Working from home is not for everyone. Only a certain type of person can work in a solitary environment and have the initiative required of a remote career.
Here are some of the most important skills and characteristics you must have to be successful in this type of career:
1. You Must Be Independent
This is an obvious requirement. You will be secluded when working by yourself in your own home. You must be able to complete your work (or even find work depending on the type of job) on your own. There will probably be people there to help you along the way, but you cannot rely on them like you did with your coworkers in the office.
2. You Must Be a Self-Starter
You cannot successfully work from home if you have no drive or initiative. Your success in a work-from-home career begins and ends with one person: you. If you cannot wake up every morning with a sense of urgency and thirst for accomplishment, you may not be making the right career choice.
3. You Must Be a Good Communicator
Communicating effectively and clearly is a must when working from home. Particularly, written communication is important. You need to be able to send emails and talk over the phone professionally. You cannot be shy about asking questions when something is unclear or reaching out to others when you need help.
4. You Must Be Organized
No matter what type of job you have, you need a system. You need to have a plan in place for how the work will get done. If you are working with other people, you need to have a plan for communication and handling of information/inventory/etc. Creating and keeping an organized workflow is a necessity.
5. You Must Be Disciplined
There will be distractions. Time will get away from you. Work will be something you have to choose to do because there will be many other options when you are not in an office environment. This characteristic is not optional for a work-from-home professional.
6. You Must Be a Good Time Manager
You will not have the natural flow of people in and out of the office to signal when things are supposed to happen. It will be easy to find yourself doing the equivalent of showing up late and unprepared for work or working until all hours of the night. Time-management is critical if you work at home.
7. You Must Be Eager to Learn
Like in many situations, an open mind and eagerness to learn is very important when working from home. You will have to learn to problem solve and research on your own, so it helps if a learning spirit comes naturally to you.
Whether you work from home or not, all of these skills will help you experience success in all facets of life. Practice them. Refine them. Put them to use. Then, see the difference they make in your productivity and achievement.