Working from home has changed many businesses and lives for the better, and there are many opportunities for growth. While many of the bigger parts of career growth involve work performance, certifications, and making your quality known to the business or your clients at a greater scale, home offices can be at a disadvantage if you're not putting business best practices into your work area's design. Here are a few issues to keep in mind as you look for a home for sale that will keep your work from home arrangements viable.
First, Get A Stable Connection
For most businesses, working from home and telecommuting are one in the same. Although some businesses implement mail order workloads or send their agents to do a job outside of their home, a most positions need a stable internet connection in order to stay in contact throughout the day. Many even require a constant connection to get the job done.
You can't just rely on wireless internet unless the business specifically allows it. This is because wireless internet is more inconsistent than wired internet due to the inherent volatility of wireless signal; instead of a contained cable of data, you have waves of data bouncing through the air and across different surfaces that have to be rearranging by technology that still isn't close to perfection.
Any home you choose needs to be in the territory of a quality Internet Service Provider (ISP). Unfortunately, determining quality can often be an issue of trial and error. Although you can take customer reviews--especially multiple complaints--as a survey of the general service, you can't be sure of the consistency without actually trying the service.
Your best bet would be to choose homes that have multiple ISPs. Search for the specific town or city and get a list of ISPs that service the area, then plug the street name and number into every ISP's website. If you'd like a more concrete answer, call each ISP with the address to get a confirmation.
With multiple ISPs, you have more options in case one company gives you poor service. A company with a local monopoly can give you garbage service that barely meets their contract's obligations, but an area with multiple companies offering similar speed services will give you a chance to demand repairs or discounts while threatening to leave--and being able to leave instead of just bluffing.
A Quiet, Organized Working Environment
The core of a work from home situation is the ability to be productive. You need to be focused on the task, comfortable, and able to reach other tools and requirements for your work without being too distracted or encumbered.
If you're living with a family or roommates, you'll essentially need to choose a bedroom or study with a door that can be locked. For many businesses, silence and privacy is required to prevent your family, friends, and guests from disturbing clients on the phone, and to keep customer data secure.
If you're living alone, you may still need to prepare your workplace with a few restrictions. A living room is a lot of freedom, but some people are easily distracted by seeing different things to do in their home. Cooking, cleaning, and other home projects may need to be walled off with a mainstay (and nemesis) of the office worker: the cubicle.
Contact a real estate agent to discuss homes that can deliver a stable working environment while maintaining comfort.