As the work world changes, more of us are setting up shop and working from home. This includes those of us who are between jobs, free-lancers, and telecommuters.
There are obvious advantages to working from home, such as no commuting time and costs, controlling our own time, schedule, and environment, and better home-life balance. However, there are some drawbacks, and if you are contemplating working from home, here are a few things that you should consider first.
The transition can be difficult, especially for workers who are outgoing and very social. There can be a major adjustment for those workers, as they must now adapt to being in a quiet setting without much personal interaction. There always is email, telephone, Facebook, etc., through which to communicate and collaborate with your co-workers, but it’s not quite the same as face-to-face connections.
Working from home also requires you to take the reins on a number of issues that might have been done through group or company activity. You now have to take responsibility for your own professional image, networking, and professional development. And, you must be a self-motivator if you want to keep expanding your network and visibility.
You also must be self-disciplined. It can be very easy to linger over your morning cup of coffee before starting to work. Or, you can be distracted by something you would rather be doing around the house, a pet project, your television, even your laundry if you aren’t motivated to jump on the work you need to do.
As a recent report from the Wharton Business School detailed, working alone requires more than just managing your personal time, space, and motivation. What is equally important is how well you keep collaborating, networking, and advancing your career. So, keep all of these things in mind when thinking about working alone. You can do it, but you must be prepared first.