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The Advantages of Working From Home

Working from home can be a great way to do your job without having to physically be in an office. Alternatively, working from home might mean starting your own business or operating your own franchise. Often called remote work, working from home offers excellent opportunities for workers in a variety of industries to branch out from traditional work and to
shape the job around personal preferences.

Working from home is not, however, an excuse to procrastinate or just not do your job. To work remotely, you must be effective with your time management and your personal motivation to do a good job; without having a supervisor or fellow staff nearby to see when and how much work you complete, you will be responsible for producing your own proof via timesheets, projects or however else your specific work can be measured.

Working from home is also not an option for every industry or for every type of job even within industries where remote work is common. Find out all about working from home, the pros and cons, and how you could earn extra income by starting an at-home business.

About Working From Home

Working from home might require you to have a separate office space from which you can operate all your business just the same as you would have within a traditional office. This might mean owning a printer, desktop computer, scanner, telephone landline, strong Wi-Fi and more. However, it entirely depends on your role and your company.

There are many considerations you should take into account before you decide whether you want to and can work from home. First, figure out if your current job can be done remotely. If you do all of your tasks on a computer and rarely require in-person communication or activity, then it is likely you could do you entire job remotely. Some jobs might require occasional in-person work, which might still mean you can work remotely with an occasional meeting or conference or other work-related activity. If this is the case, you should judge the frequency of that necessity in relation to your distance from the location. For example, having to drive to an office four hours away once per week might not be feasible, but
doing it once a month or once a quarter could be an option.

If you are currently employed and want to work from home, check if your company has a policy for remote work. While many companies are recognizing the benefits of allowing employees to work from home, most have policies restricting the number of days or the number of employees who can work remotely. Others may have rules on how long you must be in a job before being permitted to work remotely.

Finally, consider whether or not working from home suits your current situation. Is your home set up so you can work from home effectively? If you share your home with others, whether family or not, figure out if you can carve out a quiet space where you can focus on your work without interruption. If you have a separate office space, do you have the hardware you need to do every aspect of your job? Can you afford the higher cost for faster Internet? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before jumping into working from home.

Work From Home in These Jobs

While not all jobs in all industries can be done remotely, there are many sectors and job titles that allow completely remote work because the jobs are done primarily online. Some of these jobs include the following:

  • Customer service or call center representative
  • Content creation, such as writing, blogging or photography
  • Graphic designer
  • IT specialist
  • Virtual assistant
  • Translator or transcriptionist
  • Travel agent
  • Online teacher

Online jobs are not the only opportunity to work from home. Other jobs that allow you to work from home include the following:

  • Child care provider
  • Caterer
  • Event planner
  • Pet groomer
  • Real estate agent
  • Voiceover artist/actor

If your job does not require you to be in a specific location, then you just might be able to work from home, whether as an employee or an entrepreneur.

Career Advancement

There are many businesses that benefit from their employees taking college classes. Some businesses will even offer certain benefits to workers who go back to school. However, it is very difficult for workers to balance their school with their work if they are attending traditional colleges. Many workers either have to reduce their work hours so they can attend class, or they have to sacrifice their weekends to take college classes. Both of these options are very risky. Even if your job is willing to give you time off to take classes, you may have to take a pay cut or your work may suffer.

Online classes help you avoid these problems, allowing you to work your normal work hours while still pursuing an education. Your work will appreciate having you around full-time for your job. Online courses typically offer more flexibility than traditional colleges, as well, so you may be able to avoid unnecessary programs that are required at raditional schools, but do not actually relate to your professional career.

Earn Extra Income From Home

There are also plenty of other ways you can make money from home, including part-time work. These types of income earning gigs can allow you to work full-time while also earning a bit more on the side based on your skills or other options available at home. For example, you could consider renting out your entire home or just one bedroom in your home on sites like AirBnB. Or you could sell your handcrafted items on sites like Etsy.

There are plenty of ways to earn extra income from home without committing to a full-time job. Consider some of these other options to see if any might work for you:

  • Pet sitting or House sitting: If you are already flexible with your time and your location, then you could consider pet sitting or house sitting to take care of people’s homes or pets while they are away. This could work in two different ways. First, you could pet or house sit for a fee, so a homeowner or pet owner would pay you for
    your time and efforts. Secondly, you could pet sit or house sit for free in exchange for free accommodation. This would minimize your housing and utilities costs, which translates to big savings on your regular bills.
  • Consultant or Direct Salesperson: You might have heard of companies like Mary Kay or Pampered Chef; these types of companies use local salespeople or consultants to sell their products in local markets. You could consider getting involved in those types of companies, but beware any scams or schemes that force you to buy products in bulk
    consistently, leaving you out of pocket and unable to sell everything.
  • Website Tester or Survey Taker: These types of jobs can be done anytime anywhere for a few extra dollars. If you do a large volume of them, it can certainly add up in wages.
  • Tutor: You can tutor in-person or online for extra income if you have expertise in a certain topic. These sessions will typically be completed around normal school or work hours, so you could still work full-time and earn a bit extra on the side.

Whatever ways you want to start earning an income while working from home, make sure you thoroughly research a new company or endeavor so you understand what you are getting into before you start. Consider how many hours you are able to work and how you can complete the work from home or remotely. Once you are sure working from home is right for you, you can improve your flexibility with scheduling and minimize the need for commuting or even a strict physical location.