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Go back just a few years and the phrase ‘working from home’ was often frowned upon, in fact it was often seen as an easy ride or an excuse for a lazy day. With lack of work monitoring software or accessibility via various media and social channels, the luxury of working at home was often left to the MD or Head Honcho.

However, recently we have seen a huge spike in the number of people setting themselves up as self-employed and working their business from home. This is above and beyond a working from home day, this is full time.

It seems the perfect option when first starting out, if you don’t need storage areas for stock or require a large working space, home could indeed be the perfect workplace. If your business can be fully operational from a laptop, a decent broadband connection and a comfy chair, why would you pay extra for an office space?

There are however a number of things to consider before making your home into your workplace. High on the list is motivation and productiveness.

We are after all, human. If an easy option is dangled in front of our face, we normally take it. If something can be put off until tomorrow, that also normally happens. All of this you will encounter and have to overcome if you are to make working from home a success. It’s an autonomous environment, and one you will have to be disciplined about if you’re going to make things work.

You will have to push yourself every day, set goals for yourself and take responsibility; for everything!

To help you along the way we have put together a few guidelines and tips around working from home. I’m sure readers of this article (some maybe currently working from home) have many more helpful tips, please add them in the comments section below the article – pass on the knowledge!

Do’s and don’ts when working from home

Have our tips been useful? Please share!



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Karl Bilby

We work very closely with our expert accountants to bring you the latest factually correct tax and accounting news. We also enjoy writing about small business news that we hope you find useful!

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Radel Artida
Radel Artida
5th November 2014 1:24 am

Good points! In addition, when working from home you should to dress up. It is a good transition from home to office mode. Working with PJ’s is good but gives too much comfort that will tend you to be lazy.

Making You Content
Making You Content
26th January 2015 9:47 am
Reply to  Radel Artida

Agreed! Working in bed or in your pjs can leave you in the wrong mindset for a productive day of work

5th November 2014 9:04 am

Good addition Radel! Anything that helps making the transition from home to work is worthwhile doing.

Rich Lewry
Rich Lewry
25th January 2015 2:47 pm

yes you can stay productive as I run my gift website ( entirely from home. However, you do need to be extremely disciplined to make it work! It can be very easy to slip in to lazy routines if you are not careful and strict with yourself….

26th January 2015 9:38 am
Reply to  Rich Lewry

How do you keep yourself disciplined and not fall into lazy routines? Any tips! 🙂

Rich Lewry
Rich Lewry
26th January 2015 2:07 pm

My best tip would be to set yourself regular deadlines for completing tasks, so things do not slide. If you share these deadlines with your family or colleagues it will put some pressure on you to achieve them!
It is also important to provide some type of regular structure to your day, like you would when in the office…

Making You Content
Making You Content
26th January 2015 9:49 am

Networking is a brilliant way to stay motivated and feel part of a community when you work from home – gets you out of the house and pays dividends for finding new clients

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