Does Working From Home Make Sense For You?
Just because you “can” work from home does not mean you “should” have a work from home job. If these bullets sound like you, you will need to find a way to meet those needs or make a few changes in order to be successful.
- Do you need a lot of social interaction? How do you feel when you are alone for long periods of time?
- Is time management a strength of weakness for you?
- Are there multiple people in your household that could affect your ability to do what you need to do?
- Are you easily distracted?
- Is your current environment physically appropriate to enable your success?
If you have some of the below life circumstances however, you may need to find something that gives you the income you want working from home.
- Loss of a corporate job or reduction in current hours/pay
- Being “successfully discontent” and really wanting to walk away from a current job so you can create that work/life balance you desire
- An increase in expenses or debt that you need to pay off
- Young children or parents that need supervision (and daycare is an expense you cannot afford or that you do not find in your or their best interests)
- A home situation in which you (and your partner if applicable) find that a 2nd (or 3rd) income is required and you must work family responsibilities around earning that income)
- Transportation challenges that keep you from working outside the home
- Physical challenges that prevent you from performing some other types of work outside the home
If any of the above sound like you, then finding the ‘right’ job/position/company to earn an income from home is probably in your future. First you will need to identify your particular personal challenges (we all have them!) and determine how you will resolve those challenges so you can increase your success.