Successfully working at an online job or operating an online business from home requires a whole new set of skills. Remember that dreaded time clock at work that kept track of the hours you were on the job? Remember that grouchy boss who told you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it?
Remember the “rules” that you had to abide by when you worked at that job out in the real brick-and-mortar world? Well, now YOU are the time clock, the grouchy boss, and the enforcer of work rules.
It’s true that working from home gives you a certain amount of freedom. You CAN choose your own work hours, but you DO have to choose. You ARE your own boss, but you MUST BE a demanding boss. It’s not that you don’t have a schedule when you work from home; it’s that you can choose your own schedule when you work from home.
But there must be a schedule, and you must be the one who enforces compliance with that schedule — for yourself and for all of the other people who inhabit your world (kids, hubby, mom, girlfriends, etc.).
If you have an online job as a virtual assistant or as a data entry clerk or as a copywriter or in any other capacity, there will be certain tasks that your employer will expect you to complete — on time!
My point here is that you must set a working schedule for yourself. You can choose the hours that you will work to accomplish your required tasks; but when you choose, then you must insist — no, demand — from yourself that your get those tasks completed!