working at homeBenefits of Working at Home

Working at home isn’t all sunshine and roses by a long shot, but it can have some incredible benefits that many mothers wouldn’t trade for the world. The potential perks of making this decision can impact your life financially, emotionally and right down to the very relationships you hold dear.

Some of the most notable benefits of working at home include:

 

  • Saving money on daily expenses
    If you’re leaving a job to work at home, you will have to offset the loss, but there are some instant savings that can be felt. Mothers who work at home often save a great deal of money on such things a childcare, commuting expenses, lunches and even dinners. After all, it is much easier to make sure a nightly meal is on the table if you’re around during the day to see that this is so.
  • Improved bonding time with family members
    While scheduling can vary based on the business opportunity pursued, many work at home moms find they do have a lot more time to spend with their family members. Even while they are working, they can simply see family more and be more involved in their daily lives. This is a reward that can make the decision very worthwhile.
  • Potential reduction in stress
    Keeping up with kids, a household and work will be difficult no matter what. Doing so with a job outside of the home, however, can be a stressful nightmare. Moms who work out of the house can experience a drop in stress levels when they get into the groove of actually “being there” to get things done. Tossing in laundry before starting a day’s worth of work, for example, can become second nature. So, too, can taking the time to greet little ones at a bus stop and so on.
  • The personal rewards
    It doesn’t matter whether you launch a business that sells items through private parties or you go into freelance data entry, when you taste your successes they will be truly yours. Creating even a modestly successful at home business can be incredibly rewarding on a personal level.
  • Flexible scheduling
    While some businesses will be more flexible than others, most working at home moms find they are much more bendable in what they can and cannot do than they were when they worked outside the home. This can be an incredible perk for mothers who want to call the shots on when they work, what days they work and how long they put in.

 

Working at home can be terribly rewarding for women who give the prospect a serious go. The rewards of doing so can range from the financial to the very personal.

 

 The Potential Pitfalls

Working at home can bear a number of rewards that make the venture extremely worthwhile. Mothers can thrive under these circumstances because the situation does give them the best of both worlds.

 

As fantastic as working at home can be, there are some potential pitfalls. Understanding what they are can prepare you to face them head on and win. While not everyone will experience the same cons working at home, some of the more common issues that could crop up include such things as:

 

  • A failure to balance
    Some work at home moms have a little trouble getting into the swing of balancing career and personal life issues. Whether they spend too much time working or not enough, failing to strike a balance can have the potential to lead to disappointment in one arena, the other or both.
  • Isolation
    As was discussed earlier, some at home careers can be a bit lonely in the grand scheme of things.
  • Guilt
    While the whole idea of working at home very often involves having more time for the family, work needs to be on the priority list, too. This means there will be times moms just have to say no or go about their business even when a three-year-old is pitching a tantrum. The long and the short of this reality is that sometimes moms will feel guilt for not being there even when they are there.
  • Unprofessionalism
    In some areas of work, background noises found in a home can be a little embarrassing and may even come off as unprofessional. Talking on the phone to a client while a child has a fit or a dog barks loudly in the background just doesn’t “sound” as professional as many would like.
  • Overdoing
    The danger of working at home often lies in not being able to “leave” work at the end of the day. With this in mind, many work at home moms tend to overdo to their detriment. While this might be great for the business, burning out can happen if anyone works around the clock and fails to unwind, relax and breathe once in a while.
  • Letting oneself go
    While it is certainly nice to be able to roll out of bed in the morning and “report” to the office, this can be a double edged sword. It’s all too easy to still be sitting in that bathrobe at 6 p.m. on an ordinary Tuesday. This can have a negative impact on self-esteem.

 

While the pitfalls are very real, there are ways face them down and win. No matter the challenge, having a good plan in place for coping can make a difference.

 

 Overcoming Obstacles

 

While obstacles will stand in the way of any business venture, some of the hurdles for at-home businesses are a little different. There are ways to combat each and every one. When you have an arsenal of weapons at your disposal, you can clear the path to success.

 

These tips can prove very effective for helping work at home mothers face down and conquer any stumbling block that stands in the way:

 

  • Establishing set hours for most days
    While flexibility is important, having a schedule that is stuck to on a regular basis can be, as well. When you put your foot down about working hours and try to maintain a schedule, it is easier to strike a balance that will work in your life.
  • Creating a home office
    Even if it’s a closet that you stake out as your own, having a room with a door to retreat to for business calls and serious deadline work can be a lifesaver. By all means, get the laptop so you can work in the living room as your family buzzes around you, but have a haven to go to when it’s needed the most. Doing this, by the way, can even help on your taxes, so it’s smart from a few standpoints.
  • Having babysitter backups
    If you’re going to be a work at home mom with young children, it is imperative to have sitters or daycare lined up for when it’s needed the most. It won’t matter if your business is sales related or service, there will be some days that you just cannot be available to your family.
  • Assigning tasks
    If your children are older, an at home business can become everyone’s jobs. Assign children chores and tasks they can perform to help out. These can include business-related functions or even just putting the kids on dish duty to free you up to finish evening calls. A little work never hurt anyone and kids who pitch in to help make a family function well learn valuable lessons along the way.
  • Focus on the prize
    Saying “no” to the third trip to the park during a sun shiny week can be hard, but doing so can be important. When your children see you working hard for your family, they can learn by example. Installing a strong work ethic early can put youngsters on their own path to success.
  • Establish a dress code
    Deadlines aside, getting up and getting dressed for work even if you’re just moving from your bed to the computer is important. This can help you feel better about yourself and keep you motivated and projecting successful vibes in the process.

 

Opportunities For Unskilled Workers

 

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never worked a day in your life or you’re going to leave a long-term post, there are opportunities out there that just about anyone can take advantage of. Working at home and being successful at it doesn’t mean you have to have a four-year degree, a ton of specialized skills or a bank full of money. What you do need is a good idea and the drive to pull it off.

 

There are a variety of opportunities for unskilled or slightly skilled workers. Some of the options include such things as:

 

  • Sales
    There are a variety of sales-related businesses you can explore that will enable you to base operations out of your home. Many companies that rely on at home moms to sell their products will provide the training you need to succeed. It’s also possible to buy into a franchise territory for certain products. Just make sure you can get behind a product before you try to jump into selling it. If you aren’t sold, clients won’t be either.
  • Online sales
    Many an at-home mom has made a successful living selling items through online storefronts or through virtual auction sites. Whether you create items personally or do a lot of garage and estate sale purchasing, this option is fairly easy to explore. It can pay off with a lucrative part or full-time income, too.
  • Data entry
    If you can use a computer and type with any degree of accuracy, you will find a bevy of opportunities available for the skills you do have. Even if you’re not the world’s greatest typist, there are ways to hone the skill enough to make this freelance opportunity pay off. As more companies outsource functions, such as data entry, many work at home moms are finding this niche suits them perfectly.
  • Telemarketing
    It is often possible to land freelance and even on-staff positions with telemarketing firms that rely on at-home workers. This type of job won’t require a highly specialized skill set. If you can talk on the phone clearly, get your message across and be pleasant in the process, you should be set.
  • Personal product/service development
    Many work at home mothers stumble into their own niche based on their own personal hobbies.  Some businesses that are home based and have sprung out of unique ideas or products include such things as crafting, online sales, customized clothing production with online storefronts, soap and candle making and more. The options are limited only by imagination.
  • Personal assistants
    Some work at home moms run errands for others, work in a virtual setting to take the load off office staffers and more. The personal assistant field can be very interesting to explore in either the local or online arenas. The potential here is growing as more businesses outsource and more employees fear taking time off to get personal projects accomplished.
  • Childcare
    In-home daycares are a popular choice for mothers who want their children in homey, nurturing environments. This option can be an excellent one for an in-home business. As a mother, you have many of the skills already required for the job.
  • Writing
    If you can string sentences together with ease, there are opportunities available for freelance writers. While you may lack some of the skills for certain jobs, there are projects out there that can be had by beginners. Many blogging jobs, for example, require “everyday” people to do the writing. This means only a good writing voice and basic skills will be required.
  • Online tutoring
    You may need a degree or specialized training for this, but this field does present some unique opportunities. Reaching out to tutor students online can be an excellent way to earn a living and gain the benefits of at-home work at the same time.
  • Customer service
    Some companies are turning to virtual call centers to handle their customer service. In many cases, these call centers will hire home-based workers to handle shifts of incoming calls. While this type of job will require set hours, it can still provide the scheduling flexibility parents often require. Plus, some call centers might offer true full-time work with benefits to telecommuters. This can be a bonus if you don’t want to launch your own business to work at home.
  • Real estate
    While short-term training and licensing are required for this field, many who enter this arena find they are able to work at home much of the time.
  • Transcription
    For those who do have a knack for the keyboard, this can be an incredible field to enter. With only a basic amount of training, standard transcription jobs can be tackled at home. With a more in-depth course of study, higher paying medical transcription contracts can be obtained, as well.

 

The opportunities for working at home are virtually endless. With jobs that range from those that never require you to leave the house to those that might have you out and about making sales calls on your own schedule, your choices are not limited even if you basic skill set happens to be so.

 

 Gaining Necessary Training Quickly And Affordably

 

While many at-home work opportunities don’t require special degrees or advanced training, some skills might be necessary for better paying positions. Fortunately, there are a variety of places you can turn to hone the skills you need to succeed without spending a fortune in the process.

 

Even if you choose a field that requires no special skills whatsoever, it can be important to look into some courses to boost your business acumen. Learning about such things as basic bookkeeping, record keeping, marketing and establishing a business legally can all be important to the success of an at-home venture in many cases.

 

Depending on the field you’re interested in entering, these outlets can be of assistance in providing you with the right training in an expedient fashion:

 

  • Adult education programs
    Local high schools very often offer night school classes for their own students and adults from the community who are looking to enhance their skills. While curriculum might include stock and standard high school classes, many programs for career development are also typically offered. These can range from technical classes and typing to bookkeeping and beyond. Don’t worry – they won’t make you take history and math again unless you want to!
  • Technical schools
    Public technical schools can be invaluable resources for training in a variety of fields. Some of the programs that might be offered that could lend beautifully to an at-home career include transcription, marketing, computer operation, basic accounting and so on. These locations also are known for offering higher-tech courses, as well. If, for example, you want to learn how to build web sites, state or locally run technical schools are a great place to turn for low-cost lessons.
  • Correspondence schools
    At-home certification courses can provide the skills and the paperwork necessary to launch careers in no time at all. Opportunities here can include such things as medical transcription, bookkeeping, marketing and more.
  • Online classes
    As more technical schools, colleges and universities tap into the power of the Internet to teach, the availability of courses is increasing. While the offerings can vary greatly, at-home students can do everything from gain insight in how to operate Microsoft Office products to earn a master’s degree all from the comfort of their own home.
  • Field-based certification
    Associations that represent certain fields of work may offer certification or licensing training classes with little cost attached. Getting the training for a real estate license, for example, might only take a few months of study though a localized board of Realtors.
  • Small business development centers
    Found in many metro areas, these government funded agencies are known for hosting a variety of programs, workshops and certification classes. These centers can also be incredible resources for establishing a business correctly to meet local, state and federal regulations.
  • Franchise companies or territory sales firms
    If you intend to sign on with a franchise company or work in a territory as an at-home salesperson, training will be provided to you in many cases. Depending on the field or product you choose, associated classes may cost you nothing at all. Sales-based companies that operate using home parties, for example, will generally provide extensive, hands-on training. Many franchises, too, provide a variety of hands-on courses to help those who buy in enjoy success.
  • On-the-job training
    Some freelancing positions will provide basic training to contractors on the job. Companies that hire telecommuters to take incoming calls, for example, may also provide training.

 

Getting the training that might be required for many home-based businesses is generally a lot easier than you might think. Turn to the right place and the skills you have can be easily added on to.