Would You Rather Be Working From Home?
So many people would love to make money from home but have absolutely no idea how to start.
Are you one of those people?
Working from home saves on transport costs, can make you feel more fulfilled and independent and can give you more time to spend with the people you love, doing the things you love.
Have you ever felt capable of so much more, but no idea how to go about it?
Or do you want to do something more worthwhile and meaningful?
Maybe you hate your job and would like to replace it with something more flexible.
Maybe you’re happy with your job but want to make a little extra income on the side.
Perhaps it’s more about personal fulfilment than money, or you want to feel more self-reliant.
I decided to write this blog post to help those out there who are ready to start their new side project, but just need a bit of advice!
How I Began Working From Home
Here’s my own journey into becoming self-employed:
I left school, having studied a subject I absolutely love (art) but one that wasn’t a great option for employment. To make matters worse, the year I graduated was the year the recession began here in the UK.
I had two choices- to be completely unemployed and scrape by with whatever the government gave me or to manage to get an entry level, minimum-wage job in retail and catering, working below all those who had started straight after they left school. I’m too ambitious to be unemployed, so I kept applying for these jobs. I was up against people who had more experience than me, who really wanted a career in these industries, and no one wanted to employ a graduate for such unskilled jobs as they thought I’d leave straight away. I kept being told I was ‘overqualified’ but there were no jobs going in the areas I actually wanted.
In order to give myself some sort of a future I started to explore ways I could work from home. I had absolutely no capital, no storage space and no idea what on earth I was doing. But slowly I started to learn. The more mistakes I made, the more I could see myself getting better, slowly. Soon I started to figure out what I actually wanted to do. I started to get customers. It was the most wonderful feeling in the world.
Tips For Working From Home
Here are some of the things I learnt that I believe will be crucial to your success:
- Do something you actually like.
You’ll need to be extremely motivated and consistent in order to make this dream work. You’re going to fail a lot of times and get really discouraged before things begin to look up. The only way you’ll be able to carry yourself through this is if you really, really love what you are doing.
- Don’t worry too much if you don’t have the skills. You might be able to get them.
For the vast majority of businesses you can run from home, you can learn the skills you need for free. Can you teach yourself through studying online or through books? Think about what you need to do in order to be the version of yourself who will succeed at this. Do you need to get used to speaking in public? To learn how to generate leads? To be able to make your own clothes? To write amazing advertising copy? All you need is focus and consistency to learn pretty much whatever you want.
- Give value.
The more value you give to society, the more you will end up earning. Think of ways to help other people and do it from your heart. This will not just end up earning you money but will make you feel more fulfilled in life. Consider your personality, your talents, your experience, what you are drawn towards. How can you turn that into something so valuable that people will happily pay for it and consider it money well spent?
Home Business Ideas
Now onto some practical ideas for businesses you can run from home. Do you have any to add? Let me know in the comments below!
- Offer a service
Can you get paid for helping others with jobs they can’t do? Perhaps you can design things for them, plan events, source materials, build their website or draw portraits. You can even get paid for walking their dogs and customising their furniture. Have a think about what you can offer.
- Create and sell products
This doesn’t just mean handmade accessories, although there’s a big market out there for those alone. If you’re a writer, you can create and sell articles or books. If you’re an artist you can create and sell oil paintings of landscapes. You can create and sell phone applications, shoes, knitted baby clothes, organic hand cream or instructional exercise videos. What could you create?
- Market other people’s products as an affiliate
This is a massive topic and well worth researching in depth. You can sell other people’s internet programmes, e-books, courses and a million other things and get paid commission on those you do sell. It’s extremely competitive to be an internet marketer but there’s a lot of help out there, and if you really want to go for it, you can make it big.
Do you know a language? How to play a musical instrument? Are you a bit of a geek on how to lose weight healthily, or like to spend your spare time learning about the solar system? You don’t always need to have qualifications in your chosen area. Pick a topic you’re really passionate about and decide to never stop learning yourself. Get yourself visible online and offer Skype tutoring sessions, e-books, whatever suits you. It’s definitely an option worth exploring for some, and there’ll be people out there who would gladly pay for your knowledge.
- Look into Network Marketing
This is an option that often crops up for people wanting to work from home. In Network Marketing, you sell someone else’s products, much like an affiliate, but you can also get paid for recruiting and training a team under you. This means that Network Marketing can pay you a lot of money if you do it well and can be a great, supportive and positive community to work in. However, it’s a difficult industry, and if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in a company where you’re trying to sell overpriced products no one actually buys and attempting to convince others to do the same, you’ll end up discouraged and upset.
It’s a great option for those who choose the right company and product for them, however. Keep an open mind, take your time and do your research. What do you already buy, and at what price? What are you interested in? If you can find a Network Marketing or MLM company that sell products you genuinely love, what do you think of the company themselves and the support they offer?
One of the best things I ever did is give Network Marketing another try, and I actually found my ‘dream’ company existed, selling products I was already buying, at prices I was already spending on them, with a message I believed in (hence this blog existing)! Alongside selling these eco-friendly products I also create and sell my artwork. I’ve always wanted to help the environment and be an artist, and now I can do both! Remember, you don’t have to focus on just one thing if you don’t want to.
So, that’s the easy part over with- deciding what it is you actually want to do. The hard part begins now! You’re going to have to learn as much about marketing and selling as you possibly can to get your business off the ground. But you can do it, if you really want it to work.
Do you work from home? Do you have any advice to give to others who would love to make the change? Let me know in the comments below.
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