One quality required to be successful as a person working from home is the ability to create and follow a business plan. Failure to do so is one of the main reasons people fail in their quest to successfully work from home. They did not consider what it is they actually want out of working from home beyond the fact that they do not have to go to an office every day.
Another, and perhaps one of the most important, qualities needed to work from home has got to be discipline. This is because there are so many new freedoms you have when you work from home that you did not have in the traditional business world. You do not have a boss looking over your shoulder and you usually do not have to report to anyone during your day. Many people allow this freedom to turn into procrastination, and they end up not doing their work efficiently. Something many people end up doing is taking a day or two off from work because they thought they worked enough the day before. Doing so will cause you to fail in your business venture. You would not be able to just take a day off because you worked the day before in your old job, so it cannot be done when you work from home.
Another quality needed to work from home is a good set of time management skills. You need these skills because you have to be able to resist the urge to stop working for a while and go out to run errands or do household chores during the day. Many people forget this because they are doing their work in everyday clothing. They forget that they actually are at work because they are actually at home and in pajamas. You have to realize that, just because you are at home, it does not mean you are not at work. A good tip is always keep a schedule as if you were going to work. Get up at the same time everyday with an alarm, shower as usual, and get dressed for the day. It is easy to just sleep in, roll out of bed, and do your work – but being leisurely will set a leisurely pace for your actual work as well, which is not a good thing!
If you want to know whether you have the qualities needed to work from home, all you have to do is think about whether you will be able to realize you are in business and at work even though you are at home. You need to be able to act in a professional manner even while there is no one around watching. Working from home can be a successful business venture, you just have to make sure you have or gain the right qualities before you start.