Would You Like to Work from Home?
March 19, 2013
Do you have small children and long to spend more time with them at home? Maybe you’re getting ready to homeschool your children but need to maintain your income?
Do you desire more flexibility in your schedule and want to start your own business? Maybe you hate your job, and when Sunday evening rolls around, you start to get that dreaded Monday morning work feeling.
I know for many people, they long to be home, working in the comfort of their own environment. Some people love getting out and working away from the house, but I am seeing more and more people come into the Library looking for resources to help them jump start their "in-home" business. Young mothers are looking for ways to bring in some extra income while being able to stay home with their children. Some people have lost their jobs and are having to resort to working from home as well.
I have recently started working from home part-time, dabbling with writing. At first, I thought I had it all under control. I thought I had this new adventure in the bag. I had my desk all set up, my schedule all set, and my list of "to-do’s." The very first week, I was overwhelmed, off my schedule, didn’t even touch my "to-do" list, and my desk was piled high with all sorts of stuff that became very distracting. After I had had enough of that, I decided to do some research on how to start a successful "in-home" business.
There are some positives of working from home. If done correctly, you will have more flexibility and have time for other things. However, there are challenges as well. I know I have to know when to begin and when to stop writing. I have to carve out time for my husband and for my family. In learning the technology side of the writing business, I am spending a lot of my time researching. I was so anxious at first because all I wanted to do was make money. Well, in order to make money, I have to learn aspects of the "writing-business" that I didn’t know anything about. I can also be tempted by distractions like the TV or the buzz of the dryer. Yeah, I needed help.
If you are intrigued with the idea of working from home but don’t know how to get started, please stop in the Library or get online and look for the following books.
- Work@Home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work from Home by Glynnis Whitwer
- Working from Home: Earn a Living Where You Live by Jane Jerrard
- Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business by Donna Partow
Also, try our Research Databases. There are helpful resources for small business owners, such as Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Resource Center. Both are great resources for ideas, practical guides, and sample business plans.