A beginner’s guide to working from home

With all what we have going on, many people will find themselves working from home now. If you are one of those people and working from home is new to you, this beginner’s guide to working from home may help you make the most of it. Working from home can be a blessing and it can be a curse. It depends on your personality and the work you do. I have been working from home for about 6 years now and I have tried various techniques to help me stay productive and actually work from home in the midst of all the distractions. My working form home is really going well, and I have recently started studying from home too!

 

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Here are some tips to help you work from home effectively –

Work when you are most productive

You need to figure out when you are most productive and aim to complete the main tasks then. This will allow you work on other tasks that are not as important or demanding when your concentration levels are low. Being a freelancer means you can set the times you want to work. You may not have to work the traditional 9-5 if those hours don’t favour you. I love the flexibility of setting my own hours around when I am most productive. Once you figure this out, you can work from home and actually get work done.

Have a routine

I love routines. They keep me focused and productive. I would be lost without a clear schedule on how my day needs to go. One of the first things you need to do when you start working from home is to have a routine and stick to it. That way you know what needs doing and when it needs to be done. For every working hour, you have a clear schedule. There should always be room for flexibility when needed. After all that is the beauty of being self employed. Once you have a routine and you stick to it, you will find working from home easy and productive.

Take regular breaks

Don’t get tempted to keep working without taking regular breaks in between. Remember sitting is the new smoking. Good to move around for a few minutes after every hour of sitting down. Regular breaks are good for the body and the mind. You could go for a short walk to clear your head or just walk around the house doing some chores.

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Days off are important

Back in my early days of working from home, I worked every free time I got and I did this pretty much everyday. This is no longer the case for me. I now take a day or 2 off every week and that helps me recharge. It can be difficult to not work every single day, especially if you have just started freelancing. The anxiety or the fear of missing out keeps you grinding, but this is dangerous for your health and productivity. Days off are important so factor these days in when planning your schedule.

Avoid the distractions

I am not easily distracted. The bed, tv and the chores don’t distract me when I need to get work done. If that is the same for you then you will find it easy to work from home. If you are easily distracted, you will need to find ways to deal with your distractions. Working on a chair/table will help so you don’t get too comfy on the bed. Switching the tv off or working in a room without a tv helps too!

Do you work form home? How are you finding it?

 

Turn your hobby into a career

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The Beginning

Many people wonder how to Turn their hobby into a career. When you love your job, it is never really “work”. When you turn your hobby into a career, the impossible becomes possible, and life starts to have a full meaning. I remember when I had a traditional office job for a big gas company. It was a job I juggled before the twins showed up, and I truly hated every second of it. The only thing that mattered to me was my monthly pay check, and that was so little, it was pretty much gone few days after payday. Then the wait for the next pay check started.

 

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It was soul draining

Life was hard. It was a long commute to the office everyday, and I was miserable.I spent long hours indoors at work trapped in a call centre with a headset permanently on my head. To simply describe, it was soul draining.  It was so hard in the summer. I never got the chance to enjoy the beautiful sunshine. I got to work for 9am everyday and sometimes I would work until late in the evening. The only good about the job was the free vending machine on some days, and the building itself. It was nicely furnished with roof lanterns in some rooms which allowed me make the most of the amazing weather when we had it.

I had no interest in the job or the business, but it was the only job I had so I had to hold on to it. Then I stated Fashion and Style Police, and that gave my life a whole new meaning. I had something that was mine own and I put my heart and soul into it. This blog got me through that job, and even though it hardly brought me any income in the first year, it didn’t matter to me. It was a hobby that gave me hope.

 

Turn your hobby into a career

Most times, we don’t see how our hobby can become a career but most times it can. I enjoyed reading and writing from a very young age, and setting up a blog allowed me to create a home for my hobby. And now, that hobby has become a career. I write on her here for myself and my readers. Many of the articles are sponsored by brands, which allows me to continue to work from home and be there for my twins. I also write for my other websites, manage marketing campaigns for many clients as well as managing their social media platforms. My working life has become a dream come true and many times I still pinch myself when amazing collaborations land in my email.

 

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Yes you can

This post is not about me bragging about my working from home life and living the dream. I wrote it to motivate anyone thinking of turning a hobby to a career. I would say go for it. You never know until you try. To be safe, you can start working on growing your hobby into a career by the side, while you hold on to your regular pay check. If you like writing, set up a blog. If you have a good eye for fashion designing and are good at sewing great designs, think of setting up your clothing label. And if makeup is more your thing, think of setting up a makeup artist business.

The internet has made it super easy to start off any type of business with various useful content online and social media platforms you can utilise to help grow your brand.

 

No regrets

I am happy I took the leap of faith to work for myself. It has not been a walk in the park but I rather do this walk than any other. No regrets here. I would do it all over again if I had another chance.

 

What is your hobby?

 

How To Manage Time When Working From Home

Working from home can be very tricky if you suck at time management. Thanks to the social media, mobile phones, TVs and all the other distractions, which can make working from home a blessing or a curse, if you don’t know how to manage time. I have worked at home steady for over 3 years now. And I have learnt a few tricks on how to successfully work from home. It takes a lot of work to get it right but it is very possible to work from home, making good money.

 

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How To Manage Time When Working From Home

 

Have the right equipments

Working with the right equipment would save you time and money in the long run. I bought my Apple MacBook Pro last year and it has completely changed my working life. I don’t have to deal with the many issues I dealt with while using my old HP laptop. The old laptop was forever going off by itself, and I was forever putting it back on. It made my working life miserable. So I was happy to get rid of it for a better laptop. If you can afford to go Mac, I promise you will never go back!

I also got an iPad Pro with the keyboard some months ago, which has been very handy for when I need to work outside the house, without my MacBook Pro. Having the keyboard with the iPad means I can type faster. It has completely changed my life. My good old iPhone is also another smart gadget I use for work. It was like a breath of fresh air when I replaced my old Blackberry with the iPhone.

Having the right gadgets have changed my working life for the better. It makes working from home easier and faster.

 

Ignore the distractions

Ignoring the distractions is easy for me, which is why working from home works for me. But I know it can be tricky for others. So switch off your phone if you have to, and work in a room without any sort of distraction, so you get your work done. My kids are in school for only a few hours, so I have to make the most of the free time I get during the day. I also work most nights, with the TV off, and I never feel like I am missing out. So this tip would only work if you let it.

 

Multi-task

I am good at getting a couple of things done at the same time and I think it helps me stay on top of my to-do lists. Multi-tasking only works if what I need to do does not need 100% of my attention. If it does, then I do it when I don’t have to multi-task.

 

Have a to-do list

Having a daily to-do list helps me stay on top of my day. I wake up in the morning, and I already know what needs doing. It saves the time I would have spent on trying to figure what needs to be done on that day.

 

Have daily goals

Having daily goals helps because you have set targets and you know what you are working towards. I like to have goals for morning, afternoon and sometimes evenings. That way, I can break up day, and work to clearly defined targets. It works great for me.

 

 

How do you manage time? Please sound off in the comments section. Thank you!

 

 

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