When it comes to the idea of being able to work at home, a lot of people have the misconception that this would be a piece of cake, a walk in the park, to be able to work from home. So many people believe that this could be the dream job. For many, this can be true, but however; it's never easy, even for the person that has great discipline. In fact it can be far harder to do than if you were working away from home. In order to be successful at a work at home job you need to be effective.
The most important thing you can do before you even begin home employment is to make sure you have created for yourself a designated work area. This should include a desk, chair and all of the things you will need for the job. This could mean a phone designated just for business, a computer, reliable Internet service, printer, stapler, whatever will be needed for you to get the work done. Remember it all depends on what kind of work you will be performing. All of these items and others that you have designated as work items need to be off limits to everyone else in your home, this includes the entire work space that you have created for yourself.
If you have young children who are at home, don't think that you will be able to care for them and work effectively at the same time. It's simply not going to happen, so you will need to have some sort of day care or sitter to take care of your children during the hours you are working.
If the job you are doing deals with customers or clients over the phone you really need to be able to talk to them without any kind of disruptive background noise like kids making noise, dogs barking, loud television or loud music. Your home office should be as quiet as possible when you have to be on the phone.
If you have a job where there might be meetings that will be conducted over the phone, make sure you really do take part. The last thing you should be doing is muting the phone and not paying attention to the phone call. You need to get involved just like you would if you were in a real conference room or meeting room.
If you have certain hours that you should be working then you need to work them. Don't do just 2 or 3 hours a day and think that this will be enough time to get your work done, especially if the work required is normally full time work.
If you have a superior that you are suppose to report to, then make sure that you do stay in contact with them. Make sure to present them with updates on what you are doing and how far a long you may be on a particular project. This is a good thing to do even if they don't require that you do this.
Don't let it go without telling whomever has given you the opportunity to work at home how much you appreciate the chance to be able to work independently at home. Gratitude will get you a lot farther than just taking something for granted.
Make sure that if you have deadlines assigned to your work that your deadlines are met. Just because you are working at home, does not mean that you still don't have responsibilities to those who are expecting your work to be done in a timely manner.
You should do your work better than you would working in an office. Make sure to take plenty of time out to look over your work several times before you turn it into whomever has given you the assignment. A lot of times, those who work from home will be held to higher than normal standards so make sure that your work is work that will not have to be revised once it is turned in.