Working from home is considered to be a convenient option for many as it not only balances work-home, but also reduces costs. This trend is already established in the West and India too started exploring its advantages and opportunities. It cuts out the unwanted hassles of long traffic jams, office politics, and also brings a sense of freedom of working with complete focus and dedication.
There are a host of businesses and professions that can be operated from a home office. It include online works like writing, web development, multi media jobs, medical transcription, online tutoring, trading etc. Some other jobs like consultation services, classes, distributions etc can also be operated from homes.
As rosy as it may sound, working from home comes with its set of challenges and hardships. Here is a list of some recommendations that you should look before you leap.
Choose the Plan Wisely:
Before embarking on a final decision to start working from home, it is imperative for individuals to ascertain their business plans wisely keeping in view the nature of the work involved. For example, a consultancy where so many people walk-in or a distribution where suppliers may come-in and go, if operated from home may disturb your home atmosphere. Keep the nature of your business and make your plan accordingly.
For those who quit a full time job to work from home, it is advised to start small by investing your free time first before moving in full time all on a sudden. Start as part time, do a good research on the field and explore every possible option to make you full time engaged. Because, however great your idea may be, it should be in a way that it will not disturb your flow of income as you turn out as a full time work from home professional. Also considerable investment plans for your home business should be made slowly after researching the viability of the business.
As home based works can make you isolated, networking plays a key role in developing your business, keeping you in track with information on latest trends as well as creating a feel that you are part of a stream. Before starting your home business, it is ideal to network with others who are working in similar lines to get acquainted with several facts as well as to avoid possible scams that can happen online. Networking can be both online like joining professional groups, discussions and forums or offline like joining clubs and associations. Having a website, blog or a social media platform also helps you to a great extend.
Create a Dedicated Workspace:
There must be a clear demarked space for office use which must not be breached by any unwanted distractions. Most working from home individuals often compromise on setting up a dedicated work space and end up getting distracted from unwanted visitors and random home errands compromising their professional overview. Having proper lighting facilities, power and internet backups are utmost necessary for all home offices.
Invest In Home Office Tools:
A phone and a computer is the basic backbone of any home office, but individuals must invest in all home office tools like printer, scanner, fax machine etc that they may require for an efficient time management. All such home office supplies including gadgets and stationary must be well endorsed and compactly positioned in the dedicated office space.
Get Necessary Permissions:
If your work requires some licences and permissions from the local authorities, do ensure that they are properly taken care and initiated on time. Also if your job involves some commercial transactions, if you are likely to be visited by your customers or place sign boards, do take permissions from the residential associations before you start.
Home based businesses also require helping hands in several official tasks just like an office need employees. If many of your miscellaneous works are offered a helping hand, your official time can be productively focused for business development and networking. Use the services of freelancers or dedicated sites from your locality who offer services including secretarial jobs, office assistance, graphic design, marketing or customer service.
Focus on Time Management:
Effective time management is vital for home based businesses to make sure that work is not compromised due to any common hindrances. Individuals living with families are the first ones to fall into the trap of ineffective time management by devoting official time to other errands and homely tasks. Make sure that the time dedicated work is not compromised and work is given full attention. It is recommended that family and friends must be made aware of the official work timings. Do not mix and match your office and leisure timings to gain the best results. Individuals who mix up their work hours will only end up without doing any justice to both.
Individuals working from home must make sure that they have a set routine just as professionally as traditional office goers. It is very easy to allow a small compromise in the daily routine but it can slowly become a huge monster that can gain momentum and destroy any effective good work done in the past.