With the internet making it easier to work from home, this job status is becoming more appealing and more prevalent in today’s world. But, is working from home right for you? How can you know if you will succeed while working from home?
You have to look at yourself and your situation to determine if working from home is right for you because there will be people who cannot work from home. I have decided to share some things that I feel make a good work at home employee or even a freelancer.
To work from home you have to be self motivated.
There is no one telling you when to start or stop working. There is no one telling you how often or how long to work. You have to be able to motivate yourself to work every day, no matter what is going on.
You have to be organized.
If you have to balance work, house work, and family you need to be organized. This is even for those who work away from home, but when you work away from home you know to schedule things around your work schedule. When you work from home it can be easier to over book yourself and then rushing to try to get work done.
You can’t be easily distracted.
If you don’t have a dedicated place to work in your house, you need to be able to work with distractions. Even if you do have a dedicated workspace, you have to stay away from distractions. There are so many out there, from social media and just browsing the internet, to getting caught up on housework. When you are working in an office these distractions are not a problem because you can’t clean your house or browse through Facebook.
You have to be a self starter.
If you are looking to start out as a freelancer, you have to start on your own and be ready to put yourself out there. If someone asks you to do something, you have to do it. You have to get up in the morning and get started working. I am not saying you have to get up at 5 AM and work, if you do better after lunch, that is fine, but you have to be able to start working at some time during the day. For me, I do best when I get up at 6 AM and start working, then if I get started doing something once my daughter is awake I know I already have about 3 hours worth of work done.
You also have to know when to stop.
There are days when I am on a roll and I have an issue with this. You have to know how to balance work and life and you can’t work for hours upon hours day in and day out. Have a set number of hours you work every week, once you meet that, you are done working.
You have to be able to do something others want or need.
Are you a good writer? Do you have secretarial skills? Are you a bookkeeper or an accountant? Are you a graphic designer? There are so many things you can do with the internet now that almost anyone can have a marketable skill, but if you don’t know how to use a computer or the internet, working at home may not be for you.
You have to have patience.
When you are starting out, especially as a freelancer, it will take time to get your first customer. Then, it will take some time to get your second, third, and so on. Eventually though, word will get out and you will have more work than you can handle, but it will take time, sometimes 6 months to a year. I suggest not depending on freelancing for your main income until you have your business built up.
You have to know how to save some money.
Often times your money isn’t taxed as a freelancer so you have to know how to save for taxes. You can use software that will help estimate your taxes, but you need to be able to keep that money set aside to pay your taxes either quarterly or annually.
Work best as an individual.
When working from home you will not have others to help you as a team. There may be others that work for the company and you can collaborate, but it will be harder to work together on something as a team. If you work best as an individual then working from home may be a great fit for you.
Working from home can be a great opportunity for anyone who may have trouble traveling or have kids and want to stay at home while they are young, but you have to be the type of person who can work from home first.
So, based on what I have said here, is working at home right for you? Why or why not?