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The Top 5 Qualities Work from Home Employees Need

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Rebecca is a newlywed and an aspiring fiction author that got her start in content creation five years ago with her beauty and lifestyle based blog and YouTube channel.

When I think about working from home and the lifestyle attached to it, I come to think of a few different qualities that I’ve seen in myself, and in others, that make it work and are successful with this lifestyle. Here is a list of those five traits that will help you in your work from home career.


1. Determination

Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you can kick your feet up and relax. Contrary to all those work from home myths out there, working from home requires dedication, determination, and hard work like any other typical job. You need to work really hard in the beginning to make sure that you are developing the willpower to face the issues plagued by new remote workers.


2. Reliability

There can be many more distractions at home than in the office, especially if you are also a working parent or have family dropping in often, so you need to be reliable to your employer. Getting your work in on time is of paramount importance.

I’d also like to put in a word of caution here, being reliable doesn’t necessarily mean being speedy. Don’t set an expectation with your boss that you can’t keep. Telling them you will get something done and meeting that deadline consistently is preferable to the employee that always turns in sloppy work early.


3. Organization

Since you are in charge of your office space and time delegation, you need to keep track of all your work – whether that is important files, emails, documents, etc. I have a post sharing organization that you may want to read for more info but the basics are simple; spend time every day making sure your work is in order. If you lose something important, there isn’t a tech team around or a co-worker that also has the file. It’s all on you.


4. Self-Motivation

Even if you have a boss, you are basically your own boss. Whether you get up from bed and make it to home office down the hall is on you. You choose your schedule, you pick your lunch break; you are your own handler. No one is going to pop by and ask you why you are on YouTube instead of working on the new website designs that are due at 6 PM.

So keep positive, beat work from home stress, and face that to-do list head on.


5. Flexibility

Last but not least, work from home employees need to be flexible – flexible in your schedule and also flexible in your duties. If you do freelance work, some clients will need you from 3-10 PM while some clients will want you to be on call during the weekends. You may even be asked to do something typically not in your job description simply because it’s the easiest for work from home employees to go “off book” for a client or boss.

Being flexible in your work style is an asset for remote workers. For some of my jobs I work hands on with other writers and editors, while in other positions I have to go on a small prompt and come up with the content myself. It was a hard adjustment for me at first but, like with organization, if you are open minded to it — learning to be more flexible in the workplace is actually an asset.

Oddly, since I started working from home I’ve been able to more readily take on the stresses and inconsistencies of day to day life. It was a surprising benefit.

What qualities do you see in yourself as being helpful to your work from home job? Do you think the traits in this list are teachable? Weigh your thoughts in the comments.

15 Responses to “The Top 5 Qualities Work from Home Employees Need”

  1.' Mary Jo Stewart says:

    I can work by myself. When I start something I work in it till it is done.I keep things organization to keep things moving.

    • Hi Mary Jo! Thanks so much for sharing! You are so right – organization is incredibly important. It sounds like you are a very motivated person who will have no issues with working from home!

  2.' Juanita Howell says:

    I would like to work from home to prevent winter travel. I am a hard worker and have worked from home before so I know that I can stay motivated to the task at hand. I do not have family in and out much so I wouldn’t have that distraction.

    • Hi Juanita! Perfect – you have come to the right place in search of home-based work! I have no doubt that you will be able to find plenty of positions of interest to you, as we make sure to post jobs in all industries so we have something for everyone. I would be more than happy to help you find jobs on our site that match your work history and experience. Feel free to reach out to me via email and provide me with some more information so I can point you in the right direction – Take care!

  3.' Nick Hughes says:

    Self-motivation is the hardest thing for me being self-employed. Working from home can be distracting, so staying focused and having to keep re-motivating myself is crucial. Interesting article I can really relate to!

    • Hi Nick! Oh my goodness, I completely agree with you! I have been working from home for almost 3 years and I can absolutely relate. Self-motivation is absolutely key. There’s no one to remind you of certain things or keep you on a timeline – it’s all up to you. I definitely think it’s a very rewarding experience, however, to know that it’s all up to you, personally, to make each day count and to hold yourself accountable for how far you get every day! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback!

  4.' FaithAnn Campo says:

    I have been a self starter for all my working life & deadlines are paramount to a bookkeeper. Attention to detail is the essence of a bookkeepers life. I am looking to work from home as I am retired & would like to supplement my income by working from home I can extend my working years. I hope that you can help me find a job. I have a resume but I would like you to edit it for optimization. Thank you

    • Hello FaithAnn! It sounds like you are all set to work from home – and the great news is we do have Bookkeeping jobs posted on our site. We would be absolutely more than happy to help you in your search for home-based jobs that meet your needs. I do see that you are a Premium member, so remember that you can take advantage of our Career Counseling and Concierge services which provide you with this 1-on-1 help! Feel free to reach out to me via email – – and I would be glad to help you out. Take care!

    •' Muhammad Asghar Khan says:

      Hi Stephanie

      your smiling face already shows , how motivated you are .Thanks God I own a smiling face like you with a very cool & compromising attitude . By profession Im electrical engineer in construction field working as Quality control engineer . Kindly
      recommend a job with minimum but productive .
      Thanks & All the best
      Smiling face

  5.' Edward Haynes says:

    I am eager to find a work at home position with flexible hours.

    I already have a home office setup and it is ready to be used for customer service or sales.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks
    Ed Haynes

    • Hi Edward, thanks for reaching out! Sounds like you are all set to go! We have plenty of Customer Service and Sales positions posted on our site that I know you will find of interest. To view these you will want to log into your account, click on the green “Search for Jobs” button, and then use our search filters along the left-hand side of the screen. I suggest search in our “Customer Support” category and then clearing your search and looking under the “Sales” category. Please let me know if I can help with anything else. Take care!

  6. I recently retired and am ready to continue working from home. Although I went to an offlice everyday, once I got there I was on my own. I knew what I needed to do and did it. On weekends and when I couldn’t go into the office I would work from home. I am ready to continue working and working from home would be perfect for me.
    I worked at a university in the admissions office. I helped students start their academic career. I am ready to continue using my customer service skills.

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi Laura – good to hear from you. You seem like a good candidate for the many Customer Service jobs that we have posted. If you are not yet a member, sign up today at and get your resume sharpened with our Resume Builder, then start using Search Jobs to find the offers that interest you. When you are ready to apply, you will need to upgrade to Premium, but there’s no risk because your satisfaction is guaranteed!

  7.' Kristian Skillman says:

    Hi there I am a very hard working single mom. I know what it takes to be self motivated and the importance of meeting deadlines. In previous jobs I have been trusted to work from home or my office and never let my employer down. I am very eager to start working from home to avoid travel in the winter. I very much look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

    • Alan Klein says:

      Hi Kristian – Thanks for your interest in Home Office Careers. We help lots of working moms like yourself to find part time and full time work from home jobs. The best approach is for you to sign up as a free Basic member so you can see the many job offers we post and use Resume Builder to create a resume that you will be proud of. Our Career Resources contains lots of blog articles and podcasts to guide you. Have patience and persistence and you will succeed in landing a good work from home job.

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