In recent years, we have seen a huge rise in the amount of people working from home. However, there are some important decisions you must make before jumping into it head-first. For example, working from home isn’t for everyone so does it suit your demeanor and would you have the motivation to see it through? After this, you need to know what industry you wish to jump into as this a very difficult decision in itself. Today, we have a brief guide to getting these decisions right.
Assess Your Skills – First and foremost, you should assess your skills as many work from home people see success in the industries they leave behind with their jobs. If you can find a company that allows you to work in the same industry but work from home, this can be a great step forward. If you can somehow use your previous experience, it just means that you don’t have to start everything from scratch.
On the flip side, you might be thinking ‘I really want to get away from my current industry’ and this is equally fine. If you are looking to venture into a new industry, you just need to look for entry-level positions and these are widely available as it enables the employer to mold you as they wish. In truth, most of these will be found in the customer service and telephone industry because these are roles that can be transferred easily to the home. With an internet connection and phone line, you could launch into various industries from medical transcriptionist to virtual phone assistant.
Your Own Business – What if you want to open your own business? If this is the case, the options are even more varied. To start, you might want to work with a direct sales company to build up a list of clients and get used to selling. Normally, you will receive commission for every sale as well as bonuses for getting anybody else involved in the program.
Required Service – Necessity is the mother of invention – a statement that is as true today as the day the words were uttered. If you spot a gap in the market for a particular service in your community, this can be a great way to get started as long as the demand is there. For example, this could be a florist, hairdressers, or event planners. Although you will need experience and skills for many of these areas, there are courses to get started or you could choose an industry that isn’t skill-based.
The Internet – Every year, it seems as though the internet grows wider and wider and this provides opportunities to earn money in different ways. For example, you could offer your freelance writing services to businesses or perhaps as a designer, event organizer, or virtual assistant. Furthermore, you could sell your own creations online or ‘dropship’ which means sell on behalf of a manufacturer and keep a percentage of all sales. Despite being heavily saturated, others are still seeing success in internet marketing so this is another avenue to explore.
Where to Start? – Considering we have just thrown a lot of information your way, you might be confused about where to start. However, it is actually quite simple in that you need to uncover your skills. If you aren’t organized and don’t like talking to people face-to-face, event planning might not be the one for you. If you are comfortable online and have designed websites in the past, perhaps you could build websites for companies who can’t do it themselves?
Once you choose a niche, the next step is to learn whether there is a demand for it and what you will need to get started. Rather than starting with demand and feigning interest, you should always go for something that interests you otherwise you won’t have the motivation to get out of bed every morning. Once you do all of the above, you simply research as much as you need and then take the jump!