How To Start Working From Home

Working from home is considered to be an ideal situation by many people. No traffic jams, no boss looking over your shoulder, and depending on what you do, you may even be able to work in your pajamas! If you are considering working from home, here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. The easiest transition would be if you were able to do your current job from the comfort of your own home. Depending on your position, this may be a possibility. If you can see yourself being able to carry out your responsibilities from a home office, ask your boss if there is a way that you could telecommute, at least for part of the week.  If your company permits you to telecommute, you may be required to upgrade your current home office equipment to meet the needs of your position, but the added expenses may be worth it when you weigh them against the ongoing cost of commuting, professional wardrobe, and restaurant lunches.
  2. If your current career wouldn't lend itself well to working at home, you may need to switch careers. Often, beginning on a new career path means accepting a significant pay cut. Look at your household budget to see where you can make some adjustments. If you are determined to make the switch to working at home, you may have to be willing to change your spending habits, at least temporarily. Consider which things you can live without for a while. Maybe cable television or restaurant meals--look for "optional" expenses and try to tighten your belt.
  3. Sometimes, even when watching every penny, you realize that you cannot afford to take much of a pay cut. If this is the case, you might want to consider working part-time from home in addition to maintaining your current job. As your income from the work-at-home career increases, hopefully you'll be able to phase out the need for your other job. This plan can be both physically and mentally exhausting, of course, so think it out carefully before you commit to working two jobs, even temporarily.
  4. Beware of scams. With the increasing number of people hoping to work from home, scams designed to take advantage of them have increased, as well. Ads for stuffing envelopes or assembling products at home are usually not offering legitimate ways to earn an income. Some companies, especially those that promise high earnings, will ask the "applicant" to pay for the necessary supplies to start working from home. Be especially cautious when dealing with companies like this. Remember the old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
  5. Do a web search for work-from-home opportunities. There are a number of reputable sites that keep updated job listings, a few of which are listed on the sidebar.

  6. Some careers are more well-suited than others to be performed from home. Here are just a few popular choices:
      • Home Daycare: A caregiver tends to a limited number of children in her home. Most states have licensing requirements, be sure to check before beginning.
      • Medical Transcribing: Although you will have to get some initial training, a number of doctors and hospitals do hire at-home medical transcriptionists.
      • Party Planner: If you have a gift for throwing terrific parties, this is a career that has potential, especially as people get busier and busier. Spread the word through your local newspaper or retail bulletin boards.
      • Tutor: Share your knowledge with children and adults. You can give assistance with mastering academic subjects, musical instruments, or provide athletic instruction.
      • Accounting or Financial Planning: Many accountants and Financial Planners work from home-based offices. Check for licensing restrictions in your area.
      • Crafter: If you are handy or artistic, you may be able to produce items that you can sell at craft fairs, or online at auction sites such as eBay.
      • Freelance Writer: Writers who are on staff at a newspaper or magazine must frequently work from a corporate office, but freelance writers have the freedom to work from wherever they choose.

 

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Mar
15

Another point to consider when starting a home-based career is time-management and making sure you are not disturbed. If you are at home or people know that you will be, you might be disturbed by door bells, phone calls, and other chores. When you are working at home, you have to stop being tempted to handle household chores simultaneously (e.g while this page loads, I'll slice the onions for dinner, or load the washing machine while the file prints etc.) You have to be very self-disciplined when working from home. And you also have to work out more physically, to make up for the stagnation of not leaving home all day.

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