...and other practical pointers for those who work from home.
My first experience working from home was nearly ten years ago and it was born out of necessity. I'd shared a very small office with a colleague and we were constantly butting heads. It was tough. I suggested to the boss that the only way we could achieve some sort of harmony in the office was if we each took a couple days to work from home every week.
My apartment was a 10 minute walk from the office and I was determined to make it work. With a cell phone, desktop computer and internet access, I set out to make the most of a difficult situation.
Within a few short weeks, my productivity was up, I was less stressed and our team was getting along much better.
Since I started Fire Starter Brands in 2010, we've been a work-from-home company. Each of our team members functions with a laptop, wifi, headset and a handful of cloud or web-based tools.
I've learned that working from home is not easy for most people. It takes a certain level of discipline, focus and support to pull it off. Here are some of the most important lessons I've learned.