This is a video from a Udemy course I created a few years ago to help people maximize their efficiency while working from remotely or from home. Instead of selling it as a paid course, I’m sharing the content here, for free. I hope you find it helpful. -Ron Stauffer
I’ve talked a lot about unique challenges that you have working from home mindset issues, productivity guidelines, technical matters, family issues, obligations, boundaries. One of the things that I have yet to talk about is how fun working from home really is. It’s awesome. I love it. Yes, there are challenges.
Yes, there are drawbacks, but there are with an office environment as well. Working from home for me is ideal for my personal family situation and my stage in life. It’s the best of both worlds. I think if you take some of these guidelines that I’ve shared throughout this course to help set yourself up for success, and you’re aware of some of the drawbacks, you can make it a sustainable and exciting option for making a living.
One of the best parts of working from home is there’s no commute at the end of the day. You can just walk out of your office and your home. No traffic. No congestion, no smog, no parking lots, no driving. It’s awesome. When I’m done, my commute is three steps and I shut the door and I’m done and my kids are excited to see me.
And usually I’m excited to see them and I can have a beer and sit on the back porch and watch the sunset over the mountains here, where I live in Colorado in five minutes or less. It’s awesome. In fact, it’s so awesome that I’ve seen some people myself included at times, be afraid to embrace just how much freedom working from home gives you.
It’s a little bit hard to get used to the fact, if you’re not used to it already, that if it’s 11 o’clock in the morning, and you’re the only one at home, you can blast van Halen as loud as you want. And it’s not going to bother anybody. It’s a little bit weird to think about the fact that. You can have lunch at 11:00 AM or 3:00 PM, and nobody really cares.
It’s a little bit weird to know that depending on your employment circumstance, you can start work at 5:00 AM. 9:00 AM noon. That’s great. If you have the opportunity to set your own schedule revel in that freedom, even if you don’t have the opportunity to set your own schedule, you still have a lot more freedom.
When you work from home, you can decorate your office. However you want. You can choose to meet with certain people for lunchtime that maybe you couldn’t otherwise, because normally at the office, you only really have time to hang out with coworkers. There are lots of benefits to working from home and it can sometimes be hard to embrace them.
I encourage you. If you’re working from home, find out what your options are and all the flexibility that you have and take advantage of it, make it work for you, make it enjoyable and sustainable. And if you’re one of those many workers who due to the coronavirus pandemic has been forced to work from home temporarily.
Consider finding out if this is something that you can do for the rest of your career or for the long term, you might have to make some adjustments based on, you know, a more longterm, sustainable method of setting you up for success rather than what probably happened, which was that within the span of two or three days, you went from working at the office all day, every day to working from home, with no transition in between.
Take the time to be proactive and plan it out. And I think you’ll have a fantastic time. Thanks for watching.
Ron Stauffer is a solopreneur and freelancer with over 14 years of experience running a small company. He’s extremely familiar with the loneliness, frustration, and challenges unique to freelance work and running a business of one. He started Free Soloing to help other people just like him.