I want to work from home from my computer: Here is how
I work from home with nothing more than a laptop, an internet connection, an office chair and a whole lot of dedication. It is great, because it gives me lots of flexibility, as I am not tied down to someone else’s working hours. This allows me to do what I want, as long I complete my list of jobs. For example, I went mountain biking this morning and as long as I get tick off the rest of my weekly tasks, I will be happy.
I live in the French Alps, because snowboarding and mountain biking re my “things”. But, working from home from your computer can suit many other lifestyles. For example, you live in the countryside and find it difficult to get to a place of work, want to work from a beach, live in a camper van or just don’t want a boss.
How do I work from home from my computer?
There are lots of different ways to work from home, or anywhere with an internet connection. I chose affiliate marketing, but you could start a drop shipping business or one of the many other options.
If you are considering working from home from your computer, to make a change in your life. You may want to start something along side your current job. This is just to test it out and see if it is for you. It is recommended you do this anyway, as it takes time to build up an online presence. For example, I when I started my affiliate marketing business, I just signed up to some free affiliate marketing training to see if it was for me. I came home from work every night, opened up my laptop and started learning and creating content. This wasn’t great for my flexible lifestyle, but now the hard work is paying off in every respect. If you are not currently working, you have nothing to lose if you just get cracking now.
Do you have what it takes to work from home?
I absolutely love working from home from my computer. Here are a few reasons why:
- I don’t have to travel
- My hours are flexible (as long as I complete my daily tasks)
- I don’t have a boss
- The only sound I have is from my favourite radio station
- I can take myself out for a walk at anytime to clear my head
- Nobody is interfering
The main downside is that I find, is that I have nobody to talk to. But, I have a great group of friends that I see most evenings or meet them on the mountain for a couple of hours when I can. The other negative, is that the apartment next-door, is for holiday makers. Which means it can get noisy occasionally.
When you are working in an office full of people, distractions come from co-workers. Whether it be people that don’t know the volume of their own voice, someone wanting to catch up on the latest gossip or the office knob head that won’t go away. However, when you work from home, you can be your own worst enemy when it comes to productivity. Therefore, there are a few skills you need to make sure you are productive.
I sometimes have issues with focussing on what I’m doing. I create a lot of content for my websites, with requires lots of research. I obviously use Google a lot, but there are loads of really useful stuff on Facebook. I tend to start trawling through unrelated stuff occasionally. Both Google and social media can suck you in. Also, getting notifications, emails and text messages etc can draw away your focus from what you are supposed to be doing. I find that only having the tabs open that I am using, keeps me from checking Facebook etc.
Sometimes it takes longer to finish a task than you expect it to. Therefore, some people tend to overestimate how long it will take to do. This is OK, but, you should also overestimate what you can produce in a day. If you don’t manage to complete that list, you still have finished a good chunk of work.
This goes hand in hand with your focus. You need to get up early in the same way you would if you’re working in a conventional office. Get dressed, complete your morning routine and get working. Sitting in front of your laptop in your jim jams is not a good habit to get in too. I’m not saying you should put on a suit, but you should get in to “work mode” properly.
Enjoy the flexibility, but not too much. It is tempting for me to go on the mountain when the conditions are perfect, but sometimes I have to sacrifice a good day to get jobs done.
Create the right environment
It is very easy to sit on the sofa with your laptop while having Netflix on in the background. Don’t do this! Your work becomes the the thing that is in the background. Make sure you have somewhere appropriate to work. I bought an office chair to put at the kitchen table. It is much more productive than lounging around.
I like to listen to the radio while I am working. I do this through an Amazon Echo. It is great, as I can change station or the volume without getting out of my chair. I can even use it to remind me to do certain tasks at certain times of the day. It is actually a good thing to use to help you with structuring your day and keeping you disciplined. The sound quality is pretty good too.
Getting in to “work mode” is a lot easier if you have your day structured too. This way you will be able to focus on certain tasks and work to mini deadlines.
Keep people informed
The people you live with need to know that you are busy and working. You are not just playing on your computer. Therefore, you need to communicate with them what you need to do and that it would be great if they did their best to not disturb you.
This goes for neighbours and friends too. If they pop round at a bad moment, you need to be able to get rid of them in there nicest possible way. Suggest that you meet up for a coffee at lunch or for a drink after work, they should understand.
Be able to work alone
As I said before, not having anyone to speak to is a downside of working form home from your computer. If this is a big issue for you, you need to make sure your social life is good. Maybe set a time to meet up with someone to go for a run, walk or some kind of exercise. Give yourself a time frame where you allow yourself to use social media to catch up with what’s going on or organise a visit to the pub after work.
You need to go outside! It is very easy to lock yourself away because you have a huge list of things to do. But, you will be much more productive after you have gone outside to stretch your legs at least. You are allowed to do this, you are an adult that can do what they like.
If you can’t motivate yourself, you are not going to succeed. You need to set goals and meet them. In my case, I aim for two to three posts per day on my sites (depending how involved each one is). Sometimes it is possible to do more. Others set themselves a minimum word count count before they do anything else.
To do this you need to be very organised. Make a list of what you need to do tomorrow today. This way, you are not sitting at your computer wondering where to start. Write your list in a note book or use organisation software to keep you focussed. For example, I have a huge list of keywords to base my content around. This list can last a couple of months. Also, have a tidy up. It is very easy to have cups and plates all around your computer. Clutter is bad for your productivity, so put your breakfast stuff in the dishwasher, it’s not far away.
If you feel that you are not being very productive occasionally, you may want to work somewhere else. You could mix it up a bit by going to a coffee shop, library or public space. This is the good thing about working from a computer, you can go anywhere, even the beach!
This is how you work from home from your computer. If you have these skills, you will smash out loads of work. I’m not saying that I am particularly productive every day, sometimes you need to realise how well you are working. Occasionally, I find myself wasting time, so I go snowboarding for a couple of hours, go for a run or a walk to reset my mind. When I’m back, I find that I am much more productive and I have had some exercise.
I hope this has helped, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below. If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing click here.