How to Work From Home: 10 Real-world Tips

Check in With the Team
If you telecommute, say hello to the folks at the office on a regular basis. Fuse/Thinkstock

One of the greatest risks of working from home is the false assumption by everyone at the office that you're actually "shirking" from home [source: Bloom]. To make this arrangement work, you need to come up with effective ways to assure your boss and teammates that you are hard at work even when you're not at work.

If you use a corporate e-mail and IM account, use it to broadcast your work status. Send a quick "good morning" IM to teammates when you are at your desk, and let folks know if you're going to be away from e-mail and for how long [source: Wilcox]. If your company uses Gmail or another Web-based e-mail app, you can update your status (available, busy, away from desk) without having to send instant messages or e-mails.

Another risk of working from home is "out of sight, out of mind" syndrome. If your boss and teammates only see your face once a month, they might forget how much you contribute to the success of the company. One solution is to become a videoconferencing whiz. With free video calling services like Skype, Google Hangout and Apple's FaceTime, you can check in with the team "in person." All they have to do is place a laptop, smartphone or tablet on the conference table during the weekly meeting, and you are present and accounted for.