Working at home has been very rewarding for me and my family. Just being with them 24/7 is more than enough reason to make it worth all the trouble. But it doesn’t excuse home offices from the usual problems and hiccups. Here are a few of the problems I encounter and the steps I took to prevent them.
1. Internet Connection – ISPs will most certainly fail from time to time so it is essential to have a backup. You can get one of those USB modems just for those emergency moments or when you need to go out and still need internet connection.
2. Communication software – The most commonly used software is Skype, but there are other audio and video conferencing solutions available. You need to clarify with your client or boss which messaging and video client they prefer
3. Power Failure – Use a laptop, my laptop has saved me from losing work data because of power failures because it has a built in battery. Besides most laptops are powerful enough to handle day to day office type duties.
4. Health Risks – This is very crucial, since you no longer travel, being physically idle becomes a health risk so remember to have a regular exercise schedule. I have dumbbells near my station for some quick arm exercises and I run to our time works machine for cardio.