To introduce this blog, I’m going to review again why I want to work from home (I went through my personal reasons in some detail on the About page). There are some pretty good reasons that apply to a lot of people. But first, we should define the term “Working From Home”.
What does it mean to “work from home”?
Just to be clear, when I say “Why I want to work from home” I don’t just mean having a personal business. I am using the term “work from home” to mean work done in my home, with the goal or expectation of earning an income, whether it is a job that pays a regular paycheck, or for a long-term payout as in an online business.
“Work from home” is not the same as a “side hustle” which may require driving to other places, or side jobs that require going to clients’ houses or offices. I am only including work that I do while physically located inside my actual residence.
Side note: the photo above looks like a studio, but it’s a great demonstration of what’s possible. Certainly my home has never been as clean as the room in the photo.
This is my definition, and the articles and posts I write will cover a broad range of employment and business opportunities but only within this limitation.
Caveat: I am referring to work I can do from home, not that I have to be at home all the time. Work I normally do from home but could do from my computer in a hotel while traveling would also qualify, so long as the travel has nothing to do with the nature of the work.
Same thing for sitting in a restaurant or library with my computer. Some types of work at home do necessitate staying at home, however (I’m thinking of landline telephone jobs), and I will cover those as well.
This means I am not going to write about delivering pizza, or driving for Uber, or pet-walking businesses, or handyman services, or any other job or business that requires traveling, no matter how good any of these opportunities might be. I am not making a judgment against these things, except that I don’t want to do them, or write about them either.
Benefits of working from home
There are many advantages of working from home. Some of these may sound obvious, especially since you’ve found this article and read it to this point, but I want to make sure we’re all on the same page.
First, it means you don’t have to go outside if you don’t want to. If you live in a place that has snow in the winter, as I do, that means you don’t have to scrape snow off your car to go to work. No driving in rush hour traffic for a daily commute (assuming you do the working-at-home full-time), and no racking up huge mileage on your car every year. In fact, you can do your work without owning a vehicle.
Note: This is my actual car, and keeping it cleared of snow is the bane of my existence.
That sounds like a lot of freedom to me.
Second, you may not have a specific time that you have to do your work. This creates greater flexibility in your life.
Third, if you live with others you will now have more time to spend with them because of the flexibility and lack of commute time.
Fourth, a potentially big reduction in expenses because you are not traveling as much as everyone with a 9 to 5 job.
Fifth, and most important, you are not limited to taking employment from places that are close to you. Via the Internet, the whole world is available to you (minus North Korea and a few other places where people lack the freedom to connect Online). You actually have more and better opportunities, because of this technology, than any previous generation of people that has ever existed.
Think about that.
What if I still have or need my full-time job?
Good question. I’m in the same boat.
For the foreseeable future, I will be doing the blog alongside a day job. But think about the alternative.
If I was doing a part-time traditional job on the side, I’d have the extra commute, and expenses, plus I’d have to find an employer schedule that matches with my existing schedule.
I still have a lot more freedom by doing the second job or business from home.
Aren’t there some cons to working from home?
Sure. You have to do the work to find your opportunity. You have to go outside your comfort zone, try new things that you’ve never done before. Maybe you’re not good with computers, and you have to take some courses before you’re ready to do a business.
You have to manage your schedule and not get caught up spending all your time playing video games, surfing Social Media, or watching movies.
Those are challenges, not really cons. I prefer to think of them as opportunities.
And let’s face it, no one’s going to do this for you. I can’t give you the desire to succeed. But if you want the reward and freedom of working from home (or from anywhere), you have to make a plan of action and follow it.
In future blog posts I’ll talk about ways to plan and actions you can take to help you on the way to your success.
I don’t know why YOU want to work from home, but I hope you’ll join me on this journey. Go ahead and message me or drop me a comment, and I may incorporate it into a future post. Let me know if there are good reasons, or obstacles to success in working from home, that I maybe haven’t mentioned.
Can you do this? That’s entirely up to you, but my answer would be an unqualified “YES!”.
Good luck and thanks for reading.