If you're working and satisfied with your job, but not its location, this could be your easiest path home. All you have to do is convince your boss that you can be just as effective, maybe even more so, working from your spare bedroom as your third-floor cubicle. Not good at asking? You'll find step-by-step directions in chapter three for writing and presenting a professional "Will Work from Home" proposal, what to say to overcome common objections, and strategies to make the transition easier.
Second Path: FILL A NEED
Many employers are looking for individuals who can work from home: people to answer calls, provide customer service, give technical assistance, or perform virtual office tasks, such as handling administrative tasks. There are also companies, law firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations willing to set workers up at home. You could be their next hire. We'll supply you with leads on how to find employers that are hiring today, and tell you how to find others.
Third Path: BE YOUR OWN BOSS
Obviously, if you're running the show, you get to say where you work, right? This could be the right time to launch a small business based on a professional skill or personal passion, hobby, craft, or service that you can provide. It doesn't have to be a huge venture requiring a large capital investment and a five-year plan. It might be something as simple as planning children's birthday parties for busy moms, or driving seniors to doctors' appointments. This chapter will have you thinking like an entrepreneur and acting like a business owner. We'll show you ways to start a business with a little cash and a lot of confidence.
Fourth Path: BECOME A DIRECT SALES PRO
Think beyond Avon, Mary Kay, and Tupperware. The number of companies selling their products and services outside of stores, in people's homes, or online has mushroomed tremendously. If you've got a passion for wine, spa treatments, or educational toys, just to name a few products, there's a company out there that wants to put your passion to work. Start-up costs are usually small, and you can set your own hours and schedule. You'll read profiles of many of these companies and advice from successful direct sales professionals. Direct sales can be a second job to fund a fantastic vacation or pay off debts. Or, it could be your breakthrough career -- the one that gives your life meaning, satisfaction, and bucks for your bank account.
Each path has its pros and cons. So does working from home in general. It's a lifestyle for many, but not everyone. Before you take the plunge, here are some things to consider.
There are obvious advantages to working from home. Here's what people who are happy at home have to say:
Having your job and life in the same place is more convenient and comfortable. Think sweat clothes and sneakers instead of heels and business suits.
You have greater control over your schedule. No more coffee at ten o'clock in the break room, listening to whining coworkers. Mail a package, sit on the deck, do some yoga, take a bath whenever you want or need a break.
No commute. Your workday can be shorter and more productive. A walk up the stairs or down the hall to your home office is certainly less stressful than thirty to forty-five minutes on the interstate. Instead of driving home, you could be exercising, calling friends, or helping the kids with their homework.