Is Working at Home Right for You?

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Are you one of the many people who sit in cubicle and longingly wish you were working from home?  Do you think about those who work for home and find yourself rather envious?  If so, perhaps it’s time you take action and look to make your dream reality.  Before you do, though, you might want to consider a couple of points before taking any action.

Working at home might not necessarily be as glamorous as you think it is, but if you are willing to keep the following in mind, it might be right up your alley.

1.  Are you self-motivated?  Remember, as you embark on a new career from the confines of your home, there will be no boss pestering you for the report he needs yesterday.  There are two ways to look at this, though.  One is the “no boss” part, which might sound ideal to you.  While working from home, you will be your own boss and set your own deadlines.  Of course, the flip side to this is that you will need to undertake the responsibility a boss has, which means making sure you set and meet deadlines.

2.  Do you have a business sense?  When working in the corporate field, you are able to specialize in your own particular niche.  Perhaps you are terrific at marketing.  Beyond marketing, though, there are other facets to running a business.  Will you be able to handle the accounting?  Can you perform sales?  Are you willing to deal with the human resource tasks of finding insurance?

3.  Are you self-disciplined?  This goes hand-in-hand with the motivation aspect, but are you going to be able to wake up a reasonable hour.  Maybe you have an idea in mind that will enable you to sleep in later than five a.m., which is fine, but if you are rolling out of bed at noon, you could have potential issues.  For example, the odds are really high that you will have customers (and if you don’t have customers, I can’t imagine what kind of business you are planning to run…) who expect you to be available in the morning.

4.  Will you be able to focus on your business?  When you are home, there are a plethora of options to keep you occupied.  You can waste literally hour upon hour surfing the internet, playing games, keeping up with social networking sites and reading articles (um, this doesn’t mean stop reading articles on the internet!).  Beyond the computer, the television can suck away your time, especially in this day and age of 600 channels.  Perhaps it wouldn’t have been so bad back when there were only four networks, but those days are long gone.

5.  Will you be able to un-focus on your business?  Using your home as the place for your business is tricky because you will need to be able to disconnect from it every once in a while.  If you have family, it is vital that you spend time with them.  After a day of working hard, you will need to shut off your business-mode and just relax.  Will you be able to sit back and watch some television or surf the internet (and read articles!) at the end of the day?  This is as important as focusing during your “business hours,” which you need to establish from the get-go.

6.  Do you have a practical idea and business plan?  Before you consider working from home, make sure you have a plan.  To head off into the great unknown without knowing where you are going is a true recipe for disaster.  Make sure you thoroughly consider every aspect of having a home-based business before you walk away from your day job.

7.  Do you have the resources to start working at home?  There are financial considerations to be made when deciding that working at home is what you want to do.  You need to be careful and ensure that bills can be paid and food will be on the table.  And that is without even mentioning the capital it will take to get your business up and going.  Remember, it often takes time for most new businesses to begin making a profit.  Will you be able to weather any storms in the meantime?

Working at home can be great for some people.  The flexibility, no need to dress up every day, and the general comfort of being at home can be a nice situation.  If it sounds appealing to you, though, think about the above points and determine if working at home is an endeavor at which you can be successful.

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