How to work from home is straight-forward. Whatever it is you want to do, the how-to is out there and all you need to do is take action. A job requires a resume, searching for work, apply to jobs. Starting a business requires a business license, a plan, and marketing. The how-to is well-known. And yet, people still struggle to find success. Even though the how-to is there, actually getting it done can be hard. Here are 6 truths about achieving work-at-home success that if you keep in mind should help you stay the course on your journey.
1. Working at home can be done by anyone. You don’t have to be smart, special or lucky to work from home. The only difference between people who work at home and people who don’t is effort. People who work-at-home did what needed to be done to make it happen.
2. Working at home will be harder and take longer than you want. There are a few…very few…overnight work-at-home successes. For most people, earning a living a at home takes 6 months to 2 years to happen. And it’s not always an easy journey. Tasks can be difficult. Things don’t work out as planned.
3. Working at home requires facing uncertainty and fear, and not backing down. As much as it would be nice to find a great work-at-home opportunity, sign up, and make money, the reality is that success working at home requires you venturing out of your comfort zone and doing things that might be scary. You might need to learn new technology to get the job. You might need to network with strangers.
4. Working at home must be taken seriously, even if those around you don’t. Sometimes working at home is seen as a little side hobby or mommy-biz. Those around may wonder when you’ll pass this phase and get a “real” job. Working at home is like any other career. You need to enter it with a professional mind-set, whether you want a job or are starting a business.
5. Working at home requires focusing on giving value to make money. Employers hire people based on the value an employee can bring. Clients hire and consumers buy value as well. So the more value you can give, the better your chances of making money. When giving value, focus on what employers, clients and consumers want and need, and then find a way to give it to them.
6. Working at home requires reaching outside yourself. You need to be willing to learn new things and stretch yourself. While you may be at home by yourself, you’ll be relying on others (job, clients, customers, etc) to make money. That means you’ll need to be willing to reach beyond your office to network and create opportunities.
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she’s been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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