Dealing with mean bosses all day, rushing to beat traffic jams, always putting off your side hustle or hobby because you’re too exhausted when you get home…we get it, it sucks. The corporate life is certainly not for everyone and I bet if you’re reading this, you might be looking for ways to quit that job and start your own biz.
How do you even start? If you’re new to the work-from-home life and feeling totally clueless, here are a few of our top tips to get started!
Understand your interests and area of expertise
Although there is so much you can do online while working from home, we have found that the people who follow the same career path they were in at the 9-5 usually have better success.
Everything has a learning curve and trying to learn a new skill will take time. When you have a marketable skill-set, you will have an edge over others. That aside, many people have found success online by following their passion, and often this translates into a good income in the long run! Make a list of your skills and interest and research you can turn them into profit. Do you enjoy writing? You could become a freelance writer or start your own blog. Do you enjoy planning events? You could start your own wedding planning business. Love online shopping? You could become a fashion blogger’s virtual assistant!
The choices are endless – it’s just a matter of figuring out HOW to turn your skills/passions into a career.
Have the right tools
This might be obvious but it’s an important point when you want to start working from home. Having the right tools can make all the difference between failure and success. For instance, you need to be able to communicate with your potential clients seamlessly and without any glitches. Since this is done online, you need to have access to a reliable, stable internet connection.
When communicating with your clients, you will need good headsets. Noise-canceling ones are preferred for online work because they reduce disruptions and make communication more fluid. Good internet connection is vital for research purposes as well. If you are doing more complex and engaging work such as graphic designing or video editing, you will need a powerful computer.
Understand why you want to work from home
What is driving you to work from home? Are you looking for financial freedom, location independence, or the chance to be with your family more often?
You will need to understand your WHY because working from home might not be ideal for everyone. There will be highs and lows and if you do not have a way to motivate yourself, you will find yourself wishing that you never quit your 9-5 in the first place.
Your reasons should be strong motivators to keep you going when it gets tough. I also recommend writing down a list of WHYs or printing inspiration quotes to put up around your working space – these will help you stay inspired!
Which working from home approach should you use?
Assuming that you have already made the bold decision to start working from home, which approach do you want to go with? How will you make your money?
Typically, there are many different ways to make money from home and all fall within two categories: Self-employed or Remotely-employed.
If you decide to be self-employed, revert to the first point here. Do you have marketable skills other people are willing to pay for? If not, do you have time and the resources to learn a certain skill that you can master and start earning from? Being self-employed means you set your rates according to how much you think you are worth. This is usually one of the best ways to earn money online. You have the freedom to work when you want and earn what you want.
You may also decide to get hired by a company but with the option of working remotely. Luckily for us, many companies have realized that you can still work from home and be as productive as you would if you were sitting in an office somewhere. The downturn of this approach is that you will be bound to work by the company’s policies. This means that although you may have control of the way you work, you might not have control over the hours or the deliverables.
Use an iterated approach to gaining success when working from home
When you decide to work from home, I am willing to bet that you will jump into everything 110% and soon enough you will become overwhelmed. There is a ton of information to process, a ton of research, courses, and internet gurus all seeking your attention and promising you heaven and get rich quick schemes.
The best way to getting started is to figure out which industry you want to get into. Then figure out exactly what you want to do in that industry. This narrows down everything. After that, take a step-by-step approach to your learning and exploration. Absorb as much as you can in the industry while building a portfolio. This will come in handy when seeking better opportunities in your field later.
Networking and mentorship
How will you get your first gig as a freelancer?
You may find that applying for every gig you find might not work out and this could get demoralizing pretty fast. This is where networking and mentorship come into play. Networking brings you up to speed with what is happening within your community of choice. You can join groups on different social media platforms and learn about how others are doing and the tips they are using to be successful while working from home.
Mentors are better because they will hold your hand through the journey and make sure you do not make the same mistakes they did. When looking for mentors, find someone who is already successful in the field you want to get into.