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Lesson 17. Working at Home > Setting Up Your Home Office - Pg. 73

73 Chapter 17. Working at Home In this lesson, you will learn how to manage the business end of telecommuting or independent contracting. Suiting Up Your Home Office It would seem sometimes that the ideal profession would let you work from the home. You never have to travel through rush hour, you can grab a cup of real home-brewed coffee, and you can dress the way you like. But if you are not disciplined and organized, working from home can be paradise lost. When you telecommute, you work at home by hooking up the main office by electronic means. To work from home successfully, you'll need to refine some self- management skills: · Experience--Be realistic about the jobs that you can do from home. · Project management--Be results-oriented by setting goals for yourself each day. See Lesson 2, "Easy Organizing Basics," for more on organizing basics. · Time management--Plan ahead, prioritize, and stick with your to-do list. Tip Plain English Don't forget to take breaks. With fewer office interruptions, you can accomplish a lot. But don't overdo the workload. · Self-discipline--Create a home schedule so that you can begin and end your day at fairly regular times. Post it for family to see. Caution If you're a remote worker, always attend staff meetings when possible. Also encourage progress meetings with your supervisors. Setting Up Your Home Office Outfitting a home office requires some extra features: · Arrange for a separate telephone line for business. Plain English DSL is short for digital subscriber line. Consider instal-ling a cable modem or DSL for faster computer access. · A cell phone can double as a work line, as well as a portable phone to bring to office headquar- ters, if you can afford the fees.