ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are You Ready to Work from Home?

Updated on April 24, 2012

There are thousands of people out there searching for opportunities to work from home, but being prepared is just as important as finding the perfect WAH opportunity. Knowing what to expect and getting yourself set up is a crucial part of any work-at-home journey, so let’s look at some of the basic things you should have in place to make it easier to find employment or freelance work online.

The Home Office

This is something that a lot of people already have, while others simply use a laptop and work at the dining room table. Having a home office is going to be important if you end up working shifts, because you’ll need to be comfortable. Working shifts can sometimes mean sitting down for hours on end, so you’ll need a comfortable chair, a good keyword and a desk that is the right height.

The room you choose as your home office should also be quiet, especially if you plan to do phone or customer service work. Most CS companies will require a very quiet work environment, and that means no traffic noise, no barking dogs, and no crying children. This can be a problem for moms wanting to work from home, but there are other options such as text chat customer service jobs or freelance writing.

An Internet Connection

This is really the backbone of any home office, because without it you’d be absolutely stranded. This is also why it’s so important that the Internet connection you choose is reliable and fast. Most online employers have minimum requirements when it comes to connection speed and stability, and many prefer that employees use DSL or broadband instead of satellite or wireless connections.

The type of Internet package you choose is also important, and even though it’s a less obvious consideration, it’s nonetheless something you won’t be able to ignore for long. Making sure that you have unlimited data available, or an uncapped connection, is going to work in your favor. Many pay-per-task opportunities do not pay enough to use mobile data packages and the like. You’ll most likely end up spending more on data packages than you end up earning writing the occasional article or performing a task for pay. Data packages also tend to be far more expensive, so if you want to work from home, make the investment and get high-speed uncapped broadband.

A Computer

This is another must-have, and most companies will not be concerned with the type of computer you use, unless you apply for customer service positions. If you’re on an hourly rate and have to work shifts, the company may require that your computer meets certain hardware and software requirements. If you’re lucky, you may find employment with a company that provides the hardware, but most do not. Usually a desktop or laptop computer and a decent monitor is more than enough to get you started. There’s always option to upgrade once your WAH endeavors are earning you a regular income.

Experience and Skills

Some online positions may require special skills or experience such as a minimum typing speed or customer service experience. Before you take the plunge to attempt working from home, consider your skills, abilities, and experience. If you have experience in data entry, typing, writing, customer service, graphic design or any other related skills, you may be a valuable WAH employee.


This is another crucial part of getting prepared to work from home. Doing this is not easy, and you may end up working longer hours or working harder than you would in a 9-5 job. Deciding just how much time you’re willing to commit is important and once you set those goals, you’ll have to stick to them to be successful.

Finding online employment is also not instant, and you may find yourself applying for a number of positions before you get hired. The key is to not give up and keep trying until something comes through for you. Setting up a schedule and daily goals has been helpful for me, and this may be a good way to ensure that you stick to your goals for the day and do what needs to get done. Working from home is not as easy as some would have you believe, but the rewards are well worth it if you’re determined, prepared and dedicated.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Emeraldgreen21 profile image

      Atell Rohlandt 6 years ago from South Africa

      Thank you for your comment Joanveronica. You're absolutely right. Dedication is the most important aspect of it all, apart from being prepared practically. Working from home is not always easy, so dedication can be the difference between succeeding or not.

    • joanveronica profile image

      Joan Veronica Robertson 6 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Very interesting Hub. I think the last point, dedication, is the most important. It can be difficult to keep plugging away! Voted Up ,etc,


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)