Tips For Working From Home
SET ASIDE A SPECIFIC PLACE EXCLUSIVELY FOR WORK
Find the least visited section of your house or apartment. Set aside a quiet room or corner when you can set up a desk with a laptop or desktop computer and landline number (if necessary for your line of work). Not only will this help your focus and consistency but you can also write if off under your taxes if you are self employed or own your own business.
CREATE A DAILY WORK SCHEDULE
Focus on the tasks at hand to keep yourself motivated. Working alone asks for the most motivation as there is no one to push you forward other than yourself. Creating a daily list of things to do will keep you productive and not just busy. Set your specific times for phone calls and video conferences early in the morning while the positive mental attitude is high before the wear and tear of the day ensue. If you are taking a quick lunch break, you can work while you eat and effectively review and respond to all emails you have received this morning. Following lunch, you focus on your website, maintenance, and inventory. Finish the day with daily reports and review and respond to any emails received in the afternoon.
FOCUS ON BEING AN EXTROVERT
While the sentence might be considered contradicting considering the facts of a remote job, this is still the most important. To build a business, you need to build a connection. This is the most important thing. Do not always resort to email and text when speaking to a client. Every once in a while, make the move to reach out with a phone call or video conference and make the exchange more interpersonal. This will help you establish the level trust in the relationship. Because at the end of the day, we are nurturing a long time, in some cases even life long, relationship. This is not a one time thing. You want to increase your return rate and keep that loyal client coming back to do business with you.
LEARN TO NETWORK IN THE DIGITAL AGE
First things first, having all your social media accounts updated to a professional standard. LinkedIn should be your main social media account. Make connections. Look at what everyone is doing. See what how you can make referrals that will reciprocate back to you. Send them a couple of hopeful leads so that you can show them you are serious. Stay in touch and share notes with each other on working remotely/building your business. It is good to have associates and affiliates in all industries. You can never know what the future holds.
MAKE VERY AGGRESSIVE MOVES TOWARDS YOUR RETIREMENT SAVINGS
Working for a big company or an employer has its up and downs, one of those being the access to health insurance and retirement plans such as 401k and social security. Being self employed or owning your own business from home takes away those options a lot of the times with the benefits either not being available or being overly expensive. This is where you want to take the time and look at investing in options such as traditional and Roth IRAs. On average, investing in index funds over a significant amount of time yields an 8% return!
MASTER YOUR TECH SKILLS
Running a business from home is how Google and Youtube become your best friend. Whether you are looking for business articles or tutorials, these 2 sources will help you learn everything you need to know about working from home. Take to Youtube and learn about SEO & PPC. Use Google to help you find local clients or use its services to get a phone number and professional email for your business. Register your business with Google and add your website to draw organic traffic.
MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET ALL OF YOUR PROPER PAPERWORK IN ORDER
Running a business from home might feel like a hobby but that does not take away the laws of the business world to which you still abide by. Make sure that your business is registered as the correct entity and that all your tax papers are in order. Running an online business also means you need to have all of your disclosures properly placed somewhere on your website for all of your clients and partners involved.