Work from Home: What It Is and What It’s Not

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As more and more people are becoming interested in working from home, and as someone who has done it for more than 10 years, I feel that it is important for newbies to know what to expect in this kind of setup.

I feel I need to create this post because I do not want people who want to change careers thinking that it is all a bed of roses.

Probably because of the recent news stating that freelancing could make you 6 to 7 figures.

Well, that’s a different story.

Anyhow, I just would like to keep this basic.

So, here goes…

What Work from Home IS

1. As the name implies, it allows you to work within the comforts of your own home.
2. Clients are based in different parts of the world, thus, work schedule depends on your client’s time zone
3. Work from home only requires you to have a desktop (or laptop) and a stable internet connection (Some may require you to have a noise-cancelling headset).
4. Depending on your determination and hardwork, it can be a stable income
5. It is on a per contract basis with a client requiring your services. And more than treating it an online job, it is technically a service-based business.
6. It allows you to spend more time with your family through proper scheduling and time management
7. Work from home requires initiative and resourcefulness. As long as you know how to use Youtube and Google, you can find the answers related to your tasks

What It’s Not
1. It is not MLM or networking. You don’t sell products. If there’s anything that you’re selling, it’s your skills, your services
2. It is not always a daytime or flexi work setup
3. Legitimate online jobs will NOT require you to pay for anything – registration fee, access to job postings, etc. Applying for jobs is free. Otherwise, if you see fees involved it is most likely a SCAM. DO NOT FALL FOR IT.
4. It is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
5. It is NOT regular employment with the usual benefits, so you have to be on your toes – save and allot for health and medical insurance.
6. Working from home is not all bed of roses.
7. Will not require you extensive related experience.

Bottom line is, like all kinds of work endeavor, it is ALWAYS important for us to do our due diligence. Take the time to research if you must. Do also a self-assessment to find out if this is the RIGHT setup for you.

Now, are you ready to take the next step?


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