Working From Home

coffee laptop

Ever thought about waking up and walking in to your office in 2 mins? The reality of working from home has hit home with thousands of people in the last few years and it's not always your choice. What are the benefits and also the pitfall of working in this way?

Some of us have to work at home; others see the idea as the perfect solution to a noisy office, endless interruptions, or a long and expensive commute. But if you are seriously thinking of leaving the office on a permanent basis, there are a number of questions you must first consider.

Is it Justified?

The relaxed and comfortable atmosphere generated by your home environment may sound good for morale but it is also a key reason for you to question your motives. Make sure you're not looking for an easy option, because this is not it. And make sure that your physical absence is not going to leave your business in serious trouble. Can you maintain the work/life distinction?

Working from home offers flexibility but it also requires self-discipline and organisation. Making a mental and physical distinction between your home and your working life is essential, both to resist distractions and to prevent work from wholly consuming your life.

Creating a dedicated working area is essential, while separate telephone lines for home and business could help you to maintain the boundary between 'work' and 'home' time.

Do You Have the Right Working Environment?

Take the creation of your home office seriously. It should be comfortable, well-lit and properly equipped. Working at the kitchen table is rarely conducive to an efficient frame of mind. Bear in mind that you may need to revise your insurance policy to cover business equipment in the home.

Will Others Support You?

It is one thing to be disciplined yourself - you will also need the support of those around you: beware of constant family interruptions. As a practical tip, a 'Do Not Disturb' sign on the office door can work wonders.

Some Working Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do establish a daily routine and stick to it
     
  • Do schedule the day's tasks and meet your own deadlines
     
  • Do stay in regular contact with the main office
     
  • Don't take work home that requires group decisions or input
     
  • Don't sleep late on working days
     



 

Useful Websites

Add Your Site Here
  • Confused.com Home Insurance
    Making sure your home is covered for every eventuality, home or house insurance should be a comprehensive affair. Get quotes and compare cover with Confused.com - the specialists.
  • Home And Household Insurance
    Home inurance, including all buildings and contents.
  • The White Company
    Selling luxury bed linen, bedding and quality home accessories they also now offer mens and womens clothes online.
  • Confused.com
    Discover cheap insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards with ease. You can even switch your utilities with their comparison service. All major providers - plus you get a robot toy to boot!
  • B&Q DIY
    For all your diy needs for the garden and the home. Get ideas and advice as well as great products to improve your home and garden.
  • Debenhams
    UK retailer offering fashion clothing, shoes, beauty, home and furniture products. With a Blue Cross sale and great discounts, look for clothes, lingerie and furnishings online.
  • Add Your Website Here

Further Reading

  • How Best To Work From Home

    How Best To Work From Home. Fancy working from home? Read our guide to discover the advantages and disadvantages of home working.
  • Online Guide To Home Insurance

    Why not get the best home insurance quotes online after reading our comprehensive, but simple, guide. Making sure you are covered is not something you should take lightly.
  • A Guide to Working in the Film Industry

    Why not find out more about working in the film industry and what jobs you have available to you. It's not all directing though!
  • Distance Learning And Working

    Find out all you need to know about distance learning so that employment need never prevent you from further study.
  • Find the Perfect Virtual Office

    Let us help you find the perfect virtual office. Check out our guide for all you need to know about virtual offices.

Register for updates