Have you just landed your dream job working from home? Has your company just transitioned your position to a remote job? Have you decided that the time is right to launch your own business? Whatever the case may be, the thought of working from home can certainly be enticing. No doubt you have visions of ditching the long commute on the crowded freeway with balancing your coffee from your kitchen to your home office. There are certainly many advantages to working from home, but be mindful that there are also challenges to overcome. Follow these recommendations from the work from home gurus and design experts to ensure your work from home career is launched for success.
The first step is to identify a space in your home to set up a home office. Lounging on the sofa with a laptop is not a home office. If you have family members in and out of the house, it’s strongly recommended not to set up a home office at the kitchen table. Ideally, locate your home office in a guest or spare bedroom. It will be much easier to focus during the day without interruptions, and shut the door in the evening to transition away from work to personal and down time.
The most important items to secure for your home office are a desk and desk chair. The desk should be large enough to accommodate a laptop and all needed peripherals as well as working documents and office supplies. A quality desk chair with sufficient lumbar support is critical as chances are you’ll be spending a great deal of the day sitting. If possible, position the desk under a window in the space to take advantage of as much natural light as possible.
Commit to beginning work at roughly the same time each morning and completing work at roughly the same time each evening. This requires true self-discipline. Resist the temptation to return to the office on evenings and weekends. In order to be productive and successful working from home, it’s critical that a consistent work-life balance be established from the very beginning. Best of luck to you as you launch your career working from home!