More and more people are looking to work from home these days. Their reasons are varied. They might have an entrepreneur spirit, wanting to be in charge of their own destiny. They might be in an economic slump with downsized jobs or benefits, struggling to support themselves or a family. They might just be yearning for something new and different. Whatever the reason, there are multiple avenues for work at home situations.
Once you have done your research and embarked on your course, there will be pitfalls to avoid during the early months.
1. No written plan or log
It is imperative to have a written journal. There are two aspects to this philosophy.
Wikipedia defines a business plan as a formal statement of a set of business goals, the reasons why they are believed to be attainable, and the plan for reaching those goals. If you do not know how to write a business plan, there are many resources available on the internet. It does not have to be complicated. Start simple, review it monthly, and it will continue to grow.
As your business becomes more complicated, it is important to write down everything that you have accomplished that day. As time goes by, you may not remember what action you did when. You can use something as simple as a spiral notebook (don’t tear out sheets for other things) or create an excel sheet. As you are working through your day, you will find that there are several items that was not accomplished. Start them on the next day’s log and check mark off as they are accomplished.
2. Time Management
One of the decisions you must make when considering a work at home job is how much time you can allocate. Then, you must be committed. If you are doing this part time, commit 1 to 2 hours a day during your work week and several hours on the weekend. If you are doing this full time, set your office hours. Divide your time into small segments for certain things, such as reading and sending emails, research, marketing, etc. If you have Microsoft Outlook or some other type of Calendar program, block out your times.
It is so easy to lose your focus. When marketing on the internet, it is so easy to go off on a tangent, which leads to another tangent, then to another. Many times you are overwhelmed by all the choices. Don’t allow this to happen. If something catches your eye, make a note in your log for further exploration. But stay on task. That is one of the distinct advantages of your daily log.
Don’t fall prey to discouragement. It is very easy to set up unrealistic expectations and allow yourself to feel discouraged and want to give up if they are not met. Will it happen? Most generally yes. But, that is another benefit of your written progress.
Unfortunately, we are our own worst enemy. We allow the doubts of ourself and others cloud our vision. Go back to your written goals and your logs. Have you gotten off track. Use your progress here to remind yourself that all is possible with hard work and dedication.
Your commitment to yourself, your vision, and your game plan, that is what guarantees your success and will keep you safe from the pitfalls.