To most people, work from home can seem like the perfect lifestyle. However, it might not be the right decision for you. Consider these five things before talking it over with your boss.
Many people who work online believe they are suited to work from home. However, what I have found is that it doesn’t depend on the type of work you do but rather your personality. Do you find yourself taking short walks between the fridge and the pantry (or is it just me?), or perhaps finishing up some chores that didn’t get done on the weekend? If you really just want to work from home because you wouldn’t have to actually work, then maybe it’s not for you.
- Home-Office Environment
When you work from home, it’s important to create a space in your house that puts you in the right frame of mind. If you find yourself losing energy and the will to work along with it, then perhaps you should move from the bed to a desk.
- Maintaining Professionalism
Your boss needs to know that they’ve made the right decision to trust you. When you have an online meeting, it’s important to dress appropriately. If having the ‘business’ attire allows you to work more efficiently, perhaps it’s a good idea to dress up every morning.
- Work Hours
A friend of mine had about a week in which she had to work from home in Melbourne. I remember her saying that she found herself working well into the night, as she got lost in her work schedule by being in a familiar environment. Now, I realise that most people would have the opposite issue by not working enough hours and taking advantage of being away from the office! Either way, it’s important to have a schedule.
- Working From Home Parents
If you’re not a parent, feel free to skip this last one!
Working from home does not include baby-sitting! This opportunity does not mean you will be able keep your job and save on pre-school fees. In fact, some businesses require proof of childcare before entrusting you to work from home.
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