Five Things to Know Before You Start Working from Home

Working from home can be amazing. Not having to deal with messy coworkers or a boss constantly looking over your shoulder can really help you boost productivity.

However, making the decision to work at home can be life-altering, and may come with challenges that you weren’t expecting.

With that in mind, this is Office Maniac’s five things to know before you start working from home.

1. Don’t care about the “work from home” stereotypes

If you’re transitioning from the office to home, it’s easy to worry about what your coworkers think. It’s a common stereotype that people who work from home are all sitting in their pajamas, watching tv, and eating snacks while occasionally checking their email. Even though that’s entirely false, it’s easy to convince yourself to overwork to try and compensate for what others may think.

Before you start working from home, make sure you’re confident enough in your own productivity but also confident that you can still balance work and social life.

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2. Working from home may affect childcare

If you have children, you may have to find a different form of childcare than you currently have. You need a calm, quiet space, and sometimes kids can get in the way of that. The cost of an at-home nanny or a daycare that your child can spend the workday at is an important factor to consider when you’re beginning to work from home. You wouldn’t bring your kids into a corporate office, so it’s important to have the same standard for your home office.

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3. You need a dedicated office space

Even though sitting on the couch all day with a pot of coffee and a computer on your lap sounds like a dream come true for many workers, it’s important to find a space to call your office for working hours. Even if it’s just the kitchen table, finding a solid space to rest your computer on and a chair with good back support not only increases productivity but also helps your long-term health. Making sure you have a dedicated, quiet place is necessary for working from home. 

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4. You may need to leave to find inspiration

Even the people who love working from home the most know that you need a change in scenery every once in a while. Without the antics of your coworkers or the casual conversation with your boss keeping you awake and engaged, it’s all too easy to isolate yourself at home, and drain your mental ability. You need to find time to be around others, either at a coffee shop, the local library or another quiet place, and get a change of pace. 

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5. Enjoy every second of it

Working from home is a fantastic experience. Take a moment occasionally to just remind yourself that you’re getting to do something so many of your corporate peers want to do. Even though there are challenges that come with working from home, and new things to consider, this is a fantastic opportunity, and one that you’ll be happy you chose for the rest of your life. 

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“If you love your workspace, you’ll love your work a little more.”

Cynthia Rowley
Comments (8)
Jocelyn
March 19, 2019

Things I am ready to consider. Thank you! And very well written

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    Office Maniac
    March 19, 2019

    Thank you!

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Iris
March 20, 2019

This is totally true! I’ve been working from home for 5 years now and I subscribe. Except for the kids thing, but just because I don’t have any yet 🙂

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    Office Maniac
    March 20, 2019

    Thank you!

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Susan Lindsley
March 20, 2019

I’m working from home, or at least trying to, and I resist the tv watching every day. I want a hang out, sit on the couch kind of day, but I’m kind of scared of it too. I don’t want to get used to that. I have to figure out how to make money and be home too. So, I keep the tv off until later in the day. Good tips in the article.

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    Office Maniac
    March 20, 2019

    🙂 Thank you for reading it.

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Britt
March 20, 2019

Great insight! These are things that I never thought of before!

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    Office Maniac
    March 20, 2019

    Thanks for reading it!

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