Important Steps to follow to work Successfully from Home

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Be & Stay Empowered!

There are indeed important steps one should follow when working from home. Being successful in your work is crucial, especially when working from home.

You might think that it should be much easier working from home than working a 9-5 job, being watched by the “evil eye” of your boss.

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Think Twice! 

Being successful with your work from home can have its pitfalls too, but when you implement these steps, I am writing about, you can avoid hair pulling and exhaustion on a much lower level. 

However, my steps are not unique and many of them have been researched and written down.

One of the authors is Shawn Mason Spence, he has written the book “The work from home Bible“.

Important Steps you might follow upon

1) Find a good space

 Find a good space where you can work without being interrupted all the time. Spence says, “…don’t put your home office near your bed or TV…”

I guess we all can agree on this without having a big discussion. Having a workspace near these locations can only mean trouble, and I mean “big” trouble.

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2) Be as organized as you can.

Having a good filing system, online and physical, is crucial; also make a to-do list, it keeps you focused on your day’s task. 

Make time for your important phone calls and conference calls. Schedule in appointments you have to keep outside of your work hours like doctor appointments, school visits etc.

Nothing can be more stressful than not having any oversight on all the important things.

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3) You need to know your computer.

Being computer savvy is important, knowing how to save your documents correctly, or to down- and uploading files etc.

To know your software’s and programs is also very important. Don’t be afraid of computers and laptops when working from home. You might be doing everything, nowadays, with your smartphone and this is awesome.

However, there are certain things you might still need a desk computer or a Laptop.


Let’s face it, this is essential to your success and if you are none computer savvy, then it is time to take a computer course. Most municipalities do provide this kind of community education. Look in the newspapers.

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4) Avoid distraction.

Distraction can come from varies places like a too-loud TV, pets, family members etc. you get the drift.

That’s why it so important to have a separate office space where you can be uninterrupted when working and will make this clear to any family member.

If you not doing it and to set some boundaries, you will always have to deal with none-emergency interruption. 

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5) Plan your day carefully.

When you have a to-do list and keep your schedule for the day, you will have fewer distractions and might even maximize your own productivity.

As I have set before by setting some boundaries you will not only achieve more, but you also will have more time to enjoy with your loved ones.

6) Stay away from checking your emails too often.

If you have to do your work mostly with emails it is then very important, just for that, to set up a business email account.

There, if you need to check your emails you only will do it for your business and not get sidetracked with your social emails.


Set a time for checking your personal emails like before starting your workday, or when you take a break, or after your workday has come to an end. It is really not that difficult to do.

7) Your communication skills.

Some businesses, nowadays, will use the phone/ smartphone, or even Skype to stay in touch and to communicate with each other. Nevertheless, some interaction is still done through email contact.

Being able to communicate with your customers clearly and concisely through the written word is also very crucial to your success. If you are not so good with grammar, or English is your second language, there are programs available which you can use to improve and enhance your “written” communication.

Grammarly, an extension through Google Chrome, has a free version which, in my opinion, is pretty good and might be already sufficient enough. Then, there is Ginger, which is more suitable, again, in my opinion, for British English correspondence.

Both programs do have a paid upgrade to Premium available.

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8) Set your own work hours.

For example: if you have small children, pets, or being a caregiver can have some major interruptions for your work and your concentration/productivity.

Working through the nap hours of a child is a good decision, having extra help to take care of a sick person or taking the dog for a walk can help as well.

Always plan ahead to avoid conflict on both sides, business and personal.

9) Look after yourself and take a break.

With all your busyness don’t forget yourself. Set some break time aside to have a lunch or a small, healthy snack.

Stretch your whole body and even go outside for 5-10 minutes and have a walk, or walk the dog. It will help you not only physically, but also mentally to be refreshed again.

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10) No home chores during your work hours.

Especially women have the tendency to combine, when working for their business, and doing some house chores on the side, like doing a load of laundry. This will get you sidetracked very quickly.


This further goes for unannounced visits or sudden social phone calls. When being open to the interrupter and saying NO, you are certainly not rude.

After all, it is your business.

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11) Have all the work stuff you will need within reach.

Nothing can be more distracting and even embarrassing when you have certain tools or supplies not available. Being organized and well equipped is important to a professional business owner, even when working from home.

12) When you have to use Skype, make sure your workplace is clean.

Nothing can be more annoying by having clothes, junk etc. lying around behind your chair. Many people seem to be unaware of how their space behind them will actually look to someone else who can see behind them.

Next time when you Skype professionally make sure your place looks professionally too.

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13) Have your business hours like traditional work hours.

Do your phone calls etc. and all your business contacts in the same way as you would do working from 9-5. Do all your administration work after the official work hours and, when there is time to be just with family and friends, make sure that work isn’t interfering.

Again, give everything its time to be, don’t mix them together.

14) Don’t multitask, stay focused.

That’s why having a to-do-list is crucial and will avoid the pitfall getting sidetracked and even lost. It can’t be said enough how important it is to be and to stay focused. 

If you will keep up the multitasking at all time the chances are you will get burnt out.

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15) Have the right (and good) equipment for your work.

Using a fast computer/laptop is important. Also have a scanner, copier, printer, and fax if applicable.


Many printers have all these functions as an ALL-IN-ONE, which will save lots of space too.

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16) Stay connected.

When you work for a company and you have the opportunity by working from home (part-time or full-time), it is very important that you will stay in contact with your boss, manager and/or your team.

Have regular Skype calls or conference-call meetings, or meet in person once or twice a month for lunch/dinner. This will keep you and them in the loop and connected.

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Last Words

These steps are just a guideline for you. You will certainly find many similar suggestions online and this is fine. It should help you to find your balance with being committed to your business and to your personal life.

Some days it is easier to follow these steps, some days not so much. You will find in time what is the best way for you to make your work more productive and enjoyable by working from home. 🙂

If you are playing with the thought of starting your own business from home you might find this article helpful.

I would like to hear your success story in how you do manage your business and personal life by working from home. Leave a comment below if you like.

Wishing you always an outstanding day.

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Sylvia M.

Sylvia M. is a certified Holistic Energy Practitioner and started to work with alternative healing modalities like Reiki and Body Talk when she was still working as a Geriatric Nurse.
However, to look after her ailing husband she had to make the decision and to leave the outside workforce.
She is now working from home have learned the ABC of Affiliate Marketing through the platform Wealthy Affiliate.
Sylvia is determined to give every "stay home woman" the same opportunity so they can too earning money from home.

Be & Stay Empowered!

Author: Sylvia M.

Sylvia M. is a certified Holistic Energy Practitioner and started to work with alternative healing modalities like Reiki and Body Talk when she was still working as a Geriatric Nurse. However, to look after her ailing husband she had to make the decision and to leave the outside workforce. She is now working from home have learned the ABC of Affiliate Marketing through the platform Wealthy Affiliate. Sylvia is determined to give every "stay home woman" the same opportunity so they can too earning money from home.

30 thoughts on “Important Steps to follow to work Successfully from Home”

  1. Hi Sylvia

    You have some really useful tips to help keep us on task when working at home.

    A to-do list is really useful as you say, and you have the satisfaction of ticking off each task as you achieve it, which really acts as a psychological booster! And I agree that you need a dedicated workplace rather than, say, the kitchen table, which has to be completely cleared at times.

    Avoiding family distractions is a great idea if you can achieve it, but in truth that does not always work out!  But its a good thing to aim for.

    And as you say, taking breaks is vital for both your physical and psychological health!

    Many thanks for these great tips.

    Chrissie 🙂

    1. Thanks, Chrissie for your comment and insight.

      I do agree with you, that one of the hardest parts is to keep the distraction to a minimum.

      I do believe it also takes mutual respect for each other, to respect the time you need to be productive.

      Sylvia 🙂

  2. These are all really great steps. It is easy to get distracted when you are working at home. Whenever I am working at home I make sure to let my family know that it is working time and I am not to be disturbed for anything that isn’t important. That way I minimalize my distractions while I am working. Great tips I will definitely be keeping some in mind.

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

      I agree with you that you set your boundaries and made it clear to your family that you are working now and can’t be interrupted.

      This is honest and clear, after all when you can’t work properly you also won’t make proper money either.

       

  3. Working at home and being your own boss can be such a rewarding challange. These are great pointers on how to stay focused without all of the interuptions of daily life while you are trying to work on your own business. Having everything you need in one spot is a great tip. We can easily lose focus if we have to keep getting something else that we forgot that we needed. So be prepared, be ready and be focused if you want to start an internet business and be your own boss. That is how you will succeed.

    1. Thank you, Andy, for your comment and insight it is appreciated.

      Even though we are working from home we still need to make sure that we have everything we need and this includes no interruption for the time we need to work.

  4. Hey Sylvia, you’ve touched on a lot here. I don’t work from home full time, but do fairly regularly as I have three kids and am often home with them if they are sick and end up making up the missed time by working from home. I’m wondering if you can offer any suggestions on keeping from getting tired from sitting too long? Is there a certain type of chair or desk that you could recommend? It’s sometimes late into the night when I’m working and getting out for a walk at that time isn’t ideal, so hoping there may be some products that could help. Thanks Sylvia and all the best, Kevin

    1. Hi Kevin, thanks for your comment and question on the matter.

      I would recommend, for now, that you set the alarm, either on your phone or computer for every 60 minutes.

      Then, you get up and just walk around a bit, doing something else for 5-10 minutes. That’s how I doing it.

      Of course, there are adjustable standing work desks etc. where you can sit and stand up doing some work on the computer either way.

      Another tip I can give is, again, either way, open the window and get some fresh air or step outside in front of your house and get some fresh air there.

      It doesn’t take much time to readjust yourself and take a break once in a while without getting out of the house and take a walk. I wouldn’t walk in the dark either.

      Just saying 🙂

  5. Hi,  Sylvia.  Thank you for those great tips.  I really need to create a separate working area.  I still have two children who often (or always) distracts my focus. But I create my website with a hope that in the future there is no need for them to look for a job.  I hope my daughters can be the independent entrepreneurs.  So I will continue my efforts and learn as many lessons as possible to prepare the best for my daughters’s future. 

    1. Hi Melani, this is a great outlook you have for your girls. I think you will find your rhythm after awhile in how to work from home with less distraction. It is a learning curve for everyone and also very personal. No size fits all.

      Thank you for leaving a comment and all the best to you. 🙂

  6. This is a wonderful article and all those points are great.  The problem is they dont always work out the way you want them to. However people are different as well.  I actually work very well with distractions around me.

    In my case I wouldnt be doing my part time business if I had to be locked up in an office somewhere.  The difference however is I am doing my business on family time so I am able to incorporate both.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide such great information for us.

    Dale

    1. Hi Dale, thanks for your comment and insight on the matter.

      You are absolutely correct that we are very different and not everything works for everyone.

      We have to see and check things out what does work for us and if we found it make sure we can incorporate it into our personal and work life.

      You certainly made some valuable points.

  7. This is really well organized. 

    I am all about empowering women to work from home, or honestly ANYWHERE in the world. I’m a part time traveler and I always find these types of websites helpful for improving my business. One of the most important things that you put here (advice I plan to follow) is the importance of Grammarly (here in the USA) and Ginger for the British English correspondence. There is definitely a difference. Regardless of where we may be in the world, correct grammar definitely adds to the legitimacy of any website.

    Women Rule!

    1. Thanks, Christy for your comment and to confirm that the help of certain programs to increase our functionality in the written word is very important.

      Btw, when I was testing both programs, Grammarly and Ginger, they once in a while did cancel each other out when it comes to the “Rule” but, still, I always take the best from both of them. 🙂

  8. As far as creating schedules for yourself is concerned, I hear it is a good idea to treat that allocated time as a typical “work shift”. I tend to be all over the place when it came to my time but now that I am actually scheduling my days is shifts, I feel a lot more concentrated in getting my work done.

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment and I do agree with you that we have to learn sometimes by trial and error to find out what really helps us and what is a distraction or, even a nuisance. 

      Glad you have found what is working for you.

  9. Hi Sylvia.  What a well organized article you have on your website.  I think you touched on all the important things needed when working from home.  You have creatively added in the necessary items for working from home while making it convenient for your reader to make choices.  I enjoyed your website.  As far as headphones…which ones do you use and recommend?

    Thanks,

    Michelle 

    1. Hey, Michell, thanks for your comment, appreciated.

      Yes, I do try to get all the points and also to leave some room so every person can make it work to their liking.

      After all, we are not the same and no size fits all either. 🙂

      The headphone I am using is a Logitech H340 Wired USB Headset. So far I am very satisfied with it.

      Sylvia

  10. I must thank you for such great tips, Sylvia. I am in affiliate marketing for over a year but still, I can’t manage to organize myself. My biggest problem, for now, is my family and friends, they don’t understand that I have an online business and that I need to work. As for the Grammarly, it is an awesome tool, I am using it and I can recommend it to everyone.

    1. Hey, Daniel, thanks for the comment and insight on the matter.

      Yes, you are not the only one saying that. The biggest challenge most of them are facing when working from home is to make their families and friends understand that they need time and space for themselves to do what is important to them, which is being able to work without major interruption.

      Unfortunately, the part of working from home is not perceived as such but, I am sure that this will change with time.

  11. Just like you, keeping you as one of my inspiration I want to start working from my home too. This article was a really good preparation for that. This article pointed out all the main things I have to take care before starting to work successfully from my home.

    Thank you so much for sharing this article.

    1. Thank you for leaving a comment and I am glad this article was helpful to you to make the right steps when you start working from home.

      All the best to you.

  12. There’s some very useful tips here Syliva, personally i find writing out a to-do list every night for the next day really helps me get in my head how my day will plan out and then sticking to it. So it’s probably the most useful for me but of course some others like limiting distractions, not mulit-tasking, setting work hours etc. are all very much needed as well.

    I think everyone running or thinking of running their own online business really should employ all of your tips here.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      I certainly do agree that there are many more steps one can do to get more organized which in the end will lead to success.

  13. Hi Sylvia,
    Indeed this is really true there are many distractions and I have fallen victim and most times leads to procrastination. I have set aside a desk where I do all of my work mostly at home.
    The only thing is that sometimes I overwork myself I find myself skipping meals because I have to meet a target.
    I’ll have to follow these simple rules, though, they make perfect sense.

    Thanks!
    Joseph

    1. Thanks Joseph for your comment and sharing your personal experience by working from home.

      I can relate to that by skipping meals and don’t look enough after myself.

      It all is a learning curve for sure.

      Sylvia

  14. Sylvia,
    Having a dedicated work space and time are my most important steps to work from home. A to do list and white noise are some other things that keep me going. When you have your to do list you need to make things a priority and not just do the easy things. I try to do the most difficult thing on the list first, the rest will seam easy. I do the chores when I am on break from working on my websites.
    I do have several work spaces set up in and outside my home, do you think working in a different spot helps break the monotony of working at home.
    John

    1. John, thanks for your comment and yes, I do believe of changing the scenery once in a while to skip a case of monotomy.

      I certainly like your attitude of doing the tough arts on your to do list first it certainly will take the edge off things to follow.

      Sylvia

  15. Hi there,
    Great post and also so important to the stay at home moms.
    I know a few women here where I live and I know well that they would have a few hours to kill every day after dropping their kids to school.
    I have no doubt that you and WA could well school them on how thay could become successful SAHM’s and give them something to look forward to every day.
    Its probably the best online business on the market today, without doubt.
    Best wishes to you,
    Cheers…Philip Browne

    1. Thanks Philip for your comment and insight I certainly appreciate it.

      I also do hope that more women will come forward and do acknowledge that starting and having a business from home is possible.

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