If you’ve just begun your search for a work at home job, you probably have a beautiful concept of what working from home is like. You probably imagine yourself waking up whenever you want, doing things at your pace. I hate to burst your bubble, but it doesn’t always work that way.
The truth is, working at home is usually a lot harder than working in an office somewhere. Business opportunity ads have given us the belief that working at home is oh-so-easy. We just relax on a tropical beach, then go collect our paychecks.
Here are some things you should consider before jumping into a work at home job:
How much do you want to earn? Be prepared to make less than you would at a job outside the home on some occasions.
Do you need benefits? The majority of work at home jobs do not provide services like health insurance or life insurance. Again, there are exceptions.
Some companies will hire you as an actual “employee,” and they will take taxes out of your pay. But some will only hire you as an “independent contractor,” and you are responsible for paying your taxes.
If you are hired as an independent contractor, it’s essential to understand that your employer is not obligated to provide any work for you. Most companies have busy seasons and slow seasons; it is important to keep that in mind. However, many people choose to work more than one job at a time. If one slows down, they start working more for the other.
How motivated are you?
If you are the type of person who usually needs a kick in the rear to get moving, working at home will be very hard on you. You have to be extremely disciplined to sit down at the computer, log in, and WORK each day.
If this article has given you the impression that working at home might not be for you, remember that you can change if you want it badly enough. If your resolve is strong enough, you can make it happen! Never give up on your dreams.