Working From Home and Making It Work | Choosing Your Career Path

by Merissa on March 26, 2012

in Frugal Living Tips, Make Money

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In case you missed part one of this series, head over here to read it first: Working from Home and Making It Work | Is It Right For You?

After you've decided that you can making working from home work, it's time to figure out what you want to be doing. Are you going to sell a product? Are you going to set up some kind of consulting service? Are you going to be going to people's homes or work out of yours over the phone or computer?

I previously wrote some articles on working from home job ideas:

Selling Homemade Goods
Mystery Shopping Part 1 (Part 2)
House Sitting 

Whatever it is you decide to do, commit to it. Know that you need to go after it full force or not at all.

When I first switched to working at home I had already started the blog. I knew that wasn't going to make me any money but it was what I wanted to do. So to supplement my blog writing I also chose to do Mystery Shopping and Merchandising. I worked outside the home for most of my jobs but I could set my own hours and my earning potential was up to me. I committed to my jobs full force. With mystery shopping I signed up with over 200 companies. I had a regular schedule of which job boards I needed to look at on which days. When I took jobs I didn't just go do one an be done, I set up a dozen in a day and planned out a route to best carry them out.

At this point the money I was making was anything to call home about but it was enough to keep me going and now to start to pay a couple bills. It also allowed me to continue my passion of writing on the side. Every spare minute of not working my "money making jobs" was poured into the blog.

So know what you want to do, and then figure out how to make it work. Don't expect to be able to start working at home and just be able to dive right into the job you love and be able to make a full income right away.


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1 Jo March 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Great point, and I can say that I understand this advice better now that I’ve taken on a work from home endeavor. I’m working on a contingency basis, and some of my outside the home work involved with it might not come up for a month or two months or even longer. Patience is a necessary virtue.


2 Pamela August 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

Thanks for this advice. I am done homeschooling and will soon be giving my energies to work from home endeavors. Did not start this until now, knowing I needed to go after it full force or not at all. That is how I approached home-schooling. Thanking God for great success and guidance there. On to the next thing with Him by my side. Merissa, you give great advice, tips and encouragement. I am thankful for your blog/website.


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