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Working at the home office has a whole new meaning these days as more and more entrepreneurs, solopreneur’s, and even corporate types spend more and more time tele-commuting from home. According to Global Workplace Analytics, a San Diego-based research firm, that includes over 6 million of us.

So what is the reason behind this growing move from “Corporate Headquarters” to the “Home Office”?
1. Workers want and need greater flexibility, especially parents of young children.
2. Employers can save money, on average $11,000 annually for each employee who works remotely just half time.
3. It is good for the environment. Switching commuters to telecommuters helps to reduce traffic congestion and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While working from home is a growing trend, there are a few things you need to know to do it successfully. Here are eight tips to get you started.

Set A Schedule


Setting a schedule helps you to get into a productive work mode and stay on task throughout the day.

Dress For Work


When you work from home, there is no dress code, but that shouldn’t mean you should stay in your PJ’s all day. Taking a morning shower and dressing helps you separate work time from personal time and keep a positive mental outlook. If you have a video conference or in-person meeting it is important that you look as successful as you want your career to be!

Make A Home Office


A laptop does not an office make! You need a dedicated space in your home that you can call your own when it comes to work and it doesn’t need to be much. When I first started out I worked from one end table in my living room and grew my company into what it is today! But, you do need someplace to start.

Communication Essentials


If you’re working from home, it’s essential to have a reliable phone and a fast Internet connection because they are your connections to the outside world as well as to your company. I also recommend a dedicated phone number just for your business. It adds a layer of security for your home and family as well as being more convenient and professional.

Get Out Of The House

Every time I visit my favorite local coffee shop I see an army of telecommuters conducting business meetings. For some, working at a local coffee shop or a library is simply a nice change of pace from being cooped up at home. If you need a break, take one. If the sun is shining, work on the back patio.

Avoid Mid-day Chores


One upside to telecommuting is the ability to do midday chores like cooking or cleaning. But while it’s tempting to use work time to get ahead on the household tasks, you need to reserve that for after-work hours.

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