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Staying Safe When Working From Home

AD | I’ve written a lot of posts around the theme of self-employment, blogging as a job and working from home lately. It’s a big part of my life (well, it IS my life, I rarely do anything else tbh) and something I’m always learning about and will continue to learn about for as long as I’m doing this. From how to improve my diet when the fridge is perilously close all the time, my essentials for working from home and what my ideal home office would be like.

There’s plenty of benefits of working from home. Every day is bring your dog to work day. You don’t have to deal with colleagues who make your tea completely wrong and if you’re not feeling well, you can work from your bed.

But there’s a lot of other, more serious type stuff, to think about as well. Like taxes (ugh), self assessment forms (UGH) and trying to find the motivation to get up and work when you’re having a really bad mental health day (UGHHHH).

But another thing that we probably don’t think about often enough, is safety. Because why would we? We’re at home. It’s the safest place you could possibly be, right? Well just because those who work from home don’t have to worry about the train breaking down, bumping into unfriendly commuters or even pick-pocketing on the tube, doesn’t mean we can let our guards completely down.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, staying safe should be of upmost importance but we can definitely let our guards down at home.

Be careful who you open the door to

Us bloggers… we get a lot of parcels. I’m constantly opening the door to Royal Mail, Hermes and UPS to collect PR parcels and also things I’ve ordered myself. I rarely think about it before I fling the door open. If you’re not expecting anything, you don’t recognize the person or you’re getting bad vibes, shut the door. Or just don’t open it.

Lock the doors and ensure you have proper locks fitted

A couple of years ago, we got a new lock fitted on our front door. The locksmith who did it for us said that our previous door handle and lock could have been opened with a credit card if someone was trying to break in. How terrifying is that? If you work from home, it’s definitely worth investing in decent locks and replacing any that might be old.

Research thoroughly anyone who’s coming into your home to do any work

The good thing about working from home is that it’s less of an inconvenience when something goes wrong within your home and you need to get someone in to fix it. It means that that time doesn’t get eaten up at your weekend or days off and you can re-plan around it. But anyone coming into your home to do any work should be thoroughly researched – or use a family friend that you trust if you can.

Don’t leave your laptop / camera / electronics near a window

You’ve probably heard this one on various home safety leaflets the local police pop through your door every now and again but it definitely applies to those who work from home and especially those who have a lot of “gadgets”. Like me. It doesn’t matter if you’re in or out, make sure you don’t leave your laptop on your windowsill or your expensive camera somewhere that you can see easily through a window if it’s not being used.

Try and avoid sitting at your computer with headphones on

I love to listen to music whilst doing some of my work – especially the tedious things like scheduling tweets and editing photos. But I won’t put my headphones in because I don’t like the thought of not hearing any noises in or around the house. Being alert is never a bad thing.

Close all big windows of rooms you’re not using

And finally, especially in the Summer, it’s worth making sure all windows are shut if you’re not using that particular room. I don’t mean tiny little bathroom windows but if you’re lucky enough to have nice big fancy windows that swing open and let lots of lovely fresh air in, just be wary of leaving them that way if you’re not in the same room.

I guess most of these points apply to everyone, whether you work from home or not. But I know from experience that most of these aren’t something I think about too often. Because I’m in my own home. Why should I be worried? You can never be too safe. So it’s worth taking the proper precautions in whatever job you do.

Do you work from home and take and extra precautions when it comes to safety?

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

34 Comments

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  2. These are great tips! I never thought about getting new locks. That’s something I really need to invest in. I worked from home for about a year and lived in a very sketchy neighborhood. I never opened the door and never worked close to windows so I definitely didn’t feel safe all of the time. I hated it, so after a year I found a good office job. I have hope that the world will one day be a better place so we don’t have to live in fear. Do you think we’ll ever see a world where we won’t have to worry about things like this?

    1. Ugh, good question. I sure hope so but can’t see it happening at the moment!

      1. What keeps me hopeful is Psalms 37:10,11 which says, “Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” I hope I’m alive to see this come to fruition.

  3. There’s some really valuable tips here x

    1. Thank you 😌

  4. I’m pretty much the least safety conscious person ever. I hate locked doors, they make me feel trapped? And I don’t really have a choice about my delivery guys, they all open the door and leave the packages in the porch 😂

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. Well as long as it’s only the porch and they don’t come into your house haha

  5. I’m glad that I already do a lot of these things but I do keep my headphones on since I have noisy neighbours! Haha!

    Daisy xoxo | TheDeeWhoLived

    1. Well… I’ll let you off this once 😉

  6. Great article. These tips can be taken on board by anyone, regardless of if they work from home or not.

  7. kelsey says:

    As someone who works from home often I found this interesting. Luckily I live in a third floor flat that was 2 doors that are passcoded you have to get through first!

    1. That’s really lucky!

  8. I agree! Great advice!

  9. These are all very important things to think about and definitely keep in mind!

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  10. Such an important post! I think it’s easy when you work from home to forget things like this so all of the tips are brilliant. I actually hate opening the door anyway whether I’m expecting something or not, it makes me so anxious but I totally agree if you get bad vibes, ignore it, being comfortable in your own home is much more important xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    1. It really is. I think I need to be a bit more vigilant when opening the door!

  11. I totally agree with getting your locks sorted, it’s sommething I always worry about when I leave!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

    1. Definitely worth investing in x

  12. I’m always wary about opening the door to couriers but thankfully I know pretty all of them by name now x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    1. That’s good. I know my postman!

  13. I love this blog post as I can relate to it so much. I’m a full-time blogger too so work from home also, thanks for sharing such a brilliant post sweetheart. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    1. Thank you x

  14. This was really interesting xx

  15. I’ve been doing these for a very long time. I’m always telling the kids not to leave the back door unlocked or open when they are in the other room as anyone could walk in. I say kids but they are teens and older. So I usually get the rolling of eyes at me as if I am being a tad paranoid. I honestly don’t think you can ever be too careful when it comes to anyone coming to or in your own home though. 🙂

    Sarah 🌺 || Boxnip

    1. You’re definitely not being paranoid!

  16. I never realised I do a lot of these automatically, I’m a very cautious person, and honestly I don’t trust most. So I’m always for safety and protection

    1. That’s great though! 😌

      1. You’ve detailed so many things I’d not think of, or assume they were safe. The credit card thing with the door is so scary.

        http://littlemissmelanie.com

      2. It was so scary!

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    1. Thank you for reblogging!

  18. This was a really useful post. I’m planning on working from home soon so this was really helpful for me x

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    1. Thank you x

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