Home. Sweet. Office.

Today more and more people are turning in subway passes, high-heels or suit coats, and working at home. For many, a home office represents the unique opportunity to reduce commuting costs, time and hassle.

But, working from home is not for everyone. It takes focus, commitment and independence. So how can you make it successful? Here are simple tips from successful home workers:

For many, a home office represents the unique opportunity to reduce commuting costs, time and hassle.Create a separate home office space in your home.

If possible, try to set aside a spare bedroom or a space in your basement, away from the main part of the house. When you’re done for the day, you should be able to shut the door and move away from your work. You’ll want your office space to be in a quiet place so that co-workers and clients won’t be distracted by children or pets.

Create set working hours.

While having a home-based business gives you more flexibility, you should still establish a schedule for beginning and ending your work day.

Take breaks.

Your schedule should include regular breaks. If it’s a nice day, go for a walk with a neighbor. One of the biggest downsides of working in a home office is isolation. Getting out of the house for a walk or lunch can be a tremendous help.

Avoid household distractions.

While having all your laundry done might seem like a great idea, it’s not a productive way to spend your time. Make sure your time for work is designated solely for work-related tasks rather than household chores.

Shut down at the end of the day.

Again, to be successful working at home, you need to keep home and personal hours separate. Shut down your computer at the end of the workday. Otherwise, you may get into the habit of working after hours and your clients and co-workers will come to expect that.

Remember: working at home is a privilege.

Working at home offers many benefits, particularly for parents who have children. It’s important that you make it work. If you’re not getting your work done or if you’re getting depressed from being alone, the situation may not be for you.

The most successful home workers, however, say that working at home allows them to be more productive. They are able to get their work done in far less time and enjoy the perks of being at home.


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