Category: Work From Home

Yes, You Can Work From Home!

by Admin

There are a number of reasons why you could and should work from home. Easy on the pocketbook, flexible schedules, even the ability to control how much you earn. But with the good also comes the difficult, such as time and project management, or not getting sidetracked (which I have always had issues with but managed to pull it together).

First Thing’s First

You should always set goals and do research. What type of work interests you? Are you looking to supplement or replace your income? What types of training are available for the line of work you are interested in? How much time are you willing to invest in those goals, let alone invest in yourself? The biggest question I had was:

"Are you ready to do this and not give up, no matter how hard things may get?"

Something I honestly had to learn the hard way is, if you don’t know, ask someone. There are plenty of people that know the answer to the questions you have. When you get down to it, there are so many things that can stand in the way of you reaching your potential. One of the big ones being time management.

“But I thought working from home was supposed to be flexible?”

It is flexible, you just have to make sure you are making time to make money. If you have a project that is needing to be done, you have to set a time frame to work on it.

When The Clock Strikes

Time management also comes with having to set boundaries. That can be difficult if you have children. I have to tell mine all the time, “Hey! I’m working, if it’s not life or death, let me finish this and I will come to deal with it.” Or if the phone rings, just don’t answer it. As a general rule of thumb, I turn my phone on silent and leave it on the stand so I am able to see if I have a call from the kid's school for an emergency.

Another reality of working from home is being able to prioritize. Whether you want to work full time, part time or as a supplement to your existing income, you will have to learn how to prioritize. There will be times that you are looking at multiple projects and will have to make the choice on which one gets done first. The easiest way to begin is by looking at the requested turn around times, also known as due dates. It is very important to keep deadlines, and whenever possible, send work in early.

Easy Street

It is not all just manual work. There are many apps and programs available to help automate anything. One of my favorites is Grammarly because it is virtually a set it and forget it. The extension is added to your browser and will edit as you type, making editing much easier as well as quicker for most people. The apps truly depend on what kind of work you hope to be in as to what will work best for your situation.

Finishing Touches

All though anyone is capable of working from home, it will take time and effort and it is worth every bit of it. You are able to work on your own time and make full-time money. Remember that you alone will choose your worth. Do the work, commit to your schedule and stay motivated to charge accurate prices and yes, you can work from home!

About The Author:

Britney Whitford is a full time mom to three amazing boys. She has found her passion in life by using her writing to help others.

Five Things Every Freelancer Should Know

by Admin

Freelancing as an employment trend is on the rise, and it is easy to see why. Having the freedom to work from home and mold your work schedule around your life is highly appealing. However, being successful as a freelancer requires you to do your research, to ensure you are prepared for the rollercoaster ride ahead.

Freelancer

Input Affects Output

As a freelancer, how hard you work will affect your ability to achieve and succeed. Generally, working from home is far less structured than working in an office. Not only are you slouching in loungewear instead of khakis and taking more coffee and social media breaks than you would in the workplace, as a freelancer you don’t have coworkers nearby to motivate you. Working solo requires a level of discipline to be genuinely successful. Making a work schedule and sticking to it will go a long way toward ensuring your success. Sure, as a freelancer you do have the flexibility to customize your hours, but that doesn’t mean waking up each morning without a plan. Make a plan, and make sure you are giving every hour of your work day your all.

Freelancers Are Professionals

As previously mentioned, wearing comfy clothes and setting up your work station on the couch may make it hard for you to view yourself as a professional. However, your clients on the other end of your freelancing contract expect professionalism, and it is your responsibility to deliver. Deadlines matter, and delivering on time, or even early, makes an impression. Check, double check, and triple check your work before submittal to ensure you are presenting the highest quality product. Respond to inquiries promptly, and keep the excuses to a minimum. Being a reliable source for clients provides repeat business.

Keep Track of Your Income

As a freelancer, you have to keep on top of the money coming in, and the money that needs to go out. Keep a schedule of jobs completed and how much you are owed. Just as you are expected to adhere to deadlines, you have the right to expect your clients to be equally as professional when it comes to compensation. Also, as a freelancer, you will need to deduct your taxes and plan throughout the year to ensure you have set aside enough money. Preparation is vital in the freelancing world.

You Are Your Best Advocate

While freelancers have portfolios and perhaps references willing to speak on their behalf, you have to be willing to promote yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you believe your work is worth, and don’t be afraid to promote your experience to secure the job. Your resume and work samples will speak for you, but you also have to be comfortable speaking for yourself. You know your worth, make sure everyone else does, as well.

Stay Educated

As a freelancer, you may have a field of specialty. Don’t get comfortable in your knowledge. Be a lifelong learner, and don’t be afraid to educate yourself in new areas to ensure a broader base of potential jobs. The more you know, the more you can offer. Consider education a key component to your workload. When setting aside your work schedule each week, build in time for research and learning. Scheduling it will ensure you are keeping up with it. The bottom line is you need to believe in yourself, promote yourself, and make each job your number one priority. With discipline, you can make your freelancing dreams a reality, but knowing what you are up against will help you prepare for the specific challenges freelance employment presents.

About the Author:
Carol Kerber is a married mom with four kids who lives at a horse stable in Ballwin, Missouri. She pursued her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Missouri, and went on to get her teaching certification. She worked in both publishing and education before staying home to raise her kids.