Guest post by Heather at Work at Home Market
When my husband, and I were first married, we decided I would continue working for six months. During that time, I worked over 35 hours a week, and spent many hours commuting. As the six-month mark neared, I found myself exhausted, often falling asleep hours before bedtime.
My desire to work from home increased with each day. I wanted the liberty to prepare my husband’s breakfast and lunch in the mornings without being late for work. Most of all, I wanted to enjoy our married life without the exhaustion.
We were a bit leery if I would be able to work from home successfully, but we started praying about it and asking the Lord to bless our desires. Amazingly, before I even left my job, my brother offered me some part-time work that could be done from my home! I also pursued two separate business ventures. Now, over a year later, I have nearly replaced my former income, and have the flexibility I need to stay home!
Here are some things I’ve learned that have helped me be successful in working from home:
1. Set a timeline for yourself for starting to work from home. In two months? Four weeks? This is just a simple way to motivate yourself in looking for home based work.
2. Create a polished cover letter and resume. Make sure your cover letter explains that you are looking for freelance and contracted work. Send this letter to businesses you would love to work for. Hopefully, this will allow you to connect with someone who may be willing to hire you for home-based work in your field of choice.
3. Build a solid website that is a host to your resume and portfolio. This is a great way to display services that you can offer (photography, writing, editing, etc.). Include your website address in your cover letter to provide an easy way for interested clients to check out your work. If you don’t already have work experience in your field, offer to take on some jobs for free in order to build your portfolio and work experience.
4. Get the word out that you want to work from home. A simple e-mail to a few friends and family can go a long way in connecting you with potential job leads.
5. Make sure you avoid scams. As a rule of thumb, never pay to work for a company. Whenever you are offered a job, do your research on that company and ask advice from those you trust.
This is not an extensive list, but I hope it gives you a starting point. If you are serious about working from home, I encourage you to make goals for yourself and do something to pursue your work-at-home career each day, until you have found the job you are looking for. Having a home-based business does take a lot of work upfront, and even a few tears (trust me, I know!), but, as I’ve found, if this is what you’re supposed to be doing, the right job option will come along. Be patient and don’t give up!
Heather is a freelance webmaster, writer and photographer. She currently runs Work At Home Market, a site dedicated to helping others find freedom and flexibility by working from home. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, cleaning & organizing their home, and traveling the world. You can e-mail her at [email protected].
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