So You Want To Work From Home? Here's How To Get Started

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We all know that work is essential in order to provide the necessities to function and thrive in this world. If you can’t find employment then you’ll struggle to finance even your basic needs. Most of us need to work in order to survive. Some people are lucky enough to absolutely adore their line of work – they have the opportunity to earn a living doing something that they’re not only comfortable with but something that they’ve wanted to do for a while. There are others out there that remain on the other side of the spectrum: they don't necessarily love what they do but they are grateful to have a job and be able to pay their bills and provide for their family. They may find more fulfilling activities and hobbies outside of the workplace for a more balanced life.

If you’re currently at that stage in your working life where you’re just starting out and aren’t too sure about what avenue to take, then something you’ve probably considered is working from the comfort of your own home. It’s convenient, it’s more relaxing, and you’ll have the comfort of getting things done in your own time. Whilst it’s something most of us probably want to do, it’s not a complete walk in the park. Let’s have a little look at how you can get into something like this and the routes you can take.

Decide What To Do

You obviously need to figure out exactly what it is you’re going to be grafting away at before you make a hasty decision. There are a whole host of opportunities out there that suit all kinds of professions, and you don’t have to be the most qualified or experienced to get going. Writing and consulting roles aren’t in short supply. You could earn money doing a honed skill like accounting or web development.

Think About Your Lifestyle

How often can you work this way? Do you have small children at home? Do you have childcare? What hours are you most productive at? If it suits your current situation, its perfect. But if things are going to get in your way, you might need to shift things around. You might have other large responsibilities to take care of like children – it can be hard to focus when you have these priorities running amok! If you can plan your work day schedule all out, and problem solve any big issues then working from home might be an excellent option for you.  

Know What Hours You Can Work

You’ll need to get a lot of work done still – the perception of someone working from home is that they’re always laid back and chilled. It’s not the case. You need to put in the work just like you would anywhere else if you want the reward. If you can’t put in the time, then it might not work out for you. Try to plan out when you’ll be doing the work – if you can get enough time for it without worrying about outside factors, you’re set in that regard.
Look For Work

It won’t just fall onto your lap. You need to get out there and find people to work for or people who’ll be interested in what you have to say/offer. There will always be ads for jobs available online, so you can have a field day searching for the right role. If you’re a freelancer, then there are a ton of sites around that you can have a little look at in order to find some work. You could also build up a little presentation and pitch yourself to companies in order to get them to work with you.  

Create Your Own Website

Pretty much every business or freelancer has a website to go with their work nowadays – it’s kind of a base, a hub or a central point of everything. If you have a little business idea, then it’s a good idea to create a site to go with it. Likewise, if you’re looking to show yourself off as an individual, then a website will help. It’s all relatively simple nowadays as hosts and site builders are abundant online.
Start A Blog

A blog on a website is another fab way of increasing the profile of you, your brand and the work you do. You’re able to show off what you have to offer as well as interacting with others and building a solid foundation from it all. Search engine optimization is used within blogs, too. This little marketing technique can raise your profile even more.

Get On Social Media

Much like a website, most people and businesses have a social media account of some sort. Because of the popularity and how much people seem to rely on staring at screens, social media has become one of the best ways of marketing your product/work/personality. They’re pretty much all free to sign up so it’s a relatively risk-free avenue.

Network Online

You’ll want to meet people in your field or who have similar interests and build good relationships with them in order to grow and flourish. We talked about using social media as a marketing tool, but you can also use it to meet others and find work.  

Set Up A Home Office

Sure, you can sit on your couch and stare at the TV whilst working, but it won’t be anywhere near as productive as sitting in an office. You’ll have the motivation to get things done as you’ll be in a proper environment, and you’ll also be able to get away from any kind of distraction. If you have a spare room, then why not convert it into something productive and professional?

Learn New Skills

Nobody is amazing at everything – you can always learn something new or improve on something. If you’re looking to start a career as a writer, a journalist or something along those lines, then you can always look to improve your writing ability. Want to get into a more artistic job like graphic design? Then perhaps you can have a little go at editing some photos on your iCloud photo library before heading into deeper, more difficult territory. Being more adept at things will increase your confidence, your chances of getting more work and, ultimately, your success.   

Enjoy A Balance

We mentioned briefly that it’s not all fun and games at home, and that’s true, but when you work from home, you can absolutely enjoy the freedom from the stresses of commuting and awkward situations. That said, you can find a balance between work and personal life much simpler, so make sure you’re able to do so as prioritizing something too heavily never works out well.

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