Here’s What You Need to Know Going from Working at Home to Working in an Office

If you’re over working from home and want to get back into an office somewhere, heed these three tips! By Deborah Sweeney

Women work from home for a lot of reasons. To avoid the cost of babysitting, to take some time at home after pregnancy, or because they can run a business from home perfectly fine. As awesome as working from home is, it’s possible to miss the office life. Transitioning from working at home to working in an office can be tough, though. When working at home, you have the luxury of making up a lot of your schedule, but in an office things aren’t usually as flexible.

So if you’re over working from home and want to get back into an office somewhere, heed these three tips!

If flexibility’s what you want, look to small businesses.

Want to work in an office but don’t want to give up the flexibility of working from home? Depending on the industry, you’re most likely going to get a lot more flexibility and leeway with your schedule at a small business than you are in corporate America. There’s typically more of a familial atmosphere at a small business. You’re more than a replaceable cog in a wheel; your boss will, hopefully, listen to your schedule issues and needs as a person with value to the company. You’ll have a smoother transition leaving your home office to a work office if you seek out a small business.   

Don’t lie on your resume.

Whether you took some time away from work or you were just focusing on a side project at home, there’s no need to lie on your resume. All valuable experience doesn’t come from working in an office. Explain, in a professional manner, what you were working on at home if you were working on something. And if you weren’t working on something, if you were just staying home after becoming a new mom, there’s no reason to hide that. You don’t necessarily need to put that on your resume, but don’t be shy about answering the expected question: “And what happened during this gap?”

Keep two separate calendars.

Once you’re back at an office, your personal and professional lives will start feeling very separate again. So separate, that if you’re so concentrated on one, it can be easy to forget about the other. Keeping two separate calendars on the same physical calendar always helps to keep things straight for me. What I mean by that is, on one (real- not on your phone) calendar, mark your personal and professional activities in two different colors. This will keep everything in one place and right in front of you whenever you need it. It’s the perfect organizational tool for the full time employee and full time mother/wife/family member/friend.

Deborah Sweeney is the CEO of MyCorporation.com. MyCorporation is a leader in online legal filing services for entrepreneurs and businesses, providing start-up bundles that include corporation and LLC formation, registered agent, DBA, and trademark & copyright filing services. MyCorporation does all the work, making the business formation and maintenance quick and painless, so business owners can focus on what they do best. Follow her onGoogle+ and on Twitter @mycorporation.

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