One of the perks of being an independent insurance agent is being able to make your own schedule and choosing whether or not you work from home. However, working at home comes with its own set of hurdles that you’ll need to overcome. Making sure you’re just as productive at home (or more productive) is important to keeping your business alive and thriving.
Keep a Routine
Just because you’re now working at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still get up at a decent hour. “The early bird gets the worm” is still something you should take into consideration, even when working from a home office. Getting up in the morning and going through a typical routine of showering, having breakfast and getting dressed in clothes outside of pajamas will help you get in the right frame of mind to work.
Have a Dedicated Work Space
Having a dedicated work space can significantly help you focus on business. Having this space will also help create a mental shift from home life to work life. Making sure your mind is on business is half the battle when working from home.
Have Business Hours
Creating a balance between home life and work life is an important thing to establish right from the start when your home becomes your office. With your office at home, it’s easy to work longer hours and think about work in the evenings when you could be spending time with family or friends. Having a set start time and end time will help you keep that balance. It will also help you focus on business instead of letting family obligations cloud your work time.
Don’t Wander Around
Keep out of the kitchen if it’s not time for lunch. Don’t sit in the living room watching TV when you become bored. Make sure people know even though you’re home, you’re not available during work hours. One of the perks of working at home is being in your own space and being comfortable, however allowing yourself to become too comfortable or distracted is going to lower your work production and create bad working habits.
Overall working out of your house could create a more positive quality of life for you, as long as you put in the effort to keep your business up, while also not letting it take over your home.