As businesses across the world rethink work-from-home policies beyond the coronavirus pandemic, professionals are entering the work-from-home workforce at record rates.
However, leaving a corporate environment for a home office set-up is harder than you may think. In fact, though the prospect of answering video calls from your couch may sound enticing, working from home can present new and difficult challenges.
Consider yourself a work-from-home pro? Or, perhaps you’re considering a new work-from-home opportunity? Either way, maximize your potential by avoiding these six mistakes.
1. Working from your bed or couch
Sure, working from your bed with the shades closed, or on the couch with Netflix streaming in the background, may sound like a dream. Unfortunately, this type of set-up will hinder productivity and create unnecessary distractions. Instead, create a dedicated office space in a quiet and secluded area of the home. Steer clear of creating an office in the kitchen or living room, as these areas may attract other family members or roommates. In other words, more noise and distractions! A dedicated office space will help you separate the virtual working world from other aspects of your life, which in turn will increase efficiency and work output.
2. Forgetting to take breaks
Think about how many breaks and pauses you take throughout a single day while working a traditional office job. It’s imperative to take similar breaks while working from home. Working from home should not mean you are working more.
Alternatively, strive to be just as (or even more!) productive within a similar time frame. Stepping away from the computer will give you a chance to clear your head and refocus later, versus burning out after four to five hours of straight screen time. Pro tip: Consider an alarm strategy, in which you set reminders to take a walk around your home, drink some water, and stretch your body before getting back to work.
3. Working seven days a week
Those who work from home know how difficult it is to leave work stress behind after you stop servicing. After all, they live and work under the same roof. Though this may be difficult to put into practice, try your best not to blur the line between your work time and downtime. In addition, keep in mind that working from home should not equate to working more.
Make sure to take various short breaks, as well as at least thirty minutes to an hour for lunch, in which you step away from your computer and into another room – or even outside.
Never leaving the house
Many believe that those who work from home should not leave the house during the workday. Wrong! If you are accustomed to leaving the office for lunch breaks, consider implementing the practice when you work from home, such as a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant.
Not creating a schedule
Maybe you feel most productive in the early mornings. Or perhaps you prefer working late into the evening. Those who work from home should create and follow a schedule that works specifically for them. Determine what time to wake up, build a routine, and shape your daily work hours. Establish short breaks throughout the day, as well as a desired lunch hour. Not only will this keep you more organized, it will also allow others to become familiar with your routine.
Now You’re Ready to Be a Work from Home Pro!
With the Arise® Platform you can generate income on your terms. You can be your own boss, set your own hours, and decide how much or how little you want to work as you juggle other responsibilities.
The Arise® Platform connects small call center companies, run by people like you, to prestigious Fortune 500 clients through a virtual platform. Arise provides the clients, you provide the service. Client opportunities include:
Home improvement suppliers
Cable and Internet providers
Major theme parks
Sporting goods providers
This is not your average business startup; when you use the Arise® Platform, there are minimal startup costs. You can start your own customer support business and work from home without a huge investment in infrastructure.
Many company owners have used tips like these to help them provide excellent customer support. Avoiding these work-from-home mistakes will help you be more productive and reach your goals too.
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