Being Successful Working At Home (Part 1 of 2)

There are many different reasons men and women decide to work from home. One of the most common of these motivators, is being able to spend more time close to their family. However, finding a healthy and effective way to balance work and family, from home or otherwise, isn’t always easy. Still, with some responsible planning and some understanding from the other members of your family, working at home can be just as rewarding as it is profitable.

The first step to success is to formulate a clear idea of how your personal business goals and the needs of your family can effectively intertwine. Before ever opening up shop, you should hold a family meeting. This group sit-down is a time for you to share your plans and goals and for the other family members to communicate their thoughts and expectations. This type of family discussion will encourage cooperation and make sure everyone is on the same page before the changes even occur.

Before your first day of work arrives, you should decide on office hours. Almost every job will require a certain amount of time to be put in during each working day, and a particular amount of work that will need to be completed during that time. Think about whether you will set your hours of operation around the daily schedule your family follows in your home or whether you will have set hours in which your family should not interrupt your work efforts. Regardless of which way you decide to go, you should prepare yourself for the occasional interruption– it pretty much comes with the territory. According to one home office survey, the most frequent problem with working at home reported was the family’s lack of respect for working hours.

Don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

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