What You Need to Know Before Switching to a Home-Based Job

A home based business allows you to become your own boss and eliminates your commute. But, can you deal with distractions, such as your family?

Do you want to be your own boss? Do you want to experience financial freedom? Do you want to work whenever you want to work? Do you want to quit your nine-to-five job? These questions are heard over and over again when pitching a possible home-based work opportunity. The sad part is, it’s not as simple as most people think. When you think about it, these questions are often followed by stuff like “buy this guide and know the secrets that will set you for life” or something of that sort.

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A home based business takes away your commute, but it is more complicated than that .

But really, if it’s anyone knows the method of getting rich, they should already be rich, right? Why would they need to sell a $10 product.

But I digress. A lot of people are enchanted with the idea of working at home. While it is a very fulfilling type of work, the truth is it’s a knife that cuts both sides.

The Good

One advantage of working at home, either as a freelancer or a blogger or even as a family business owner, is that you don’t have to beat the traffic every day. If you start working at eight, you can wake up at eight and have your morning coffee while you work. After working hard and you need to crash, the bed is just a few footsteps away. If you feel like going to Starbucks, bring your laptop and you can still work. Simply put, the world is your office.

When working at home, you don’t have to pack or buy lunch. Either way you think about it, this is good savings all around.

The Bad

Alas, any advantage of working at home can also be a bad thing depending on your perspective of things. For instance, when you’re working at home, you tend to work; completely oblivious to the fact that you’ve neglected your promise of working at home to spend time with your family. If you neglect your work and spend more time with the family, you become distracted. Your productivity goes down and your income goes down with it if it’s a performance-based work.

Simply put, you just brought your work home with you. This also brings a few other bad things. For one, while you are more comfortable working at home, you tend to get stuck there, especially since blogging isn’t as a glamorous life as it’s purported to be. You need to be running a lot of blogs and do a lot of promotion for you to earn enough to replace your nine-to-five.

The Verdict

Is a work-at-home scenario for you? If you prefer to stay at home and don’t mind being glued to your computer chair while your social life dissolves in front of you like the rest of us have experienced, then go ahead. It’s a lot of sacrifice but it’s a fun life, probably because it’s a little unpredictable. If not, then you can stick to your proper job. If someone makes fun of you for it, slap them in the face with a piece of paper containing your company benefits information.


Author’s Bio:

Marion Wendell is a freelance blogger who loves to write about her experiences in job-hunting back in the day and has been in the job recruitment business for more than five years. Whether looking for bank jobs in Singapore or finance jobs in Australia, she has a wealth of ideas, tips, advice and suggestions to new job-seekers and help them land the job of their dreams.

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