Telecommuting: 5 tips to success

It’s nice not to have to drag yourself to the office every day, but working from home can be tough. Here’s how to make it work.

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Whenever I tell people I work from home, they respond with “Ah …”

Being a telecommuter means more than wearing your pajamas all day. (Although that is a really great perk.)

Virtual companies are on the rise, so you might have the opportunity to work remotely one day. And, if you’re a person who procrastinates or loses focus easily, working from home might be more of a challenge than you realize.

I’ve worked remotely for more than two years, and can sum up my experience in five tips that will help you to telecommute successfully:

1. Use the phone and Skype: Make these communication channels your new best friends. Sure, email and social media can convey your message, but true conversations and brainstorms happen vocally. I make sure to schedule a few calls each day, either with clients or colleagues.

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