Confessions of a Remote Worker: Part Two

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Working remotely is full of positives, and a few negatives—as I outlined in my last blog post Confessions of a Remote Worker: Part One. One of the hardest parts of being a remote worker is that when you’re in your home office, you’re alone all the time. Pets don’t count as co-workers. Another challenge is that you’re not at the office with your boss. As the saying goes—out of sight, out of mind.

Here’s what I’ve found to make working remotely a successful venture for me and for the people back at the Kansas City, Mo., office.

You need a space that’s dedicated to your job, preferably with a door.

No, you can’t work on the couch with reality TV blaring in the background, but you can sit at a desk and turn on music or NPR, just as you did when you went to an office with other people. Having a space dedicated to your job allows you to enter the space in the morning and leave it at the end of the day. It’s very easy as a remote ...(register to read more)

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West Coast Telecommuter November 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

So true! I couldn’t have come up with a better list myself. As a full-time telecommuter for the past 7 1/2 years, I can’t emphasize how important it is to have your own space, treat it like a “real” job (because it is!) and make your work as visible to your employer as possible. The last item on that list used to be a challenge until a few months ago, when my employer began using a cloud-based software product called MySammy ( Not only does it give my boss detailed information about how much work I’m accomplishing every day, it even provides detailed reports that my employer shares with me on a weekly basis. Talk about motivation for working harder! Thanks for the great article, Emily.


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