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Working from home is the dream, right? No commutes, no office grouch to deal with, and no boss breathing down your neck every five minutes! Indeed, it can be a truly wonderful and rewarding way to work, but before you make the change you must give the following things some serious consideration. 

Whether you will need to let clients into your home 

Some job roles, such as services like childminding, hairdressing, and beauty will require that you welcome clients, into your home. Before you do this you need to make sure you are prepared. 

What this means is you will need to think about things like third-party insurance to make sure you are covered if they are injured in your home. You will also need to make sure you have an appropriate space with the right equipment to welcome them.  

Where you will find a job role

One of the most challenging considerations when making the switch to working from home is finding a suitable role. The good news is it is getting a little easier to track down legitimate and well-paying work-from-home roles. Indeed, on sites like Remote Work Rebels you will find not only a rundown of the latest work-from-home jobs, but also lots of additional advice on how to get started building a passive income, or as a freelance writer. They even offer free training which can help get you started while keeping your overhead costs low. 

How you will get enough social interaction 

For even the most introverted of us, working from home with only minimal social interaction day in and day out for years can wear us down. That is why you must consider how you will include interaction with others in your day. 

The good news is there are many ways of doing this. Indeed, some jobs will require online meetings, and speaking to clients on the phone, but if they don’t go out for a walk at lunchtime, heading to the local gym, or even joining an online meet-up group can make sure you get enough interaction with people during the day. 

How you will switch off after your workday 

Finally, a major consideration you must deal with when making the switch to working from home is how you will make the transition from your workday to your downtime. Unfortunately, this can be more challenging when you work from home because you don’t get that very clear physical reminder of walking out of the building and commuting to your house. 

Fortunately, some tactics can be helpful here. The first is making sure you have a separate room in which to work. Then once the day is over you can close the door and get on with your home life. 

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Another option is to set a clear schedule for the time that you will work and keep to it. This can help stop work bleeding into the time when you should be resting, spending time with your family or otherwise doing things outside of your work remit. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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