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 (www.mysammy.com). 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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