The coronavirus pandemic forced businesses to allow their employees to work from home. Many of them also had to let go of workers to save on business costs and allow the company to continue to operate. People are now left at home wondering about their future economic opportunities. Fortunately, there are also a lot of things you can now work on from home. Many of these opportunities wouldn’t have opened up if not for the pandemic. So, start upgrading your skills and get to work.
Learn New Things
This is a good time to learn new things such as website vulnerability assessment, website design and development, and content writing. Even with cost-cutting measures, these are still much-needed and in-demand skills right now. Employers are looking for people who can help them assess the security of their websites and systems, design their e-commerce stores, and write content that will bring them web traffic,
Working from home is more convenient, but it doesn’t come without its challenges. The home is a cause of a lot of distractions—laundry, television, social media, family squabbles, house cleaning, snacks, and so much more. There will always be something in the house that diverts your attention away from what you’re supposed to do. If you are going to work from home, create a schedule that is aligned with your mental energy. If you work better in the morning, seek to finish as much work as you can during that time.
A rigid schedule will give a much-needed structure to your day. However, be flexible, too. One of the perks of working from home is you can attend to your personal needs while clocked in at work, too. If you need to step out for a while in the morning because of some errands, do so and let your bosses know you’re coming back later to finish your work. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
You can be more available to your family and friends when they need you. Be mindful of the time, though. Don’t spend hours talking with a family member when your work is waiting for you.
Since you are working from home, you won’t have a boss looking over your work and reminding you of deadlines. You have to be the one to keep yourself in check. Make sure you’re finishing your work when it’s needed. Don’t pull the rest of the team down because you cannot keep up with the tasks assigned to you. Prove to yourself and your boss that this kind of setup can work.
Your ability to communicate is critical when you work from home. The core of your engagement with your co-workers and bosses are non-face-to-face communication. That demands a lot of effort from you. Reach out to other team members when needed. Don’t hesitate to ask your bosses questions when you need to clarify something.
Even on social media, try to reach out to your co-workers outside your virtual office talk. To collaborate with the team better, you must be also somehow personally connected. However, remain as professional as possible in the photos, videos, links, and even memes you share on social media.
People don’t realize why offices are great places for collaboration until they don’t have to work in one. An office has an atmosphere meant for brainstorming and teamwork. Even if it somehow gets too stifling, you can always step out for a while to let your creative juices flow. The home isn’t meant for work originally. It is for relaxation, family, laughter, and calmness. None of these things will want you to think about work, so you have to make extra effort to come up with new ideas for work.
Whether you’re an offshore worker or not, you need to manage your time well. This is a skill you need even when you’re not working from home but if you are in a work-from-home setup, this is even more critical. Some of your workmates will be working in a different time zone. Some of them will also be more comfortable working either in the morning or afternoon. But what connects you all is the need to meet a specified deadline. You need to finish your tasks, so others won’t have to wait. This is especially crucial if your tasks are interconnected.
These skills are going to help you become successful in a work-from-home setup. Whether this is temporary or permanent, enhancing these skills will keep you competitive and relevant to your employer. Since you are working from home and no one is there regularly to call you to task, it is up to you to practice self-check and self-discipline to finish all your tasks.
As a professional marketer with over 25 years of experience in the industry, Brian Townsend has all the knowledge necessary to become Storm Hosts’ editor-in-chief. Aside from his editorial duties, he also sits on the board of multiple technology startups. He is a proud early adopter of social media and other tech solutions for marketing