We all read the advertisements, see the requirements, acknowledge the programs, decipher the needs of each client. You can spend thousands of dollars on courses and webinars but if you don’t have these 4 skills you will not get very far in the work-at-home world.
1. Ability to work independently
If you are the type of person that needs to be told how and when to complete every task and then receive a pat on the head when you get it right, working from home may not be for you. In the WAH world, you MUST be able to work alone, without much supervision, and still accomplish your tasks for the day.
The person who gets easily distracted by shiny things should not work from home. You really, really shouldn’t. If you find yourself getting hooked on the most recent Facebook quiz and suddenly lose several hours – this is a problem when working from home. You need to be able to use your time well. Don’t get lost on the internet or you will not be successful working from home.
3. Communication Skills
This is a skill that you can develop over time – but you may want to give yourself a head start if you are considering working from home. Effective communication implies that you know how to respond to emails, texts, and phone calls intelligently and quickly. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation should be your friend. A close friend. You cannot sell yourself, your business, or your services with sloppy grammar and horrible spelling. There are plenty of free resources on the internet to brush up on your skills. Here is a great grammar learning/testing site that is free:
4. Socially Independent
Working from home can be lonely. If you are the type of person who, perhaps, need daily interaction with others you need to seriously consider your decision to work from home. Be prepared to join groups outside of your home so that you can get the socialization your heart desires without losing the drive to work from home. Social independence is hard to completely own. But it is important to be prepared by acknowledging the fact that you may have to expand to some other options in order to stay focused on your goal of working from home.
What do you think of this list of skills? Have you found these to be true? Others we should add? Let us know in the comments!