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.
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.
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.