Tips for Telecommuting
About eight years ago my mother decided to go back to work as a promotional products account executive. There she could use her creativity and interpersonal skills to give her clients what they were looking for while adding to the income of our household. After five years with the company she decided that it would be in her best interest, and the best interest of our family, to work from home. Since she began to telecommute my mom has maintained great relationships with her established clientele and has continued to pull her weight as an employee of the company.
Here are the two pieces of advice she has to offer for anyone who wishes to successfully telecommute and provide a win-win situation for everyone involved:
- Conduct your work day in the same way you would as if you were in the office. Work day hours vary among careers, but waking up early and wrapping things up about eight hours later is usually the standard schedule. My mom wakes up at 7:30, has her coffee and breakfast, and then dives into that day’s work. By keeping with the normal schedule she would at the office she is able to monitor how much she accomplishes and insure that she is getting done all that needs to be.
- Create a home-office space devotedly to work. My mom says that the worst thing to happen when working from home is being on the phone with a client when our dogs start barking at something outside the window. While we appreciate our dogs protecting us from the evil squirrel invading our yard, the sound of barking in the background of a business call is not the professional message you’d like to convey. The small guestroom in our house was turned into an office space with a full desk set so that when necessary my mom could close the door and conduct business in a quiet space with no distractions.
While she does admit that without all the “new” technologies like laptops and smart phones working from home probably would not be an option, the two tips above are what make her days most productive. The perks of telecommuting are endless (getting to spend more time with the family, avoiding the rush hour commute, making lunch in your own kitchen, etc.) and by taking proper measures to insure productivity, working from home will benefit both you and your employers.