A lot of people think that people who work from home have it pretty darn easy. And there’s no doubt that there a lot of perks to working from home. Not having to deal with the daily commute certainly softens some of the edge of stress that would have come with the job otherwise (as well as some of the expense!). And, sure, being able to work in whatever clothing (or lack thereof) you desire comes in pretty useful. But people seem to forget that working from home is still… well, working. You still have a job to do – and doing it from home isn’t always the easiest option.
If you’re thinking of making a move to telecommuting, then you should probably read an article that highlights the problems that come with working from home and how you can best deal with them. Oh, look – that’s the article you’re reading right now. Magic.
The work space
It’s easier to concentrate at home than you might think. That being said, you shouldn’t underestimate how difficult it can be to not get distracted. This is a common problem because people make the mistake of not having a dedicated work space. You should have something like a home office put together – you can get a room in your home kitted out as such with resources like www.fsgofficefurniture.com. When you have a dedicated area of work, it’s much easier for you to get into the right mindset and keep your work isolated from areas in your home that are used for other purposes.
When office computers or printers or scanners or monitors start acting up, as they are wont to do every so often, then there’s usually somebody on-site to help tackle the problem. That, or you can simply hop onto another computer if one is available. But when you work from home, you’re on your own. This is why it can be so useful to learn some tech skills so you can fix your own issues. You can read up on servicing your own hardware over at www.howtogeek.com. It’s worth pointing out that Internet problems can also become quite a burden.
In an office, when the Internet is playing up, at least you don’t stand out in your inability to do work; everyone else is affected, too! When you work from home and have this issue, it can get awkward – “I’m having Internet problems” always sounds like an excuse! Make sure you have a reliable ISP.
When you work from home, you may end up spending more time at home outside of work hours than ever. You may feel that you’d be more motivated to leave the house when you’ve been at home all day, but it doesn’t always work out this way. This, coupled with the fact that you’re not in the company of colleagues, can lead to feelings of isolation. You can read up on tackling isolation at www.washingtonpost.com. While colleagues can be distracting – they’re half the problem with working outside of home, really! – they also serve a great social purpose. Being too isolated can affect your job satisfaction tremendously.