Working at a job from home is extremely convenient and so much more conducive to a healthier life than you may have experienced in your career. It’s not only the stress-meter that you can take into account when you realize the good things related to not going to work outside your home.
Related to much of that stress, consider the time and expense of commuting. This would include the hours that you spend driving, parking and/or stuck in traffic in rush hour(s). Add to this the expense for gas and oil, bridge tolls, parking fees, and wear and tear on your vehicle. If you use public transportation, there is the cost of your fare. As if to add insult to injury, unless you work with an expense account in your job, you are not paid for your time or any of the related costs for commuting.
Imagine keeping all that expense money in your pocket and using your time differently when you are fortunate enough to have a job from home online. You are already making more profit and have more time for your life from day one, and it adds up. In your job you are only paid for the actual time you are spending at your place of employment, actually working. Most companies do not account for commute time or the expense associated in your salary or hourly wage. This is coming out of your earnings.
If you have children it is likely that you have to use daycare or babysitters. The costs for this, and again the time it takes you to go to and from everyday adds up, along with the stress level as these things, like a job, are time sensitive. The worst part here is when you realize the precious time you are missing watching them grow up. The ‘first’s that you might miss because strangers spend more time with them than you can while you are away at work.
You may look at having a job at home online from different perspectives. A more and more common way is if you could ask your employer if they might consider allowing you to ‘telecommute’ at least part time. Explain to them that in addition to your expense and time it is also good for the environment to have less traffic on the freeways and fuel contaminating the air from ‘rush hour’ traffic.
If they choose not to agree, then you can still create your own job from home online in your spare time. Lots of people have started out this way with the goal of ‘firing their boss’ someday. They really took it seriously and were able to eventually quit their day jobs entirely and support themselves completely on their own.
The easiest way to find free ideas to work at home are the search engines and using relevant keywords to query. You can find resources for information that will continue to help you in every step of the way to launching your business.
For example you may be interested in eBay auctions. You can start by cleaning your closets and storage facilities to find items that are of value, but that you don’t need. eBay has full instructions on how to set up your own auctions. This would be ‘practice’ and to see if you like doing it.
If you do like that business model, you could find online companies that you can participate in as an independent distributor. You can auction the products and make a profit. You can do this with anything – clothes, electronics, arts and crafts, health and beauty products, etc.
By joining free affiliate programs, you have another easy way to find free work at home ideas that will help you to generate income. Programs like ClickBank.com have products to sell and services to provide to enable you to earn commissions without spending money to start. There is a combination of ideas, that you can earn commissions with – referrals as well as for selling products or services. Just pick one or more and see how you do.
Another example, is if you have particular business and/or computer skills and experience. You can start a training site and charge people to consult with you about how to do things. Basic computer skills like using Windows, using a browser, using applications like Word Processors, etc. are some of the things they may need to know how to do.
Training may also include mentoring or coaching, such as sharing motivational concepts and sales or marketing techniques. Particularly people starting new businesses online might need a hand with these issues. They may have skills in A,B and C, but have some areas that could be added to their skills, where you could fill it in for them.
If you have administrative skills you could start a work at home job for yourself free. If you type for people that are writing eBooks or reports or just need to compose eMail correspondence you can earn money doing it from home. You can offer to handle their accounts payable or receivable if you can use simple applications like QuickBooks, Excel or even a calculator! Anyone of these areas may be where people just need a little help or it could become a full-time job.
Writing skills are particularly key if you like the idea of having a service related business online. There are many websites that require ad copy written, which can include creating content for article and blog marketing. You really don’t need to be a professional copywriter to do this, and just need to have basic creative writing skills. It is also important if you can ‘dot your i’s and cross your t’s’), i.e., taking the time to proofread to be sure you are using decent spelling and grammar. (if you see typos here nobody is perfect!) 😉
Any of these business models would involve your doing marketing and advertising yourself to promote sales. Just about anything you want to promote would involve these functions. People have to know you are there and what you will do for how much before you can turn these consumers into your happy customers. There are a number of free ways to do this on the Internet and as you grow you may be able to find some inexpensive ways to help yourself as well.
Many people have been displaced and unable to return to their usual careers in the recent economic climate. They had to ‘sink or swim’ which might include considering Plan B. It could mean a lot of things, and one is to find out how skills and experience might translate for an online career.
Whether there is a technical, administrative, accounting, marketing, sales or management skill-set, there are unlimited possibilities for just about everyone on the World Wide Web. If you are one who has been considering an online career, the path of least resistance is probably advisable just to get ‘off and running as quickly as possible.
The idea would be to generate income as soon as possible and this is why that perhaps using the skills and experience you already have would be the best way to start. However, there is also a lot of training available online if your idea(s) include expanding your horizons as you build your business. This may be a great time to be creative and it would be worth it to learn something new or maybe ‘update’ your current level of expertise.
One of the best things about this opportunity, is that you are in control of your own destiny. This is empowering in itself, although some may be intimidated. It has been customary for us to have a certain structure that has been provided by our employers in the past and we did the best we could working inside their parameters. If we are now wanting to go our own way, then we have to create our own structure.
People may just have done their job, enough to get by; and others may have gone above and beyond expectations for the positions. Particularly if we are among the latter, when we are considering a new career, those employers who we had a good working relationship with may be of assistance to our new endeavors, whether by testimonial or reference. They may even become an actual lead to a possible job or business.
There are a lot of things to think about if you are going to switch careers. A smart place to start brainstorming might be to create a list of your skills, experience, contacts and professional alliances. This will help you in formulating your plan, (what can I do?) as well as to create a resume or advertisement for your project (who would believe in me?).
Online careers have limitless potential precisely because you are in control and have millions of resources at your fingertips on the Internet. Just put it together, mix it up, and see what you can come up with!