Have you ever stopped to think of the reason why you’re choosing to work from home? There was never any other option in my mind, it is what I’ve been wanting to do for far too long before I actually started.
There are challenges daily but most times it has something to do with time management. 24 hours seems like plenty of time to do anything (within a decent time frame). Unfortunately, as we all know there are never enough hours to complete our daily to-do’s. It is no different when you work from home. You will realize (hopefully sooner than I did), that It is wise to put yourself on a schedule.
Many opportunities I find online can be started without a fee. There are many websites that just want you to complete small actions called micro-jobs. Micro jobs don’t pay much, but you can learn new skill by completing small actions. Often these sites allow users to sign up FREE because they get paid from the actions you complete on their sites. Users sign up and enter a username and password for private access, and that’s it!
Is everything online FREE to work at home? Absolutely not! There are sites that charge membership and other fees to use their services, you probably won’t see those here though…BUT if you do…feel free to give me a holler so they can be DELETED!! ??? The only reason you should pay to work online is if you are starting a business venture! This means you will have fees associated with getting started like equipment, licensing, or other fees. Often depending on the type of work you do, you may be required to purchase software or other equipment to fulfill your job duties: some companies may require drug testing, background checks and credit checks, these fees you are required to pay.
As we look at how business is changing, we see that more organizations are offering some type of freelance, work from home, or contract work to their employees. Outsourcing continues to increase in number(s) because it is a cheaper method for employers to have projects completed successfully. It has also been proven that those who work from home tend to be more productive than their office-working counterparts. According to Forbes: “The percentage varies from 30 to 45 percent. It seems inevitable, then, that working from home, or being a virtual employee, is an established trend.”
While there is no Census Bureau or government produced data provides additional granularity on the frequency of telework, Global Workplace Analytics’ research finds that:
“50% of the US workforce holds a job that is compatible with at least partial telework and approximately 20-25% of the workforce teleworks at some frequency 80% to 90% of the US workforce says they would like to telework at least part time. Two to three days a week seems to be the sweet spot that allows for a balance of concentrative work (at home) and collaborative work (at the office). Fortune 1000 companies around the globe are entirely revamping their space around the fact that employees are already mobile. Studies repeatedly show they are not at their desk 50-60% of the time. On average, a telecommuter is college-educated, 49 years old, and earns an annual salary of $58,000 while working for a company with more than 100 employees.”
Save Money/Tax Benefits
Working from home creates much savings compared to the traditional commute to work. No worries about fuel, you can eat at home so you’re not spending extra money, it doesn’t matter what you wear-(many brag about working in their pajamas), if you are a parent you’ll save in child care expenses because you likely won’t need a sitter, your dedicated home office can be written off as; equipment, Internet connection, utility savings, and save on any equipment you use for your business.
Most often when one works at home he-she is considered a freelancer/Contractor, this signifies that the worker has certain freedoms a regular employee does not have. For instance, employees cannot work whenever they choose they must stick to a pre-determined schedule. An employee also has to do what he-she is told and cannot refuse assignments: freelancers/contractors are in full control of when they work and what assignments he-she will accept. There is also the option as a Freelancer/Contractor to refuse assignments and choose only those he-she wants to do!
Start Your Own Business
Not everyone wants to run his-her own business, but working at home definitely opens that option. When one works at home it is their business, whether they are Crowdsourcing, doing surveys, or anything that requires one to keep track of his-her own taxes/expenses. It takes hard work and determination to make a dream a reality! The average business is not expected to show any profit within the first 3-5 years! That’s a long time for anyone to wait on their pay, but it happens.
There are of course exceptions to every rule. For instance if you opened a bar, you would be expected to turn a profit within 90 days of opening! I want to open a bar! Lol Bar owners are expected to earn $150 per square foot of bar space, or roughly $3,000-$5000/day…give or take. That’s pretty good for any business, but that is just a starting figure. The area you choose to operate in has a lot to do with how much money you make.
Concluding Thoughts: There are good reasons many of us should be working from home. Statistics are showing us that approximately 30 percent of the population is working from home, with numbers fluctuating regarding those who WAH only when it is a necessity. (Not regularly). Business and technology continue to move the workforce toward virtual/contract work, it is wise to follow trends. Much success in all you do!