Thursday, August 8, 2013

How to Get Started Working From Home

There are many things that you should know before you start working from home.  It is something that should be taken seriously and not lightly.  There are a ton of work at home options for you out there but you are likely going to have to work for the money that you earn.  In most cases you will work harder when you work from home then you will when you work outside of the home.

Step 1--Decide If Working at Home is Right for You

You must know if you are going to be able to work from home.  Can you easily focus on things even when there are distractions?  Can you sit in a room full of laundry that needs to be put away and ignore it because you have a deadline?  If you can't do these things then working at home might not be the best choice for you.

Step 2--Decide What Type of Work You Want to Do

Choosing the right work from home job is simple when you think about what you are good at. For me it was especially easy because I knew what I liked.  I love to read and write so writing was natural for me. 

I will be honest, though, I have tried other things thinking that I would be good at them and have failed miserably.  Writing is the only place that I have found my success.

Step 3--Write a Business Plan and Schedule for Yourself

Make yourself a business plan.  Write about what you expect to do to earn an income and how much time you are going to have to put into working.  Be realistic.  If you have children, you might be able to get 3-4 hours of work in at night but it is not likely that you can work much during the day while you are with them.  Regardless of if you just think that you have phone calls to make during the day, it is nearly impossible to be able to get your children to leave you alone long enough to focus on phone calls that are about business.  Plus if you have to constantly stop the other person to care for your children it is going to look rude so you do not want to do that either.

Step 4--Practice

I know that this might not sound like something that you have time for while you are working full time but you are going to have to practice if you are going to be attempting to work from home.  If you know what you want to do then start your new business venture then you can really get started any time.  Until you have had success at the level that you need to pay all of your bills for six months you should really consider staying at your current position no matter how unhappy you are.

Step 5--Make the Leap

While you might be afraid at first, if you have made it work for six months then it is likely that you will be able to make it last for more.  Just keep in mind that there are a lot of ways in which you can quickly fail, lose focus, or go down hill.  So make sure that you are always following your plan and your schedule and that you are working hard to be able to earn the income that you need.

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