Do You Have What It Takes to Work from Home?
Before you decide to work from home you should understand some of what it takes to make it successful. It’s not all completely wonderful, but for many it’s a dream come true. There are specific traits a person who works from home should have. While working from home offers many people an opportunity to earn an income when they might not otherwise be able to, or to earn it in a way that makes them happy, not everyone is cut out for it.
- Technical Skills – Today, to work from home you are going to need some technology-focused skills so that you can understand how to upload, download and use the software needed to perform the work that you need to do.
- Many Capabilities – No one will come down to your office to fix your computer, the printer, or anything at all. You’ll need to have a lot of different skills to enable you to work independently without having to call on people to do things for you. If you are uncomfortable doing that, working from home might not be for you.
- Self-Motivated and Disciplined – You’ll need the ability to set your own schedule and the motivation to stick to it once you set it. If you are easily distracted by other things and you cannot motivate yourself to stick to your work so that you can earn a living, you will not do very well at home.
- Able to Set SMART Goals – Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-focused goals are needed to work from home and get things done in a reasonable time frame needed to earn a living. If you are not able to set goals for yourself, you may not be able to work from home. This is because even though you have a flexible schedule, you still have deliverables and income needs to consider.
- Tremendous Self-Confidence – Working from home requires a lot of confidence because often times you’re not going to get the pats on the backs and “atta-boys” that you do in a work environment. You need to have an inner confidence that enables you to work with the full knowledge of your abilities without worrying about anyone affirming your worth.
- Be Organized – This doesn’t mean your house has to be clean, but rather that you’re able to set up an organizational method on how you will conduct your work that works for you. The great thing about working from home is that you get to choose your own methods for the most part. But, if you can’t create a method or follow someone else’s method on your own, you may have a lot of issues meeting deadlines and not being stressed.
- Know When to Say No – Not only to others, but also to yourself. It’s very easy to end up working all the time when your home is also your office. You need to know when to call it quits for the day so that you can have some sort of work-life balance.
Working from home can be wonderful and horrible at the same time. If you need to have close relationships and physicality with others, then it may prove difficult for you. But some people thrive in a work-from-home environment. If you have these traits you should be able to do well working from home.