How different would your life be if you were able to start a business at home or get work from home?
It is a dream for many and, although not everything can be done from a home office, with technology and the ability to outsource, it can be your reality. Even if you don’t want to actually start a new business, many business and corporate jobs can now be done from a home office. I have been working from home for the past 30 years, earning a good income and being a home stay.
No commuting – saying goodbye to driving in bad weather and heavy traffic every day.
Flexible work schedule – although not optional. You have to keep yourself responsible.
If you have your own business, choose your rates and what your work is worth.
The ability to stay at home mother.
As a nation, we are slowly getting further and further into debt. If you were to start your own business, or even if you took a part-time job from home, how much difference would an extra $400 a month make in your life when paying bills and paying debt? If you could put $100 in debt every week, how soon would you be debt-free?
Starting your own business and creating a second stream of income could change your life by getting you out of debt faster!
What should you do? How do you fit a Home Business or Part-Time Work at Home Job into your busy life?
There are so many opportunities for you now for working at home. Do some research to see what’s available, what you would enjoy, and what would fit into your lifestyle and schedule.
My home-based business started because I couldn’t leave my newborn to go to work. Running a virtual business was the answer to having a career, earning an income, and at home with my baby.
With today’s technology, many careers can be successfully done from your home office, your back deck, or your summer cottage, and no one will ever know.
Not sure what business you’re starting or what work at home you’re getting? There are many options, including reputable direct sales companies, virtual assistance and executive virtual assistance, customer service representative, consultant, writer or editor, virtual accounting, virtual tutor or teacher, selling crafts and homemade items on Etsy, and so on.
Time Management and Revenue-Generating Activities
If you have chosen to start a business at home, you will probably find that it becomes so easy to work “in” your business day after day and not generate income. What do you do every day? It’s easy to “play office” and put in long hours on presentations, websites and flyers, but are they actually bringing in more money? Not unless potential customers/customers actually see them. Yes, these are important, but don’t spend all your time on them.
Have you determined what your revenue generating activities are? These are activities that lead you to gain new customers/customers and make more money. You need to allocate enough time in your planning to make sure you are doing these activities that will produce income. Think of at least one activity you do every day to advance your business (it doesn’t have to be the same every day).
You should strategize and create a time management plan, a marketing plan, and a childcare plan (especially if you have young children), and you should stick to these plans as much as possible. Learn to discipline yourself. You don’t just start a new business and hope for the best. It takes a lot of work, but it can be successful and rewarding if you have the right guidance and your time is well structured.
What if you try to work from home and you are not successful?
If you try and you fail, at least you have given it a chance. Otherwise you will always wonder, “What if?
Some questions to ask yourself:
What are you not doing?
What haven’t you tried?
Why and what are you resisting?
What self-doubt do you let sneak in and decide your life course?
You are going to make mistakes and sometimes you will fail. This happens to everyone. It is how you deal with the mistakes and failures that determine whether you will succeed. Do you just give up, or are you going to learn from these setbacks?
If you are struggling or scared, consider hiring a business coach. You may need extra support and guidance, as well as an objective and experienced point of view to help you on the right track and make all the money you earn.
If you need guidance and advice, 30 minutes of free discovery sessions are available to find out if we would be a good fit to work together.
Donna Sickinger understands the challenges of earning a salary while working from home. Her first home-based business started in 1984 after the birth of her first son.
Over the years she has been recognized for her many accomplishments, including a prestigious legacy award. As a celebrated leader in the direct sales industry, Donna is known for developing successful business strategies and coaching others to achieve their dreams. A graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, an ICF-accredited coaching program, Donna lives with her family in Toronto and spends a lot of time working in her pajamas. For more information about Donna and her coaching services: http://pajamapaycheque.com.
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