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What You Should Do When You Can’t Finish A Task?

As you work from home there are some inevitable scenarios that you would surely encounter one way or another. The question now is, how can you get through that scene without making any negative impact on your work-at-home career?

Before we talk about the solutions, perhaps it would be better if we tackle first the reason why we can’t finish a task in the first place. Whether we admit or not, there are some tasks that we find unpleasant simply because we are not truly interested to do it or it is not really in the line of our expertise. The end result—we procrastinate! And that is why we become unproductive.
Now that we identified the culprit why we can’t get an assigned task done, let us move over to the solutions.Set up a time schedule to work on the task you don’t like- the reason why you decided to work from home is to earn while you stay at home, right? Ever heard the saying “Beggars can’t be choosers? So, your boss assigned task that you honestly don’t like. You can’t blatantly say no unless you have a fall back job. What can you do? Set up a time schedule to work on it. This is actually an all in the mind trick. If you know that doing the task will only take you ten minutes or so, you will surely do your best to beat the clock. See,instead of procrastinating, you actually got over it and finished the task after all. Just make sure that you polish your work before you submit it to your boss—that would be easier after all.

Determine the time when you feel you are most productive- if you know your strong points, you surely know the time when it comes out as well. Being productive also has its own set of time. Let’s say, your mind works better in the middle of the night when your surrounding is silent. Or perhaps when the kids are already in bed and you have the time all for yourself. Take advantage of this time and work your way and be productive.

Give your boss an advance notification- if all else fails and if you know that the reason why you can’t finish a task is beyond procrastination, notify your boss immediately. There is nothing wrong with being honest. Do not give your boss false hope. If you really can’t do the task, at least be honest and be professional. Sending an SMS message on the last minute is very unprofessional. A phone call or at least an e-mail message would do.Just make sure that you do it in advance and when your boss has still time to look for an alternative.
Working from home is not all sunshine and daisies. Distractions and other hindrances will surely come your way. The best way to get through with it is to face it with an honest heart and an organized mind. By doing so, you can keep your work-at-home career for the longest possible time.

Knowing When to Say No To a Client

Working online could be very overwhelming especially if you made this as your career and considered as your bread and butter. The more clients you have, the more income you could earn. Camaraderie between you and your online employers is also possible to blossom hence making the work relationship more effective and efficient.

However, there are some instances when your regular client would ask you to do some task that is a bit way off your expertise. And because you don’t want to disappoint him especially if you grew fond of each other, you gave in but resulted in poor if not so good output.

This is not an isolated case for people who work online. It does happen and I can personally attest to that. I was once assigned to create a Press Release which I haven’t done in my entire career as a writer. I don’t want my client to think that I am not a flexible writer so I accepted the task and did the best as I can. In the end, my client informed me that though my article was great, it didn’t sound as a Press Release so she had to alter some paragraphs. Her client accepted the revised PR.

My point is that I should have just said no to her. Although I was thrilled to learn new skill, we both just wasted our time and on my client’s part, her finances because she paid me despite of the revisions.

For you to avoid circumstances like that here are some situations when you should just say no to your client:

• If the task is not in line with your expertise- this is the same as what I had experienced. You could say no if you know you don’t have enough skills to do it. Yes, you could learn as you proceed but it will just eat up much of your time and effort and money on the part of your client.

• If the project is time restricted- as online workers, we take pride of what we do or write. If a client is willing to sacrifice the quality of your work just as long you completed the job, then better say no. Our output is our crowning glory, our ticket to gain more clients. If you agree with this client, imagine how your prospective client would think if they saw your poor works?

• If your client provides poor communication skills- in working online, communication is imperative and as we, contractors, knows how to keep in touch regularly with our clients, there are some employers who just give tasks and then become invisible. They expect us to get the work done whenever they feel like showing up. Yes, you will be paid especially if you work in hourly basis but what if you have questions? What if you need their opinion before proceeding on the next step? These are the type of clients that you should not work with again, so better say no if your road crossed again.

• If the price is not right- you work hard for every task assigned to you therefore you should also be unyielding when it comes to your service charge. If you feel like you are underpaid for a particular job, better skip that client and move on with another.

Your reputation as a good online worker will not be decreased if you say no for a particular client or assignment. It will only show that you know your capabilities and you wouldn’t want to be compromised for something that you know you are not adept with.

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Say No When You’re Overload

overloadPursuing a successful career online does not happen in a blink of an eye. Just like any jobs, a worker is expected to have the right attitude and perseverance in order for him to be established in this kind of industry.

If you happen to have a continuous supply of job requirements from clients then it simply means that they trusted you and that they are confident enough with the kinds of deliverable you produce for them. While multi-tasking is one of the top skills that any online worker could have in order to keep up with his work schedule, there is also a limit when it comes to how many you could complete.

It is understandable that most online employees work at home where lots of distractions are possible to happen. There could be children crying on the background, some cars passing by, mail man knocking at your doorstep and a lot more. The point is there could be days when you will be less productive and that is something you should take into consideration.

At this point in time, you should know the art of saying no. Indeed, any kind of tasks offered to you would signify as an additional income but never let yourself drown with overflowing work. Remember, career online is far different from office-based jobs. There could be no one to look after you unlike in an office where a superior could easily call your attention if you are on the wrong track. Getting yourself to work on assignments beyond your capacity could only ruin your reputation in giving top quality outputs and consistency in work schedule. It would be better to decline a project if you know your regular client would suffer the consequences. Establishing a relationship with your recurring clients is important rather than pleasing new ones.

While saying no often times connotes a negative reaction in some situation, it is not when you are dealing with online jobs especially if your intention is to better your craft and satisfy your customers.