How to Make Working From Home Work For You!
Below is a guest post by Daniel Brown
Are you a worker who would give up something major, such as alcohol, coffee, or even a lunch break to work from home- even just one day a week? Two-out-of-three workers would exchange those perks just for the right to wear jeans and a t-shirt while working from home. If you’re the type of person who would thrive working in a home environment, then, with a bit of perseverance, knowledge, and commitment, perhaps going to the office could become a thing of the past.
Starting the Process
Some people take small steps to ease into working from home. Perhaps you are skilled in graphic design. You might be able to launch a graphic design company from your home. Start off small yet professional, and pick up some private clients. Soon, you can begin to make a name for yourself. Once the business gets going, you might want to look into making it a full-fledged online business with serious earning potential. For some, a small business loan to help finance the company might be a worthwhile option.
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Other at-home workers, instead of writing, designing, or programming during their free time, choose to go full-steam ahead, dropping their full-time job for a well-prepared plan and new career. As the Empower Network points out, the Internet is the direction where many work-at-home entrepreneurs are focusing their business efforts. Even offline businesses understand how necessary it is to be online.
Finding the Zone
The key to successfully launching your at-home business is productivity and time management. Whether starting out slowly, or you’re three weeks into it, these two aspects will help you maintain a good grasp of the work in your business.
While it sounds great in theory, some individuals can run into a brick wall when trying to work from home. It takes a certain approach- integrating focus, responsibility, and an eye towards scheduling to be successful in this environment. There are plenty of distracting items that can arise. Your kids might be more distracting than you had originally envisioned, doctors’ appointments can get in the way, or your at-home Internet connection might go down as a result of weather-related activity. It’s important to plan your day, set a schedule, and stick to it.
Social Media Jump-Off
Building your online portfolio and presence is key in getting your name and brand out to the interconnected world. Make sure to get involved on all available social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, and Pinterest, to stay up on industry news as well as self-promoting your work. From professional (LinkedIn) to creative (Pinterest), these sites are catapulting businesses into the brand stratosphere. With the growing dependency on all things electronic, staying on the up and up socially will only enhance your business.
The fluctuating economy may not seem like a promising outlook for any small business owner starting out on his own. Taking advantage of all available resources as well as staying connected are surefire ways to stay motivated and get noticed. Making connections, both in person and online, is imperative to development. What are you doing to jump-start your business and your presence?
About Daniel Brown: Danny comes from a family of educators: Mom was an English teacher, and Dad sits on the school board in his hometown. While he finishes up his master’s in education, Danny writes for several education blogs.