Beyond PJs & the Kitchen Table: Setting Up a Home Office for Success


Have you given serious thought to the benefits of working from home? You should. Organizations large and small are embracing the work-at-home trend, relaxing office attendance policies and instituting flexible hours-worked requirements. 


If you’re in business for yourself, making the transition to full-time at-home work is even easier. Cutting out your commute and carving out an all-business space for yourself at home could be just what you need to take your career to the next level.

Not sure where to start? Here’s how to make the transition to your home office without any hiccups along the way.

Find the Right Space for Your Home Office or Workstation

First, select the right space for your home office or at-home workstation. Despite what you may have heard, this doesn’t need to be a dedicated room — not everyone can afford to designate an entire spare bedroom or bonus room to their business. A walk-in closet, out-of-the-way alcove, master bedroom corner, or seldom-used mud room could do just fine, particularly if your space needs aren’t extravagant. What matters is that you have a space to call your own.

Choose an Opportunity With Room to Grow

Next, choose a work-at-home opportunity that gives you room to grow — and triggers your passion. The sky’s the limit, of course, but do be sure to think outside the box. Fundraising distribution, for instance, is a low-key specialty through which you can worthy causes in your hometown while earning a solid living in the process. During our research, we learned from ABC Fundraising that full-time fundraising distributors can earn anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per month or more while working from home.

Eliminate Distractions From Your Workspace

Maintain a distraction-free workspace — no unnecessary electronics, for starters, and think twice about that wall-mounted TV. When you’re in your home workspace, you’re at work, and it’s on you to stay on task.

Set Your Space Up for Success

Outfit your home office with everything you’ll need to get your job done on a daily basis. Depending on what you do, this might be little more than a workable computing setup and some basic office supplies. If your job requires you to spend significant amounts of time on the phone or in video conferences, or you need to produce lots of printed documents, you’ll need a more sophisticated setup.

Set and Stick to a Strict Schedule

Being your own boss doesn’t mean working whenever you’d like. A crucial aspect of self-motivation involves setting and keeping to a strict work schedule. Your schedule can fit into the non-professional facets of your life, of course, but you should clearly delineate between “on the clock” and “off the clock” periods.

Network With Other Work-at-Homers

Worried that working at home will stifle your social life and dull your networking game? To stay plugged in, network with other at-home professionals in your line of work. Weekly coffee meetings, monthly dinners, occasional happy hours — whatever you need to do to keep your name out there, get it done. And, for remote networking, there’s always LinkedIn.

Are You Set Up for Work-at-Home Success?

Cross these items off your to-do list and you’ll be well on your way to work-at-home success. You won’t be at the end of the road, though. Independent professionals need above-average time management, self-motivation, and professional networking skills — and they need to keep those skills sharp, month after month.

Do you have what it takes? There’s only one way to find out.

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Beyond PJs & the Kitchen Table: Setting Up a Home Office for Success
Have you given serious thought to the benefits of working from home?

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