For those accustomed to working in a traditional office setting, the idea of working from home is usually met with an array of emotions. Some people love the idea of being able to roll out of bed and skip the commute into work. Others worry they’d be too lonely and bored. But if you’re thinking about transitioning into blogging as a full-time gig, you don’t really have much choice. Ready or not, working from home is the most cost-effective and practical option.
5 Simple Tips
Blogging from home is becoming an increasingly popular career option for those with some digital marketing and content writing experience. But it’s the working from home part of the equation that requires some getting used to. As you make the transition, here are some things you can do to make the shift easy and rewarding:
1. Evaluate Your Setup
You can make your life a whole lot easier by thinking ahead and planning out the perfect setup. For starters, be sure you have a fast and reliable internet connection (even when multiple devices are connected).
“Although several wired and wireless internet service providers may be available near you, the fastest speeds are not guaranteed to reach your home and depend on how far away from the infrastructure you live – this is because wired connections can degrade over longer distances and line-of-sight obstructions for wireless connections can disrupt transfer speeds resulting in packet loss, higher latency (ping), and slower speeds,” InMyArea points out. “Search your address to see if Fiber-Optic, DSL, or Cable internet is available in your area.”
Secondly, consider where your office will be located in relation to the rest of the house. It’s best if you have a secluded room with a door. This creates an additional layer of privacy (which is especially important if there are other people living in the home).
2. Set Clear Rules
When you go from working in an office to working from home, the lines between your personal and professional lives tend to blend together. To prevent this from becoming a bigger issue, set clear rules from the start.
For example, friends and neighbors need to know that you’re unavailable during work hours. They can’t just stop by and chat for a few minutes. Kids should know that they can’t just open your office door unannounced. Proactive guidelines will serve you well.
3. Get Started Early
“When I work from home, I wake up, put on a pot of coffee, and start working immediately — much earlier normal working hours,” entrepreneur Lindsay Kolowich writes. “I only start making breakfast once I’ve hit a wall or need a break. I’m a morning person and find I can get a ton done in the early morning hours, so this works really well for me.”
You might not think you’re a morning person, but give it a try. There’s something nice about waking up before everyone else is out of bed. It gives you time to focus and center your brain before the demands of the day start to pull at you.
4. Eliminate Distractions
As a blogger, you’ll be spending the majority of your day on the computer and connected to the internet. This opens up a world of distractions that can potentially eat away at your time and limit your productivity.
Develop a plan for eliminating distractions at the source. This might look like turning your phone on silent, using a blocker to avoid certain sites, or only checking your email at certain points throughout the day.
5. Get Out of the House
Make it a point to get out of the house at least once during the day. Whether it’s a trip to the bank, or a brief workout at the gym, getting out of the house will prevent you from developing boredom (which often turns into writer’s block).
Discover Your Groove
Everyone functions differently in a work-from-home environment. It’ll take you a few weeks to figure out what this new setup will look like for you and how you can stoke creativity, maximize productivity, and achieve the sort of results that justify your decision to switch careers and try something new.