A Beginner’s Guide to Remote Work

Author, Chelsea Lamb has spent the last eight years honing her tech skills and is the resident tech specialist at Business Pop. Her goal is to demystify some of the technical aspects of business ownership. Turning Point HCM is happy to feature her work.

Social distancing guidelines have pushed remote work into the mainstream. If this is your first time working from home, you probably have mixed feelings about all of it. For some people, remote work is a dream come true; for others, it’s something of a nightmare. Here are some tips you can use to find your work-from-home flow, make the most of the moment, and figure out whether remote work might be a good fit for you over the long term. 

 

Establish a Routine

A regular schedule will establish a work-life balance at home. 

 

Create a Workspace

Working in your dining room, living room, or bedroom can hold your productivity back. 

  • A dedicated workspace will improve your focus and make you more productive. 

  • Set up a home office with a sturdy desk, comfortable chair, and all the other hardware you need for your day. 

  • Make sure your home WiFi is fast enough to support video calls and conferences. 

  • If you have spotty cell service, consider setting up a landline

 

Remote Work After COVID

You can make use of your WFH skills long after the pandemic has passed. 

  • If you wind up preferring remote work, you can look into remote positions in the future. 

  • Keep track of how you thrive to prove your skills in future job interviews. Need help keeping your nerves in check? Turning Point has an excellent article that can teach you how to keep your composure during an interview.

  • You can pick up a side job to do at home, such as a writer, programmer, or, if you’re great at graphic design, Canva flyer maker

  • Use your remote work skills to pursue your own passion projects

Working from home is an adjustment, and it might not be a good fit for you long-term. However, we hope these resources help. Finding ways to stay focused and productive at home will make the pandemic’s impact that much more bearable. 

 

 

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