With virtual internships becoming more popular and many up-and-coming PR professionals offering their consulting services, there is an increasing amount of PR work that can be done from the comfort of your own home.
I am currently interning for a woman who is a PR powerhouse: juggling multiple clients, three children, and running a household. She works out of her house and three days a week I join her at her kitchen table with my laptop and a notebook and we get a lot of work accomplished. Now as beneficial as it is to be located so close to a coffee maker and unlimited snacks, working from home is actually a lot harder than I thought. There are constant disruptions and you have to balance your work life and your home life every second. When you’re in a cubicle or an office it’s a little easier to let your grocery list and social life slip from your mind.
It took a little adjusting, but I finally feel like I’ve gotten into a good mode when I work from home. Here are a few pieces of advice I can offer to those of you who have or are thinking about applying for a virtual internship or a position that involves working from your couch:
1. Don’t actually work from your couch. You need a desk, a chair, and a quiet space to get the most work done.
2. Remove distractions. Let your roommates know when you’re working so they don’t come barging into your room to tell you about their day.
3. Take breaks. If you get up and move around, have a snack, or just look away from your computer for a few minutes, you’re more likely to stay on task the rest of the time.
I think we’ve all harbored fantasies of working from home because it seems like a glamorous and effortless life. Truthfully, it’s probably harder than working in an office. Though it is pretty fun to write a press release in your pj’s!