Do you work from home or have you ever worked from home? I would like to give you the good and bad points of working from home as I’ve done both.
What to do
When I was first divorced and looking for work, because I knew that with four kids, I needed to earn extra money to get by. To complicate the situation I had a handicapped or as they say today, challenged daughter.
So I wasn’t sure what I could do or who would watch her. So to make a long story short, I became a hairdresser and converted my garage into a hair salon and that was my first experience with working from home.
Take advantage of the internet
Now we have instant access to the internet and everything it has to offer, so working at home is much easier. So you can do some research and you can find many opportunities to allow you to work from home, without much investment.
If you currently have employment, sometimes you are allowed to work out of your home, so check that out, even if it part-time.
The good, the bad and the ugly
What are the pros of working out of your home on the internet?
- You can work whenever you want, early in the day or late at night.
- You don’t have to dress up for work, you can work in your pajamas.
- You can watch your children.
- You can work from anywhere if all you need is a computer.
- No commuting and fighting traffic.
- Save money on buying lunches.
- No snow days, which can be good or bad.
The cons of working from home…
- Being motivated, sometimes that’s a hard thing to do.
- Not letting everyday chores interfere with work.
- Not socializing with co-workers.
- Being a workaholics.
- Not having a designated space to work. I know I need organization to work well.
Working from home takes a balance between working too much to not working enough. I know when I first worked at home and I didn’t have any business, I would decide to tackle big projects in my house, and if I received a call for a hair appointment, my project would have to wait.
But that was not working with a computer. I was dealing with people and appointments. Now I’m retired and I do affiliate marketing to supplement our income. I try to have set hours to work, also there is just myself and my husband. No small children and their many needs.
In the evening I write out my schedule for what I want to accomplished the next day, so when I get in front of my computer the next day I’m focused on what I have to do.
I try to put in a set number of hours each day, with one day off a week. It’s so easy to get sidetracked and I find this helps me stay on track.
I also have a certain amount of hours I want to work and I try very hard to stick to that, in fact I usually do more hours. Which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you spend your time. And be careful of social media, that can eat up a lot of time.
Be careful of email and shiny objects, I try to check my emails only once a day and I follow a couple of blogs related to my work and discard the rest.
It’s easy to get bogged down into needless chores that do not help you grow your business. You could spend precious time better spent growing your business.
The advantages of a home-based business
If you are out of a job or looking for something different to do than check out affiliate marketing. You can work from home or anywhere you have an internet connection. The start-up costs are minimal and the rewards are great.
I have researched this for a few years and the best program I have found and the best bang for your buck is Wealthy Affiliate.
It’s the complete package, great for newbies or the seasoned veteran. And it’s free to start, no credit card required. Just look at my Wealthy Affiliate Review and you will see what I mean.
Working for yourself is not for anyone, you have to be very dedicated and determined, especially as there is no one to answer to. You have to be very disciplined and dedicated to make it work. You probably won’t make money right away, so it can get discouraging in the beginning. But, the rewards are great if you can stick it out.
If you liked this article, please leave a comment or question below and I will get back to you and thank-you. Deanna