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.