I Love Working Online From Home
I love working online from home.
My daily commute is pretty sweet -- I walk a whole 10 feet from my kitchen! I work online from home, and I love it.
I absolutely love working from my home office. If you've read my "About Me" lens you know I also travel a lot. I'm in my home office about half-time, and traveling around the country the other half. This life has spoiled me from being able to ever work in a traditional office again.
Early morning call? No problem! I just shuffle over to my phone in my pajamas and slippers, coffee in hand. Need to be home for a repair person? As long as it's not a day I'm traveling we're in great shape.
Working from home gives me a flexibility in my day that I don't think I could live without. Read on to learn more about what it's like to work online from home -- it might be for you!
(Picture is of my own office.)
6 Reasons I Love Working From Home
How do I love thee, work from home life? Let me count the ways:
- Casual clothes: I wear my normal weekend clothes every day. I have to dress up when I'm at a customer site, but the rest of the time I live in jeans
- Flexible schedule: Sometimes I have early morning calls. I grab my shower or go for a walk later in the day, whenever it best fits that day's schedule. If I need a quick run to the grocery store (or get a hankering for a latte) I just find a 15 minute gap in my work commitments and make it happen.
- Flexible location: All I need is a quiet place, an Internet connection, and my Laptop. Last month I worked in Pennsylvania in my son's spare bedroom. When my workday was done I came out and spent quality time with my grandson and granddaughter -- it was a blast!
- Learning my neighborhood: From my office window I see moms and their kids, neighbors walking their dogs, couples doing yard work. I can walk out and say hi for a couple minutes if I have a break between conference calls. When I worked in a traditional office I came home late and tired - I rarely made the effort to know my neighbors.
- Healthier eating: I never worry about a coworker bringing in donuts for everyone. I can eat my lunch whenever it best fits my day. I have my own teas (I love adagio teas) right there whenever I want them. I have fruit and veggies available without having pack a lunchbox. Yippee!
- Saving money: My car sees maybe 5,000 miles a year, total. I don't eat out for lunch nearly as much. My clothes are less expensive. Life is just simpler.
Sometimes the View is a Surprise
This young moose wandered through our neighborhood one February, looking for some new growth to eat. After working on my tree a few minutes, he went across the road to taste-test the neighbor's rose bushes.
Is working from home the right work style for you?
Would you like working online from home?
My Dogs Love Me Being Home Too
I wrote about our pugs (now deceased) in my Tribute to Tia lens. They loved it when i was home. Bob and Tia clocked a lot of hours on the dog bed next to my desk.
At first it was hard
Telecommuting from a home office isn't for everyone, and there's usually an adjustment period.
If I shouldn't be interrupted when my husband comes home I take a moment to get up and close the door to my office. He knows if the door is open he can come in and chat for a couple minutes.
He ALSO knows that me working from home doesn't mean I'm going to do household errands, laundry, or other homemaking tasks during the day. Working from home means WORKING, something we both had to get used to.
Maintain Social Contacts:
When you work in an office there's lots of chances for hallway conversations. Working from home is different. I learned to not rely on work for my at-home social bonds.
I take a little more time to get to know my neighbors. I also joined a local knitting group that meets Wednesday evenings -- it gets me out of the house for some girl time.
Organize Your Office:
I had to learn how to set up my office. Actually, I'm still improving this. Last year I invested in a good ergonomic chair, a keyboard that worked best for me, and a docking station for my laptop. I'm willing to invest in what it takes to make my office comfortable -- it's crazy not to.
Image courtesy of BlogMama on Flickr.
Having trouble organizing your home office? - Here's some tips
I Have a Quiet Wireless Keyboard
Have you ever been on a business call where you heard someone clack-clacking on a keyboard? It's distracting, isn't it? I type a lot of notes while I'm on the phone with customers or colleagues, so I bough Logitech's extra-quiet keyboard. It gets 4.5 starts on Amazon (with over 700 reviews!).
Click the link below to check it out and see if you agree.
I love, love, LOVE this keyboard. It's whisper-quiet and has a great feel. The backlighting feature senses when your fingers get near the keyboard and light up.
I Invested in a Good Monitor
When I'm working from home I want a good monitor. Yes, I could make do with my laptop's screen, but I got tired of squinting! Laptops just don't give me as much screen space as I like. Also, I find myself getting a headache after several hours.
I invested in a mid-width high clarity Acer monitor. I like a wide monitor that can hold lots and LOTS of windows. My Acer 24" monitor is sturdy, clear and easy to read. My eyes are thanking me for it!
Click the link below to get more information about this monitor.
My Wireless Printer Challenges - I've learned the hard way -- be sure to check the reviews!
When my last printer died I made a huge mistake -- I didn't check the reviews before buying. What was I thinking?
I currently own an HP C310a Wireless Inkjet. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but the ink cartridges keep clogging up on me. If I'd read the reviews ahead of time I don't think I would have bought it.
I'm thinking about replacing with a more reliable printer now. I need a printer that can copy, scan, and print. It has to be wireless, and I have to also be able to print to it from my iPad and my husband's laptop. Right now I'm looking at the Epson Workforce WF-3540. It gets great reviews on Amazon and looks like it would meet my needs.
Would this printer work for you? Click the link below to learn more.
A Home Office Must-Have - An Uninterrupted Power Supply
When I'm working I need my laptop, monitor, printer, and phone -- and they all use power. My UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) does double-duty. It gives me time to shut things down safely if the power goes out AND it protects me against power surges. I wouldn't have a home office without one.
Click the link below for more details.
This UPS gets great user ratings -- an excellent option.
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