At Get Ahead VA we work with a huge range of clients, many of whom work from home. Be they Will Writers, Financial Consultants, Locksmiths or Life Coaches, they all enjoy the same flexibility as well as the challenges of working from a home office. Many of our Virtual Assistants are also home based so they too have learnt how to make the home a practical, efficient work space.
Here are our top tips for how you can work from home effectively:
1.Set boundaries – Physical boundaries such as a dedicated office space can help keep business paperwork together and ensure important receipts don’t get lost when it comes to tax return time. Time boundaries can ensure that everyone in your household understands when it is work time and when it is family time
2.Dress for work – it may sound silly and no one expects you to sit at your kitchen table in your best suit, but if you dress professionally it is more likely you will act professionally – in your emails, telephone calls, social media or other communications with the outside world
3.Get out and about – Working from home on your own can become lonely. A walk round the block to take in some fresh air can leave you refreshed and rejuvenated to tackle a new task. Local networking meetings can enable you to meet other home workers and provide the social contact which is important to all of us
4.Technology can help – but it can also be a hindrance! Technology can ensure you are always available to your clients, even when you are out and about. However checking your emails before you have even got up may not be the most effective way of working – remember to keep to those boundaries!
5.Think about your health – if you work in an office appropriate height desks and adjustable chairs are provided as standard. Health & Safety is a key concern. You should take the same care of yourself at home - sitting on the sofa with your laptop on your knees may seem comfy but it won’t be helping your back in the long term.
We hope these tips help! Why not send us your top tips? We’d love to hear from you.
If you are sat at home trying to work effectively but drowning in paperwork and admin then our team of highly skilled virtual assistants can help. Just give us a call on 01483 332220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can enable you to get back to what you do best – running your business.