Have you been considering your options for working from home? Maybe a number of your friends work from home and you wonder if that’s something you might try.
Only you can determine whether a work-from-home career is the best option for you. Only you can decide if the right time for stepping out on this path is now, or if you need to wait. Only you know if you need to start out slowly or jump in with both feet.
But then, you might ask, how do you know whether working from home is the best option for you? Well, you can start by asking yourself a few questions and answering them honestly. Your answers might not give you a definitive answer, but they are a good place to start and will give you a clearer idea as to whether or not you should pursue a work-from-home profession.
A Self-Discovery Quiz
How comfortable are you using the internet? (Even if the work-from-home career you choose is not internet based, you might want to promote your work on websites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, through a blog and/or via direct email.
- I’m completely internet-savvy.
- I know nothing about the internet.
- It’s a process but I’m getting there.
Do you have the time (or can you make the time) in your schedule to research, prepare, and launch a work-from-home career, or take steps in that direction?
- I’m ready and raring to go.
- I’m totally maxed out right now; don’t know how I’ll find the time.
- Life is busy, but I think I can fit it in.
Can you “afford” a work-from-home career that might not start bringing in the bacon immediately?
- I have a three-to-six-month budget in savings.
- I have no money; that’s why I want to work from home.
- I think I can plan for a few financially rocky months.
Are you an “idea person” who has practicality and determination to create “landing gear” to those ideas?
- I am both creative and tenacious.
- I have a ton of ideas but never do anything about them.
- I am determined, but not very imaginative.
When you have a great idea, what is the next step you take?
- I look at all the pros and cons and chart out the practical steps to make it happen.
- I tell a friend or post it on Twitter and then promptly forget about it.
- I write it down so I can come back to it someday.
Do you work well independently? Is it easy for you to remain motivated, efficient, and productive without a boss overseeing you and making sure you perform?
- Yes, I can work well by myself, start to finish.
- No, I need someone to tell me what to do and check in regularly to make sure I get it done.
- It really depends on the project.
Can you “tune out” distractions, such as ignoring the desire to check Facebook or your inbox while you’re working? (Or concentrating on your work with your kids having a pillow fight in the next room?)
- I’m like the Hulk; nothing can disturb me.
- Can’t I browse the net while I work?
- I might take a break from time to time to make a status update.
What reaction have you gotten from friends and family (those who know you well) regarding the idea of working from home?
- “That sounds like the perfect job for you.”
- “What are you thinking? There is no way you could pull it off.”
- I’ve had mixed results, or haven’t told anyone.
What is your personal reaction to having a work-from-home career?
- I would love it! It’s perfect for my skills, interests, and schedule.
- I’ll do it if I need to in order to make some money.
- I know it will be a challenge but I’m going in with my eyes wide open. I can make it work.
You probably figured out the pattern for the above questions. If you answered “1” to most of the questions, then working from home is likely a great choice for you.
If you answered “3” to some or many of them, you have the potential to create a work-from-home profession. With a little tweaking of your schedule and goals, you should have the confidence that you can make it.
If you answered “2” to most or all the questions, you might want to rethink your focus, as working from home might not be the best option for you. At the same time, just because you might face more of an uphill climb doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about working from home. Perhaps you lack a few skills, but you are motivated and organized.
This post is an excerpt from Work from Home: Find a Passion. Forge a Path. Fulfill a Purpose by R. J. Santiago.
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.