There are a couple of things to help boost the overall efficiency of working from home while telecommuting. Here are a couple piece of advice that should help boost the effectiveness of working from the comforts of your very own home. |
Believe it or not, the first key to being a successful telecommuter for any field is attitude. You need to be driven and able to self motivate. Working from home is still work, and there are many distractions that can happen at home that would not necessarily happen in the office. A successful telecommuter sets aside hours to work and makes goals and plans for their day. They have a dedicated space in which to work and even dress for the job. Dress, while working from home? While the image of telecommuters is often stereotyped of people working in their pajamas, this is not always the best arrangement for the tele-working individual. While there are those days that working in sweat pants man be tempting, studies have shown that the proper environment can help tele-workers stay focused and being dressed comfortably but neatly (even wearing shoes) have shown that these workers are more focused and happier in their assignments.
Home office requirements
In order to maximize your tax benefits for working from home, you need to have dedicated space and equipment for home business. Ideally, if you can set up a small home office that is only used for your work time, you will better be able to calculate your home office expenses come April. Some people purchase a computer, printer, etc. exclusively for their work and deduct the expenses on their taxes. Using these items exclusively for your business is the key to maximizing your deductions. Along with the ease of deductions, there is added security for having a 100% dedicated computer. The chances of viruses and malware creeping onto a machine that is only used to run an office suite and human service or nonprofit software programs minimizes your general risk of your computer crashing from these programs. Working successfully at telecommuting requires the right drive and personal motivation, set-up in the home office, tools needed to work at home (software, networks, etc.) and a supportive employer. These combined can create a perfect work at home solution for today’s businesses and their employees.
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