Do you have what it takes to work from home?
Working from home is one of my greatest joys. Besides the obvious benefit of personal freedom, there’s also the other plus signs. Low overhead and no commute come to mind. And of course, everybody’s favorite: I get to work in my PJ’s if I so desire.
If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of starting your own home-based biz, here are some great questions to ask yourself on the front end:
- Do you like working alone? Since my own business is internet-based, sometimes it doesn’t quite feel like I’m totally alone. After all, that social media stuff IS social. However, when it’s all said and done, it’s me, myself, and I working all by my lonesome in my office. If you don’t like that part, don’t apply.
- Can you self-motivate? No, that doesn’t say self-medicate! (although some days will make you feel like you want to!) The truth is, 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, you probably can handle this part with no problem. On the other hand, if you prefer someone telling you what to do, forget about it.
- Can you create a work space that is private and off-limits? You don’t have to add a room onto your home, but you do need to find a spot where you can operate without any interference. It can be in the corner of your bedroom or another little place you carve out for yourself. Just make sure you can close the door and anyone who drops by knows you are working!
- Are you easily distracted? This is the biggie. Working from home means you have access to TV, laundry, the fridge, the phone, your neighbors, you name it! The distractions can seem like they are begging you to come play. Decide if you can let the household chores go while you are working because that’s the bottom line. You ARE working! Distractions, be gone!
- Are you organized? OK, I’ll admit I’m not the most organized person on the planet either but I do have a system. I’ve also learned that the least amount of clutter in my office produces the most and best amount of quality work. Something for you to think about!
Now, if you answered “yes” to all of the above except the “distractions” question, congratulations! Working out of your home would probably suit you very well.
If you’ve dreamed of ditching the corporate world and working for yourself, these questions give you a glimpse into what it really looks like.
Hope I’ve helped you make the decision!