I am so grateful that I am able to work from home right now. It's been a big blessing for our family, it doesn't bring in a lot of money but it does help. I love that I am able to be with Claire when she is awake and watch her learn and grow. I love that I have a much more flexible schedule and can work on my own time. Basically I work for a company called Nudge out of Lindon and they are hiring. If you live in Utah and you are looking for a work from home job go here to apply, you can put me down as a referral. I answer phones and call out to people who have expressed interest in attending a real estate seminar that is coming to their area. If they want to attend they sign up and I register them. Simple as that, it's a really easy job and it allows me to stay home with my sweet baby. Although it's easy, I have learned a lot about telecommuting and I know so many people are curious about it so I thought I would share what I have learned.
* It's so much easier to treat a work at home job as much as you can like a regular job. This means getting up in the morning, getting dressed and ready for the day as if you were driving into an office. I am more productive when I do this and I am more motivated to get my hours in for that day.
*You still have deadlines and a schedule to maintain. I know every work at home job is different but for mine I can work anytime during the hours of 8am- 8pm. I have to get in 16 hours a week, which is about 3 hours and 15 minutes a day. I work during Claire's naps, so I have a quiet professional background without a talking baby being heard. I can't always predict how long or how often Claire will nap so I take full advantage when she is sleeping and work the entire time she is napping.
Although it's so tempting to get up and do other things, I know I can do those things when she is awake, but I can't work when she is awake
*You still have weekly meetings. When I was an administrative assistant I had weekly meetings with all the girls in our office, updating them on policies, etc. Now I have weekly meetings with my teamlead and the rest of my team over the internet.
*You still have certain goals and requirements to meet. Just like working in an office, I still have certain goals I have to meet. I am required to get 1.5 Registrations per hour and if I get 2.0 registrations per hour then I get a bonus on my check. It helps motivate me to be nice to people on the phone when I want to scream at them sometimes.
*Working in pajamas is totally acceptable. I mean no one knows what you are wearing to work, but like I said before the more I treat it like a normal office job the better I am at it.
*Creating a comfortable work space is important. Right now the office/nursery share a space together. Check out this post to view a layout of it. It is strange to be working and to glance over and see all the baby stuff in the room. My desk is often messy but I try and organize it because having a clean work area makes my life so much less stressful, I try and clean on Saturdays but it doesn't always happen and I can tell the difference by Monday.
There you have it, a few of things on working from home that I have learned. One of these days I will do a day in the life type post to show you what my typical schedule is like.