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There are many reasons you may want to work from home. Maybe you just had a child and want more work-life balance, or perhaps you are close to retiring and looking to add some extra income to your monthly budget. It could be that you have an illness that makes it difficult for you to get out of the house. Or maybe you just like being home and want the freedom to work your own way.
Whatever the reasons you want to work at home, you’ll need to choose whether or not you want a job from home, or you want a business from home. Here are eight questions to help you decide.
- Are You Self-Motivated?
If you want your own business so that you can set your own hours, you will need to be very self-motivated. You’ll need to take time out of your day for marketing, interviewing clients, closing the deal and then doing the work too. You’ll be 100 percent responsible for delivering the work, billing and collecting. You’ll even be responsible for deciding the methods you’ll use to do the work. To do that you’ll need to be a very self-motivated individual.
- What Skills Do You Have?
Take a out a piece of paper and write down a list of the skills you currently have. What do you love to do? Can any of these translate into a business? Label them as “Job from Home” or “Home Business”. Do any of these translate into common work-from-home positions such as call center agent or transcriptionist? Some skills may cross over into both. Look over the list and see what resonates with you. What brings you the most Joy?
- What Sort of Lifestyle Do You Want?
Do you want your day to be scheduled for you or do you want to have control over your schedule? With a work-at-home job your time is often set by the company and you have to “show up” at your scheduled time. On the other hand, if you have your own home business you can set your own schedule and work in the nook and crannies of your day.
- Do You Already Have a Business Idea?
If you have already researched a business idea, and feel as if you want to do that instead of working for someone else, can you pull it off? What steps do you need to take to make it a reality? Are you the type of person who is able to organize and take the steps needed to get your business off the ground? Can you find and afford help if you’re not sure what to do to get the business going? Does the thought of all this stress you out?
- How Do You Feel about Punching a Clock?
For some people the idea of clock punching is relaxing, for others, it feels like a nightmare. Neither feeling is right or wrong as it takes all types of people to make this world work. If you know up front that you are fine with punching a clock and you’d rather someone else tell you when to be someplace and what to do, then a work-at-home job is best for you. If that feels like prison to you, then a business is probably better if you can do what it takes to get it going.
- Do You Have Money to Start a Business?
Starting any type of business, even an online business, requires an investment not only of time, but also of money. Have you worked out a business plan and do you know how much money you need to get started? Do you have that money available? If not, do you have a way to get it? Perhaps working at a job first, while you work on your business on the side, is the way to go if you don’t have the funds to start.
- Do You Need Training and Education?
Whichever way you decide to go, you may need some training and education in order to perform the tasks at hand. Decide if you want to invest in the training yourself to get your business off the ground, or if you would prefer to find a work-at-home job where they will train you from the ground up. Keep in mind that most work at home jobs are paid by the hour.
- What Is Your Biggest Dream for Your Life?
When you think of the future, what do you see? Do you see yourself working for someone else and collecting a weekly or bi-weekly check? Or do you see yourself as a business owner who is charge of every aspect of your life. Again, there is no right or wrong answer, it is totally up to you. Dream BIG! What do you want?
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