Do Your Homework
Doing your homework is very important if you want to work at home. You need to identify what it is you want to do, what resources you'll need to get started, and what changes you'll have to make in your home and life to accommodate your new career.
- Read books such as The Best Home Businesses for the 21st Century: The Inside Information You Need to Know to Select a Home-Based Business That's Right for You (J.P. Tarcher, 1999) by Paul and Sarah Edwards, to help you identify what kind of home business or telecommuting career is right for you.
- Network with people who run their own businesses or work from home. You'll need job leads, financing ideas, and survival strategies -- who better to provide these than someone who's traveled the same path you're considering? Talk to others in similar professions to get an idea of the market. Check your local listings for associations and organizations related to those fields to find out more information.
Assess what you'll need to get going. Ask yourself questions like:
- What kind of financial outlays will I need to get started?
- Are there grants or loans available to help me, and how can I get them?
- What resources (space, supplies, equipment) do I need to start my new career?
- Do I need additional training or education before I can get started?
- Will I need additional support to care for my children and take care of household responsibilities after I shift gears with my career?