Top tips on working from home in harmony
PUBLISHED: 14:58 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 12:35 27 October 2014
Working from home has many advantages, from the quiet environment and flexible hours, to having a commute that merely involves walking downstairs. Therefore it is no wonder that in June 2014 the Office for National Statistics reported that the number of home workers in the UK was at the highest rate since records began, making up 13.9% of the UK’s workforce.
However, for those self-employed, freelance or small business owners that find working from home a reality there may be times when cabin fever, isolation and an inability to switch off set in, which could hinder your productivity. To ensure that you are working in harmony we have put together our top tips to working at home successfully.
Plan your day
When working from home, especially if you are just starting out it can be easy to get distracted. Planning what you want to achieve each day and setting deadlines will help you to stay focused and work productively. If there is someone that you need to contact on a particular day, try and get hold of them first thing so that if they are unavailable they have the rest of the day to get back to you.
Through experience you will learn how to prioritise your tasks to give the best workflow and productivity.
Create a set work space
Avoiding distractions is the secret to success when working from home. Create your own office or work zone away from any disturbances and keep this area for work only. Choose somewhere away from the main commotion of your home and organise childcare the same as you would if you were working elsewhere. Make your home office a place that you want to be, whether it is through having pictures, photos or a comfy office chair.
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean that you have to stay in every day. Give yourself a change of scenery every once in a while by working from your local library or café (with WiFi of course); this will combat cabin fever and isolation.
Have a routine
One of the main advantages of working from home is the flexibility it allows. Depending on whether you are a morning person or an evening person you can tailor your working hours to suit you. Having said that, whether you choose to start work at 8am or 11am make sure you have a set routine that you can commit to and factor in breaks. Ensure that your clients know your working hours so that they are clear on the times they can get hold of you.
Make sure that you are always working in a clean and tidy environment. Even if the rest of your house is a mess make sure that your work space is organised and your files and documents are in order. When working from home it is also a good idea to ensure that you have everything you need to conduct your business effectively. Whether you are a Dressmaker and need to repair your sewing machine or an IT Consultant who requires updated computer software; if you are self-employed and the cost is solely and exclusively for the running of your business, you may be able to claim the cost as a business expense.
This article was written by Anna Savitsky at Easy Accountancy.