So you’ve done the hard part, you’ve found a job that allows you to telecommute, congratulations and welcome! Now comes that sometimes daunting task of finding a proper location to work from. While this may seem easy and you are probably saying to yourself, “I could work anywhere,” depending on the type of work you do, this is not always true. For some, you may require as little as a laptop, in which case working from a local coffee shop, library, or even your kitchen table will do the trick. For those of us who require more visual real estate, i.e., a dual monitor set up, a more permanent working area needs to be established. Whatever your needs, it’s important to determine the first and create an environment that is conducive to your particular working needs.
As with any job, by the end of the day, when I’m done working, I want to be DONE working. With this in mind, one of my main requirements, when I set up my working environment, was the ability to shut the door and forget about work when my day was over. I believe that this is key to sustaining a good work-life balance; you need to be able to “close” for the day. Depending on your line of work, this may mean that you put your laptop away for the day or changing out of your house clothes and into your, “I’m ready to see people” clothing. You may scoff at this, but let’s face it if you telecommute the likelihood of you working in your PJ’s is pretty high. If you say no, I say give it a few months. 🙂
In regards to my personal experience, when I moved from South Florida to Austin, TX, I kept in mind that I would be working from home when I was out apartment hunting. After a few days of looking, I settled on an apartment that had an office with a door and a large window. Since moving in, I have set the office up with my working computer, a comfortable desk, and a rolling chair. While I have both a desktop and a laptop computer, if you can get away with just one or the other, I would suggest a powerful laptop with an extended battery. A laptop will give you even more flexibility in where, when, and how you work; just be sure to keep it charged.
Well, that’s it for this post! I hope that I have provided you with some useful information and a starting point for your telecommuting lifestyle. As always, if you’d like to know more, please feel free to leave me a comment, and I’ll see what I can do about finding you an answer!