to be able to set up a system that works for you and keeps your job running smoothly. You need to be able to organize when you have phone calls with clients or your boss, when deadlines are for projects, and how to balance your work life with your personal life. Although it may change from week to week, having strong organizational skills will make it much easier to maintain.
Are you Motivated and Disciplined?
Working from home requires some serious motivation. You are going to have to motivate yourself to get out of bed each day rather than sleep in, work on your projects rather than run personal errands and learn how to keep yourself going each day without the typical motivations that come with working at an office.
Your boss won’t be checking in to see how your work progress is going and you won’t have colleagues nearby working together to keep you excited about a project; you’re going to be on your own to be disciplined in your work. If you can stay motivated by your circumstances, disciplined to do the work and driven to succeed, you’ll be a great fit for working at home.
Learning to say “No”
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is learning to say “no.” You’ll be seen as someone with extra free time and no serious commitments because you’re at home making your own schedule. You must learn to set boundaries with friends and family that work time doesn’t leave room for personal calls or errands. This can be a difficult challenge. You also have to learn to say “no” to work projects if you can’t fit them into your weekly schedule.
Are you detail-oriented? This is a great trait to have if you work from home because it’s what may set you apart from the competition and help you to build your business. Being detail-oriented will help you avoid mistakes, be more creative and think about what the client is looking for that makes you stand out. Being able to point things out to clients or make suggestions on the little details will show the client that you care.
Consider these traits when looking for work-from-home opportunities. You also need to be flexible, resourceful, tech-savvy, have great communication, be independent, confident and able to self-evaluate if you want to work from home.