How to Make the Most of the Autonomy of Working From Home

Most people who hit the concrete jungle and arrive at work with a precise schedule, orders from management and constant supervision by their superiors regularly daydream about the autonomy that one would have if they just worked from home, whether as remote employee, freelancer or entrepreneur.

For those who are starting out or who already enjoy the privilege of working independent within the confines of their dwelling, a significant number of them are likely not making the most out of the independence of working from home. Indeed, work ethic and dependability are crucial to being a successful at-home worker, but there are several advantages to be free from the shackles of a cubicle.

By working as a professional freelancer or operating a home business, there are numerous benefits that they can utilize to improve a work-life balance and enhance the entire work-from-home experience. Remember, there is no need to be a fuddy dud when working in your fortress of solitude.

Here are five ways to make the most of the independence of working from home:


Are you a night owl or early riser? Instead of starting work at 9 a.m. and finishing work at 5 p.m., you can establish your own set of hours by working from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. or you can work 9 a.m. to noon and then 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Whatever you prefer, you can take advantage of the independence of working from home by creating your own schedule and hours.

Work Environment

Rather than staring at a cubicle wall, your work-from-home workspace can be designed any way you please. Your workstation can be in the living room, a den or in the bedroom; the room temperature can be accustomed to your needs; and your choice of music, whether it’s classical or jazz, can be played at anytime you please.


Some offices maintain dress codes, while others are more lax. When you work independently in your home, you don’t have to conform to office rules. If you want to wear a suit that’s your option, if you want to sport khaki shorts and a t-shirt then that’s your desire. Your comfort and productivity are all what matters when you work autonomously at home.

Life Commitments

We all have lives, hobbies and families outside of work. This is why if you have a child it’s convenient to work from home because you can set your schedule around the life of your son and/or daughter. If they have a soccer game at 3 p.m. or they have a doctor’s appointment at 11 a.m. then you can revise your work schedule accordingly. By being an independent worker, you can finish your work in the early morning or late evening rather than worrying about what the company management might think.

Walk Up and Leave

No, this doesn’t mean that an at-home worker can just walk up and leave the unfinished work. What this means is that if you feel uncomfortable at home or you want to get some fresh air and be around some people then you can walk up, take your laptop or mobile device and head to a park, library or coffee shop to finish the work.

Do you work from home? If so, how do you make the most of the autonomy of working from home? Let us know in the comment section.

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