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So you’ve decided you want to work from home. You know you want to leave your 9-to-5 job and enjoy the freedom of being your own boss. But you’re stuck trying to decide what you want to do.
There are so many options out there that it can feel overwhelming trying to choose the right work-at-home job for you. You need to dig deep and ask yourself some questions.
What do I enjoy doing?
This is a big one! They say that if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I don’t think that’s necessarily true. Work is still work. But if you enjoy it, you’ll get a sense of satisfaction from it and the time goes a heck of a lot quicker! If you choose something that’s profitable but that you don’t like doing, you may as well stay in the day job you hate.
Not sure where to start?
Consider what your hobbies are. What do you do for fun? Is there a way to make money from your hobby? For example, if you like crafting, you could sell your crafts on Etsy.
Consider what you’re good at. What do you do that people always compliment you on? Are you good at writing? Speaking? Spotting errors? Chances are if you’re good at something, you probably like doing it.
Just be careful you don’t fall into the “I have to find my passion” trap. You can waste a whole lot of time searching for the perfect work-at-home job only to discount several legitimate work-from-home options because they don’t set your world alight.
What people don’t realize is that sometimes you might not even know you’re passionate about something because you’ve never tried it.
I had no idea I’d be passionate about writing, blogging, and helping people write their own income story. I started as a proofreader — something I enjoyed and was very good at — but it wasn’t my passion. Proofreading led me to start my proofreading blog which led to creating my courses and many other great opportunities. Start with one skill and other doors will start to open.
What skills would I like to learn how to do?
You may not have the right skills for the job you want yet. That’s okay! You can always learn new skills. Our brains are not at capacity!
What have you always wished you could do? Is there a burning desire in you that’s been bubbling under the surface for years? Now is the time to try the things you’ve been putting off for years. You never know until you try!
What online jobs sound interesting to you, but you’re not sure what it involves? Have you ever met someone who had a cool job and thought, “I’d love to do that”? Now is the time to start researching those cool and interesting jobs to figure out how you can learn those skills and do the job from home.
Do I enjoy working as part of a team or do I work better on my own?
We all have our own reasons for wanting to work from home.
Some of us are introverts and can’t bear working in an office environment. Being surrounded by people constantly and having to make small talk can lead to burnout. Working with remote clients as a solopreneur can be a great choice for introverts because it gives them the space and quiet time they need to recharge their batteries. Introverts are often suited to jobs like proofreading and writing.
On the other hand, extroverts might miss the hubbub of working with other people. That doesn’t mean they won’t enjoy working from home. It just means that they might be attracted to different roles that involve spending more time dealing with other people like leading a virtual team, coaching, or podcasting.
Work with your strengths and not against them when choosing the best work-at-home job for you.
Do I want to start my own business or do I want to work from home for someone else?
You need to identify your why for wanting a home-based job.
Are you sick of being told what to do? Sick of being told when you can take a break or a vacation? Even when you can go to the restroom? :-O Have you always dreamed of being your own boss?
Maybe you don’t really want to be the boss. Maybe you just want to stay home with your kids but still contribute to your family’s income?
You don’t necessarily have to start your own business. There are lots of companies offering remote working opportunities. However, that means that they’ll still be your boss and have a say over when you take your vacation. You need to determine what level of autonomy and freedom you want.
What are my long-term goals?
Do you want to create a successful business that will last for years to come? Do you want to replace your full-time income from your corporate job? Maybe you even want to retire your spouse so they can work with you from home?
Or do you just earn some extra money to pay off debt or save for something special?
Your answers to those questions will help you decide how “all in” you’re going to go with this business — if it’s just going to be a side hustle or if it’s going to be a long-term, full-time gig.
Understanding what your long-term goals are will help you create an action plan for your business.
If you take the time to really dig deep and answer those questions, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what kind of work-at-home job would suit you best. You may not find the perfect fit on your first try, but don’t give up!
Work-at-Home School is the perfect way to try your hand at lots of different jobs until you find the right work-at-home job for you.