There is something about starting a New Year. It’s a fresh start to create something new and better. Of course, by February, most New Year’s resolutions are long forgotten. But that doesn’t need to be the case. You can achieve your goal of working at home in 2014 if you focus on the right activities and do the work. Here are my tips to become a work-at-home success.
1. Do your research first. Too many people search online for a job or program that will be fast and easy, which is the best way to get scammed or end up involved in an opportunities you don’t like. Knowledge is power, so start your work-at-home quest by learning all you can about working at home. What do people do? How did they get started? What scams do you need to avoid. There is 16 years worth of information posted here at WAHS. Check out the podcasts to hear the stories of people who started out like you, wanting to work at home, and found a way to make it happen.
2. List your skills, experiences, interests, hobbies and passions. Everyone I know who works at home tapped into something they already knew how to do or loved to do to work at home.
3. Pick two or three of the items on your list in #2 and figure out ways you can make money at it either by selling items, providing a service or teaching. For example, if you love gardening, you can find a wholesaler and sell gardening tools, you can start a landscaping service or you can teach gardening (through classes, videos, books, blog etc).
4. Research what it would take to start and do the work you identified in step 3. If you want to get a job transcribing, what does it involve. Do you think you’d be happy typing six to eight hours a day? If you want to start a blog, what’s involved in that and do you think you’d enjoy writing day in and day out?
5. Make a plan. Once you know what’s involved in the work-at-home option you like, it’s time to make a plan and put it in action. If you’re looking for a job, you need a list of what it takes to get hired (resume, references, searching, applying etc) and then do it. If you want to start a service based business, you need to make a list of what’s involved (business name, marketing plan, etc) and then go find that first client. This is where many people’s work-at-home dream comes to a halt. They can do steps 1 through 4, but after a few initial efforts, they give up or get too busy or get discouraged. This is where commitment and perseverance comes in to keep you focused and working on your goal.
Working at home isn’t that hard, but it isn’t easy either. The challenge isn’t so much what’s going on outside (i.e. tough economy), but what’s going on within you. I believe everyone who wants to work from home can if they get out of their own way. You can’t let excuses (no time, no money, etc) keep you from moving forward. You have to believe in yourself and continually strive to find answers when things aren’t going right. It took Thomas Edison 10,000 tries to create a light bulb. How many tries are you willing to make to have the flexibility and freedom that comes with working at home?
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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