Working From Home? 4 Questions to Know if it's Right for You

Laptops and Lattes

Laptops and Lattes

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Working on the website

At one point we have all probably said, “I would love to work from home,” but would you really be any good at it? Is it really what you think it is?

I can say from experience that working from home is very different than working at an office, store, business, etc. A ton of what I do career-wise is from home, and I like it that way, in fact, I strive for that, but I have also come to the conclusion that I don’t think it’s right for everyone.

This lifestyle may seem shiny and bright, but it could very well be a poor decision if you aren’t truly made for it. Let me explain a few valuable tips that may help you decide if working from home is something that could potentially work for YOU!

 1) Are you a procrastinator? Let’s just air this out right now. If you constantly are waiting until the last minute to do things, it may be harder for you to get tasks done when know no one is there to hold you accountable. Think of college, did you tend to wait until the last week, the final two days, or even the day before a paper or project was due before you started it? If so, you may struggle with being productive while working at home.

2) Are you easily distracted/can you stay focused? This goes hand-in-hand with question one; if you cannot stay focused on tasks and deadlines then you may seriously struggle with working from home. Think about it, when you’re at home you have piles of laundry, dishes to clean, the list could go on and on, but when you have a job on the line, it requires that you laser focus on the task at hand. Just because you can sit in your PJs, doesn’t mean it’s any less serious work.

3) Do you like being alone? Working from home is usually going to require being alone. Now if you are a mom or dad with young children, then this may not be the case, but either way, you still aren’t going to have that office camaraderie with people your age. You should probably enjoy the quiet, except for the occasional Pandora radio to conjure inspiration with some white noise.  

4) Can you handle an unpredictable schedule and/or pay? This one is very important. Working from home a lot of the time implies that you are essentially working for yourself or are an independent contractor; for example, you aren’t a nurse working at a hospital (cut and dry). Maybe you have a multi-faceted consulting business, marketing career, you own several businesses, you’re in the health/holistic field, no matter what it is, it is probably quite dynamic. Your career may feel layered and complex; in other words, giving yourself one title might not quite fit the bill. For example, I am social media manager, yoga teacher in training, blogger, fitness apparel sales rep, and I dream of becoming a lifestyle design coach. Layers. These layers can provide for a confusing, unpredictable schedule, and even pay. It all fluctuates month to month. 

Do you work from home? What are your thoughts on this subject? Any tips? Comment below to share in the conversation!