Working from home requires a lot of discipline because, let's face it, there are a lot of distractions at home: dishes that need to be washed, dogs that need to be walked, kids that need to be tended to, etc. Some people can find themselves doing everything but working when they're at home. We've rounded up the five ways to know if becoming one of our home-based travel agents is for you:
1. You are highly organized
This is a trait that cannot be understated while working from home. A successful work-from-home professional needs to be able to compartmentalize his or her time in order to maximize productivity. If you get easily distracted, often forget to finish assignments, or are a multi-tasker, you might need to brush up on your organization skills before committing to a full-time, work-from-home gig.
2. You work smarter, not harder
One of the best reasons to work from home is having a great work/life balance: you're not stuck in the car for a long commute or in endless meetings all day. But that fact is negated if you have to work harder to get things done at home. You will be very successful if you are always looking for a better process or way of doing something. If you need a little help, try starting with these tips:
- Track your time to find out how much time you're spending on various tasks
- Prioritize tasks and use organizational tools to save time
- Simplify client communication with regular follow-ups and updates via email marketing
3. You are results-driven
Working from home can feel aimless without measurable goals in place and a strategy to achieve them. Therefore, being results-driven is the ultimate key to success. Make S.M.A.R.T goals (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, time-bound) and create a process for measuring your success and a timeline for how often you'll assess success.
If you have these three qualities, or are willing to work on them, you are sure to be a great success working from home. But what are you going to do? Our independent travel agent programs might be a great fit for you; you can test it with this quick quiz.