Now that you have realized your dream of working from home, this is hardly the time to relax and take it easy just because you do not have to hustle with everyone else to commute to work daily, or because you do not have a boss is overseeing your work. Work at home jobs can be a trap because if you are not careful, they encourage laziness and an approach that is not very professional. Therefore, once you have your job, there are some things that must be taken care of.
Tell the family about it and let them help you in creating guidelines to which you can work with the least or no interference. You are going to require some space to work in, but you do not own the home alone as it belongs to your spouse, children and to the pets too. Therefore, there has to be a consensus. They all have to agree to your plan. Also discuss with them the hours that you would most likely like to work. It is advisable that you keep to normal office hours if you can because this will mean you can handle a greater workload.
Find out if your office equipment like laptops and paperwork are going to be covered by the insurer who has insured the home. Sometimes there might be special clauses regarding working at home.
Think about whether it really is convenient for you to work from home by considering the type of job that you are intending to do. If it is kind of official, all you will need is a PC and Internet connection. You will also need a space for a desk and a seat. If you sell products, you might then have to consider building an extra room to store them.
You will also require a lot of privacy. Therefore, it is advised that you agree with the family members that this space is your office and therefore it is off bounds to them unless you permit them. There are some customer or company's professional details that should be kept a secret. Also, you cannot let kids for example come and meddle with your work PC as they may lose stored files.