Working from home nowadays is widely available to professionals from various disciplines whether they are self-employed or working for a company. With modern day technology many companies allow their talent to work from home. There are endless discussions on the topic if working from home is productive and good for you. Certainly, working mothers can benefit from a more flexible working option.
However, when you are a mother, working from home’s biggest drawback is the fact that your children would interrupt your work. Not only they would interrupt but most likely that would happen during the most inappropriate moment, such as a conference call with your boss or with a client. Needless to say, you do not get to communicate with many people and socialize once your main work environment is your home.
Working from an office has its drawbacks too. There are all kinds of interruptions, meetings, people stopping by, and too much noise. Oftentimes, if you need to get work done you have to arrive at the office before anyone else does. However, that might not be an option once you have children and have to take their schedules into account.
Home office does have its perks. The most obvious one being that you don’t waste time commuting. In addition, working from home makes you more comfortable. Even if you are working for someone else it creates an entrepreneurial environment. Furthermore, you don’t have to take a personal day if you are feeling sick and you can still do the work. The same is valid for snow days. Above all, various studies on productivity show that working from home can positively influence your performance on the job.
Whether you work for someone else or for yourself and you end up doing it from home you need to make sure that you are very organized. If you are not self-employed, check with your boss so that they are aware you are available. An employee working from home creates the wrong impression when they are absent and their boss needs them.
Motivation and self-discipline are critical for successful work day from home. Remember not to stay in your PJs all day. Get dressed and get into a working mode just as you would if you are going to the office. Plan the day ahead for your children. Make sure that there are no distractions such as TV and family members interrupting. Enjoy a productive work day from the comfort of your own home!