Do you have an interest in working from home but having trouble knowing exactly how to start? Well, you may not be alone. There are so many different opportunities and resources available when it comes to working from home it can often be a little bit overwhelming. Hopefully, this list of five things to keep in mind will help those who are first deciding to work from home or anyone with little experience.
1. Know your reason why
When you make any big decision such as starting your own business, the best thing you can do for yourself is to make sure you truly know why it is you are making that decision. This way you can have a better sense of what it is you are trying to accomplish and which options are best for your situation.
For instance, when I decided to work from home I wanted to make sure I would be able to have the hours I needed to stay home and raise my kids but also earn an income that would help my husband so he wouldn’t have to stress as the only income earner.
However, I also had to take into consideration my health issues at the time. So by assessing my situation, I was able to put together the financial goals and options that fit my whole situation.
Some people may want a work from home job that allows them to see the world while others just need a little extra income on the side. Whatever the situation, being clear of your own situation will help you in the long run.
2. Choose your approach
Now that you have a better understanding of what it is you are trying to accomplish you can choose which business approach is most appropriate for you. Working from home gives you the option of working online or offline.
You just have to decide which option fits your expertise, skill, or niche.
Working online gives you many options from being a freelancer in your field of expertise to even simply working in a remote job for a company as a telecommuter. Everything would be performed online or over the phone from your home.
Working offline would give you the option to offer a service or product live in person. This could be something as usual as nannying or landscaping. Your business can be conducted from home but it may require you to interact with people.
However, some business models may require you to have a mixture of both components. For instance, if you are someone who has a craft niche, like making candles.
You may sell them in person at local shops and fairs but you may want to have your own website to sell them online. A blog would be a great way to showcase your candle business online and still allow you to sell your candles in person.
3. Create your workspace
Working from home is no easy task. In fact, there are many disadvantages that can discourage many stays at home moms and dads and make working at home unmotivating. So one of the best things you can do to help prepare yourself to start working at home is to create a dedicated workspace.
This will make your work at home experience actually feel like a job and help eliminate many of the distractions that come with family life. You can even get away with not having a home office and simply use proper planning to get away with space currently available in our home.
However, you will want to make sure your internet connection is sufficient and you can eliminate as much noise distraction as possible if this is something that would be an issue for your situation. Try to make the space feel as personal as you can so that it will feel as much like a workspace as you can.
4. Know how much you need
Depending on your business choice you may need to invest a little money to get up and running. This can include the cost of starting a website, skill training, social advertising, or even office supplies if you are working online.
You may have to invest in supplies and equipment to run your offline business.
Whatever the cost, it is best to do research and gather these expenses early on so you know how much you can afford to invest on your own or if you may need to get creative.
If you don’t have the money you need to invest you can earn some extra cash doing the following:
- Sell some of your things on Decuttr, through a garage sale, or on craigslist
- Tutor someone
- Earn money doing surveys
- Walk dogs in your neighborhood
- Get cash back with Ibotta
- Sell printables on Etsy
Completing some of these tasks will also be a great way to help you get into the groove of working from home. This way you can decide if working from home is really your cup of tea.
5. Keep the focus
Working from home can be a great way to earn an income however it can deprive you of normal job activities such as going out to lunch and socializing with co-workers. This isolation and lack of motivation from others can often make it hard to focus and make it easier for those who work at home to want to quit altogether.
So the key is to build a work schedule that closely mimics a normal job to help you stay focused and motivated. Set-up daily routines such as morning email check-up, scheduled lunches, and routine work times.
Try to get any household chores and dinner plans done the night before and plan your work out for the week ahead. Keep your work schedule on the wall in front of your workspace to keep you in the right mindset and constantly reminded of your goals.
Once you are committed, hang in there. But always remember to set attainable goals by giving yourself a reasonable timeframe to accomplish everything.
Starting a work from home business can be very attainable with the proper planning. Start off by understanding why it is you want to work from home and then you can know what it is you want to accomplish.
Then you can choose the proper setup to make sure you set up a personal space that will allow you to not only attain your goals but help you stay focused.
Don’t forget the importance of your physical and mental well being. Working from home can be as stressful as working a normal 9 to 5 job.
Take time to care for yourself by getting out of the house if you decide to work in a strictly online option. Don’t feel bad about going out to lunch. Getting around others will help you feel more creative and focused.
We Want to Hear From You: What is your favorite work from home tip? What advice would you give to someone starting a work from home job?