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Working from Home: The Real Truth, How to Get Started, and Other Helpful Advice

Working from home seems like the impossible idealism to the vast majority of people. While it’s certainly not easy, it is most definitely possible. There are many things you can do to increase your chances of successfully working from home.

The most important thing you can do is to open your mind to the concept of working from home. That may sound simple in nature, but it’s not for most people. The reason it’s not easy for most people is that they are stuck in the corporate / day job mindset. Most people think that only a “regular” job can offer them what they need. It is true that traditional employment frequently offers stability in the form of a regular paycheck and benefits such as health insurance, vacation, sick time, and 401(k). However, working from home can also provide these things.

You can bring in income on a regular basis if you work from home. You can purchase your own health insurance (there are numerous options available). You can even put money away for retirement on your own. And any time you are sick or want to take a vacation you can, but you can do it without asking someone else for permission first. Furthermore, no one’s day job is very stable in today’s economy.

Thousands of people are getting laid off on a daily basis and left with no option. People working from home create a number of options for themselves, thereby making themselves more likely to get ahead in a floundering economy.

People choose to work form home for a multitude of reasons. Whatever your reason for wanting to work from home, there is one thing to keep in mind. It does actually require work! It’s not easy and no one is just going to hand you a paycheck. Working from home many even prove to be more difficult than any job you’ve ever gone to every day. However, your hard work will eventually pay off if you approach it the right way. Working for yourself can be very rewarding in many ways and you are likely to take pride in your work – perhaps for the first time ever.

Now that you know how to approach working from home, it’s time to discuss how you can make money working from home. Your options really are limitless.

If you have started your search for work at home opportunities on the Internet, you have already discovered that there are several thousands of companies ready to sell you a work at home opportunity. If you look even closer, you will also find that many of them trying to sell you on the luxurious idea of working from home, but never tell you what kind of work you will be doing.

Late night infomercials take the same approach. Trying to sort through the numerous scams can be very frustrating, but you will find that there are some legitimate companies out there.

Freelancing is a viable option for many people who want to work from home. When the term “freelance” is mentioned, the phrase freelance writer often comes to mind. However, freelancing is not limited to writers. You can take any marketable skills you have and make money being a freelancer.

Just a few of the ways you can be a successful freelancer are with your administrative skills, your ability to write, your experience in sales and marketing, your talent as a graphic designer, or your ability to do website work. People and companies are willing to spend money to hire freelancers to do work they don’t have the skill set for or just don’t have the time to do. If you’re interested in freelancing, you should evaluate what your skills and credentials are. People will want to know what qualifies you to do the work before they hire you.

There are several ways to find freelance work. If you are just starting out, you may want to think about joining one or more freelance sites. Some of the top freelance sites are Elance.com and Guru.com. For a small membership fee, these sites will allow you to post your profile and portfolio. You can bid on projects in your category, which allows you to have the chance to get selected by a buyer to complete their project. Although you are subject to membership fees and site rules, this is a great way to get experience, build a client base, and make money.

Advertising is also a good way to find new clients. Try marketing your skills for free online through Craigslist.com or your local free classifieds.

If you don’t think freelancing is for you, you still have plenty of ways to make money from home. You may want to consider starting an Internet business that you can operate from home. Your options with this are endless. Again, the best way to start with this route is to assess your skills. Perhaps there is something you can make out of your home that other people would be interested in buying.

You could buy a particular kind of hard to find merchandise in bulk and sell it at a higher price online. There are also plenty of legitimate business opportunities out there if you want to invest in a business with a proven success record. Starting an Internet business can be very cheap (with just the costs of websites hosting) or very expensive (buying into an existing business). Before starting any Internet business, you should do a great deal of thinking and planning to ensure you are on the right track.

Regardless of what work at home venture you decide to pursue, it is almost a necessity to have a website so that potential customers can find you online.

The best words of advice I can offer for those wanting to work from home is this. Figure out what you’re good at and set goals for yourself. Don’t listen to other people, especially those who criticize you. Follow your heart and work to make yourself happy. Aim high and you will achieve wonderful things.

Erica Shelton is the owner of EGS Internet Solutions, based in Round Rock, TX. She specializes in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Consultation services. EGS Internet Solutions can help you develop an online presence! Erica can be contacted via email at ericashelton@egsinternetsolutions.com or by phone at (512)850-7695. Visit her website at www.egsinternetsolutions.com