A lot of people are embracing the idea of working-from-home. The opportunity to provide income for the family while also saving on daily commuting, and perhaps childcare fees has become trendy!
As a work-from-home mum myself, I get asked this question a lot, “how do you do it?”
With some thinking it’s the easy way out, some are not sure if it can work for them. Some are attracted to the lifestyle but it’s not as simple as it’s thought to be. Which is why I don’t think it’s for everyone. Things like not dealing with office politics, and not commuting aren’t all there is to working from home.
SO, if you’re thinking about working from home, or wondering if it might work for you, I personally think there are several things to consider, and 5 in particular stand out for me:
1. Self Motivation
How motivated are you? With or without someone else around you, do you have the ability to push yourself forward? Are you a self-starter? Can you figure out issues for yourself? This is vital when working for/by yourself.
You need to have the confidence to make decisions and create your own deadlines. Without someone else telling you what to do, or a boss looking over your shoulder and keeping tabs on your workload/projects, it is on you to do that for yourself.
Do you have goals? Do you know where you want to go/be?
2. Organizational Skills
I’m sorry disorganized people but unless you have some sort of organizational skills, you cannot succeed in working from home. While you could work for yourself, working from home can be a challenge especially if there are kids in the house.
An organized individual won’t have problems managing work tasks and personal/household chores and errands. And when other things keep popping up, an organized person will know how to stay focused on the work at hand. Whereas, without proper organizational skills, one can easily lose focus.
Check out my post on Tips to increase productivity.
Work-from-home moms, this is especially for you. IF you have kids at home, flexibility will play a big part on your success. You must be willing to change up your schedule at the drop of a hat. And you must be able (and willing) to work anytime and anyday to keep on schedule. In other words, you must be FLEXIBLE!
As a work-from-home mom myself, I know things can come up and easily mess up my schedule. Which is why I’m either working very early in the morning OR late at night.
Check out my 11 Time Management Tips.
4. Comfortable with Isolation
This is one thing that’s often overlooked. People will go yay at the idea of avoiding commutes and office politics, BUT sometimes forget those chats they like to have with other people. If you don’t like to be quiet, or easily get lonely, WELL, working from your own may not work for you! IF you’re a mom with kids but like to always have adult conversations with people, you’re better off in an office where you’re surrounded by other people/adults and conversations happen organically.
You don’t want to be one of those people constantly annoying other people with calls or emails coz you’re feeling lonely!
5. Excellent Communication Skills
Don’t you hate it when you send an email with a number of questions and you get a response to only 1 question – either the first one or the last?? Yep, poor communication skills.
If you cannot convey your messages clearly without people seeing you and wanting to ask further questions in response to your message, you can’t succeed in working from home. Yes, people can skype/facetime/zoom or whatever, but still most of the communication is done via email AND it’s vital that the person working remotely has the ability to communicate clearly so people understand everything without waiting for a phone call or face-to-face meeting where they can probe to understand more or need to read body language.
As you can see, there’s lots of discipline, skills, hard work, not forgetting the sacrifices that go into making each day work.
Are you cut out for this type of life? Are there other skills and personality traits you feel are needed to successfully work-at/from-home? Would love to hear your thoughts/comments