How to Work Alone

There are many jobs that one can do from home these days but they usually require the ability to work alone.
Discipline and organization lead to success.

In this era of telecommuting using phones, computers, Skype and other technological resources, there are many jobs one can undertake from home. Whether one chooses to work from home because it’s flexible, it reduces expenses such as transportation and wardrobe, one has limited mobility due to an accident or illness or young children make the need for such work necessary, there are more options than ever before. Though it’s still not easy to find work to do at home, some jobs include telemarketing, translating, virtual assistant, consulting, freelancing, tutoring and mystery shopper. Organizing one’s home environment and being self-disciplined can lead to success in working solo.Working alone

Organizing the Home

If the home is going to double as the office then it’s important to treat it as such. Set up an area with a desk, printer, computer, phone and filing cabinet. The computer should ideally be one just used for the business, not for the pleasure of movie downloads or video games, for personal networking sites like Facebook, or for the kids to do homework on. Pets are usually better kept in another room during working hours. Remind others that during work hours is not the time to call or visit. Keep quick but healthy snack foods in the fridge nearby so that maintaining one’s level of energy during the work day is simple. Most importantly, regularly sort out papers and other materials for ready access to diminish frustration and increase productivity.

Maintaining discipline

One of the most challenging aspects of working alone is creating a work schedule and routine and maintaining this structure on a day in, day out basis. Working alone at home can be flexible but if the routine is too loosely structured, laziness and distraction can result. Wake up at a regular time everyday, do chores either before or after the work routine (preferably prior so the working area is uncluttered), and then establish tasks for specific hours. Working for short periods of time on multiple tasks can actually get more work accomplished than attempting to spend extended lengths of time on one task. Of course, this ability typically varies from person to person. Those who don’t work at home alone often think that the person at home isn’t accomplishing much and so is available to run errands or even socialize. Place limits on this perception immediately and guard the required number of hours for work. If burn-out is imminent, take a little break to go for a walk, do stretches, nibble on a healthy snack or even listen to music or read. Then return, refreshed, to the schedule.

Working alone is not for everyone, but for those who can organize their home environment and set a disciplined routine, solitary sources of employment can provide flexibility, income and freedom.