Last Updated on April 12, 2024 by Lorna Barrow

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Working from home. It’s out there. Or maybe in this case we can say it’s “in here!”

Propelled by the Corona virus, it’s now the world hottest topic and apparently the sexiest as well. 

Because I know how hot sex sizzles and then it fizzles, I wasn’t planning on “getting into this fray” as my grandmother would say.

But if I have to do one more eye roll, I’m really scared my eyes will stick in the back of my head.

You see, I have been working from my home for about 20 years now.

And when I hear some of the advice which some experts give about working from home, well…my eyes don’t wait on me, they just roll themselves.

So, I’m breaking my silence…

Not to undermine any of the information out there, oh no! Neither do I want to discourage you from working from your home.

Rather, I just want you to be aware of certain things, that you don’t even know you should know, as you set out on this journey.

That’s why I’m sharing MY top 10 things you need to know to help you manage this serious change. 

Here’s the list…then we can dive right in…

  1. How you come to be working from home matters
  2. You do not need a separate home office
  3. Remember why you’re at home
  4. There are hidden productivity pitfalls in your environment
  5. Boundaries will save your sanity when you work from home
  6. You don’t need lots of fancy high tech equipment
  7. Be deliberate about social interaction and exercise
  8. Find your productivity sweet spot
  9. Learn to manage and lead while working from home
  10. You will suffer from WFH burnout

 

1.  How you come to be working from home matters

Yeah…it really does.

All my life, I’ve always dreamed of working for myself but, fear and doubt prevented me.

About 20 years ago, my high-flying job disappeared, so I decided that for the rest of my life, home was where I would be working from.

But home wasn’t originally intended to be my place of work. And it certainly wasn’t ready for me to be working from there!

You see, up until then, work took place from many locations in the Caribbean, Europe and the USA.

Home was not even ready for me to live there, far less work from there.

So I struggled. With everything. Productivity, focus, when to eat, what to wear, which books to read, how to answer the phone, and the list went on…

That was not the case with my friend and colleague.

He decided to “fire de wuk” and set up his own business, operating from home.

He was able to renovate a room in his home to create an office. Added to this, he had a dedicated line, an assistant and set office hours.

He was able to hit the ground running while I had stumbled along like a certified drunk.

The point I am making is, how you come to be working from home really matters.

I find that when you make the conscious decision to do so, the journey and the process is completely different from when you have no choice.

And unfortunately, life and business circumstances can leave you with little choice.

When this is the case, you just have to embrace the change as fast as you can and try to make it work.

You have to make the mental and emotional shifts that you have to and get back to making the money you want to.

You might be happy to know that how you come to be working from home has no bearing on your long term business success.

I am still in business. my friend is not.

 

2.  You do not need a separate home office

 If you have a room to dedicate to an office, congrats! 

This is a recommendation I see all the time. But unless you live in some kind of mansion or have access to a deep well of renovation money, this is not always a viable option.

What you need instead is to work with what you have.

It might be half of your dining room table, a corner in your bedroom or some space on your kitchen counter.

If you are not fortunate to live alone, you also need a good pair of headphones. And you’d better make your family understand this is how you will be working going forward.

Look, the graphic above shows my work station, in a strategic corner of my living room. Over the years I have set up this station in several locations.

I have to tell you that I have made good money from here in good times. And equally, I have made little or no money from right here in challenging times. 

Now for those of you who are not as primitive as me, here are some practical accessories and gadgets that can really enhance how you work from home as well as your productivity.

Working From Home? Top 10 Things You Need To Know

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Lorna Barrow

Lorna Barrow is a Business Breakthrough Specialist, an unfiltered Transformational Speaker, a Writer, a Coach and a self-confessed Small Business Junkie. She recognises that small businesses are unique and when it comes to helping you and your business make that BIG breakthrough, she's all in for you!