Thinking about working from home? There are a growing number of workers enjoying the advantages of flextime arrangements, telecommuting, freelancing, and job-sharing. With careful planning, some research, a little discipline, and a lot of persistence, you can be on your way! Here's how to get started.
If you've already got a good job, make that your starting point.
Could you do your current job on a freelance basis? Often, this is an easy way to work from home without changing careers. Writers and artists frequently freelance, but people with other job titles can also make the leap. Are you a sales staffer? A consultant? A technical worker? A corporate trainer? These are just some of the job titles that can easily be converted to freelance. How can you make this happen?
One major benefit of freelance work is that you stay in a profession in which you have a track record. That may make the transition to working at home somewhat easier. Also, because you maintain the connection to your original line of work, the door is open should you decide to return when the kids are older.
If you're computer-minded, or just developing an interest, this may be the way to go. Consider the following career options:
You can find job listings on Monster.com or Hotjobs.com by selecting the Internet and Computers categories and typing in "telecommuting" as a search word.
Even if you haven't been bitten by the computer bug, there are many work-at-home or flexible job options available such as:
If there's something you really love to do, go for it! One of the biggest areas in the home-based business category is selling your own services. With very little cash outlay, the chance to set your own hours, and the opportunity to do something that you enjoy and know well, a service-based business may be your best bet. Some sample ideas:
Do you have a knack for the latest dances? Do people tell you that you should have your own cooking show? Do you know another language? Perhaps you should consider teaching. Many talented individuals have had wonderful, fulfilling experiences as teachers in their area of expertise. Instruction could be your ticket to success and flexible hours.
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.
Assess what you'll need to get going. Ask yourself questions like:
Many who work at home find that their friends and family may not take it seriously at first, interrupting at different times with random requests, phone calls, and more. What can you do to show everyone that you're serious?
If you show your family that you're serious about your at-home career, they'll be more likely to respect you and take it seriously too.
Working from home can be a rewarding experience, enriching your family and work life. So if you've been toying with the idea of joining the work-at-home ranks, whip out your pad and pen and jot down your ideas -- it may be time to make those dreams a reality!
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