Top 7 Skills Needed to Successfully Work at Home
By Holly Reisem Hanna
To many women working at home is a dream come true, with flexible schedules, financial freedom, a short commute to your home office and the ability to do something you love. But even though working at home has many positive attributes, it does require a certain type of personality and skill set to make it as a successful work-at-home employee or entrepreneur.
To discover if you have what it takes to be a successful work-at-home woman, check out the top 7 skills and personality traits best suited for working at home.
1. Critical Thinking: To make it as a home-based worker, you need to be able to work independently with very few directions. As a home-based employee you won’t have the luxury of co-workers sitting next to you, so many times to may need to figure out issues for yourself. If you’re the type of person who prefers more guidance, working at home may not be an ideal situation for you.
2. Excellent Communication Skills: Because you’ll be doing your work or business remotely, you’ll need to have good communication skills, because often times you won’t have the visual and verbal cues that help guide a conversation. Although cell phones and software like Skype make it easy for people to stay in touch, the majority of your communication will be done via email. So you will need to make sure that you are able to covey what you mean clearly and concisely.
3. Self Motivated: One of the advantages of working at home is the ability to create your ideal schedule. But if you’re not motivated you may find yourself sleeping in too many days in a row and not getting your work done. Working at home requires that you’re able to work independently, and because you won’t have a boss looking over your shoulder, you need to make sure that you are able to stay on task.
4. Able to Avoid Distractions: Household chores, pets, TV and family members are just a few of the distractions you’ll encounter when you start working at home. Planning ahead will be key – having readily available snacks for consumption, pre-planning children’s activities or having child care arranged and having a separate office space can all help minimize distractions, but ultimately it is up to you to stay focused.
5. Comfortable with Social Isolation: Even though you can work at your local coffee shop, or you can hop on Twitter and socialize, the majority of your time is going to be spent all by yourself. If you’re a social butterfly that requires a lot of social stimulation, working at home may cause you to go stir crazy or it make even make you socially depressed.
6. Organized & Balanced: Maintaining balance is one of the most difficult aspects of working at home, because the work is always right there staring you in the face. To keep you on track (and not working too much or too little) organization will be key. To help keep you on track, you will need to get very organized, everything from filing systems and daily to-do lists, to keeping track of emails and finances.
7. Computer Savvy: Since the majority of your work will be done on your computer, you will need to be computer savvy. You will need to know everything from learning how to use different software, to updating programs and keeping your computer running smoothly. A broken down computer or internet connection equals no work getting done, so you will be need to be able to navigate your way around tech issues and concerns.
By knowing your personality and skill sets, you’ll be able to determine if working at home is the right path for you.
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