If you’re working a full-time job and thinking of joining the increasing number of people who work remotely, there are some things you’re going to need to be successful.
You may already have work-related items like office supplies, a shredder and a file cabinet at home, but there are other things you may have to buy.
How to Work From Home: Here’s Everything You Need
In this article, we’re going to go over six things you’ll need so that the transition to working remotely will be as smooth as possible.
1. Have the Right Equipment
Many remote jobs are in the communications field. These positions require specific hardware that allows you to communicate effectively. Although many companies will provide equipment, some don’t.
Here is some electronic equipment you may need:
- Laptop, PC or Mac computer with compatible OS
- USB headset with microphone
- High-speed internet
If you have a Mac and your job requires a Windows system, you can download Boot Camp to put Microsoft’s OS on your device.
2. Get a Dedicated Phone Line
You’ll also need a phone line that is strictly for work. Understandably, many companies will not allow you to use your personal phone number to make and receive calls on their behalf.
Many cell phone carriers will let you add a line for a small increase in your plan’s price.
3. Find a Quiet Room
Many companies (virtually all of them) require that you operate in an area of your home that is free of distraction. That means that, contrary to popular belief, you can’t do many work-from-home jobs from a coffee shop or other public place.
One virtual job listing Clark.com has written about says the company is looking for “home offices that aren’t noisy and full of distractions.”
For many jobs, having a quiet place to conduct business and take calls is mandatory.
4. Use an Office Desk
Similarly, because you’re going to be seated for long periods of time, you’ll need a proper office desk. Working from the kitchen counter will only tempt you to snack all day. Plus, it’s not necessarily a quiet area.
Sitting upright at an office desk will not only help your posture, but it will help your voice to project over the phone. Having an office desk will also give your environment a more professional feel.
5. Make Sure You Can See a Clock
Arguably the most important item you’ll need is a modest-size clock on your desk. You may forget to look at your mobile phone or watch, but the clock will serve as a reminder to keep track of your hours.
The clock will also let you know when you need to hang it up for the day. While some studies indicate that remote workers are more productive, that’s no reason to overwork yourself.
Make sure you have a clock near you to remind you to take breaks, eat lunch and quit on time.
6. Adopt the Right Attitude
Working from home requires just as much discipline and professionalism as it does to work in the office — sometimes more.
Just because you’re not in the physical presence of other co-workers doesn’t mean that you can’t be just as vocal and involved in meetings and other workplace activities.
To be honest, working from home is not for everyone: Aside from the stresses particular to your specific job, remote work can include long spans of time by yourself that may affect you emotionally
Many people call this “cabin fever.” Getting up to walk around and perhaps have lunch elsewhere may help this to some degree.
There may also be long stretches of silence and little to no movement around you.
But as long as you have the right equipment, supplies and attitude, you should have what you need to work from home successfully.