Many people want to or have the desire to, but sometimes I wonder if people looking in really understand what it’s all about!
Working from home definitely is one of my greatest thrills. It’s not just the obvious benefit of personal freedom either. That’s awesome, but there’s much, much more! The personal creativity is a drawing card for me as is just plain liking being my own boss.
If you’ve ever played with the idea of running your own home-based business, here are some telling questions to ask yourself:
- Like working by yourself? Since my own business is internet-based and social media focused, sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like I’m completely alone, but who am I kidding? I’m sitting here at this desk by myself most of the day. My clients usually converse with me by e-mail, phone, or on webinars. Bottom line, I’m working alone. If you don’t like that part, don’t apply.
- Are you self-motivated? Guess what? Nobody is going to make you go to work. There’s no time clock, no regular hours, and no one to answer to. Self-motivation becomes critical. If you’re a type-A, like me, you can probably handle this part. But, if you really prefer someone else giving you a schedule and telling you what to do, forget about working from home.
- Can you carve out a work area that’s private and off-limits? You don’t have to add a home addition, but you do need to find a good location where you can work without any interference. A simple corner of your bedroom can work in the beginning. Just make sure you can close the door and folks know no visitors allowed!
- Easily distracted? This is a biggie. Working from home means you have access to TV, laundry, the fridge, the phone, your neighbors, you name it! Shiny objects are everywhere and seem like they are begging you to join in. It’s all about priorities. Decide if you can let the household chores go while you are working because that’s the bottom line. You ARE working!
- Do you have organizational skills? OK, I’ll admit it. I’m certainly not the most organized person, but I do have a system. I’ve also learned that no clutter in my office helps me produce good quality work. Just some food for thought!
If you answered “yes” to all of the above except the “distractions” question, congratulations! You just might be a good candidate to work from home!
So, if ditching the corporate world and working for yourself is your dream, I hope these questions will help you see what it really looks like.
Go for it!