Why Do You Want to Work At Home?
When it comes to making the decision to work at home, there are many reasons people choose to do so. Sometimes, it’s absolutely necessary. Other times, it’s simply a matter of choice.
That being said, why do you want to work from home? Quite honestly, it’s the first question to ask yourself before going further. If it’s a matter of necessity, you already have your answer. If it’s a matter of choice, it’s something worth thinking about.
Here are a few reasons people work at home:
- lack of transportation
- introverted personality
- more affordable (usually no need for extra gas, work attire, babysitters, lunch budget)
Regardless of your answer, I honestly believe that there’s never been a better time to work at home. More and more legitimate home-based employment opportunities are popping up every day.
Work at Home Options
Working for Yourself vs. Home Based Employment
Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? If you’re tired of working for someone else, with no advancement possibilities in sight, working from home (as an independent contractor) is certainly an option to consider. The majority of the time you can set your own hours, working as much or as little as you like. And, as far as income is concerned, there isn’t a cap.
Please note. One of the downfalls of being an independent contractor is the fact that you usually need money to get started. Depending on the industry you choose, it may or may not be a lot. But, when you’re looking for a job and need money, even $5 or $10 is a lot. Believe me, I’ve been there… more than once!
A couple of examples of independent contractor-related opportunities include freelancing and direct sales. If you have a good grasp on writing, you can get into freelancing for almost nothing. All you need to start out is a basic blog to advertise your services and provide writing samples.
If you’re good at photography or graphic design, it’s possible to start an affordable freelance business doing one of these as well.
If you’re outgoing and like the thought of selling things for a commission, think about signing on with a direct sales company. It isn’t just Avon or Tupperware anymore! There’s at least one direct sales company in almost every category imaginable.
Most of these companies require you to purchase one of their “starter kits.” While some are quite expensive, others are very reasonably priced. During certain promotional periods, you may be able to sign-up for free.
It’s important to remember that any time you work for yourself, it’s up to you to get your own clients and/or customers. So, if you don’t think it’s something you can comfortably accomplish, it’s better to get a home-based job where you’re actually hired by the employer.
It’s Not For Everyone
Working at home is not for everyone. You generally need to be motivated and possess the ability to work independently, at least some of the time. Many people who work from home are successful enough to eventually hire employees of their own.
When you work from home, you also need to be a confident person. There will be times when you may have to make an important decision, then and there. Without confidence, proper decision making is difficult to do.
Today, you need to be technically savvy in almost every employment environment. This includes working at home. Let’s face it, when you work from home, you don’t have the luxury of a fancy IT department… unless you live with someone in the industry.
At the bare minimum, you should have knowledge of tools such as Skype, Dropbox and Google Hangout. If your work at home business is computer-related and you don’t have this knowledge, you’re asking for trouble.
Working at home is a wonderful option for many people. There are so many different areas to choose from. But, before you even start to look for job leads, you need to decide why you want to work from home. Once you’ve come up with an answer, everything starts to fall into place.