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Is Working From Home Right For You

Updated on May 9, 2012

Working from home seems like a dream to many people. I personally love it, but I will admit I had a pretty rocky start with it. The truth is I had always wanted to be my own boss and work from home, without truly understanding everything that went into it. Before you set out to realize your own dream of working from home it's important to understand the good and the bad. Ask yourself these 5 questions to see if you really have what it takes to make working from home work for you.

5 Questions To Ask Before Quitting Your Day Job

Can you work independently?

Another way to ask this question is; Do you enjoy working independently? If you love bouncing ideas off colleagues, or drawing creatively from like minded business partners working from home may not be a right fit for you. Of course with modern day communication reaching out is a simple as writing an email or picking up the phone. You can still get insight from others regarding your work if needed.

Do you have strong self discipline?

Without a boss hanging over you, will you be able to resist temptation and get the work done? Working from home can include a lot of distractions that you will have to ignore. The good news is you have a lot of control on this issue. If you choose to create an office space for your work from home venture, remove immediate distractions that can hinder your progress.

Are you well organized?

If you have a hard time keeping tabs on appointments or remembering where you placed an important document working from home is going to be hard. Unless you can afford an assistant to keep track of all the little details that task will fall to you.The good news is there are effective strategies for those looking to become more organized. If this is the one area you are lacking look into one of the numerous books or articles available on the subject and try to put some of that information into action.

Will you be able to juggle work and home life?

This is tough, especially for parents of young children. Juggling work and home life is a chore for everyone, not just those who work from home. When your work and home life collide for the first time it can be disastrous if you aren't up to the challenge. Setting boundaries and working around your families schedule are paramount to your success.

Are you self motivated?

Without a boss to set the bar for your work that task will fall to you. If you thrive on the praise of others to motivate you working from home will be a challenge. You will the one setting deadlines for work, maybe for the first time, and it's important to be prepared.

If working from home and being your own boss if truly your dream there is nothing that should stand in your way. Even if you answered the proceeding questions negatively the great news is these are all things that can be improved upon. If you do take the plunge and begin your work at home career just remember that all of these things get easier with time and practice.


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      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      I also struggled when I started out but it's key to have all the things you mentioned. Discipline and determination is what will make you successful working from home. Great hub!