Second in the 3 part series: So you want to work from home? Which one is right for you?

Deciding to work at home to supplement your income or to replace your income requires some research.  There are many options to work at home.  In an earlier post I reviewed three of them. 

 

The fourth way to work from to consider is perfect for the crafter: making crafts or other items for sale online [ebay & own web site]  Upside: If you enjoy making things with your hands this would be lots of fun while making money.  But you will spend time making a lot of items taking pictures that best display them on e-bay and write advertisement.  Down side is you need to make a LOT of items or outsource the construction of the craft which may be expensive.  Outsourcing also may reduce your product quality control.  You also have to do research to determine what is most likely to be a big seller. Pay rate will be commission after all fees and services are paid for.

The fifth area of working at home is virtual customer service:   This is similar pay rate as for those in office $8-15 per hour as these positions are usually attached to a big box store or an online store. Upside: You can work at home with a phone and a computer and make your own schedule.  This is usually steady work so you can count on the pay check. The area of virtual customer service is rapidly growing field as companies are downsizing and outsourcing this valuable skill.  Customer service can be rewarding to help people, but can be very stressful situations with really upset customers. Downside: Dealing with the public can be stressful.

The sixth area of working at home is tutoring:  Online tutor for regular class room materials or online skills [e.g how to’s on instant message, file sharing, word, spread sheet creation etc.] is a growing field.  Upside: You do not need a teaching certificate for many, but you will need a college degree.  Pay rate is usually $10-15 per hour. Downside: The work may be sporadic e.g. less financial security and you must have expertise in a specific skill or course to market.

The seventh area to consider for working at home is writing:  Copywriting, resume writing, ad writing are a few areas..  So you are a good writer and you want to profit by it.  You will need to learn to market yourself with a web site, social marketing, professional journals and college/tech school newspapers or web sites.  The pay for these will either be flat fee per item or an hourly rate usually $10-15 per hour. Upside: you can make your own schedule and focus your work on things that you enjoy doing and that you are good at doing.  Downside: Being a good writer is not enough, you will need to sell yourself and set up marketing plan so people can find you and hire you.  Work may be sporadic until you get to be well known or if you have a very small selective skill niche.

Consider the opportunity that appeals to you the most and one that you feel you can do well.  However, before committing to any of these positions, do make sure to do your homework and sign up to work for a reputable company.  Researching several companies will help you decide which company has the system that will work best for you.

This concludes a summary of four more of the most thought of work at home jobs that are open to you.  This week I will post more information on the other work at home jobs that I am reviewing.

So you want to work from home? Which one is right for you?

 Deciding to work at home to supplement your income or to replace your income requires some research.  There are many options to work at home.  Choices, choices where to start?

This week’s series of posts will review  eleven hot possibilities to help you decide.  The list includes: data entry, telemarketing, product demonstration, crafting, customer service, tutoring, copy-writing, web design, and several more.  This article will cover the first three possibilities.

Consider the opportunity that appeals to you the most and one that you feel you can do well.  However, before committing to any of these positions, do make sure to do your homework and sign up to work for a reputable company.  Researching several companies will help you decide which company has the system that will work best for you.

The first and most commonly thought of is data entry. 

  • For this position your typing skills as far as accuracy better be wonderful.  So if you are interested in this take time to brush up your skills.  If your skills are good you can start quickly.
  • Upside, easy to find reputable data entry companies.  The work is generally steady and you can make own schedule.  Pay days are on a schedule and the more you work the more you get paid.
  • Down side, the work can be very monotonous; minimum wage is common so it would take lots of time to get financially ahead without investing a lot of work hours..

The second area to consider is telemarketing. 

  • Many local companies hire folks to work from their call centers or from home to schedule in home demonstrations of their products or services.  The pay rate is per appointment made and commission on resulting appointment, if any sales are made.
  • Upside: generally steady work, flexible schedule, can work from home for a specific number of hours to make calls.  The company provides you with a list of numbers to call and a script to use when talking to the potential customers.  .
  • Downside again is pay rate which is usually minimal wage plus possible commission.

The third area to consider is product demonstration: Home party sales e.g. Avon, Tupperware and many, many others.  These companies may have company sponsored website to supplement the actual product demonstration.

  • Upside: The face to face interaction and demonstrating the products for the parties may be lots of fun.  You can make your own schedule.  For example: evening parties will allow Dad to babysit the kids.  With high sales and good hostess referrals you can be quite busy.
  • Downside for face to face parties: You will need to purchase catalogs, sample products and travel to party location set up what you will demonstrate and then break down.
  • For catalog parties you will need to purchase the catalogs.  For both you will also, in most cases, have to receive the order yourself and then repack it and deliver it to your customers.
  • Should the company have a sponsored web site, there are limits in what the company will allow you to do to promote the web site as you can not create additional key words for search or other individualization.
  • To do more individualization online you need to purchase your own domain name, put up a web site explaining what you would like to focus on then link to the specific page on the company sponsored web site to make the sale.
  • Pay rate is usually totally commission.  This could be a good or a bad thing depending on how many parties you can book and how much the customers buy.

All of the companies reviewed will appeal to different people with different needs and talents.  This posting is designed to help you find the best job fit for you.

This concludes a summary of three of the most common work at home jobs that are open to you.  This week I will post more information on the other work at home jobs that I am reviewing.

Are You Focused or Frustrated in Your Online Business?

A good entrepreneur working at home online knows he needs to be focused and disciplined.  He needs to follow his self designed schedule faithfully.  His schedule is easier to follow if it is based on his personal focus otherwise he has growing frustration.

I was a frustrated focuser when I started working at home online!  I had a good product, one I was proud of.  I had a good and helpful up-line/mentor.  I had an inclusive company sponsored website that I could personalize.  There was good basic [introductory] level training that I studied.  But… I was ineffective.  This is how I got over being so scattered and frustrated.

My mentor told me to get motivated.  I was motivated!  I wanted to quit my “job” and work from home in my slippers with the teapot nearby.  Then along came a couple of real cute reasons that increased my desire to make my own schedule.  Their names are Alan and Abby, my grandchildren.  Well isn’t that motivation enough?  Evidently not for frustration abounded.

  • Then I discovered there is motivation and motivation fueled by passion.  I spent quite some time identifying my passion in life through lots of self questions.  Questions like: What do I really like about my current job and why?  [There was LOTS I did not like.]  If I did not have to work what would I be doing and why?  What is my favorite thing to do and why?  What makes me joyous [not just happy] and why?
  • When I answered all these questions, I took those answers and asked myself why again.   What was behind the answer that I gave myself?  I kept going deeper with each question [like layers of an onion] until my why for all the questions was hinging on a single core thought.
  • Yipeeee!  I had discovered my passion!   I had a passionate need to be of service and to help people.  Ahaaa!  That was why I had been an unhappy secretary, a happy Mom and a happy therapist in the past.  I had a need to help.  Hmmmm But, where to go with that.

My motivation to become an entrepreneur was to be fueled by my passion to help people.   That explained why I was not doing well selling online product.  As good as the product was, I did not perceive it as being fueled by passion.  Shifting my business focus to helping people succeed at their own online businesses through mentoring did fulfill my passion.

                   Burning desire = passion!  So I had identified my burning desire!

My next move was to determine what I needed to do to have the passion fulfilled.  It turned out that I needed to switch company affiliations to one that had a focus on helping others achieve success as well as an excellent product.  Then, I needed to learn a whole different set of skills.  But having identified my passion provided me with the focus to set myself a learning schedule.

The learning will never cease as I plan to grow even more.  But it is so much easier since I took the time to identify my passion over 5 years ago and to work with it instead of against it.  Find and focus on your passion to succeed in what ever business will fuel your passion.