I’ve worked remotely off and on for several years and I’ve enjoyed the opportunity. Before you say “it’s not for me” think of the following,
- Develop a routine as you would if you are planning on going into an office
- Have a real office, not a make shift office; this is critical, you are working usually 8-10 hours per day, guard against un-necessary interruptions.
- Stick to a start time and end time. It is easy to make a habit of never ending your work day when working remotely, I am often guilty of this. The work life balance is important even when working remotely.
- Dress as if you are going into an office, sometimes even putting on your shoes and do not always wear sweats, this is an important step. One of the most frequent comments I get is, if I work from home I would stay in my PJs all day.
- Use your lunch break to run errands. Yes, take a lunch break. Remember, working from home is not an opportunity to use the time as personal, you are getting paid. If you have an appointment during the work day, let your colleagues know so you are not considered “missing in action”
- Set up opportunities to meet and network. The second most frequent comment I get is, “I do not like the isolation of working from home”. Working from home should not be an isolating situation, to avoid from feeling isolated you should try to set up lunch or dinner dates, sign up to attend evening networking events, join professional organizations, attend professional events. I know this is easier said than done.
- Answer your e–mails in a timely manner and attend meetings you are invited to, be engaged In my opinion, this is one important way to show that you are responsible and accountable
- Keep abreast of changes in your industry, you would do this if you were in an office environment I understand working remotely is not for everybody, but it is becoming more popular for many employers.
When I was first presented with this opportunity-idea I was not sure I would be successful and did not embrace the opportunity. However, I’ve found that the aforementioned list of ideas has led to a successful start for me. For Free lancers/consultants and some business development professionals working remotely is the standard, it would be great to hear your ideas.