I've been working from home for about 3 years now. It's had it's ups and downs. I've had days where I look at the clock at 5 and wonder where the day went and then (rarely, but still sometimes) I have days where I count the minutes until work can be over.
Working from home has given me the freedom to make my own choices in who I work for, what I do, and when I do it. For the most part I can set my own pace and hours and if I have to take a break for a doctor's appointment or a grocery shopping trip my boss is usually willing to let me go.
Income wise I've had months where I make nothing. Yes, $0. Some months I make enough extra to pay off some debt. It's an up and down roller coaster ride but I completely love it!
I've got a couple articles coming to you over the next week all about working from home. REAL working from home. Not those smiling, tanned, sitting by the beach jobs that you see on tv. (although I do occasionally get to sit on my porch and work!) Please feel free to ask questions of you have them and share your own experiences.
I'm going to start by telling you about my work at home journey and how I've gotten to where I am today.
3 years ago I was very unhappy with my job. I'm one of those crazies that actually enjoys working but I like challenges, and meeting deadlines, and figuring out unsolvable problems. The job I had just wasn't doing that for me, I needed a new challenge. The first thing we did before I quit was make a list of our bills. We knew that I wouldn't be making anything special if I started working from home so I wanted to be sure we could make it on hubby's salary alone. We cut out some unimportant things we were paying for, decided to make cutbacks in some areas, and we also figured how much we'd be saving on gas and work clothes for me to be working.
If you are looking to start your own company or start working from home, this is where I suggest you start. Sit down and do the following:
- First talk it over with your spouse. It's a BIG change and it's important that you are both on the same page before you start down our next path. It's also good to have that support team built early...you are going to need it.
- Make a list of your bills and your spouses income. Do they make enough to cover it? Decide what categories you are willing to cut for a while. Create a new budget based on a single income. Don't expect to cut yourself a check for at least 6 months.
One you get past that part, if you determine that you are ready to take the next step...it's time to start planning your career.
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