If you’ve been considering working from home, it’s important to figure out what kind of work is best suited to you and your situation. Not every work at home job will be a good match for you and a little evaluation now can save you a lot of headaches later. Before jumping into anything, consider and honestly assess these areas of your life:
What is your working environment in your home? Do you have a dedicated work space? Are you free from interruptions from others (spouse, roommate, children)? The area that you work in is going to be very important in the success of your work. If you have to share a desk with someone else’s work or homework or whatever, things can get complicated and downright messy. Make changes now to ensure that your workspace is yours.
How much time do you have to devote to your job? Do you have other commitments that will interfere? Are you able to dedicate several uninterrupted hours at a time or will you need to be flexible to, say, care for children? Certain jobs require you to be “on the clock” continuously, such as customer service or inbound/outbound sales. Others, such as freelance writing or blogging offer more flexibility. Determining your availability will greatly help you decide what kind of work to pursue.
What are you good at? What do you dislike? Be very honest here – if you hate dealing with the public, a customer service job might not be right for you. If you are good at solving problems, however, and making people feel at ease, it may be a great fit. Take a good look at yourself – at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love, stands your perfect job.
Working at home can be very fulfilling and offer many benefits over a regular 9 to 5 job. To make the most of it, though, you need to aim yourself in the right direction at the right job for you. This extra effort will pay off in big ways with greater satisfaction, less frustration, and more success in doing what you love.