What home workers need to know

If you work from home, you've got to be savvy. Here are some of the things that home workers need to know...

  • Hours may be flexible, but a routine is better. You'll often get more done and get it done in a more structured manner if you stick to a daily routine. Plan your workload by sketching out rough timetables each morning. This will help you to work through your tasks and ensures that you don't forget any of them.
  • If you're freelance, don't lose sight of the fact that you are self employed. This is your company, not your clients, and you should aim to provide only high quality goods or services. Focus on customer / client service - word of mouth is often the best form of advertising.
  • Pay might be low, especially if you don't have much experience. Employers know that home workers are often willing to accept this in exchange for being able to work from the comfort of their own homes.
  • Juggling a full time work from home job with full time childcare is usually very difficult to sustain. Both require too much attention.Working from home can be great for stay at home mums, but don't expect to spend the whole time with your kids.
  • It's not as easy as it sounds. On days when you just can't focus or you realise that you've wasted hours watching daytime TV when you should have been working, you might crave the stability of an office. You need to be motivated, self disciplined and very organised if you want to succeed.

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