Working at home can be difficult… from finding time in your schedule to making space in your home, there are many challenges to overcome. Today we have a guest post by Karen Beaman from LiveOps. Karen recruits independent contractor agents to work from home and provide professional contact center services. We took a look at LiveOps to find out more about their business and feel confident this is a solid company and we’re pleased to share Karen’s work-at-home tips. This post is sponsored.
So you’ve made the decision to change careers to something more flexible to accommodate your family life. Or you’ve decided it’s time to rejoin the work force before your skills are outdated. Maybe your partner’s hours have been cut and some extra funds are needed to support the family. Whatever the reason, you are searching for a work-from-home opportunity.
There are a multitude of articles out there about finding good opportunities with reputable companies, avoiding scams and the like… but there are other considerations when working from home, too.
Here are five things to think about and plan for with any work-from-home opportunity.
- Where will you work?
If you are serious about achieving success working from home, it’s important to choose a space and make it your home office. It should be a quiet place where you can set up your desk, computer, phone and any other tools you will need—and close the door on the outside world. Make sure it is a comfortable and serene space where you will be able to concentrate. And definitely keep that “home” feel with pictures, plants or whatever puts you in the right frame of mind to work.
- What tools and technologies are required for success?
Some work-from-home opportunities require specific tools such as a landline phone, broadband Internet, computer, or other items. Be sure you understand what is required and have it set up and ready to go when you start work.
- When will you work?
Are you an early riser who likes to get in a few hours of work before sending the kids off to school? Or do you prefer focusing your work time in the middle of the day, between drop off and pick up? Are you a night owl who performs at your peak in the evening and nighttime hours? Determining when it is best for you to work will help you hone in on the right opportunity.
- Do you have support?
Having support for your work-from-home opportunity is essential. Your family and friends will need to understand that work time is work time and that it may take time for you to develop a good routine. Support can also come in the form of tools and resources the company you partner with provides to help you succeed. If support is important to you, then look for companies that have quality tools, resources and online communities where people can share tips and tricks, offer advice and motivation.
- Are you self-motivated? Do you work well independently?
It can be liberating to not have a supervisor constantly hovering and checking in on your progress, but some people find it challenging to set and achieve goals without that outside motivation. Think about what motivates you to reach your goals and how you will stay on the track to success. Committing your goals to paper and rewarding yourself as you reach them can be a great motivator!
Working from home can be wonderful when you find the right opportunity for you and your family. I found my work-from-home opportunity with LiveOps, the premier virtual call center in the cloud. In my current role, I help connect people to the work-from-home call center opportunities that LiveOps offers and my team helps to make sure new independent agents have the support they need to get started on the road to success.
LiveOps independent agents are independent contractors who run their own businesses, putting their success in their hands. We offer opportunities for customer service professionals, licensed insurance agents, insurance claims specialists, and sales professionals. If you are interested in more information about the work-from-home opportunities with LiveOps, please visit join.liveops.com.
Written by Karen Beaman, Director of Agent Acquisition and Onboarding at LiveOps. Karen is responsible for recruiting talented, independent contractor agents to work from home and provide professional contact center services to LiveOps’ clients. She has held a variety of leadership roles in her 15 years of contact center experience and now leads her team in the development of cutting edge recruitment, crowd sourcing and onboarding strategies to effectively grow a large distributed workforce and improve the talent available in the cloud.