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Dream of Working from Home? A Reality Check
Published on July 14, 2010Email To Friend    Print Version

Lots of people every day start an online business from home for many reasons. One reason is that they want to realize their dream of working from home. However before you decide if it is a good idea for you then you should have a clear picture, not merely a dream, of what it is really like to work every day at home.

One of the biggest things you will have to overcome if you decide that working from home is for you is that the years of going to work each day have ingrained a schedule into our lives. Now for a lot of people weekends and holidays are times to relax and the first thing that we ignore is that work schedule. Basically your home becomes a place of relaxation not a place of work.

Are you a good boss? If you have a home business then you are your own boss. So you need to be able to plan and work to a schedule otherwise days can go by with nothing getting done. Remember although you do not like to answer to a boss, by having a boss you do get things done.

You will have to lose what I call the "hourly mentality". That is, a sense of entitlement about lunch hours, vacations, time off, etc. When working at home, when you don't work, you simply don't get paid. I guaranteed you will work harder than you ever did working for someone else. If you don't, you will fail. It's that simple.

With your own business you have the ability to choose when you work, how long you work, how long you take for lunch, how much you spend on your business expenses and how much money you make.

One of the good things about having your own home business is that any money you make after expenses is yours to keep. You no longer have to trade time for money as you did working for a boss at an hourly or weekly rate of pay. Even though how much you make is unlimited you still have to put in the time and effort to build your home business to be successful.

You can have more freedom to spend with your family and doing the things you want to do but it takes planning and you must be prepared to work hard during your scheduled work time. It is so easy to neglect everything else in favor of your home business without careful planning and scheduling of your time. Mothers will know that kids can be very demanding at times so you may find that you still have to use child care facilities to get your work schedule done during the day instead of staying up late at night.

Working from home does save money as you no longer have to pay to commute to work, buy specific work clothes or buy lunches. If you like to network with other home workers you may now have morning coffee expenses to take into account. Remember you still have to eat lunch at home each day and wear clothes even if it is only to keep warm each day. The downside of working from home is that it can increase your household cooling and heating bills as you are now at home during the hours you used to be at work.

So think about that dream you have about working online from home. Remember it is still work and most people tend to work harder for themselves. Is the dream real? Can you be your own boss and avoid distractions? You decide for yourself. I work seven days a week. Can you do that to be succesful in the beginning?

Ken Kirkpatrick