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Will working from home suit you? Find out

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​Break-free from the everyday 9-5 office routine
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​Break-free from the everyday 9-5 office routine

Working in an office is not everyone cup of tea.

If you are one of those, who wants to break-free from the everyday 9-5 office routine but can't decide whether work-from-home is an option for you, then here is a checklist to guide you.

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​Don't work from home if you want to disengage from work
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​Don't work from home if you want to disengage from work

At home, it’s difficult to keep personal and professional lives separate.

Besides, you may need to work on holidays or weekends.

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​Don't work from home if you can't handle distractions
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​Don't work from home if you can't handle distractions

Distractions like TV, children and household tasks can easily prevent you from concentrating on the work at hand.

Another issue is your own phone and Internet, since you may feel the need to be on social media or check the Whatsapp group every few minutes.

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​Don't work from home if you are bad at networking
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​Don't work from home if you are bad at networking

Networking is crucial for career, but freelancing does not present enough opportunities to meet people, unlike in a regular job.

Mails and cold calling may not be enough to build client relationship.

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​Don't work from home if you can’t live on a low income
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​Don't work from home if you can’t live on a low income

In the first few months, you are paid less and clients are difficult to acquire.

If you have switched from a regular job, you are likely to have fixed financial obligations, which will add to the stress.

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​Don't work from home if you don’t mind being isolated
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​Don't work from home if you don’t mind being isolated

When you are not a part of a company, it is easy to feel isolated.

The daily interaction with colleagues can take off a lot of stress, besides helping develop contacts and build a network.

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