You obviously need to figure out exactly what it is you’re going to be grafting away at before you make a hasty decision. There are a whole host of opportunities out there that suit all kinds of professions, and you don’t have to be the most qualified or experienced to get going. Writing and consulting roles aren’t in short supply. You could earn money doing a honed skill like accounting or web development.
Think About Your Lifestyle
How often can you work this way? Do you have small children at home? Do you have childcare? What hours are you most productive at? If it suits your current situation, its perfect. But if things are going to get in your way, you might need to shift things around. You might have other large responsibilities to take care of like children – it can be hard to focus when you have these priorities running amok! If you can plan your work day schedule all out, and problem solve any big issues then working from home might be an excellent option for you.
You’ll need to get a lot of work done still – the perception of someone working from home is that they’re always laid back and chilled. It’s not the case. You need to put in the work just like you would anywhere else if you want the reward. If you can’t put in the time, then it might not work out for you. Try to plan out when you’ll be doing the work – if you can get enough time for it without worrying about outside factors, you’re set in that regard.
It won’t just fall onto your lap. You need to get out there and find people to work for or people who’ll be interested in what you have to say/offer. There will always be ads for jobs available online, so you can have a field day searching for the right role. If you’re a freelancer, then there are a ton of sites around that you can have a little look at in order to find some work. You could also build up a little presentation and pitch yourself to companies in order to get them to work with you.
Get On Social Media
Much like a website, most people and businesses have a social media account of some sort. Because of the popularity and how much people seem to rely on staring at screens, social media has become one of the best ways of marketing your product/work/personality. They’re pretty much all free to sign up so it’s a relatively risk-free avenue.
You’ll want to meet people in your field or who have similar interests and build good relationships with them in order to grow and flourish. We talked about using social media as a marketing tool, but you can also use it to meet others and find work.
Set Up A Home Office
Sure, you can sit on your couch and stare at the TV whilst working, but it won’t be anywhere near as productive as sitting in an office. You’ll have the motivation to get things done as you’ll be in a proper environment, and you’ll also be able to get away from any kind of distraction. If you have a spare room, then why not convert it into something productive and professional?
Learn New Skills
Nobody is amazing at everything – you can always learn something new or improve on something. If you’re looking to start a career as a writer, a journalist or something along those lines, then you can always look to improve your writing ability. Want to get into a more artistic job like graphic design? Then perhaps you can have a little go at editing some photos on your iCloud photo library before heading into deeper, more difficult territory. Being more adept at things will increase your confidence, your chances of getting more work and, ultimately, your success.
Enjoy A Balance
We mentioned briefly that it’s not all fun and games at home, and that’s true, but when you work from home, you can absolutely enjoy the freedom from the stresses of commuting and awkward situations. That said, you can find a balance between work and personal life much simpler, so make sure you’re able to do so as prioritizing something too heavily never works out well.
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