When the World Wide Web started to become more widespread, many wondered if we’d all be working from home within a few years. Well, the Web has been around on a pretty wide scale since the nineties, and nearly thirty years later most of us are still working away from home.
To be fair, this is because it simply isn’t that practical for everyone to be working from home. And in that statement I’m not even including the obvious targets for exclusion. (Builders and cleaners, for example, are pretty much automatically excluded!) Even if you only refer to office workers who work mainly with computers, it simply isn’t feasible for everyone to work from home.
Still, it’s becoming more realistic and widespread all the time. It’s got many people wondering if they should make the shift over to working from home. If you think it would be right for you, then go for it. But there are a few things you should keep in mind.
1. You Need to Get an Office Set Up
Sure, there are people out there who can work quite easily with a laptop actually in their lap as they lie back on the sofa. But most people don’t really work that well in this state. You’re a lot more productive when you’re treating this as close to an office job as possible. And this means turning a room into as close to an office as possible. You should have a good desk, a sturdy chair, and a lack of fun distractions. You should really lock yourself into an “office mindset”!
2. You Shouldn’t Work with Standard Broadband
I can tell you from experience that trying to work from home with a slow Internet speed is akin to climbing Everest. Okay, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But seriously, it feels like an uphill struggle when you’re trying to upload documents with crummy broadband. It will be better for both you and your clients if you look into a sturdier and faster broadband connection. Check this link to see if you can get something like fibre-optic where you live.
3. Brush Up on Your Tech Skills
Remember all those times your computer crashed while you were at the office and you had to get the I.T. people to help out? Well, the cavalry ain’t coming for you now. If you have technical problems at home, you’ll have to handle them yourself. Well, okay, you could hire a freelance technician to come round and help you. But do you really have time for that? More importantly, do you want to spend all that money? Get some computer science knowledge and become more independent.
4. Final Words
In the end, working from home can be easier or harder than working in an office. It’s important that you don’t underestimate the task. But it’s possible that you’ll start working from home and wonder what this article was ever talking about. It really depends on your own work personality, skills, and work ethic. A professional office, fast broadband, and perfect tech knowledge won’t help you if you don’t have the discipline!