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The Do's and Don'ts of Home Based Careers

Mar 11, 2008
Home-based careers include two types; one type means that your home based work would not require you to leave your house and the other type requires you to leave your home to visit your customers and return back to your house.

Do's and Don'ts - There are many things to be remembered to start a home- based career and the key is planning.

Do's:

-Follow your interest: While planning a home-based career, give a considerable thought about your interests. Try considering home-based job ideas that are related to your interests. This will make your job more of a hobby.

-Approach your fellow home-based workers: Try and communicate with people who already have established a successful home-based career. Find out their experiences and the various obstacles that they came across. This will prepare you in advance for the different challenges that are about to come your way. Try to find out the various options available for the different home-based careers and what it has to offer you in terms of income and expenditure.

-Do your research: Conduct research on the various career options available and decide whether you require some training for it or not. If it calls for some skills that you don't possess on your part, teach yourself if you can or find other places where you can learn. There are many schools which offer the required training for establishing a home-based business.

-Plan for your children: If you have opted for a home-based career, it is normally because you want to spend some time with your children. If this is the case, draft out a plan or a timetable for your work so that you have ample time to spend with your kids and still be successful.

-Plan your working environment: Try and design a proper office space at your house and see that it does not interfere with your concentration required for work.

Don'ts:

-Don't be scared of joining a support group: Joining a support group that is concerned with the similar kind of home-based business can help you get started and support you throughout the business.

-Don't forget your networking: Your networking skills and marketing yourself are key methods to expanding your business. Putting up your business ads in local newspapers and web sites is one sure way to market your home-based business.

-Don't feel awkward to ask for help from your family and friends. They are your family and most families will offer you help, so let it be any work advice or financial help. Explain to your children that they should not disturb you while you work.

Home-based careers often tend to start slowly, so don't lose your patience and take it all in as it comes. However, you should remember not to take breaks very often and must put in some quality time in your work.

Remember, you tend to do something better if you like to do it. So plan your home-based career according to your interests.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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