Work from home career ideas – is it for you?
While working from home is a need for active parental involvement and home-schooling parents, it has also become a lifestyle choice for many of us.
Work-from-home gives us the flexibility to be available to both the personal and professional worlds. At the same time, balancing the two is easier said than done.
With meticulous planning, grit and execution, work-from-home will give the flexibility we need, at the time we need it.
Tips to succeed in a work from home career
Here are some tips if you are in an office job, looking at making the transition. These are also some reminders for those of us who’ve already chosen the lifestyle but are prone to the classic burnout.
- Have your own home office. Set aside a work corner in your home. That is akin to physically setting your own boundaries. Just so the place inspires you to hustle along.
Be brutal with your prioritization. Schedule your personal and professional work, with clearly defined boundaries.
Don’t forget to step out. Take a break. Be with nature for some time. Don’t be a zombie with a laptop.
Networking is not an option. It is a dire need. Be networked. Go out at least once a week to meet your professional contacts. Meet new people, online and face to face.
Be well dressed. Just as you would, when you go out to work. Feeling good about you is the first step to having people believe in you!. Check out some customizable options to design your own clothing to dress for success. Disclosure: The author gets a small commission if you choose to make a purchase, but that is at no cost to you. And it helps in building this website.
Set healthy boundaries. With your family, let your hubs, kids, and visiting relatives know your work hours.
Work while you work. But remember to play while you play too. Take breaks as needed and as you would, if you work from an office.
Work from home career ideas
Today, there are as many options to work online, as there are otherwise. Here are the top few career ideas you may want to consider, explore or switch to.
- Virtual Assistant
Call center representative
Tech support specialist
Direct sales person
Search engine evaluator
Market or internet researcher
Project manager/operations manager for online/virtual projects & teams
Business plan writer
Social media manager
Program co-ordinator for online/virtual programs
New skills for a new work from home career
Are you are interested in a specific work-from-home career but aren’t sure if you have it all? Just check if you want to pick up the new skill online. With the online resources that exist to skilling yourself, you can be a self-taught pro, sooner than you think.
Read our Self-taught skills for a dream career change post, for some learning inspiration.
Beware of the scams with work from home careers
A word of caution while you go hunting for your dream work-from-home career. As with anything online and offline, there are as many scams as genuine work-from-home careers. Keep your awareness antennas ON and check the job postings online for cues of fraud. That said, it is safe to go for popular websites that cater to remote careers.
Read our remote careers for digital nomads post for some popular sites to scout around for your next dream work from home job.
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