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Working From Home

 

I've received so many inquiries regarding work at home / telecommute opportunities, as well as questions about how to get started working remotely, I decided to add a few pages about it on my site.

I've been telecommuting off and on for about 10 years now. I love it, but it's not for everyone. A few pros are that, well... you're at home. I'm able to keep up with the responsibilities of home ownership, but I'm also incredibly productive in my work. I have the flexibility to run errands, go to appointments and attend to other things outside the house during times when traffic may be less congested. I also enjoy my time alone, without the sometimes constant interruptions in an office environment. 

 

On the flip side, the cons can be feelings of loneliness and isolation. At times, I miss the daily face-to-face interactions at work. It can take longer to build trust with clients.

 

If you are easily distracted, working from home may not be an ideal environment for you. I can be a bit of a workaholic so I often start my day around 5:30am and have a difficult time stopping before 5 or 6pm. Forcing myself to take a break midday is essential for me, it clears my head and also keeps me from getting over tired. 

I've also found that setting up a true office has been very helpful in keeping me focused and productive. Minus the expense of a good laptop, you can save a pretty hefty amount of pennies by buying used items (office desks, chairs, etc.) in the beginning. But initial costs can still be substantial. 

To help you gauge the potential hit to your pocketbook, I've added a general checklist below. Some items are required, others are in the "nice to have" arena.

Feel free to reach out if you have further questions or there is any other information you feel would be helpful for me to share.

 

Checklist

  • Laptop

  • Keyboard

  • Monitor(s)

  • Desk

  • Office chair

  • Phone and phone service

  • Internet service

  • Mouse

  • Printer

  • Headset

  • Office supplies

  • Paper

  • Shredder

  • Power strips

  • Batteries