There will never be a “perfect” time to start. I considered waiting on working from home until I earned my degree. I also thought that perhaps I could better focus on it once my children were school age. Perhaps you’re planning for your teenager’s graduation, or until they have gone off to college. Maybe you are still in college, or you are waiting until you have saved up enough to quit your present job. The pins will likely never all be lined up perfectly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an awesome strike.
When should you start?
Start when your heart tells you, “Now is the time.” Yes, you need to factor in logistical and practical aspects. You need to count the costs. You definitely need to first decide that working from home is what you want to do, and you should have a developing skill-set to match your desire. But don’t be afraid to take that first step, whatever it might be for you. Right now, you’re reading this book, which is a great first step in understanding the ins and outs, pros and cons, and other specifics of working from home. Try not to stop here though. You’ll know when it’s time. And when it is, don’t hesitate to get your feet wet.
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to jump in with both feet. As people often advise aspiring writers, actors, or artists, “Don’t quit your day job.” You might have to double-task for a while – making strides with your work-from-home career while still maintaining separate employment. During that time, you probably can’t manage to give your new venture eight hours a day, or even four hours a day.
So, do what you can.
Start by researching your options, reading books on the topic, and talking with people who have worked in your niche and know how to succeed there. Start small but start somewhere. With something.
You’ve likely happened upon a website or blog where someone claims they tried some work-from-home venture and found that they could go from zero to a $60K income in a matter of three months and now they enjoy holidays on the shore of a pristine Caribbean Island while managing minimal work from their handy laptop (or tablet or iPad or iPhone). You’ll notice that they don’t post pictures of those perfect vacations. Even if they are telling the truth, those lucky people are few and far between. If you’re attempting to work from home for fast money, you will likely be disappointed. (I know I’ve mentioned this before; I simply want to be realistic and not give you empty promises that would leave you disappointed.)
However, if you’re looking to work from home because you found that you can do something you love from home while caring for your children or recovering from an unexpected job loss, you will likely find the perfect work-from-home career. If making money is your sole motive, developing slow and steady income might not appear to be worth it.
But if a deep sense of purpose or following a lifelong passion is your objective, you are probably on the right road.
If you have an awesome plan to go with it, great! Follow that path and see where it leads.
This post is an excerpt from Work from Home: Find a Passion. Forge a Path. Fulfill a Purpose. by R. J. Santiago, available to purchase on Amazon.
Learn how to start a new career or earn needed income on the side by working from home. Author and freelancer R. J. Santiago shares tried (and proven) tips and step-by-step instructions to help you launch a work-from-home career. This book covers various avenues of online earning, the process of defining your area of expertise, and using it to fill a need in the market. You’ll also learn tips on finding clients and customers, practical strategies for working from home, and essential factors that will help determine your success.
Also included in the book:
- A Self-Discovery Quiz
- Pros and Cons to Working from Home
- Signs of Online Scams and Schemes
- Over 25 Work-from-Home Opportunities
- Start-up Costs and Other Money Matters
- Legalities and Creating a Business Plan
- Time-Management and Efficiency Tips
Most importantly, discover the satisfaction that comes from finding your passion, forging a path, and fulfilling a purpose as you work from home.