Is work from home in India just like any other office job?

ATTENTION: Work from home in India is growing as commuting hours and family commitments are leading to an increasing number of  employees choosing to work from home in India.

Sanam Verma, a software developer for Qualitiasoft, says she works at home exactly as she would in an office and others in the house understand that.

“Your family needs to understand that you are in your office hours,” she says. “They need to blind themselves to you and not bother you.”

Workmen or unexpected guests can also interrupt the work flow. “They don’t understand that you are working since you are at home, so they would want you to socialise with them,” the IBM worker said.

Technical glitches, like problems with the broadband or electricity supply, might interrupt too.

OK, here is the thing though.

It doesn’t matter if you work from home in India, Peru, USA, Canada or UK.

Working online doesn’t tie you to any geographic location. And this is only one of the many benefits that come with working online.

Businesses across the world too acknowledge this and are becoming increasingly aware of the fact that there are no map barriers in recruiting their next talented employees.

They now recruit online from across the world and anyone can get a free startup as a freelancer and apply for jobs.

It is also a great way to showcase your CV to businesses across the world.

You could be very surprised and the benefits alone are very rewarding.

Microsoft recently sponsored a survey of 3,500 full-time employees to learn about their beliefs surrounding remote working.

The Microsoft white paper, Work Without Walls, highlights the top 10 benefits of working from home from the employee point of view.

  • The Top 10 benefits of working from home:
  1. 60% appreciate the work and home balance
  2. 55% save on petrol
  3. 47% avoid traffic
  4. 45% feel more productive
  5. 44% feel less distraction
  6. 44% cut long commute
  7. 43% appreciate a quieter atmosphere
  8. 38% appreciate a less stressful environment
  9. 29% feel that they have more time with family
  10. 23% find work from home environmentally friendly

However, despite the benefits and comfort of working from home, it is vital to stay aware of the challenges and the demands of this role.

You work from home. Yes; but you are still employed and you still need to manage your own workload and deliver results on time.

Your number one aim is to stay on top of your daily tasks and produce good quality work.

Too, like with all highly desired jobs, you must be self motivated, have a positive attitude and strong time management skills to meet your daily targets.

Do you have what it takes?

  • 10 highly desired freelance jobs
  1. Content Writer
  2. Copy Writer
  3. Data entry work from home
  4. Social Media Manager
  5. Virtual Assistant
  6. Photographer
  7. Photoshop Artist
  8. Web Design
  9. Graphic Design
  10. Developer

It may not always be as easy to work from home if you live with a big family and look after your kids. That is understandable and most likely expected too.

Being interrupted often can slow you down and you may need to work 12 hours to do the things you would otherwise do in 8 hours if you were, (in an ideal world), left on your own uninterrupted.

If you have never worked online before, working endless hours is very natural at the beginning until you get to know what works best with your own family and what doesn’t.

As you test the waters, you learn to use the practices that work best for you. This will help you bring the balance you need between your home and your work responsibilities.

You will soon be better aware of your family’s needs as well as you work responsibilities and able to manage your time in both successfully.

Off course it is a personal choice too.

Sometimes you just want to escape from it all. For example, I enjoy taking my work to Starbucks and use their free wi-fi to connect online. I do this quite often to help me get out of the house.

As long as I have my favourite table and cup of coffee, I am ok; a different environment helps me do better at my work at times.

My two cents; whatever work is that you do, stick to your schedule and use your time wisely.

And finally, stay on top of your work as you never know when you will need this time in the future.

Curated by Kyriakos Chrysidis using sources from the World Street Journal: and the white paper World Without Walls by Microsoft: PDF

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