Work From Home…How To Get Started!
In 2015 something absolutely amazing happened to me…I became a Mom! It was the most exciting and scariest time of my life! I was a full-time employee and on maternity leave when my Husband and I started looking for a daycare. We were new parents and absolutely Not prepared for what we found! Day care prices ranged from $700 a month to over a thousand bucks a month!!! There was no way we could afford that! It was almost like purchasing another home or buying a car note! As much as the idea of cuddling all day with my new little and not returning to work sounded, it was not an option. We needed money! This started my work from home journey.
People ask me all the time how I got started working from home. Usually they are working Moms with demanding jobs and families. The expensive day care bills, long commutes from the office, getting home late, not having time to cook dinner, help with homework, etc have them searching for more! Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to start the process. Starting something new is always difficult in the beginning. Here is a snippet of the beginning of my journey.
Experience Is The Best Teacher!
Working from home has been a great experience for me. It was a bit of a struggle in the beginning and I had no idea where to start. After months and months of research and lots of trial and error, I finally found reputable companies to work with. There were only a few companies looking for home based workers at the time. I felt stuck because I thought these were my only options. Some of these companies actually charged me a fee every month to work for them (Sounds crazy right)! Other companies charged me a fee to train for the position (never understood that one) and some only had temporary positions.
The first year of working from home taught me so much! I had so many misconceptions about working from home. I honestly had no idea what I was doing. However over time I got pretty good at it. Procrastination had become my enemy! I could not afford to put assignments off till later. Time was always of the essence and organization was a must! I became a pretty organized and focused business woman! Please understand, you don’t have to be a millionaire to be considered a business woman, you just need to be about your business! Here are a few tips on how to get started and what to expect.
Working From Home Is Still Work!
So many people imagine working from home as being this easy-peasy job that requires little work. AHHHHH NO! The majority of the jobs offered, are customer service related. They require just was much effort as it would if you were in an office setting. These companies still expect hard work from you. They also expect you to have your own internet service and office setting to service their clients.
You Can Work Whenever You Want
This is partially true. Most work from home companies do offer flexibility that allows you to make out your own schedule each week. You get to decide the days and hours you want to work! This is actually my favorite perk of working from home. You can schedule doctor appointments, family time, vacations, time off, etc. without the hassle of asking a supervisor or manager for approval. Please note, that if you sign up for a shift then you are expected to show up for that shift. When you don’t show up, you put your job at risk.
Contracts For Hire
In the beginning my knowledge was limited to just a couple (literally 2) companies that offered work from home jobs. As time passed I became pretty skillful at finding contracts. I found so many companies that offer this wonderful opportunity. Please understand that with most work from home companies you are considered a contractor and not an employee. This means they will not offer any benefits and often times you are responsible for paying your own taxes. Some companies only do business with other businesses, so you would need to be set up as an independent business LLC or some type of corporation to work with them.
One Last Thing…
When searching for work from home business always do your due diligence! There are a lot of scammers out there that you have to pay them, before you even get the job. These companies take your “back ground check fee” (usually around 50$ or more) and you never hear from them. Look for a website; if the company is legit they usually have a website (although that still does not guarantee authenticity). Stay away from companies that advertise huge payouts for little work (no legit company will pay you not to work). Before you give out ANY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION make sure you are ABSOLUTELY certain the company is legit! Most importantly, go with your gut…If it doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. Here are a few companies that I have worked for in the past or some that I know are legit:
Corporate Travel Companies