When I graduated college, I thought that having a Masters degree would be great, it would open up all sorts of doors for me and I would be rushing up the corporate ladder before I knew it. It turns out that the ‘real world’ had different ideas for me. I cannot tell you how many times I heard “wow this resume is really impressive” only to be told that I did not have the experience required. Instead of constantly hearing “no” on every job I applied for, I decided to create my own job and you can as well.
The many reasons to work at home
Once I started working from home, (I created my own freelance communication company) I noticed that aside from actually having a job, there were many other benefits when it comes to working from home. Everyone can start working from home, perhaps you want to follow your own dreams, or perhaps you want to be your own boss – but there are some benefits you may not have thought of yet.
1.) Your wardrobe budget
Now there is something to be said about dressing nice and feeling good about yourself, but there is also truth in “Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly” as attributed to Epictetus. If you work from home, chances are that you are not going to interact with clients without knowing it in advance. This means that you can dress appropriately when it is time to meet your clients, and dress how you like while you are working. Just imagine the amount of money you can save from not having to buy new professional attire on a regular basis.
2.) Work at your pace
Employees often burn out creatively because they ‘have to’ be at work. Especially if you work as a writer or another creative profession, you are not going to feel inspired every minute of an eight-hour workday. Because I work at home, I can write when I am inspired to do so, and do something else when I am not.
3.) It is your schedule
Have you ever felt incredibly exhausted at work? Perhaps you feel like you can barely keep your eyes open, so what do we do? We gulp down another cup of coffee or an energy drink and hope it keeps us awake. If you work at home, you can allow yourself to take that 20-minute powernap that you need, and no one is going to ask you why you are resting. Once you wake up, you are going to feel refreshed and will be able to work much harder.
4.) You end up with more time
Even if I decide to work the exact same hours that I would at work, say from 9 AM to 5 PM, I still do not have to worry about my daily commute. Commuting to work is not too bad if you live five minutes from work, but how many people are that lucky? This means that I allow myself more time for things I like, whether it means going to the gym or enjoying a longer breakfast.
The importance of making your home an office
If you are interested in working from home, one important aspect that you must never forget about is that you have to create a professional atmosphere somewhere in your apartment/house. If you do not, it can be difficult to determine where work begins and leisure time ends. This means buying a desk, perhaps putting a motivational poster on the wall, setting up the ability for video web conferencing with clients, whatever it takes for you to realize that it is your working area.
Where do I find my clients?
When you work for yourself, it is up to you to bring in the clients – how can you make sure that you find clients, be sure that you are paid for the work you did, and receive feedback for a job well done? Elance is the perfect place to start. There are several freelance opportunities on Elance, including but not limited to:
- Translation – if you are fluent in a language, why not help others translate their documents, articles, or even personal information?
- Editing and proofreading – if you have a knack for the fine details, you can easily help others improve their own writing.
- Perform administrative work – the great thing about administrative work such as data entry is that you can easily do it from home. The company you work with sends you the information and you make sure that the data end up in the right place.
- Email marketing – do you have a way with words where you are able to make others interested in a particular product or service? If so, your service will be in demand
About the author
David Crawford has had his own freelance communication company for years now. David understands the need to stand out from crowd when it comes to marketing yourself online and does not believe in sitting back and waiting for clients to come to him. In order to stay up to date with the latest information, David is sure to stay aware of the online conversation by following such websites as http://officedeskreviews.com.