Four things to do if you want to work from home
Working from home sounds ideal to a lot of people. For a lot of disabled people, it can be the only option. And while it does offer many benefits, it is still a little harder than it sounds as it is a job and can take a huge effort to make it worth it. The internet is full of so-called work from home opportunities, which means you’re going to make a lot of decisions. What will be best for you, what will fit with your lifestyle, and what will allow you to create the kind of career or business that you want.
When you picture working from home, it’s all pjs and lounging with your laptop. And some days, that can definitely be the case. At the same time, though, everything is on you. You’re the secretary and admin person, plus the manager, too. It takes a ton of motivation and discipline. So if you are thinking about working from home, or want to work from home and be more productive, here are some steps to make sure that you get the most out of your day, and importantly get done what you need to so that you can be paid.
Find The Job That Is Right For You
Everyone is looking for something different, so you’ll have to figure out what you want. There can be jobs online where you can just sign up, get training, and then get on with things. Companies hire people to do transcription, data entry, or even to be personal assistants online. But sometimes starting out with your own idea can be a better route.
If that’s what you’re leaning towards, start by writing up a business plan. It’s the first step in figuring out what you want to do, how you’re going to do it, and how you’re going to make some money. Not to mention that you may need to look for finance to get the ball rolling, whether that be a bad credit loan if you’ve struggled in the past, a loan at the right interest rate, or something like a kickstarter. There are a lot of different paths you can take, you’ve just got to do some research and figure out which is the best for you. Don’t rush into making huge decisions, either.
You could also consider the freelance route if there is something that you have been doing in paid employment before, that you could easily just do from home. It can be a good way to get things started fairly quickly, but it can take time to build up a client base that will pay you enough for it to be your only source of income.
Watch out for scams
Not to sound too much like a nagging mom, but there’s a lot of scams floating around that target people desperate for a job. So if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. If something seems sketchy, start doing more research. Check company names online, look up their address, and check that everything is genuine and above board.
Determination and Willpower
There can be some initial setbacks when it comes to working from home and getting things started. Plus all the responsibilities day to day. But it can be a lot harder to stay focused when you’re all alone and no one will know if you turn Netflix. If you’re serious about working from home, set up a designated workspace, give yourself a schedule, and find ways to hold yourself accountable.
While you’ll have plenty of distractions at home, you’ll also (hopefully) be doing something you really enjoy. That can lead to overworking though, so you might find that you need some willpower to only work specific hours, so that it doesn’t take up all of your time. Just like it can be hard to get started, sometimes it can be hard to stop. Once you get the swing of things, though, you’ll find your balance.
Don’t Be Alone Too Much
You may have chosen to work from home or you may not have had much of a choice. But you do have a choice in how much you are alone in the process. Even if you have a boss to check in with throughout the week, you’ll likely be on your own the majority of the time. For introverts like me, that can sound like a blessing but it can also become super isolating pretty quickly. You can take your laptop to a coffee shop nearby so you’re around people for a while or make plans with friends for dinner so you’re not all alone until the weekend. If physically getting out and about is hard, then it can be a good idea to look up some local freelance groups or even communities online or on social media like Facebook and Twitter.
All in all, there are so many good things about working from home. The flexibility is a massive selling point, as well as the chance to be your own boss. You just have to be prepared for some of the downsides too, but there are downsides to any job, right?
Do you work from home or want to in the future?
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