People often envy those who are able to work from home, noting how much easier the workday would be if they could do the same. However, a recent study by OnlineDegrees.com suggests that working from home is on the long list of things easier said than done. (See infographic below)
When asked where they are most productive, the highest proportion (37%) of the telecommuters reported that they are actually more efficient at the office than at home. Home was the choice for 29%, and the rest reported a mix of the two.
What makes working from home so challenging? Distractions, distractions, distractions. According to those surveyed, the top 3 reported were chores (31%), television (26%), and pets (23%).
But what about those workers or business owners who don’t have an office to report to? A study from Vistaprint reports that 66% of micro business owners work from home, and only 18% of them maintain a dedicated working space.
If you’re among the majority of small business owners with a home base, the best chance for success is to create guidelines for yourself from the start, and stick with them so you don’t develop any bad habits. Here are 7 suggestions based on an article on CareerBright.com:
1. Have a dedicated space that’s for work and work alone
2. Decide what your work hours will be (“when I wake up” is not a valid entry)
3. Dress to impress (yourself)
4. Keep the distractions to a minimum (sorry Fido)
5. Communicate your hours to colleagues or vendors if you have them
6. Take a normal lunch hour. Enjoy a break, but avoid the 3-mimosa lunch.
7. Stop work at the time you committed to at the start. You’ll be more productive if you have a deadline, and anyone invested in your work-life balance will thank you.
Have you ever tried working from home? What did you find most rewarding or mostchallenging?