There is no big secret when it comes to working at home. Websites and bookstores are filled with the how-to, step-by-step details of what it takes to find a telecommuting job or start home business. Ask for the success story of a person working at home and you’ll hear pretty much the same thing from all of them … found a passion … did research … implemented a plan … kept at it … etc. The steps to work-at-home success are straight forward. Nevertheless, many people find themselves lost and unsure as they navigate the work-at-home world. No doubt there is a lot of noise and clutter that can distract a work-at-home wannabe from finding success. The appeal of free and easy money sidetracks others. But working at home isn’t as hard as many people make it out to be.
That is not to say that working at home is easy, because at times it’s not. But the hard part isn’t the working part. In fact the working part is the easy part. It’s like any other job in which you’re paid work. The hard part is getting out of your own way so that you can do the work. Working at home requires developing the self-confidence and courage to step-out of your comfort zone. You have to keep working when frustration and setbacks occur. And finally it’s about accepting that making money at home isn’t something you “sign-up” to do nor is it fast or automatic.
Perhaps it’s the scammers’ fault that working at home is equated with easy-get-rich-quick-doing-nothing. The problem with this idea is that too many people expect to make money for very little effort. When too much effort is required, they give up and hunt for something easier. But working at home isn’t any faster or easier than working in the traditional work world. People don’t look for traditional jobs by signing up for something that pays them to do nothing. Working at home requires the same dedication and commitment that working outside the home requires. You have to do the activity or produce the results to get paid.
Being a success working at home doesn’t require luck or secret knowledge. It requires work. Work to find the work-at-home option that fits your skills, experience, and lifestyle goals. Work to make it happen whether it’s creating a professional resume that gets you hired or preparing a stellar business plan to propel your home-business to success. It’s work to do the daily activity required to make money, especially when things aren’t going as planned. But as you can see, the work isn’t necessarily hard; it just takes time and effort. So if you’re finding working at home to be “hard” consider whether or not you’re putting in the effort or if you’re searching for the “sure fire system” that nearly always keeps you further from your goal. Once you focus on the right kinds of activities, working at home isn’t that hard.
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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