I created The Pay At Home Parent in February of 2018 to help you be a successful home-based business owner, blogger or side hustler.As a wife, mom and frugal homemaker, I still make a full-time income on a part-time work schedule and I know that you can too!
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I have been working from home for more than five years now and I have a lot to share with other mothers who are looking for opportunities and tips to do the same. As I share the benefits of working from home, I’ll also share my tips for working from home that could help you become successful.
I will say this right up front; working from home is not for everyone. It takes self-discipline, commitment and a dedicated quiet office space to land and keep one of the well-paying work from home jobs that are available.
Part of me wants to say that anyone can be successful working from home, but I know all too well that this is far from the truth.
I have been asked numerous times how to make money from home as a beginner, but there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, I’m not too sure that there is a solution for all who have asked me this exact question.
If you have a reason to work from home and a passion to build your own business, then stick with me as I share the benefits of working from home and the tips for working from home that helped me be successful.
Nine Benefits of Working From Home
Though there are some minor disadvantages of working from home, there are so many benefits of working from home that I could share. Here are my top nine benefits of working from home that I think every mother should know!
1. It Can Be More Productive
As an office worker, how much time do you spend chatting with a coworker passing by your desk? Or how many times does your 15-minute break stretch to 30 minutes because you got caught up talking about last night’s game? That extra time is lost from the project you’ve been working on and your total workday.
Working at home might have some distractions, but you can train yourself to tune those out and become more productive. It’s not always easy to set up a schedule for yourself, but it is certainly feasible. If you are a remote employee, you’ll probably work during your company’s normal hours. If you are self-employed, you can often set hours that coordinate best with your life. When you work from home and get up for a cup of coffee, you won’t have coworkers to distract you.
2. It’s Better for Your Health
Cold and flu season might not hit you as hard if you’re working from home. Of course, you’ll be exposed to germs in other places, but at least, you won’t be in an ongoing cycle of everyone trading germs in an enclosed area with no one wanting to use their sick days to get better.
Even the morning drive can be dangerous for people on their way out. Some drivers forget that it’s better to get to work late than to risk not getting there at all. This can put you in a dangerous position when they are riding your bumper or darting in and out of traffic.
3. It Saves You Money
When you work from home, you might be surprised at what expenditures are no longer necessary. There will be no more office casual wear to buy. When you only have to walk to the other room to go to work, you’ll save on gas. You’ll use your car far less frequently, and you might even be able to do away with it entirely.
You can save on childcare by keeping your children with you and looking after them yourself. If that’s not an option, maybe you and another parent can trade babysitting duties so you can concentrate more than you could during nap time. Working from home can save money that you might normally spend on lunches and coffees that could be racking up $10 a day or more.
4. You Can Subcontract Extra Work
When you work from home and build a clientele base, you may have days that are slow and steady and you may have days that you feel there is no end to the work requests. Too much work is never a bad thing as long as you’re able to keep your clients happy with your services and keep the work tasks flowing.
Early on in my work from home experience I started a writing business that I could subcontract writing projects to a few trusted writers. Today I continue to subcontract many writing, editing and data entry tasks which helps me and helps my writers earn money from home as well.
5. You Can Set Your Own Schedule
When you work from home, one of the top benefits you’ve probably heard is that you can set your own schedule. This is so true depending on the work from home jobs that you are considering!
As long as you are not working for an office that requires a 10 to 5 remote employee, you really can set your own schedule.
I find that my best work is done between the hours of 9 pm and 2 am! Is it because I am a night owl? Perhaps. But mostly I think it’s because my son is in bed by this time and I know that I need to buckle down and finish my projects for the day.
If you need a remote position that allows you to work during nap hours, bedtime or school hours, you typically have that type of flexibility when you work from home.
6. You Can Work From Anywhere (Not Just From Home)
The benefit of working from home and not only from home but from anywhere is one of my all time favorites. At least it is right now as I work from my brother-in-law’s home which happens to be 12 hours away from my home.
Although many would say that vacations are not the place to be working, I strongly disagree! If you absolutely love what you do, why should you leave it at the office or at home? I love that I can take my work anywhere and do a few hours of work to keep the income and work tasks flowing.
7. You Can Set Your Own Prices
You may not be able to do this from day one and you’ll also have to keep pricing competitive, but ultimately, you really can set your own prices! As you become more knowledgeable about the services or products that you offer, you can set a price that works for you.
I started at the bottom of the totem pole only a little more than 3 years ago, but today I am able to charge a higher rate for the services that I offer.
As you sharpen your skills and build your portfolio, you too can set your own prices and raise them to suit your income needs.
8. You Can Diversify Your Work
When one type of work is scarce, another might be overflowing. One of the major benefits of working from home is that you can build a portfolio of diverse services so that you can continue to make money from various income streams.
I have multiple clients (both ongoing and new clients that come and go) and I also blog to share work from home tips and experiences to help others do the same.
By diversifying your talents and offerings, you can build a work from home opportunity that works for you and keeps you busy.
9. You Can Still Raise Your Own Kids
When I became pregnant while working a full-time job, I dreaded the thought of paying someone to raise my child. At the time, I didn’t think it was feasible to work from home.
When I started a home business to supplement my husband’s income, my entire view on having a baby changed. This is one of the best benefits of working from home that I appreciate to this day!
Working from home with a baby (now toddler) was not easy to figure out. But with the help of my husband, we’ve established a schedule that works perfectly for us!
Tips for Working From Home or Working Remotely
Whether you own your own home-based business or you work remotely for an employer, there are so many benefits to consider. But before I wrap things up I would like to share a few tips for working from home that have helped me be successful in my day to day work.
Take A Leap of Faith
Working from home can take time. In my first year of working from home, I barely made half of my full-time salary that I had left behind. Many will make even less than this in the beginning!
But the truth is that it takes time to build a client base and a steady income working from home. Consider starting with a side hustle and then building it into a home-based business as you continue your current full-time position.
Be Willing to Invest in Yourself
Though some may see the idea of “spending money to make money” as a gamble, I see it as an investment. Only you know yourself and the potential you hold to become a work from home mom.
If you want it enough and you’re willing to invest in yourself and learn. I truly believe that you can do it.
Do I think that every person has the ability and drive to work from home? No. But do I think that you can do it? Yes! If you are here searching for answers and reading these tips for working from home with an open mind, then you are already investing in yourself.
Because work from home opportunities are largely based online in this day and age, one of the first investments that you need to make is on a website. Whether you are looking to start a blog or a business, consider creating a website as one of your very first steps to becoming official.
You can create your own website for as little as $3.95 per month if paid annually. This cost is so small in the grand scheme of things! If you only allow yourself one monetary investment, consider a website of your own a very basic necessity.
Don’t Worry When Work is Slow
Despite earning more money last year than I have earned working any full-time office job, I still found myself worrying when the work tasks slowed down.
But what I found was that worry never helped anything. Instead, it helped to use these slow times to experiment with automating tasks and sharpen my skills in areas outside of my comfort zone.
After 3 years of working from home, I have found that there are many valuable skill sets that can be applied to different services. A few examples are writing, sales, customer support and teaching others.
Be Consistent and Don’t Give Up
I have had many days that I considered ditching the benefits of working from home for a guaranteed 9 to 5 income. But I am so glad that I didn’t.
Not only does working from home give me more time with my son, but it also allows me to scale my income to an amount that no position in my area could fulfill.
If you can keep at it for one more hour, day or week, you might find that your well-deserved breakthrough is just around the corner.
Use a Dedicated Space
While working from home gives you the freedom to work wherever you want, this doesn’t mean you should plop down on the couch with your laptop. While this may be comfy when shopping online, it’s not a suitable position for hours of work.
Consider setting up a small home office with a desk and office chair to ensure your comfort. Having your own space also puts you in a ready-to-work mode. Make sure you work in an area with a door you can shut. This will help neutralize any distractions going on in your home. Besides, any expenses that a home office requires can be written off on your tax return.
Stick to a Schedule
Stick to a schedule just as you would at an office job. For example, wake up, go for a run, take a shower and then arrive at your home office to start the day. Take an hour for lunch in the afternoon, and then wrap up everything at closing time.
Scheduling allows you to reserve a set of fixed hours dedicated to working on your output. If you don’t give yourself a deadline, you may take an entire day to perform a simple task that should have only taken an hour or two.
Another way you can manage your time is by creating a to-do list the night before. Keep a notepad or bullet journal. This way, you’ll know what’s in store each day, and you can reduce the likelihood of spending hours procrastinating.
Try Not to Work in Pajamas
Although the idea of rolling straight out of bed and plopping into your office chair while wearing pajamas may sound appealing, try to dress up a bit before starting your work routine. This is another way you can simulate an office environment to help keep you on track. You’ll also eliminate that nagging temptation to roll back into bed.
Be Your Own Boss and Work From Home
When you work from home, you are truly your own boss. Even if you have an employer or various clientele who give you directives, only you can keep yourself accountable.
Ultimately, the benefits of working from home outweigh the disadvantages of working from home.
If your desire is to stay at home with your children, break away from the 9 to 5 office job or scale an income beyond what you can earn in your current position, then working from home just might be for you.
Allow me to walk with you as you learn the benefits of working from home and apply the tips for working from home that I have shared. Please comment below if you have any questions or concerns and I will happily answer them and lend a helping hand!