What To Consider When You Are Thinking Of Working From Home

Not a fan of the office life? Not all of us are. While some people love the atmosphere and high-pressure environment of corporate work, for others, it can be their idea of hell. There's nothing wrong with either opinion - after all, it's different strokes for different folks! But, if you've just left a corporate position in the hope of working from home instead, there are some things you'll need to know. Working from home is a dream for many people - in fact, studies suggest that around 1 in 3 people in Australia now work from home. It can be an attractive prospect for a number of reasons. If you are a parent, it enables you to spend more time with your kids and to work your job around them; rather than it being the other way around. It also allows you to work to your own schedule, something you can't do with office hours. Some of us are more productive very early in the mornings - so having a 7-2 working day would suit these people down to the ground. If you're ready to make the move to 'remote working' as it's known, here are some helpful tips.

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Try and set a schedule of sorts

You will soon learn that without putting a plan in place, it's very easy for the dream of working from home to fall apart. With so many distractions around and no one to answer to, watching that one mid-morning episode of Gilmore Girls can easily turn into a three-hour marathon. It's all about being strict with yourself. Of course, you don't need to literally time your day down to the hour. But decide that you're going to get at least half of your work done by midday. Then, you can have a couple of hours to focus on housework, doing something for your kids or simply taking a break. Then, you can go back to work at 2, until other responsibilities call. By setting goals for the day, you will feel more motivated to fulfil them and thus become more productive.

Keep on top of your taxes

One of the pitfalls of being self-employed is that you are responsible for your own taxes. You can do your tax returns at the end of the financial year, but in order to make life easier for yourself, it is advised that you keep on top of them as you go. Otherwise, you may end up having to dedicate a good few days to sorting out receipts and insurance forms in order to file your full return. This can be very difficult and time-consuming. So by keeping on top of your returns throughout the year, you can save yourself a lot of hassle.

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Create a brilliant workspace

Whatever you do, don't work from your bed! It can be so tempting - but unless you are ill, having an actual office to go to will make all the difference to your working day. Clear out your spare room to make a space that is designed for productivity. Add a computer desk and some inspiring art; keep it organised and bright. This way, you will actually feel like you are going into work each day, even if your commute is only up the stairs! If you don't have a spare room to convert into an office, simply section off an area of your lounge or dining room to make into a workspace nook.