• Chantal Porter

5 Questions To Ask Before You Decide To Work From Home.

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

I bet you've probably said this on a bright Monday morning when it's time to head out for work, 'I wish it were Friday.' The sad reality is, many of us, working in corporate society, feel depressed at the start of every work day. We only live for the weekends and drag ourselves throughout the work week, wondering if this all there is. We feel trapped in an endless, mindless cycle, colored with duties that leave us unfulfilled. At the end of the day, if you're not doing what you love, or getting paid what you feel you're worth, that feeling will always be present.

As adults with responsibilities, we often choose stability. Meaning, we want a stable income, a secure place to live, the comfort that we can pay our bills and take care of the family etc. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! No one expects that an adult will be making completely irrational decisions, especially when others are depending on them. I believe however, that if we plan well, we can make calculated decisions and adjustments in our lives. One such calculated decision is opting to work from home.

The Work From Home industry is growing at a rapid rate and to date there are multiple ways to make money from home . There are so many reputable platforms wherein you can market your skills and get paid accordingly. Sounds great, doesn't it?

But, before you decide to transition from an office job to work from home, here are 5 questions that you need to answer:

1. Am I willing to put in the work?

Let's debunk this myth once and for all! WORK FROM HOME is actually working from home. If you are only in search of a relaxed job that will pay you well, the Work from Home industry might not be for you. Your success while working from home is completely dependent on either the number of hours you put in, tasks you complete and/or projects you get done. It can become even more difficult than your typical office job.

2. Am I able to manage my time effectively?

Having your managers, supervisors or team leads eyes on the back of your head is the quite the motivation to get your job done. The Work from Home industry does not offer this courtesy. Sure, depending on the project you might be in constant communication with your boss, but it is still a different situation. Working from home requires you to be fully responsible for your time and output.

3. What skills do I have and what kind of payout do I expect?

You must figure this out before you decide to work from home! Here's the logic, you need some sense of security that you will be able to find a job that is fit for your skills. You should consider a career shift or an initial reduction in the salary and decide if you're willing to do this. Starting out might be a bit rocky so be warned (this is not for the faint hearted or those with the get rich quick mentality).

4. Do I need to be around people (office setting) to cope?

If you're a social butterfly, it's possible that the Work from Home industry might not be for you. A lot of persons enjoy down-time in the lunchroom at work or the ability to walk over to a co-worker and have small talk. Assess your personality, and decide if face to face contact (office setting) is something you cannot do without.

5. Can I manage the merging of work and home?

Striking the balance between work and home is hard while working an office job. It doesn't get much easier when you decide to merge the two. If you decide to work from home, you must be able to plan your time wisely to ensure that work and the household get adequate attention. Even though you are working from home, they still need to be separated. Failure to do this will result in complete chaos.

If you're comfortable with the answers you've provided to these questions, you're well on your way to starting your work from home career or business. Do the relevant research to find out which platforms are best suited for your brand and then take the next step to create your profiles. The work from home industry has shown me me how to make more money on the side from other small business ideas and I am sure that eventually you will learn this as well.

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You can also check out How to Make Money in 2019 for ideas on work from home platforms, and other money making alternatives.

Furthermore, dollarsprout is another great place to identify great work from home opportunities.

"I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." —Jimmy Dean

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