For some of us, working in an office can get very frustrating, which is why remote work or work-from-home is very appealing. In a work-from-home scheme, one can control their schedule and do as much work as you want.

While this is the case, it can be tricky to succeed in a work-from-home environment, especially if you cannot prepare your mindset and set up your work environment accordingly. If you are considering starting work-from-home, here are some goals you need to consider to make it successful:

Goal 1 – What Do You Want to Improve On

If you are shifting from office work to remote work, you need to take a step back and review your work history to see which things you can use to succeed in remote work and what to improve on. When it comes to what you can use from your previous experience, see what activities you do well.

For example, are you proficient in word processing or video editing? See how well you did for these and take note of it because you may be able to market it as one of your top skills for remote job offerings.

Meanwhile, you also need to know what things you need to improve on to succeed in work-from-home setups.

For example, if you are not proficient with video conference apps like Zoom or Skype or team sharing apps like Slack or Microsoft Teams, you will need to study them before you venture onwards.

Goal 2 – Know What You Want in the Future

Just like when you are applying for an office job, you need to have a target you want to set while working remotely. Do you want to earn a lot of money? A flexible working schedule? Or a personal goal you want to achieve, like getting into a hobby you love to do?

Whichever future you wish to aim for, make your goals realistic because you will need to build a good reputation and dedicate time to succeed in a work-from-home setup. But, like office work, you will need to make sure that your goals won’t affect your work-life balance and health because it will affect your progress.

Goal 3 – Sustainability

If you want to carve a career working remotely at skills you have, you need to plan far ahead to grow those skills so that you will not be left behind. Realistically, there will always be someone better than you or cheaper than you, so what gives you an edge over the others?

Finding that special something about the services you offered is a great way to make sure that your business will sustain itself in the long run, serving that particular need of your clients.

Do You Have the Resources to Reach the Goals Through Work-From-Home?

You will need to ask yourself if you have the resources to dedicate to achieving your goals through remote work. You should ask yourself if you have a good work environment at home where you can work without distractions and do your job confidently, and if you don’t, what avenues can you explore to make it happen.

Even if you are working remotely, you will need to appear confident before your clients as you meet them through video meetings. It would be best if you also had the right equipment, environment and attitude to deliver the quality your clients are looking for.

In every business or work setup, you must have goals that will drive you forward to your target career future. Without one, it can be quite a challenge to make things work, let alone keep at it for a long time. If you consider working from home, know what you want to achieve before pushing for it. Work from home isn’t for everyone, especially if you are not prepared for the challenges it will bring you.

If you are currently extending your work-from-home status, you may want to increase your productivity with these golden tips:
How to Make Work Friends when Working Remotely
How to Make the Most of Your Day When Working Remotely
Defending the Freelancer – 3 Myths on Remote Working Debunked

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10 replies on “What Goals Should I Set Before Starting Work From Home

  1. Great post. And the issue about money is a big one too, because there definitely WILL be someone cheaper than you, and you WILL have to set yourself apart somehow. It’s just that sometimes finding that angle can be so hard. Thanks for this, Kally!

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