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4 things homeworkers should not ignore

4 things homeworkers should not ignore

A collaborative post by Joseph Peake.

The modern world allows people to find themselves in a position where they can take control over how they work. And the best way to do this is by becoming homeworkers.

Welcome to the homeworkers world

Whether they’re embracing freelancing, setting up their own business, or simply working out some kind of flexible working arrangement with their employers, people are able to dictate their work lives in ways that were never possible before.

Most of this comes down to the rise of the internet, making it far easier to work no matter where you are. This means plenty of people are now in a position to work from home rather than going out to an office.

This can be a wonderful thing, but there are also some challenges homeworkers have to be aware of. This post shows you 4 things you can’t ignore if you work from home.

1. Coping with technical issues

Homeworkers are more than likely to be working online. This allows you to connect with customers, clients, or colleagues no matter where in the world any of you are. Plus it gives you access to useful information and resources that are essential in the modern working world.

However, one of the things that you have to remember is that technology can be extremely fallible. Even though it can make your life easier, it’s also possible for things to go wrong.

This means you need to be aware of how to deal with these problems, from virus removal to understanding how to recover lost data. One way to do this is by keeping your antivirus and firewall software fully up to date.

2. Remember to schedule everything

Homeworkers often imagine how amazing it will be to be able to get up whenever they want, work to their own schedule, and not be stuck dealing with other people’s timetables.

This flexibility is one of the best things about working from home. However, it’s important not to fall into the trap of losing your schedule altogether.

The reality is being able to manage your time. This is essential to working in an environment when only you can hold yourself accountable. Otherwise you will end up falling behind and getting extremely stressed.

3. Separating work and life

What a lot of people don’t really realise about working a “normal” job is they get to come home and leave their work behind when they close the door.

But for homeworkers, the place where you work is the same as the place where you’re trying to relax. This means it can often be incredibly difficult to switch off.

It’s easy to fall into the habit of working all the time, and burnout can be a real problem for homeworkers. The best way to avoid this is to make sure there is a strict divide between when you’re working and when you’re taking time for yourself or your family.

4. Keeping on top of invoices

When you’re working for someone, it’s easy to take for granted you’ll receive a paycheck at the end of every month. However, business owners or freelancer homeworkers are more likely to get paid on a case by case basis.

There can often be an issue to get clients to pay invoices on time. If you’re not keeping on top of this, you’re going to end up working without being properly compensated. This can lead to all kinds of problems throughout your life.

The homeworkers’ ideal

The reality is that working from home can be extremely tempting, but this doesn’t mean that it’s going to be easy. The idea of being away from a stressful office situation and a boss breathing down your neck sounds incredibly pleasant.

However, failing to pay attention to the genuine challenges homeworkers have, you will end up getting into serious trouble and feeling completely overwhelmed.

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  • Phillip Dews says:

    Alice,

    I can relate to these on so many levels and I hope that I can add a decent two pennies worth here in this comment.

    As a freelance website developer with over a decades experience I know a lot of technical jargon and I sometimes think I know more than the technicians at the hosting company I have the ticket open with.

    I find that surrounding yourself with passionate and decent service providers are the best way to get a freelancing career off on the right foot. I am with a hosting company called 20i who are brilliant.
    That said I will be moving to UK Fast in the future.

    I think 2 and 3 can be taken together here, as a homeworker of over a decade I fell easily into the trap of becoming complacent when working and now I have a schedule in place. I usually get up at 4am and work hard (on mainly my emails) till 7am when I get the wife up and take care of her day (Yes I am a full time carer for my wife). The rest of the day is a mixture of coding, writing and commenting and finally finishing at 6 and then hitting the sac at 10.

    I think that having a separate garden office would help in this because you have no distractions and it’s something I will soon be investing in. I also tent to keep my Saturday afternoons and all day Sundays free.

    Number 4, this has been a bane if my life when I first started out. I remember one such case where I had no contract and I agreed that the client would pay after the job. 2 weeks of research and hard coding the site was ready to launch. It was a hiphop music and merch site called “Pay Ur Dets TV dot Com”.
    I Went to the client and said it’s ready and was told that I would not get paid as the site was not “Simple Enough to Use”.

    I lost two and a half grand there and not I always as for 50% upfront and I get my clients to sign a contract. Yes I have had issues since but not to that extent.

    Hope I have given some food for thought for you and your readers here.

    All the best
    Phillip

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