Working from home is a very alluring prospect. No commute; no budget for office clothes; you can kiss the kids as they head off to school and be there when they come back; and the dog will probably enjoy that extra midday walk.
But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Distractions abound when you’re at home. The Price is Right, that staple of college dorm rooms everywhere, suddenly looks very appealing again. Without the specter of a boss looming over your shoulder, your internet browser might just find its way to TMZ or ESPN more than it should. Friends and family don’t feel as awkward about interrupting you in the middle of the day since you’re not technically “at work”. And it’s a lot easier to dawdle while performing those quick errands since you don’t have to rush back to the office.
Working from home takes far more discipline than working from on an office, especially in a job like the Job Scout position because there are no deadlines and there are no quotas. You choose how much you want to earn, and consequently how much work is involved to reach that level. The problem is doing all of the work required to reach the income level you desire.
When working at home, it’s just too easy to put off your work until later because of all of the distractions. It’s easy to say that you’ll get to it later, and then later becomes a few days. Before you know it, the week is over and you’ve only posted five or six jobs. And since there are no quotas imposed on you, there’s no reason to cram it all into one night. So you decide to start a new week, but the same distractions keep getting in the way and another week ends with a couple of jobs posted.
When scouts ask us why they aren’t earning a significant amount of money, the number one answer is usually that they haven’t either posted enough jobs or they haven’t done enough advertising for those jobs.
To effectively work from home you have to diminish the distractions, and you have to discipline yourself. You have to set your own quotas and abide by them. You have to set your own deadlines and abide by them. You have to be the boss standing over your shoulder making you work.
The more work you do, the more you make. Yes, working smarter is also key, but unless you do the minimum, you won’t earn a very large paycheck.
So do whatever you need to do to make sure that you put in the hours you need. Lock yourself in a room, unplug TVs, turn off the phone. Whatever it is that distracts you from your work, remove it while you do.