As soon as the phrase “work from home” hits us, our mind automatically creates a picture of having the time of our life, lounging in the backyard, meeting with friends, walking around the house in pajamas and what not. While some of it may be true, the whole picture is not a rosy one. There are a lot of sacrifices one has to make, a lot of practices and schedules need to be adapted in order to work efficiently and productively.
Talking about the culture that is of work from home, it is still a new concept in India. Most of the people confuse working from home from a freelance or a temporary job, whereas the setup has got nothing to do with the nature of the job. Many professions like that of a translator, blogger, web developer or selling your products online can very easily find a place inside your house, provided you are driven, focused and disciplined towards your profession.
While we all strive to strike the balance between work and our personal life, it can also get a little overwhelming when the two mix together, at least initially. It takes time, effort and a lot of planning to make ‘work from home’ a permanent thing.
If you are one of those people who have decided to go ahead with this line of work, then the following tips will help you keep afloat in the industry as well as the strike the work-life balance that will make you better than the already existing employee working in the company.
Kick start with a routine and stick to it as well:
Believe it or not, this point will save your life. It is like a secret weapon that only a few people know about, but this applies globally to each and every job. Divide equally the time for your work and your household chores. Since at home there are chances that you might get distracted while working. The key here is to divide the time for all kinds of chores and fully concentrate on one work at a time. It is also imperative to be consistent with your business hours in order to create a sense of stability and professionalism.
Don’t mix the two:
If you are one of those people who get distracted very easily, then chances are that you will end up mixing the two and will not be able to extract the optimum output required. So before you start with your work, minimize the obvious distractions around you like checking on all social media platforms, answering uninvited calls and managing your family.
Right setup is just as important as anything else. Giving your work place the feel of an office increases your productivity manifolds. Keep yourself away from any distractions and always keep your necessary supplies with you. Choose the area that has the most lighting available. And if you are running a business from your home, then investing in the right equipment and software is also very important.
One very important factor to keep in mind in this kind of work is your communication skills. Most of the times you will be interacting with your clients, or potential customers either through emails or on calls. There will be times when you will have to talk about your product in an explanatory manner so that the other person gets your idea. And that is why communication skills are a must.
No matter where in the world you are working, we all must take breaks in order to refresh our minds. And working from home is no exception to this rule. Always take out time for yourself from your schedule to freshen up. Getting up and moving around at regular interval helps your eyes and spine relax.
Use the latest technology to the fullest:
Latest technologies are the reason why we can make the “work from home” thing a successful venture. Hence the more you keep yourself abreast with the latest technologies, the more chances there are for you to make your working process easier. Any hardware or software can prove advantageous to your business. Nowadays we have the advantage of owning a smartphone that supports a long-lasting battery and a huge memory from the likes of phone brands like Panasonic India, Vivo and Oppo. And thus making it easier for you work even on the go.
Working from home is slowly making its name in the industry and companies are no longer averse to hiring people who work from their homes. Just keep in mind to always stay connected with your employer so that they are in loop with your achievements and activities. Last but not the least is to be vocal. This would ensure that you are not just a ghost in the company but a valuable employee as well.