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Questions to Ask Yourself About Working at Home

Aug 17, 2007
I see it all the time, people wanting to work at home but not knowing how to get started. And it's interesting to see who has realistic ideas about what they could do and who has been taken in by the fantasy of the easy life working at home.

You see, one of the most important things you can do is ask yourself questions about working at home. Don't just go to forums and ask everyone else. You need to ask yourself too.

* Ask yourself what you want to do from home.

"I don't know, whatever pays well," is not a good enough answer. Looking for ways to work at home when you don't have any goals at all is not going to get you anywhere.

This is why you always hear answers about the need to have a passion for whatever you do. It is the starting point for any at-home career. You need more than just passion, but without that you aren't likely to get far.

* Ask yourself why you want to work from home.

More time with your family is not enough of an answer. Most people who work at home seriously find that there will be times they have less time for their families. It's easy to overdo, and with your office right there, you can find yourself working at times that you ought to be enjoying your family.

* Ask yourself what your goals and expectations are.

You have to have goals and expectations. If you don't know where you want to go, how will you get there?

How much do you need to earn on a regular basis in order to consider yourself a success? How much will it take to keep you working at home? How many hours do you expect to work? How do you expect your children to behave while you work? And your spouse?

* Ask yourself how much time you can commit to learning new skills.

Whether you find a work at home job or start a home business, you will need to learn some new skills. You have to commit to spending a certain amount of time learning these skills. Running a business means learning how to market it, make sales, share information that will bring customers to you, and a variety of other things depending on the type of home business you run. With a work at home job you will have to learn the skills needed by your employer, just as for any other job.

* Ask yourself about the kind of support you will need.

Not just from your family, but from others. Can you cope with people assuming you're doing nothing all day? Will you need a mentor? Where will you go when you need to ask questions?

There's quite a bit to consider when you want to work at home. It's a big change in lifestyle and in how people will perceive you. But it can also be one of the most rewarding things you do.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster runs http://www.homewiththekids.com/ where she shares advice about working at home. Visit her site to learn about realistic stay at home jobs and home business opportunities.
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