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Why You Should Dress Professionally – Even If You Work From Home

The art of success

26Nov

Working from home is the best, you don't have to deal with traffic and you don't have to deal with any employees who could be taking away your time. Sure we can all agree that there is something enjoyable about working with coworkers, but sometimes the best way to get stuff done is to work from home. As someone who has owned quite a few businesses, I can tell you that there are certain things that will make your experience better or worse while working from home. Obviously, the one that I want to talk about today is the way you dress and also your work environment.

One of the biggest jokes among people who work from home that they can work in their pajamas, or even without any clothes on. While this is a funny joke. It is unfortunately often true that people who work from home will not dress or act the same way as they would if they worked from an office. While working in casual attire, may be more comfortable, it generally does not lead to the same results. I can tell you this from first-hand experience, I have actually found that by dressing up in formal clothing such as business casual, I do much better work and sound much more professional on my phone calls.

So let's take an example, let's say that you own some kind of health website and are trying to promote an article on foods that get rid of acne. You call up a few bloggers that you know and try to convince them to write about your great guide. When you call them, a few would rather Skype than just talk on the phone, some of them even want to use the Skype video feature. Let's say that you're dressed up the way you normally are when you work from home, do you think that they will treat you like a professional? I can tell you from my experience, this is generally not the case. In fact, even on my calls that were not video calls it seemed like other people in the industry could tell that I was not very professional. Once I began dressing up for every single call. I began to receive much better results, and more respect.

Something else that I found out very quickly was the importance of working in a good environment. It used to be that I work from home either on our kitchen table or even my bedroom whilst lying in bed. I'm sure many of you can imagine how effective that was. It wasn't until I had an in person meeting that I realized I needed to create an office for myself. Once I went out and bought some nice conference room chairs and other equipment such ass a desk, a few lamps and some nice bookcases, I realized that I should've had an office all along.

Working from an office increases my productivity,  increases my self-confidence and helps me perform better. It also gives me a good place to keep my work life separate from my personal life, and I no longer found myself constantly worried about what was going on with work while I was not working. 

There you have it, these two tips may seem simple, but I promise that if you put them into practice they will make a difference. Looking the part and and creating a working environment that is conducive to good results will make all the difference.

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