Everyone at one time or another has had dreams of working from home. Whether it's owning their own home business or finding some sort of work at home job that they can make money doing while in the privacy of their own home. A lot of people have found that job as well. Some are even lucky enough to have a job away from home that has suddenly offered them the chance to work from home. If you find yourself being offered that opportunity there are a few things you should know that will help you be a good telecommuter.
You first need to assess your time management abilities and work with your strengths. You will have to be disciplined enough to be able to keep on a schedule without your boss standing there reminding you of when things need to be accomplished. Your best bet is to make up a list of tasks that need to be done each day, this will help you keep up with any assignments you get from work. Whatever you do, don't let the TV or your personal email get in the way of doing your job. You still are expected to do the same quality of work at home as you would if you were at the office.
Make sure that the assignments you get are ones that you have the skills to accomplish proficiently and in a timely manner. Don't take on things you would never have done while you were working in the office.
Self discipline simply cannot not be overstated. If you had a hard time staying on task at the office then there may be no way for you to take on a job at home without the actual physical support of fellow employees and your boss. So make sure that you can impose self discipline. You can start by cutting down on as many distractions as you can and make sure that your time is scheduled appropriately. Make sure that the time scheduled for work is exactly what you are doing and not something else totally unrelated.
Make sure that the list of tasks or assignments that you have are done on your computer so that you can check it easily several times a day and mark off all of the things you did as you go a long doing your work. This will help you be aware of how well you are doing and if you are going to meet all of your deadlines.
Always be flexible and make sure that you do the work when you feel that you can be the most productive and can get the most efficiency out of your efforts. If you would rather work at night then arrange your assignments with your boss so that you can work at night time.
Make sure that the environment that you create for yourself is going to fully support your efforts to work from home. You need to find an ideal spot for you in your home or in a room that will be able to be set up efficiently as a home workspace. If you have to, turn off your phone, put the pets outside if you must and make sure the kids, if you have any, are off at school or doing something else than trying to get all of your attention.
Most importantly, remember just because you are not working in the office does not mean you don't need to stay in touch with your employer. You should in fact be in touch with your employer quite a bit to keep them up to date on your progress and to see if there are any other needs or changes they may need to make you aware of.