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What are the Pros and Cons of Working from Home?

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Written by Jenny Holt

Stay-at-Home Mum Takes on a Whole New Meaning

Rosie the Riveter was, and still is, an icon of female power and a representation of women entering the workforce during World War II. We’ve come a long way since Rosie, and she would be proud of the great strides women have made in the workforce. A stay-at-home mum once described the role of women who stayed at home to care for the children, but now these empowered females are reinventing the label. Women nowadays are staying at home with their children, but also teleworking and running a business from the comforts of their own homes.

Although women are still 43% more likely to physically work in the office, there are many benefits that are contributing to the rise of women teleworking. Do you think remote working is for you?

Here are some tips on how to successfully work from home.

Getting the Right Job

With technology in the modern age, we can create virtual jobs that can be accomplished from anywhere in the world. According to Telework Research Network, 40% of employees hold jobs that can be done at home. Lots of roles are suited for stay at home work, and if you’re looking to get started in teleworking, try a career in marketing/advertising, writing, consulting, event planning, sales, finance, or graphic design.

Time Management Tips

Working from home has great benefits, particularly if you have kids. However, remote working can also be an extreme distraction and can prevent you from completing all your tasks. Here are some tips to help you manage your time well while teleworking:

  1. Start the day off with a To-Do List: With so many distractions at home, it is helpful to create a check-list either the day before or the morning of,  in case you get derailed by a household task. Also, be sure to take lots of notes so that you can pick up where you left off.
  1. Do Not Turn on the TV: A lot of people take working at home as an opportunity to lounge by the TV and catch up on your soap operas. However, don’t get into a habit of having the TV on. It is a huge distraction and will eat up your time. Finish a task first and then reward yourself with a TV break.
  1. Take Breaks: Just as you would in the office, be sure to take small breaks to stretch your legs and relax your mind. Also, make sure to take an actual lunch break. It will help refresh your mind and increase your productivity.
  1. Spend Extra Time Preparing for Tomorrow:At the end of the day, take an extra 5 or 10 minutes to get everything prepared for you to start afresh the next morning. This saves time in the morning since you won’t have to try to remember what you accomplished the day before or what tasks you still need to work on.

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