Wouldn’t you love a job where you can be your own boss, choose your own hours, work in a field where you can apply your own talents and interests, do as much or as little as you need to, and have no one to answer to? ? But yourself?
In fact, many already have that job. According to a Gallup poll published in the New York Times, 43 percent of employed Americans spend at least part of their time away from the office working remotely, but a growing number are taking it a step further and have eliminated by Complete the middle man, deploying the strategies to earn a living were left entirely to their own devices, with no outside employer involved at all.
Let the world come to you
The emergence of the Internet as an instrument of mass communication is what has largely made this possible. Many are of the opinion that going out into the big world for a living is no longer a necessity when the world is in our living room. Whenever we have a product or service to sell and someone else wants to buy it, the potential is there.
At the basic end of the scale, the easiest way to make money from home is by selling items through outlets like Etsy and eBay. Most use them as a means simply to earn a few bucks by disposing of their unwanted surplus items, but inevitably, these buying and selling platforms soon led to potential for ongoing business. Others earn a generally modest but nonetheless regular income by completing online surveys.
For those with a more creative bent, one area of opportunity that has expanded exponentially in recent years is desktop publishing. Even those who imagine themselves as potential authors could be forgiven for avoiding traditional publishers, considering that accepting a manuscript seems to be the exception to the rule (Gone with the Wind, Watership Down and Carrie Were Rejected several times). by editors). With programs like Amazon’s CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing, anyone who can follow a few relatively simple formatting instructions can now publish a book and display it on their own dedicated author page – sometimes in a matter of hours.
Work done at home is still work
However, what must be understood is that working from home is not a golden ticket to unimaginable wealth, an easy option. It requires application, discipline, and no small strategic planning to have any chance of long-term success.
First, the necessary time must be made available. The downside of being our own boss is the temptation to follow distractions, to put work aside with the promise of coming back to it later at some mythical “more convenient” time. The bottom line is simple: if the work is not done, no one is paid.
What’s more, creative ventures like desktop publishing also often mean self-marketing. If no one else has a pecuniary interest in your work, then no one has an interest in helping you advertise it to the world.
Recognize Value, Spot Scams
So we have to recognize that not all income opportunities are of equal value. Online surveys, just to give an example, can be an easy way to earn money if the reward is attractive and the process is compliant. When an interview offers a dollar for an hour of work, or repeatedly filters us after ten minutes of wasted effort, it can be much more difficult, so the skill we need to develop quickly is the ability to spot poor value rather than try to work. through and make up for it. We also need to be able to spot outright scams, as for everyone trying to make a living through hard work and honest effort, there will be someone more willing to fleece them by exploiting their enthusiasm.
Working from home should be approached in the same way as any other vocation: with discipline, research and a campaign plan through which to identify the most productive opportunities and separate them from the rest.