Work at home: five tips to make it work for you

2. Alert others that you should not be disturbed

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    Your 'do not disturb' sign doesn't have to be as elegant as the Ritz Hotel's (pictured here in London in 2006). But the message to friends and family should be direct.
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Let your family and friends know when you’re working so they respect your space and your work time. Some Convergys home agents place a sign on their door, saying “Working. Quiet, Please.” 

How quiet depends on the kind of work you’re doing. Virtual customer service – answering inbound customer calls for big brands from your own home – has proven to be one of the fastest-growing at-home work segments. But crying babies and barking dogs are a no-no. 

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