On the one hand, working from home should be a cinch over the winter months. You don’t have to defrost your car or brave an icy commute. And you can stay indoors, toasty and warm, and enjoy the luxury of your home while you’re working. Well, that’s the theory anyway. To say that working from home is easier than a regular 9 to 5 job is just one of the myths that need to be disputed. Especially over the winter months, your job can be even harder.
A number of challenges await you.
- With dark mornings and cold temperatures, you may be inclined to stay longer under the duvet. Productivity will then take a nosedive.
- If you are trying to cut down on your heating bills, you may force yourself to work in the cold environs of your home.
- With Christmas to prepare for, you may have to work even harder if you’re in a freelance position.
- Winter can take its toll on your home, and if there is a power outage because of the weather, you will have to delay work for the day.
How do you meet those challenges? Well, there are a number of things you can do, and these include the following.
- To beat the cold mornings, set your heating so it comes on at least an hour before you are set to rise. This will at least encourage you to get out of bed and into your usual routine before work starts for the day.
- Heating bills are always going to be a problem for home workers at this time of year, and you should budget for this when you are creating a financial plan. Still, there are a few things you can do to make savings. Firstly, dress as warmly as you can so you are less reliant on your heating sources. Secondly, shop around for your fuel sources, whether you’re reliant on gas oil drums or an electricity supply. Then consider working out of home for a change. If you can set yourself up at the local library, for example, you can benefit from a warm environment at no cost to yourself.
- You will need time off over the Christmas period, so to beat a lull in cash flow, take on as much work as you can reasonably manage before the festive season hits. You will need the extra money anyway, and provided you don’t burn yourself out, you will be able to bolster your bank balance this way. To find more customers, you could advertise special Christmas offers to attract more attention to your business, or you might send out a Christmas card to previous customers, reminding them to return to your business with any special offers you have available. And look for ways to add to your income, so you don’t have to work too many hours overtime over the season.
- In the event of a power outage, consider investing in a backup generator for your home. Most home improvement stores sell them, and despite the added expense, it’s still better than losing money because you are unable to work from home.
Don’t let the chilly season scupper your business. Follow our tips, and you should be able to beat the challenges that prevail at this time of year. Let us know if you have any further tips for our readers.