Translation Jobs from Home - Tips for Working at Home
Working from home offers a level of freedom that you cannot get when you work for a business. For example, you can set your own hours, which is particularly beneficial to parents who have to work around nap time. However, it does require a certain level of discipline in order to ensure that your work gets completed on time and at the high quality that your customers expect from you. Whether you have been completing translation jobs from home for awhile or you are new to the work at home industry, everyone could use a few tips to help them be more productive in their work.
Although you may have hated the hours you had to keep when you worked at an office, the idea behind the practice is sound. You should have regular office hours that you work and are available to clients. This is for psychological reasons as well as for convenience. By disciplining yourself to work certain hours every day, you will be able to get in the mode of work quicker. Additionally, you will be able to relax more completely when you are “off work”. Lastly, you won't have to deal with clients who think they can call you all hours of the day simply because you work from home.
You should have a dedicated space for your office. Preferably, you should have a door that you can close for quiet and privacy, especially if you have children. When you work from home, people tend to think that they can interrupt you for any reason because they don't take a work at home job as seriously as they do a job that you have to commute to every day. Having a door that you can close sends the message that you are working and you should not be disturbed unless there is an emergency. This may not work as well if you are the only parent with small children so you'll need to adjust as necessary.
Take regular breaks throughout the day. Some people fall into the trap of sitting at their computer for 8-10 hours a day without taking a break. They will even eat lunch at their desk while playing solitaire. This is the quickest way to get burned out. Additionally, it is not good for your body to be sitting down for such long periods of time. Get up and walk around for a few minutes. Leave your desk to eat lunch. You'll come back more refreshed and ready to work.
-By Adriana Tassini
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