Do you run your own internet business from home or freelance your services out of your home office?
The Telework Research Center found that more than 30 million people work from home at least once per week, and those numbers are expected to rise more than 60 percent over the next five years.
Working from home is a dream for many.
You can set your own schedule, take time off when you choose, spend more time with your family and kids and not have to report to a boss. You can also work from the comfort of your own pajamas – or wait? Can you? And if so, is that a good idea?
When interviewing for jobs via the phone, experts say to smile while talking. It slightly changes the tone in your voice giving off the impression that you’re confident and have a positive attitude.
The same logic actually applies to clothing.
Think about it – if you get dressed up for a fancy dinner, you exude confidence and present yourself in your best manner. Pajamas signify to the brain that you’re in “relaxation” or “lazy” mode.
While you still may be able to accomplish the tasks at hand, it may not be your best work simply because your attire doesn’t go hand-in-hand with professionalism.
How to dress when working from home
One of the benefits of working from home is the ability to wear comfortable clothes instead of a suit and tie or pencil skirt and pantyhose.
If you’re in need of the right men’s clothing or women’s apparel, large retailers like Walmart have you covered.
You don’t need to shell out big bucks in order to look your best.
Other tips on maximizing productivity with how you dress when working from your home office include:
1. Always change out of the pajamas you slept in – Even if you change back into clean pajamas, at the very least get out of the dirty ones you slept in. Wearing clean clothes transitions your mind from “lazy” to “productive” in itself.
2. Shower and get ready – Before heading into the office, you most likely shower, fix your hair and apply makeup if you’re a woman. The same should apply if you work from home. Showers wake you up, allow you to feel refreshed and help you put your best foot forward.
3. Establish a routine -One benefit of working in an office is you get into a good routine. Routine and consistency can be good in a working environment. When working from home, you can usually work at your leisure, which can decrease productivity. View working at home the same as if you were in an office. Wake up, have your coffee and breakfast, shower and get ready, put on clean, comfortable clothes and get started.
Obviously, there’s no dress code when working from home.
Whether you choose to wear a comfy sweatshirt and jeans, slacks and a button-down shirt or a full on suit, wear what makes you accomplish the most in the most professional manner.
Be willing to experiment with different outfits and routines until you find something that works for you.
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About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Glendale, AZ. She writes on small businesses, clothing and personal finance.