How to Survive Working from Home

Working from home can be a great solution for some business start-ups. Lower overheads mean healthier cashflow and will allow you to grow your business at your own pace. However, while in theory working from home is the ultimate fantasy (no time spent commuting, flexible hours, no rent bills and, crucially, no need to change out of your pj’s!), the reality can be a bit less appealing.

Heed the following tips for surviving working from home and you can reap the benefits of the ultimate low-cost, convenient business solution:

1 – Set Clear Boundaries

If it’s not possible to have a separate room to work in then it’s important to define a specific area. Don’t be tempted to work on the sofa with the laptop on your knee or on the kitchen table. Set up a desk in a defined space that is just for work. One great idea is to buy a room separator. Ikea has freestanding shelving units for a practical solution.

Working from home

You’ll also need space to store files, stationery and paperwork – keeping it all separate from household paperwork. Pick up discounted furniture, cheap stationery and more at Office Allsorts – you’ll find the lowest prices on cheap stationery, equipment, desks and chairs to keep your home working overheads as low as possible.

2 – Garner Support

Those who have families to consider should make sure that everyone is on board when it comes to taking the decision to work from home. Make sure that loved ones know to respect your work time.

3 – Protect Your Time

Working from home means that loved ones, friends and acquaintances may see you as being available to chat online, drop in on, meet up, do household chores, make phone calls or carry out favours. Protect your work time and distance yourself from outside distractions.

4 – Get Out and About

Working from home doesn’t have to mean working from home ALL of the time. Why not take your laptop to a local café or the library for a change of scene in order to avoid cabin fever?

5 – Switch Off (Literally!)

At the end of the working day switch off your computer and leave it off. All work and no play will make you very dull (and heading for burn out) so respect your evenings and weekends and don’t mix work and leisure time.


Carl Barton is a director of Office Allsorts who has worked in the office products industry for 15 years.

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