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Making Working From Home Work For You…

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It may sound like a dream come true, working from home, but in many ways, it shows that productivity in work is decreasing rapidly when you aren’t in an office environment. If you are a freelancer, it can be stressful as you don’t necessarily fit into the confines of the nine to five working structure. But there are ways to make working from home work for you by balancing the enjoyment of working from the comfort of your sofa to creating work that is of good quality.

Working from home is a blessing and a curse. You need to know how to do it. Here are three ways how you can make working from home work for you.

Make A Home Office

The first step in making your home environment a productive one is to set up somewhere that is yours and yours alone. Having somewhere that is for the sole purpose of work will help you better to get into a productive mindset, and it doesn’t blur the boundaries between your work life and your home life as much. Set up a room as far away from the hubbub of the rest of the house or you can even if it is in the garden! Dylan Thomas and Roald Dahl and their own sheds for writing, so why can’t you?

Maintaining The Professional Image

It can be harder because of those blurred boundaries to work in a professional manner as it can be tempting for you to dip in and out of your working day, but this will only set you up for a much longer, and more arduous, working pattern. The importance of being professional when you work is another way to help define boundaries between your work life and your home life. And especially if you have regular Skype conferences with potential clients and other bloggers, then it gives you the perfect excuse to dress for the occasion and to put your working hat on.

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This is where a lot of people struggle because when trying to set up a business from home, it doesn’t have the same professional image as a thriving office. But there are little tricks you can do such as using P.O boxes for rental.  Having an address different to yours means that correspondence goes to that professional-looking address rather than your residential one. Or you could hire a virtual assistant to take your calls which you can use on your same mobile number.

Schedule Your Working Day

Even though you are working from home (and your commute has been greatly reduced in comparison to your last job), it’s still important that you structure your day accordingly like you would in a normal job. Freelancers can tend to get involved with the work so much that any semblance of structure goes out the window and they’ve been working for 14 hours, this isn’t healthy!

So it’s much better to schedule your working day between a set amount of hours. While setting up a business is very much a passion project, you do have a life to lead outside of your home office. So make time to socialize and get away from your home environment, as staying in there for more than 12 hours a day can be isolating and it’s very likely that cabin fever will set in.

Talk to me in the comments, please:

What tips would you add to make working from home work for you? 

24 thoughts on “Making Working From Home Work For You…”

  1. Scheduling in your working day becomes so important, also its great to be able to be flexible with this when you want to take advantage of the sunshine or need to be with a poorly child. #KCACOLS

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  2. Working from home I need a lovely clear space. I also love to fill the room with scent and play background music. Lovely post #KCACOLS

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  3. I have set up a great office space at home b
    I am still struggling to stick to set times and need to sort my working routine out! #KCACOLS

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    • I feel you on the struggle for creating a working routine. I’m slowly getting my working routine back after taking a year to work outside the home. It makes a huge impact when I have one and see awesome results on both ends of my life. I hope you’re able to get yours soon.

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  4. I’ve not tried working from home but if I did I would definitely invest in creating a comfortable office that’s as far away from the rest of the house as possible!

    #kcacols

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    • This made me laugh. I have an office attached to my home. It was supposedly to be my office alone, but the kids decided they didn’t like being away from me. So it has since turned into a living room with an office in it. However, I’ve found that if I don’t force my kids to stay out, they tend to stay out on their own more if I insist it has to be like a library and ‘I’m NOT available.”

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    • I completely agree. The headspace thing is very real. If you’re working all over the place, it’s harder to make your body get used to working at certain times. I remember working from my couch for many years, and while I could get into the zone it wasn’t always the same as it is now for me since I have an office space.

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    • I got a home office, but it’s turned into an office slash living room over the years because my two youngest kids love to be around me as much as possible. (Of course, I love having them with me and it ironically helps me to remember why I’m doing what I am and motivates me more.) I hope you get your own space.

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    • I hope you gain an office space soon. It definitely makes a difference. It doesn’t need to be a big space either.

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  5. Some great tips. I also found that renting a desk in a co working space once a week gave me the freedom of working from home with a professional place to have meetings and have the buzz of an office. Plus they often hold fantastic networking events too. #kcacols

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    • I wish we had something similar to this where I live! It would be nice to have a place to go to that has higher speed internet and an office feel to it. Yet, not some place I have to report to all the time.

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  6. Having kids at home means the day is naturally scheduled around looking after them, so get in there early, and out! #KCACOLS

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    • Great advice. I have found that makes a world of difference. My husband and I used to have late nights two times a week so I could get work done after the kids went to bed too.

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  7. I am working hard on trying to accomplish this but I find it difficult with two small children. One is still at home with me but she is starting pre-school in September which will definitely give me more time to myself. I have my own space created in my bedroom for working and try to maintain a schedule but I am constantly getting interrupted! Comes with the territory of being a mom I suppose! #KCACOLS

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    • Getting interruptions when they are young is definitely part of the territory. My hat goes off to anyone who becomes an entrepreneur with little ones running around. I don’t miss those days. My youngest who is now 7 still interrupts me, but she’s starting to value me “working from home” and trying to ensure I get that time after me working away from home for a year. I hope it gets situated soon.

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  8. I have a desk in the back of our lounge to work from. I really need to set myself a proper schedule though, I am very easily distracted lol.
    #KCACOLS

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  9. I’ve been working from home for 7 years now & my top tip would be to set yourself mini deadlines throughout the day – & stick to them! #KCACOLS

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    • That is some wonderful advice. I’ve found as long as I set up a routine of sorts and also to-do lists, it helps me to get what needs to be done daily. I don’t get as much as I would like done though.

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  10. While I agree that the advice given here is very sound, my reality is that I need to be looking after my son and hence can’t disappear into a shed/office or work without interruptions. Whether it could still be possible for me to earn money from home, despite my limitations, remains to be seen! 🙂 x
    #KCACOLS

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    • I know you can make money from home with your little one. Your little one is actually your money maker in the bag. There are so many opportunities for bloggers who have young kids with big brands. I have found that the older my kids get the harder it is to find opportunities easily.

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