Many people dream of the day when they will not have to leave the house to go to work. The idea of a work-from-home job is a tantalizing prospect. The problem is that not everyone has the personal discipline to be their own boss or to work from home. Before leaping into this type of arrangement, ask yourself whether working from home is right for you.
What motivates you to work?
If you primary motivation for getting work accomplished is that someone is watching you, you will not do well working from home. Those who work from home must have an internal motivation to work. You can test this by looking around your house. Is it always clean and neat? Do you keep up the yard work and exterior of your home? If you tend to let tasks go thinking that tomorrow will be the day to get them done, you may want to rethink the notion of working at home.
If money is a big attraction for getting work done, it might be enough to keep you working.
Often people can become highly motivated by money. However, most people will not continue to perform at a high level for just money. When you work at home, it can seem like you have the freedom to work when you feel like it. In this case, getting money is only incentive when it can be significantly increased by raising the output level of your work. Most workers tend to believe that they are not earning enough after they have been at a certain level of income for more than a few months.
Companies tend to view working at home as a way to give a raise without increasing personal income to the employee.
Because the employee does not have to pay the cost of commuting to and from work, companies see this as a type of raise. Depending on the length of the commute and the other costs of commuting like parking fees, the savings to the employee can be substantial. The number of times that an employee must make the trip to the office to do things that cannot be accomplished from home must be factored into this equation. Most employees do not actually view working from home as a raise after a few weeks of it.
Will working from home mean self-employed in your situation?
Employees who are allowed to telecommute are stilled monitored for quantity and quality of work. This can keep the employee working steadily in order to keep the job. In the case of someone who leaves a company to begin a home based business venture, being self-motivated is critical. Without being self-motivated, the work will lag and income will plummet. It is best to prove to yourself that you will maintain the correct work level before committing to full time work at home status.
Can you earn enough money working from home?
The stories are fabulous about people who have quit their job and become wealthy working from home. Far more people have teetered on bankruptcy before returning to the traditional workforce. It is important to work a home based business until it is nearly full time before making the leap from your steady and stable employment.