Have you been feeling stressed out while working from home? Working from home has both its benefits and pitfalls. Freelancers, gig workers, and contractors who already have some experience with juggling multiple tasks while working from home can tell you it takes time to find your groove and work from home style of your own. If you’re new to telecommuting, VPNs, video chats and you’ve had enough Zoom meetings to last a lifetime, this is the guide for you!
In this post we’ll discuss:
- (7) Ways to make working from home easier
- Work From Home Automation Tools
- Where to find, work from home, telecommute, and Telework jobs
- Work From Home Resources
(7) Ways to Make Working From Home Easier
Follow these 7 easy tips to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety while working from home!
#1. Create A Dedicated Workspace
Having your own dedicated workspace can help you feel more organized and make it easier to get into work mode. Trying to figure out where you’re going to set up your laptop or office space can cost valuable time and productivity.
#2. Secure Confidential Documents and Files
It’s important to have a designated area where you store confidential information like client files and other sensitive information. Investing in an inexpensive locking file cabinet can help you secure your workspace and protect proprietary data.
#3. Set Office Hours
If you’re working from home as a freelancer or new small business owner, setting your own office hours can help you get into the groove of managing your time wisely.
#4. Invest in Quality Office Equipment and Supplies
There’s nothing worse than being a freelancer working on a deadline that you’re about to miss because your laptop died.
#5. Set Boundaries with Family, Friends and Neighbors
It’s very tempting to allow friends, family, or neighbors to stop by during your work hours for a quick chat. However, this is a very easy way to get off track. Setting boundaries that limit interruptions during your scheduled workday will make for a more productive day.
#6. Set Small and Realistic Goals
Whether you’re self-employed, a freelancer, or a small business owners setting personal goals and achieving them is a great way to level up in your field.
#7. Automate As Many Tasks As Possible!
If you’re like me, you have a never-ending to-do list that includes tasks for home, family, and business. Automating tasks is a great way to keep your business running smoothly and avoid stress overload.
We list some of my favorite automation and reminder tools below.
Work From Home Automation Tools
MeetEdgar – I use MeetEdgar for scheduling @msloydwrites social media updates on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Their bulk scheduling feature can handle up to two weeks of content. You can also upload spreadsheets with social updates to free up time for completing other important business tasks.
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Nimble CRM – This customer relationship management system makes it easy for me to keep track of clients, follow up on email, make social connections and monitor my sales pipeline all-in-one. Nimble has built-in features for locating all active social media accounts for clients listed as contacts in the database. The service is free to use with affordable options to upgrade as needed.
Work From Home Resources
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Where to Find Telecommuting, Work From Home, and Telework Jobs
Working from home can be both challenging and rewarding. Getting organized and using the right tools can help relieve some of the stress and anxiety of working in a non-traditional environment.
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