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Work At Home Careers! Is Working For Yourself For You?

Jeff Schuman

May 25, 2006

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Have you been trying to think of all of the work at home careers that are available these days? There certainly is a lot of publicity about working at home.

More and more employers are having their employees work from home as a cost cutting measure. It just makes sense sometimes for them to have you do your work at your home.

What about if you don't want to work for your employer anymore? Is leaving your current career to start a work at home career of your own something you find yourself thinking about over and over.

You really have to step back and do a Ben Franklin close on yourself on this. What that means is get a legal pad and draw a line down the middle. On the left write the word "Positives." On the left write "Negatives." Then start listing everything you can think of that is a positive or negaitive on leaving your current job.

A few positives might be: no daily commute, no having to dress for the office, no difficult bosses, more time with the family.

A few negatives might be: no company health insurance, no steady pay check, need office space, distractions at home from kids and chores, etc.

You really need to spend several days on this. When a plus or minus pops in your head write it down. Do you have the qualities to succeed in your own work at home career?

You need patience and perseverance, self-discipline and a positive attitude. You need good time management skills as well as a stick to it attitude. You need to be able to see the big picture when things are not going well.

To me the benefits of a working at home far outweighed continuing to work for someone else. You can't put a price on the freedom and flexibility that comes with working for yourself. But you have to decide that for yourself.

If you find more positives than negatives on your legal pad then it is time to get serious thinking about what you can do to make money working at home and how you can get started.

For me working on the internet creating information web pages around different niches was the way to go. There are so many ways to make money online that sometimes it is mind boggling. The key is to find something that you are interested in and get started.


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