Securing a work at home job
Building Your Own Work at Home Job can take a lot of time, patience, and persistence. Unfortunately, by the time most people begin searching for a job to do at home, they are already in a severe financial bind and need to begin earning right away.
That’s just not realistic with most work at home jobs and businesses. However, it is possible to begin earning some income almost immediately by using your existing skills and abilities.
One thing that most people need to to change their Mindset. If you are to succeed you must prepare your mind. You will face many obstacles in your new adventure.
Building Your own Work At Home Job Takes Skills
The first step in building a work at home business is to figure out exactly what your skills are. Don’t say you don’t have any. Everyone has things where they excel.
It does not matter whether you learned your skills in a job or everyday life. What type of work have you done in the past?
- Are you good with accounting, clerical work, filing, typing?
- Look at your hobbies and interests also.
- Can you design web pages, take great photographs, sew, knit?
- Do you love children or animals?
- Are you a great organizer or cleaner?
- Do you love to shop?
Write down all of your skills, abilities, and interests. Make your list as long and complete as you possibly can. You will use this list in the next step where you will decide what you want to invest your time and resources.
How Can You Best Use Those Skills
Take your list of skills, abilities, and interests and put each of them in order of importance to you. Pick out those things you would like to do as a starting point.
Once you know what you can do, figure out a way to use those skills to earn some money. Get creative! Think in terms of products or services.
What products or services can you provide that others will find valuable?
Big hint: People are always looking for ways to save time, save money, or improve their quality of life. Can you help them do that?
Some Work At Home Examples
Here are some examples of home jobs where you could use your skills. These are only examples you need to evaluate your abilities and desires.
- Shopping, cleaning, organizing, party planning, childcare, pet-sitting/dog-walking, taking pets to veterinary appointments, errand service for Moms or elderly.
- Assisting small businesses in your area with clerical work,
- painting (both interior and exterior), junk removal, yard work,
- taking photographs at special events or tourist attractions, making and selling craft items at fairs or flea markets,
- designing websites for small local businesses, catering or cooking.
These are a few of the thousands of possibilities open to you, just the tip of the iceberg, but you get the idea. This is what is referred to as selecting a niche.
Legal Requirements for a Home Business
Once you have some ideas for possible businesses you could do, find out what legal requirements you’d have for starting a business like that in your home. Call your Town Clerk’s office and your state’s Dept. of Revenue to find out what paperwork or licenses you’d need to get started.
Then you also need to decide what type of business structure you will use for your business, sole-proprietor, Schedule C, LLC or Corporation. There are some advantages for each, but this may be an area where you would want to seek professional help getting set up.
With A Home Business, You Need To Research
Research the going rates for the work you’re considering. If you’re not sure how much to charge, decide how much you’d like to earn per hour, and ask yourself whether most people would be willing to pay that or not. You don’t want to under-charge and make it not worth your while, but you also don’t want to charge ridiculous rates that people wouldn’t pay.
If there are other businesses similar to what you want to start, call and get the prices they charge. Always get more than one quote and try to establish what the going rate is for what you want to do.
Your rate per hour will vary depending on the type of work you’re doing, but in a general sense, try to keep your prices reasonable while still paying yourself what you’re worth. I have always priced myself a little above market and found that with about 80% of my customers’ price is not the deciding factor.
Home-based Businesses Must Market
Then you can start marketing. Marketing does not have to be expensive. Make up some flyers yourself or have a print shop do it, and begin posting them on public bulletin boards. You can also pay for an inexpensive classified ad in your local newspaper (although this is not as effective as it uses to be).
You might need to invest a little money to get started, but there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars. You can start with black and white flyers on half sheets and after you get some customers maybe move up to color.
Start Marketing Small
Once you begin building a client base, you can always pay for more advertising. You can also have some business cards made up (or make your own) to pass out to potential clients. Don’t be afraid to approach your target market directly, either!
If you want to provide a service to small local businesses, go in and introduce yourself. Tell them who you are and what you do. Leave a flyer with them. Don’t sit home waiting for the phone to ring, get out there and make it happen.
In today’s market it is also very valuable to have your own website. It is not as hard as it was in the past. WordPress has made it possible for anyone to build their own site. A website provides you with a lot of free advertising.
You can get it all done without spending any money, but it will take you some time. I recommend Wealthy Affiliates because they offer 10 free lessons that take you step by step through the building process.
Wealthy Affiliates also allow you to create a sub-domain and host it for you until you get ready to purchase your own domain name. All free for as long as you need. You can upgrade for more training later if you want it.
Guess what? You’re in business!
Even if this isn’t what you want to continue doing forever, that’s okay. You can continue searching for jobs or researching home businesses that will more closely match what your career vision is. In the meantime, at least you will be earning some money to reduce the financial pressure in your household.
Wrapping It Up
Anyone can start a work at home business. It does take some real effort to get started, but you can do it. Follow the ideas I have presented, and you can be up and running in just a few weeks.
Don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to build your client base; most businesses do. As you work, you also learn better ways to approach your prospects and become more productive. You will even begin to get some word of mouth advertising for free.
One Last Recommendation
One last recommendation is that you start building an email list from the beginning. It will be the backbone of your business as you grow. You can do this for as little as $17.95 per month with a free month to start at TrafficWave. Most of your competitors will not take this extra step. (Note: I do make a commission if you decide to join.)