I have been working from home since January 2011. So many people are looking for extra work they can do from home either as a second income, or to save for a specific reason. Working from home is also very flexible around your other commitments. I hope this blog post will help you, if you are thinking of working from home, to get set up and ready to take that first step!
1. Create a work space.
Whether it is a desk and a laptop in the corner of a room or an office at home, find a space that is yours and for your work/business. You can keep everything you need within reach and it will help you to get some focus when you sit down to work.
Work out when you will be able to work each week. Working from home is flexible, but if you don't set aside some time to spend working you won't earn! Set up your daily method of operation so that you know exactly what you are doing each day.
2. Think about your aim
Do you want to earn some short term money or do you want a long term business which you can work on and grow and perhaps make your full time income? What your aim is will affect whether you look for online work or whether you look for a business opportunity which you can work on and grow over time.
I work from home full time and I fun two businesses part time alongside each other. I have my greetings card business teresa4cards.co.uk and I am a distributor with Utility Warehouse.
In the past I also earned money through matched betting which brought me in consistent money each month. I have also worked on survey sites in the past.
This is certainly true if you are starting a business. If you love what you do then you will enjoy working on it and you will feel enthused to spend time on your business. So think about what you enjoy, can you find a business opportunity that is linked to your interests?
4. Sort out your financial stuff
It sounds boring but it is essential. If you are starting a business there will be start up costs, you need to consider what you can afford and setting a budget could help those costs from getting out of control! After all the aim is to make money, not spend it!
You may also need to register with the HMRC if you are starting a business. You can get advice on this from their website.
5. Find your motivation!
Working from home can make you feel isolated and it can be hard to be motivated to keep going. How are you going to stay enthusiastic about your work/business? Keep your goals in mind and write them down. If you are working towards paying a debt keep a record of the payments you make. If you are saving then write down how much you have managed to save. This will help to motivate you to keep going.
If you are starting out in a business set some short term goals and monitor your progress. If you can see progress being made then this will help you to stay motivated.
6. Be prepared to do some training/research
There will be many, many things you won't know how to do, especially if you are starting your own business. On an almost daily basis I find things I do not know how to do! Google is your friend! There is a lot of free training and advice available, so don't worry about not knowing how to do something!
I hope you have found this useful. Bear in mind there is loads of help out there available to you and be brave and go for it! Good luck :-)
Love Teresa xx
Hi, I am Teresa. I am mum to two gorgeous children and I work from home. This blog is about my journey working from home. I hope to be able to help others who are looking for an additional income, or are looking for ways to save money.