01How to Get Started Working at Home
If working at home is your dream, but you're not sure how to make it your reality, read through these 4 ways a person might work from home. Consider the pros and cons of each through the lens of the demands of your life, your skills, and desires. Then start making a plan for how you will work at home.
02Turn Your Current Job into a Telecommuting Position
The first option to consider is the one that involves the least amount of change, taking your current in-office job and turning it into a telecommuting position.
And research and reflection are the first steps to transitioning your current position from an office job to home-based. Learn everything there is to know about your company's telework policies then think about how these might (or might not) be applied to your job.
If you think you have a good case, the next step is to write a telecommuting proposal for your boss. To get started, explore these resources:
03Find a New Work-at-Home Job
So if it seems that turning your current job into a telecommuting one is a long shot, the next best way to start working from home is to find a new job. If you stay within your field of experience, you will likely make more money than if you try something different. However, if your career area just doesn't offer a lot of telecommuting opportunities, you may need to strike out into something new.
04Start Your Own Home Business
A home business has many advantages. It can take many forms--everything from hanging out a shingle as a consultant in work you already do (aka freelancing) to starting a new business from scratch to purchasing an existing business or franchise to working in direct sales, selling to friends and family. Each of these options will have different start-up costs, time commitments, and payoffs.
Home businesses can be the kind of thing that you start small with or the kind of thing that consumes your life. So as you consider a home business, research what will work best for you with these resources:
05Pick Up Extra Cash From Home
If you're really not up for a whole life/career change, but you'd still like to supplement your income, try moonlighting from home. Here are several ways you can make extra money in your spare time from home:
- Data Entry From Home
- Online Microjobs
- Short Tasks (Virtual and Real World)
- Online Juries
- Website Testing
- Make Money With Your Cell Phone