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10 Tips That Make Working From Home So Much Better

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Have a Backup Plan

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Teleworking depends on having technology that works. If your WiFi fails, head to the public library or coffee shop until you can get back online. skaman306/Getty Images

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When you work from home, you need a plan B for the inevitable interruptions to your well-planned workflow. There are any number of mini-crises that can erupt at home: loss of power or internet service, unscheduled playdates or a neighbor chopping down a tree a few feet from your office window.

You need an alternative workspace. It should be someplace close to your home with a reliable internet connection where you can work in peace. It can be a friend's apartment, a library or even the backseat of your car parked within Wi-Fi range of a coffee shop (useful for after-hours emergencies).

For lots more tips about working from home and striking a healthy work-life balance, see the related articles below.

Last editorial update on Mar 13, 2020 01:26:50 pm.

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Sources

  • Bloom, Nicholas et al. "Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment." Stanford University. Feb. 22, 2013. (Sept. 13, 2013) http://www.stanford.edu/~nbloom/WFH.pdf
  • Noonan, Mary C.; Glass, Jennifer L. "The hard truth about telecommuting." Monthly Labor Review. June 2012. (Sept. 13, 2013) http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2012/06/art3full.pdf
  • Orsini, Patricia. "The Great Shrinking Office? More Companies Hire Remote Workers: Survey." CNBC. June 14, 2012. (Sept. 13, 2013) http://www.cnbc.com/id/47815587
  • Wilcox, Ryan. "The Beginner's Guide to Working from Home." Lifehacker. July 10, 2013. (Sept. 13, 2013) http://lifehacker.com/the-beginners-guide-to-working-from-home-733412770

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