What does it mean to work from home? There is a difference between working from home as an employee and working from home as an independent contractor. When working from home as an employee, you work for someone else, but you take your job home and work from there. However, being self-employed or being a contractor means you work from home for yourself with no boss. When you work from home as an independent contractor, you can enjoy the benefits of being your boss.
Not only are there benefits of being your boss, but there are benefits of working from home as an employee as well. Although the two terms are different, they are almost the same since you are working from home with both of them. Although with the one you still have to answer to someone, and the other one, you only have yourself to answer to.
Working From Home Can Work for Anyone
If you decide to work from home as an employee, you can make it work for yourself. One thing is for sure though; you will need your own office space. Preferably one where you can close and lock the door. If you have a husband or wife and children and even pets, you will need to let them know that when you are working, you are not to be bothered.
Working from home isn’t as easy as and as glamorous as everyone thinks it is. It isn’t the same as going to an outside of the home job where no one will bother you because they know when your office door is shut and may be locked, you are to be left alone. It should be this way when you are working from home too. Especially when you have to take a call from someone you work with, or even your boss at the office. But, sadly not everyone thinks of you as working when you are working from home.
When you work from home, friends and family may still decide to drop in on you or call you during working hours. However, this is when you open your mouth and put your foot down as they say. You will need to politely tell them they cannot just drop by whenever they want while you are keeping regular working business hours. You will need to put a stop to this right away if it is happening to you. If you don’t put a stop to it right away, they will think they can always do this to you, and will continuously stop by for coffee or call you as much as they want.
One thing that is good about the phone is that you can either turn it off while working or send all of their calls to voicemail. However, then they may start texting you. Just tell them as nicely as you can, to not call you until a specific time of the day, after your regular working hours are over. Let them know that you will not answer the phone and you might even have it turned off while you are working. Tell them in the best way possible that you will also not let them inside your home during your working hours. If they still don’t get it, tell them you cannot entertain them while you are working. After all, just because we work from home, does not mean our work is not just as important to us as their job is to them, even if they work in a regular office at a daily business.
What Do You Need When Working From Home?
Not only do you need your own office space to be able to get your work done privately, but you will need office equipment as well. They include a computer with the Internet, perhaps for research, phone for calls with your boss or a conference call with everyone you work with, and even an all-in-one printer, which includes a scanner, a copier, and a fax machine.
Will Working From Home Work for you One day?
Think about everything that goes with the joys of working from home. You can hopefully enjoy a pleasant, quiet working environment. You can stay home and be with your family. Although there are many benefits of working from home as either a freelance contractor or even an employee, there are also disadvantages to it. Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of working from home.
Pros and Cons of Working from Home
There are many pros and cons to working from home. Let’s first discuss the good things you can take from it.
Pros of Working From Home
Stay at home with your family and spend more time with them, after work though
Work in your pajamas if you want. No one says you have to get dressed for the office at home, right?
Take breaks when you want to. No need to ask anyone for permission to step out of the office for a few minutes, as long as you are getting your work done on time
Eat when you want, even at your desk, which is not recommended though.
Walk the dogs when they need to go outside. Just don’t take too long because, after all, you are working from home now. That still means you have to work.
Cons of Working From Home
Getting interrupted by friends and family
Getting interrupted by the phone. It is suggested to turn it down or off until you need to use it.
Procrastination is right there with you at all times. You have the Internet and the freedom to take breaks when you want. Just don’t do it!
Get interrupted by your pets wanting your constant attention.
The main problem with working from home is that it is just too easy to procrastinate, get distracted easily, as well as get interrupted by anything and everything. It is why you need to put your foot down and let everyone know that during business hours, the hours you choose, you are not available to spend time with them or do things for them.
Different Jobs That You Can Do From Home
Working from home has become very popular within the last few years. Many people are either working from home while employed or self-employed. There are a few different jobs you can do from home either as an employee or being your own boss. Keep reading to learn the different roles that can be done from home.
If you have the talent and like to write on different topics, you can make pretty good money being a professional writer. Although you will have to start out taking low paying jobs at first, unless you are great or know someone in the industry who can move you up faster, it is worth it when you start making more money. If you find the right companies or private clients to work with, you can even pay your bills with it and live comfortably. All it takes is writing talent and joy for writing, and you are off to the races making good money.
If you can type the words, you hear from a recording, and if you can type fast, you can make good money doing transcription. Many companies will hire new transcriptionists, and they will even train you to get better at it. Once you get outstanding doing this type of job, you can pay your bills and live comfortably with the income from it as well.
How about making money by talking on the phone? Does this sound like a dream job for you? This one can either be a telecommute job or your own business. Either way, you can make good money if you are good at talking on the phone. However, this job isn’t for everyone so be prepared to be cursed at and hung up on. Especially if you are calling these people for a bill collector or you are trying to sell them something. Some of them may not be happy that you called while others will be nice. As previously mentioned, this job isn’t for those who don’t like talking on the phone or for those who can’t handle people being rude or hanging up on them.
You can be a proofreader/editor while writing professionally or you can do it without writing. If you do it while also writing, you will make better money. However, depending on the companies or clients you work with, you can still make money just being a proofreader and an editor. Proofreading is when you go through a document and check for errors like spelling and grammar. Editing is a little bit different because you are at your checking format, structure, sentence flow, and more. However, either one can be a good money maker with or without the writing income as well.
Being a pet sitter could be fun, especially if you are a huge animal lover. You can pet sit at your own home, or you can go to other people’s homes and watch their animals. People pay good money for someone to keep their dogs and cats for them while they are at work, school, or even on vacation. You can go through a company, or you can advertise your pet sitting services on your own and find private clients to pet sit. It can be such a fun job for those who enjoy being around animals.
Being a virtual assistant consists of assisting someone who also works from home. Although you will be working for them, you will be working virtually online from home. This job can pay well too. It consists of answering and making phone calls, booking appointments or flights, answering and sending emails, and much more.
Companies will pay you pretty well to test their websites for them. They need their website tested is to make sure it works right, loads fast enough, and is easy on the eyes. They also want to make sure it can be navigated quickly enough without having to search for everything. If none of these things are right or some of them aren’t working right, the owners want to know because if their website is working as it should, they can expect the traffic they want and hope visitors will stay longer to look around and maybe even become a customer. Many companies will hire someone like you to test their website for them.
Once you get the hang of everything, you will start to enjoy your full-time job as well the part-time work you have. If you need help with anything to do with writing, don’t hesitate to follow me and post a comment below to learn more.