If you are contemplating working from home there are some things that you need to consider before taking the plunge. Everyone’s situation is different, so what may be a dream come true for one could be a nightmare for others.
For every legitimate work at home job there are 100 just waiting to take advantage of anyone desperate to find a work at home job. We have all seen those ads in the paper promising $2 per stuffed envelope and many others like them, but anyone unfortunate enough to respond and send in their “start-up” fee soon realizes they have been taken. I have to admit that when I first started out I fell for one of the envelope schemes; in return for my “start-up” fee I received an envelope with two pages enclosed, one was an ad quite like the one that I had responded to, the second page explained how I was to scam others. Ok, so it did not specifically say that I was going to be scamming anyone, but that was exactly what I would have been doing. My “start-up” package went straight to the garbage, the same place I may as well have sent my $30 fee to. I learned right then and there a very important lesson that everyone wishing to work at home should learn: Never, Ever pay someone to work for them; not for training, not for anything. Legitimate employers pay you, not the other way around. Quickly, I should mention that I do know of one reputable company that does require a small fee for a background check. The key is to do some research on the company that you wish to apply to before you apply. Check the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against them. Also, keep in mind; if it is too good to be true, it is most likely a scam. There are also several forums dedicated to people who want to work from home; visit some of these forums to see what others experiences with certain companies have been.
Unfortunately, friends and relatives falsely assume that because you work from home your job is less important than theirs. They may think they can just drop in for a visit during your working hours and often see nothing wrong with it. It is also assumed that you will be able to put your work on hold to run their errands while they go to their “real” jobs and become upset if you refuse. Before you decide to work from home make sure your friends and family will support your decision. Make it clear to them that during your working hours; you will be doing just that. They would not drop in to your brick and mortar job and neither should they your work-at-home job.
If you have small children you also need to keep in mind that a great many work at home jobs involve working the phones and the companies demand there be no backgrounds noise; if that rule is broken you are likely to find yourself looking fro employment elsewhere. With small children it is best to either take them to a sitter or schedule yourself during times that you know they will be sleeping.
Paid vacations, holiday pay-you may as well forget it. Most companies do not offer benefits to work-at-home employees. There are a few, but not many-and those that do offer benefits are quite hard to get employment with. I have yet to land an at home job with benefits.
Do not make the mistake a lot of people do in thinking they will be making a full-time income with one work-at-home job. You will most likely not be able to earn more than $6/hour in the beginning; most companies pay in the piece rate fashion. I am not saying that it never happens or that you will never find a good-paying work-at-home job; it is just that most jobs that pay better money are looking for someone with previous experience working from home and a proven track record.
Another problem you will need to understand is the competitiveness. For every work-at-home job listed hundreds will apply. Some companies hire so many people that work becomes scarce. I have faced this situation many times. It is frustrating but sometimes if you stick with a company through the hard times and perform your job well you will be given more work.
In order to be successful in your venture to work from home you must be disciplined. A lot of people will find that it is hard to work when they have other things going on at home; others will spend every waking moment working. You have to find a balance, if you do too little work you may lose your job or not earn the income that you need, but if you over schedule yourself you will be burnt out.
Obviously, if you work from home there is no commute. You will not find yourself stuck in rush-hour traffic when all you want to do is get home to prepare dinner or just unwind. With the rising costs of gas it is a relief to know that you do not need to full your tank for the work week. Not having to worry with the commute is enough reason for many people to decide they would benefit from having an at home job.
If you do not feel like getting dressed, you do not have to! If you work from home you can wear your pajamas all day long. I have to tell you it really is nice not to have a dress code. You only get dressed up if you want to. No more aching feet from wearing those heels all day long, no more stifling neckties. What you wear to work is completely up to you. Just think of the money you can save on business attire.
Those who have children will appreciate having the ability to be home with the kids while still earning a living. The money you would pay for daycare can now go towards other things-maybe dinner out, a movie night, a special toy, or you can apply it to your bills. I find that the savings from daycare makes up for the low pay that I often receive.
Do you get tired of your boss standing over your shoulder? Those days are history when you work from home. You will still have a boss, and you will still need to communicate with said boss and be expected to do a good job; but you get to do your job without someone breathing down your neck.
With most, not all, work-at-home jobs, you have the freedom to be flexible; you can set your own schedule. If you have plans for a certain day you have the ability to stick to those plans. If you or the kids wake up sick, you are able to take the day off to rest and care for the children.
Working from home is definitely not going to work for everybody. It is important to do your research and carefully weigh the pros and cons before you make a decision. You do not want to quit your outside job to work from home only to find out that the situation just will not work for you and your family. I am confident that if you do the research and consider the effects this may have on you that you will be happy in the work-from-home field.