Working from home has many wonderful benefits. From productivity to more time with friends and family, it’s a great way to work with more flexibility.
If you’re new to working from home, you’ll notice it’s a big change from a traditional work environment and schedule. Read along for our best tips and advice for a seamless transition.
If you have the opportunity, start slowly into your work from home career. HireMyMom.com offers freelance and part-time jobs as well as full-time, so start small if you feel like it will be a big transition for you and your family. Many of these positions also often advertise as part-time with the option to go full-time if things work out; this can be a great compromise!
Whether you’ve quit an office job or chose to stay home with your kids, there’s an in-between option for working from home. You can still create income and contribute with a freelance, project-based, or part-time position. This way, you get the best of both worlds while doing other things, or while you prepare to go full-time.
Have a plan
As with everything in life, having a plan and schedule is ideal. Since it’s been proven time and again that home based work results in more productivity, you’ll need to get a sense of what you can accomplish during a day.
Whether you’re staying at the same job but moving to a home office, or starting fresh in your home based career, it’s important to map out your days with a plan. It’s still easy to get distracted at home, so it’s best to work from a to do list and work schedule.
Get everyone on board
Work from home is just that - work! Many people assume that since you’re home, you’re available 24/7. This could be true, but not if you want to get any work done.
It’s important to set boundaries and expectations with friends and family as much as you need. Whether that’s setting up specific times for meeting friends, or having your spouse pick up your kids at an inopportune time for you, it’s still important that your schedule is considered.
When your spouse, friends, or family members go to their traditional office job, they are essentially unable to leave for many obligations. This is great for you to be able to step in, but it’s not always assumed that you will be available either. To take some tasks off of your plate, it can still be helpful to have a few babysitters on call to help you out when your work is also demanding.
Beginning your work from home journey is so exciting, but also comes with transitional changes. Take your time, make a solid plan, and set expectations with others and you’ll do just fine!