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7 Work at Home Tips for Beginners

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1. First Step: Unleash the BOSS Within

This is one of the hard things about working on your own. Sometimes we only have the discipline to accomplish something when we are under external pressure. But do we have the sense of obligation required to work on our own? This will be put to proff once you start working at home full-time.

You will understand that working at home is not as easy as it may seem, in fact it will require that you change a lot the way you used to work before. Working for yourself means you have to be your own boss, and that can be translated as a lot of discipline and sense of obligation.

2. Watch Your Posture

People that spend long hours in front of a computer tend to disregard the importance of a good posture. Aside from obvious physical and health problems related to bad posture, your productivity and brain performance are also highly affected.

It is known that a bad posture makes you lazy, and sitting for long periods of time in an unconfortable chair can lead you to get tired faster, thus leading to a negative impact on your productivity. Consider buying a better chair or ergonomic input peripherals if you feel you’re not working in a comfortable way.

3. Limit Your Distraction

Distraction can be good to clear your mind after a lot of work, but don’t let it become too often, or else you can lose track of time. Try to set small goals daily, so that you have a way to measure how much distraction is impacting your work.

4. Go Out for a While

Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and drained by your work, even if you work at home. If you don’t take care, that can be as overwhelming as working for any big corporation out there with bad bosses. In the long term, your productivity is related to discipline and organization, not overworking.

5. Increase Your Focus

If you can’t get a quiet place to work, try the best you can to reduce noise around you. You can try to use headphones, for exemple, with a nice relaxing music, or something that could increase your focus, like binaural beats. Always keep in mind that focus = productivity = money.

6. Combat Imediatism

Always try to think in the long term. That’s a rule that applies for most things in life and it’s not different for home office. You will need to develop your skills and improve your efficiency to get higher income.

Don’t give up on jobs just because they are not paying what you expected at first, just continue improving instead and try to aim for possibilities in the future.

7. Turn Daily Failures into Stepping Stones

Failure is just a step towards success.. so, as insane as this may sound, you could actually get very far if you let yourself fail more often. That way, you will learn faster about what mistakes not to commit and thus your path to success will become clearer.


What do you think?

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Written by Danny B.


  1. The “being your own boss” part is misleading.

    When you work for someone else, you may have 1, 2, perhaps as many as 3 bosses, that you have to answer to.

    But when you work for yourself, your clients are your bosses. If you have 30 clients, it means instead of having 1 or 2 bosses, you have 30 and some of them may be more demanding and less forgiving when things go wrong than the ones you worked under at company X.

    A good business owner serves his clients to the best of his ability; they are his bosses, and any one of them can fire him at any time if they’re displeased.

    • Hi Scott,

      Thanks for your comment!

      You made a point, but what I was trying to say is that working from home has a different environment than more conventional types of job.. So we may get used to accomplishing schedules, work hours and hitting deadlines only because there is someone keeping an eye on us( I mean someone physically present). Of course, you will have pressure and expectations from clients, but it’s different when you work at home, it’s easier to get distracted and to underpeform because that’s like, our comfort zone you know.

  2. Very good list. I work from home doing translations mostly and writing on virily among other writing sites. I tend to work for an hour at a time, then get up, walk a bit for about 10 minutes and then resume work. If I stay longer than an hour or an hour and a half at most, I tend to get very drowsy just sitting down and looking at the computer screen.