The ability to work from home is a dream for many, but now that dream can become a reality.
The internet and a home computer have enabled people who would never have dreamed of working from home to fulfill their dream.
Working from home is increasingly becoming part of a balanced working schedule for many traditionally office-based workers, along with people who are setting up their own businesses.
In order to be successful in your venture you must choose something you enjoy. Working from home gives you such a sense of freedom, but it also requires you to be self-motivated. How easy would it be to always say I will do that later with no boss pushing you.
I know myself that I frequently don't put my laptop down until the early hours in the morning as I know I want to quit my fulltime job and just work from home. At the moment I combine both, until my income from my home business outweighs my income from my full-time job. It's not as far-fetched a dream as you might first think, but it requires a medium to long term plan of action that will ultimately free you from the shackles of working for someone else. Working from home encourages diverse forms of enterprise and entrepreneurism. Set your work hours and communicate accordingly to family members and friends.
To make full time pay, people who work from home need to work full time hours, especially when just getting started working from home. Just because your working hours are not rigid when you are working from home they need not be so flexible that you lose the distinction between work and home life. Your family is the most important thing to you and working from home allows you to be at home with your family all hours of the day. One of the perks with working from home is you can work whatever hours you want. Having a separate office in your house that you rarely go into after hours gives some home/work separation. Various tax incentives allow you to offset part of the costs of running your business against profits, and being home-based means you can fit work around your other responsibilities, work the hours that suit you best, and so on. The more hours you put in, the more money you will make.
Family and friends may not realize it but working from home requires more dedication to the work than working at an actual place of employment, and it's very easy to be taken advantage of, asked to run errands etc, and to hear that death phrase, "Well, since you don't really work." People who work from home tend to be more productive, relaxed and less stressed out, which also has implications for quality of life and health. Working from home is still seen as a perk by many and in some quarters is regarded as being just a short step up from having the day off. Working from home is not for everyone, if you get lonely easily, are easily distracted, or are a huge procrastinator – go to the office.
Written by Rachel Harding