Last week on the blog, we introduced you to our Working From Home Challenges Series .
Over the next few weeks we’ll be exploring the challenges you face when you are making the decision as to whether working from home is right for you, or if you are already doing so, how you can overcome the challenges you might face along the way.
First off, we want you to ask yourself the following question:-
Are you comfortable with working on your own?
It sounds like a really obvious thing to ask, but a very important factor to consider carefully. If you have never worked from home before, this will be a whole new experience for you and something that you may or may not know the answer to just yet. However, the journey to finding the answer is what you need to do with this one.
The reality is, when you work on your own you have to take the following into consideration:-
- Will I get lonely?
At the beginning you may find that you are not up to your full working capacity, therefore, not having those water cooler moments with colleagues, could make you feel a little isolated if work is a little slow. Each and every one of us, whether we are comfortable with working alone or not, will at some point feel a little lonely. We may miss the social side of a working environment, a lunch time stroll with a colleague or an after work drink. However, as you increase in productivity, the chances are you will be so engrossed in your work, that you simply don’t have time to be lonely. Our advice to anyone who is considering a home office is to build your virtual support network. Have a group or forum you can turn to if you feel as though you need to take a break and talk to someone for half an hour. Let’s face it, we’re not robots and we need to interact.
- Who do I turn to if I need help?
If you are employed, and have the option of flexible working, then chances are your employer will have procedures in place for those that need some assistance in their duties. However, if you are self employed, you’re pretty much on your own and need to make your own decisions. As mentioned above, the perfect solution is to join a group or forum within the same industry. There are so many helpful comments, questions and tips that people like to share, you are bound to find something resourceful to help you overcome your challenge.
- Can I motivate myself without others around me?
This can be a tricky factor and what it all boils down to is mindset. You need to have the drive and determination to make things work, and you need to be disciplined (which we will cover in a later post). If you lack in motivation, then reading or listening to motivational material is the best way to start putting one foot in front of the other. There are plenty of videos on YouTube or articles you can read about self motivation. Find an author/video blogger that you can relate too and make them your personal mentor. Visit their material regularly and draw energy and inspiration from their content to get you motivated.
Now that you have asked yourself these questions take some time to write down your concerns that relate to each situation. Then next to each concern, break it down into a solution. Can you find a satisfactory solution? If so, then you are in the right frame of mind to make it work from home. If not, then share with us your concern and we’ll see if we can help you turn it around.
The team at Remote Associates all work in their own individual capacity, However, they work together to provide a solution to the above questions they initially asked themselves when starting out.
Remember, working from home isn’t easy, but it is rewarding and if you get it right you can create your ideal working environment and lifestyle.
~ Hayley and The Remote Associates Team
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