Working From Home: 7 Tips
Updated: Jul 28
Working from home looks different for everyone. Whether it feels smooth or stressful can depend on your systems, office setup and personality. How can a stay-at-home professional structure the workday and maintain focus at home? Here are 7 tips to consider.
Get up early. For me, the most productive hours are the earliest ones. I can conquer a lot before the family starts to stir, and my most fruitful hours of the day are from 4:30-6:30! Sound crazy? Give it a try. You'd be surprised how good coffee tastes before the sun comes up.
Stay organized. Nobody can focus with stacks of old mail or towers of clutter that don’t relate to this week’s work, so make time on the weekend or after hours to clear it out.
Build a list of prospects before making calls. Some say that it works best to make sales calls only after assembling a list of 300-500 likely prospects.
Call strategically. There is no guaranteed best time for cold calls, but recent reports say that Wednesdays and Thursdays are the best days to reach people. The most ideal times appear to be 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Follow up immediately. A recent survey reported that prospects who received a response within one minute of when they reached out were almost 400% more likely to convert.
Stick to a schedule. If you are self-employed, this is a crucial step. Since you are not accountable to a boss, you will have to set your own schedule. If your goal is to work out every day before dinner, list it on your schedule just like any other appointment.
Hire a coach. Everyone needs accountability and encouragement, especially if you are building a business from the bottom up. Since we all have blind spots, you may need to hire someone or enlist a friend to help you streamline your systems, boost your morale and point out areas for improvement.
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