Can You Really Make Money By Working At Home?

There is no doubt that the idea of working at home or working from homeis now becoming an option to a lot of people.  While there are those who are very open to the idea and are very optimistic about the thought of living a more meaningful life, there are also those who are a bit condescending and doubt if you can really make money from working at home.

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So, can you really make money from home?

Of course, it’s very possible!  In fact home businesses are becoming pretty popular now a day’s considering the state of our economy and the pretty much non-existent job security.

With enough drive and patience we can really make a living working from home.  A lot of people are not exactly happy with their jobs or may be couldn’t hardly keep one, so it’s not surprising that many are quite ready to jump (or considering) the idea of a home business.

While it’s true that we all have to make a living, sadly, we oftentimes forget to live.  We tend to get sucked into the vortex of eating-sleeping-working-then-repeat-routine.  This makes the very idea of working from home a very sensible option to break free from a somewhat monotonous existence.

Making money from home.

There are a lot of online business ideas that you can start on your own (sometimes from little to no start-up costs at all).  Having said that, don’t be too quick to grab the first one you see online.

Choices vary from internet marketingadvertising and or freelancing.  It would depend on your preferences – where you think you’re strongest at or which ones you’re most interested in.  It’s not entirely required that you’re already knowledgeable about the concept because you can pretty much learn all about it through online. (You just have to be patient of course.)

Remember to be cautious in choosing which home business idea you’d like to delve into.  Of course you can always try new and other things, maybe even at the same time, but it will considerably boost your confidence and fire your desire to do even more, the sooner you see positive results from working at home.

I will discuss more about these business ideas on my future posts;)

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A few pointers before taking the leap.

The ‘world wide web’ is undeniably rich in information and helpful knowledge, but don’t forget that it’s also full of cr*p and opportunist as well.  So, here are my friendly words of advice before you finally decide to work from home and start your very own home business.

Weigh your options first. There are tons of it so don’t get too quick about clicking buttons after buttons.

Make up your mind if it’s really your ‘thing’ – if it is, study it more; if it isn’t, move on.

Research and research some more.  Bumps along the way (just like any businesses) are expected, it doesn’t mean though that it has to be rough, be well prepared.

If you hit a road block, stop, don’t panic but instead relax.  You may be just missing a ‘secret’ passage…or maybe you simply took the wrong turn altogether.

Be brave, be strong and believe.  Really, you can’t expect to go too far if you’re full of doubts to begin your journey with.

Be open.  Open-mindedness will take you a long way.  To learn you must first be willing to be thought.

And lastly – enjoy!

Business Ideas that Works

We have already established that you can really make money by working from home.  Earnings may vary depending on which business ideas you decided to delve into and how much time and effort are you really willing to make – in other words, it’ll depend on how passionate are you with this new business venture.

There are apparent advantages of working from home, not to mention that there’s also a big possibility that you’ll be earning more than you would working on an 8 to 5-hour job.  Deciding to work at home – whether you’re a stay at home mom, just got laid out, or just quit from the workforce – may be the best decision you’re going to make in your life.

And although, you may earn yourself a couple of unsolicited advice from concerned individuals or doubtful look from families or friends as to why you don’t have a ‘real’ job – rest assured that you pretty much get the last laugh on this one.   ‘Cuz really, you can make a living by working from home!

Freelancing

Working as a freelancer online can be a good start.  You basically have a zero start up cost; you simply join a freelancing site and start applying for job based on your set of skills.

The good thing about freelancing is that you get to choose which job are you most interested in, you don’t get to experience that feeling of getting ‘stuck’ at something that drains you because most contracts are short term.

You are basically free to choose which job or people are you willing and most comfortable to work with.  You also get to decide how many hours are you willing to work in a day or in a week – which is perfect for stay at home moms or dads with kids (I know kids are a handful sometimes!)

And although the money you will be earning will depend on the hours you are working or job contracts landed, it’s not bad considering you practically didn’t shell out any dollars to start with.  This can be a good idea for stay at home moms or stay at home dads – because time can be really flexible.

You can actually save up from your earnings working as a freelancer and then later invest in other home business ideas.  And besides, who knows, freelancing online could be the perfect business idea for your given circumstances.

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Affiliate Marketing

You have probably heard of this a million times before – affiliate marketing – you make money online by promoting one business’ products or services.  Generally the publisher (you) earns a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.

This business idea requires that you maintain a blog or website where, for instance, you can talk about gardening or baking and then suggest and or promote related affiliate products that you are connected with.  You can target specific niche depending on your blog or website’s theme.

It may take time before you can get your website going and needs work to get more traffic and ideally Google page ranking, but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.

Web Advertising

This works wonderfully for those who already own a blog or a website (of course you can always start one for this purpose).  Advertisers either pays for the ad space or the number of clicks or conversion their ads received through your site.

There is a considerable traffic generated by those who regularly blogs or update their website – high traffic as well as other considerations such as page rank, page authority and others are being considered by the advertisers.

Unlike in affiliate marketing, there is no need to promote the product and or services.  Ads can simply stay on your blog or website visually (generally on the header or sidebar) and you just go about your thing as usual engaging with your readers and ideally increasing your traffic.

How to Succeed with Your Home-Based Business

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You have heard of success stories about people and their home-based business, probably for a hundredth time (if not a thousand times already).  And it’s quite understandable if you’re a little cynical about it.  I would be, too, especially when these people tends to oversell the whole home-based business thing – as if everyone can do it, as if it’s that easy.

The fact of the matter is that: everyone may try it but not everyone will succeed; it can be easy but it’s not always easy.

Home-based business may not be for everyone

The idea of working at home, being your own boss and of course having your own business and or company, is a big draw to a lot of people – both working and those who are  unemployed.

It’s not even surprising that there are those who are quick to jump on the idea of putting up their own home-based business without giving it a second thought.  And although it’s true that sometimes you just have to muster the courage to just do it, it will help tremendously if you’ll do your own research and studying first.

This is basically one of the most common reasons why a lot of people are not succeeding with their home-based business. With so many opportunity available on the internet, they tend to grab one (in some cases too many) too soon.

Bear in mind that you have to know what you’re getting yourself into (especially those who are planning to do this full time); time and money are at stake.  And although there are home-based businesses that will require almost zero start-up costs, still you invest your time and theoretically you’re losing profits you should have been earning had you go for the ‘right’ one.

So how would you know which is the one for you?

You’ll have to know what you’re true skills are, what are you good at?  Know the things that interest you the most, what are you most passionate about?

The answer to these questions will help in steering you into the right direction.  For instance, you’re going to start a website that sells automobile parts and accessories – it may not be the best idea to start with when you’re not really into cars or know too little about cars.  But of course once you learn the whole internet marketing thing – you can basically sell whatever you wanted to by simply choosing affiliates that will help you exactly do that.

Or say for example, you wanted to start your own arts and crafts business where you can create and sell your stuff online – this will work best if you’re really into artsy stuff, more so if you’re an artist yourself.  If that’s the case, it will benefit you creative wise and business wise since you can do your own creation and you don’t have to get the products to sell from other people and you also earn full profit as well.

The importance of knowing what you are most passionate about in determining what home-based business to invest into will also play a big factor on whether you will be successful.

Passion and success really goes hand in hand, I believe that when you’re passionate about something success is inevitable.

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Who says home-based business is easy?

Any home-based business just like any other business involves work – and whether that ‘work’ will be easy or not depends on how dedicated you are.  Remember that it can be easy, but it’s not always easy.

Another reason why not everybody succeed in home-based business is that they expected it to be easy and they’re quick to give up once they realized that it involves ‘work’ too.  You have to keep in mind that you don’t know ‘everything’ and nobody expects you to.  But it also means that you will then have to ‘learn’ things in order to know them.

And besides, oftentimes, things seem hard at first but once you get your groove on it, then the easy part happens.  Just like what they say:  the first step is oftentimes the hardest.  If you give up so easily, how can you then enjoy the fruits of your labor?  Errr, that is, given you gave it some kind of ‘trying’ at some point of course.

So, how can you succeed with your home-based business?

Spend time to make your own research and study whatever home-based business you’re interested in.

Know your strengths, i.e. skills, interest, passions.

Set your limit; know how much time and money you are willing to invest.

Expect work.  Again, (for the nth time) it can be easy, but it’s not always easy.  To get to the easy part you’ll have to put work into it first.

How to Overcome the Challenges of Working from Home

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Working from home certainly has its perks but don’t mistake it as a walk in the park (Rest assured though that it can be a meaningful and enjoyable walk in the park if you really love what you’re doing).  There will be times when you feel that it has become very tedious on your part, you feel a little burnt out, things seems at a standstill or you simply feel like you’re not up to doing anything.

There are ways on how to overcome these challenges, that’s one of the advantages of working from home, you can simply address the issue whichever or however way you want to.  Don’t get too carried away though, you may have the freedom to do as you please, but there are ways on how to deal with these challenges in a more productive way.

Re-assess your work load.

The beauty of working from home is that you have the flexibility to readjust your schedule every now and then.  If specific tasks are becoming tedious for you at the moment, try to re-assess which tasks can you hold off for a while, say delay it for a day or two.

For instance, it’s ideal that you create fresh blog posts every so often, but in reality there will be days when you are simply not up to sharing anything really.  So the best thing to do is to postpone it until an inspiration kicks in rather than spend a considerable amount of time staring blankly on your computer.

You can also outsource some of the work to relieve you of the heavy load – which oftentimes is the main reason for people working from home to wear out easily.  You can outweigh the pros and cons of delegating specific tasks to other people compare to forcing yourself to do too much work load.

You can even be more productive this way.  Let’s say, you can accept a lot more project or deal with other business venture if you can free some of your time by outsourcing.  You can invest all your creativity and energy figuring out something new rather than drowning yourself with tons of paper or data entry works.

Have a break, have a KitKat…or Twinkies…or S’mores…or what have you

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Accept the fact that there will be days when you can work straight for more than 8 hours a day with gusto and then there will be days as well when an hour on the computer is such a drag.

Again, the beauty of working from home is that you can simply accept that fact and enjoy your down time instead.

This can be a good time to actually have a break:

  • Eat out or invade your kitchen to cook – even if you don’t know how to cook.
  • Take a walk – take a long walk.
  • Watch a movie – perhaps a movie marathon.
  • Use your bath tub – have a bubble bath with essential oils, candles and the works!
  • Listen to your favorite songs – better yet dance to your favorite songs.

Simply put – take a breather.  Working for long hours on the computer everyday can take its toll on you, both physically and mentally.  Sitting still for long hours staring on your computer screen can eventually wear you out.  The key here is to rest your brain and start moving your body, so, have a break!

Remind yourself why you’re working from home.

You ultimately decide to work at home, that means you really want this – probably even more than other people who are also choosing to work from home.

It all comes to managing your time effectively and being responsible.  Don’t abuse the freedom to ‘do as you wish’ to procrastinate on things you should be doing, that way you avoid overworking yourself.

Respect your working schedule.

It’s amazing enough that you can fix your own schedule, when to work, when to not work – having said that, stick to it to make sure you don’t cram in the end or worst miss deadlines.  Remember that just like any ‘real’ job, it also takes dedication to ensure success in working from home.

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To Work or Not To Work – Deciding to be a SAHM

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I have heard of stories about mom eventually deciding to be a SAHM (Stay at Home Mom) for practical reasons – like for instance, even if she is working, her salary may just be enough to pay the day care bills.  Point taken, but the thing is, would have she left the workforce by choice?

Then there are those who felt obliged to become a SAHM because they feel guilty that other people will be raising their kids.  But to be honest, of course, you’ll be raising your kids – you will need the help (either a nanny or day care centers or your mom or your in-laws) but you will be raising your own kids.

Although it’s very understandable for working moms to miss this point because they are so occupied with their career or exhausted from working that by the time their turn with the kids comes, all they wanted to do is glue them in front of the TV or put them to bed.  Hence, they feel like they couldn’t do both and opt to be a stay at home – even if they originally wanted to be the working girl.

A mother ‘stuck’ at home

The problem with the situations mentioned above is that, eventually the child or the kids are left with a mom that is depressed, frustrated and uninspired.  I guess the whole point of being with the kids –raising them yourself, nurturing them – has taken a different turn.

The child or children would likely develop emotional or psychological problems – feeling unworthy or undeserving or feel like they are a nuisance that is causing their mother’s heartbreak.  And no children should be made to feel that way.

A mother could easily feel stuck at home – taking care of the kids and managing the house.  Feeling small about the fact that she’s no longer the working woman she used to be and left with the ‘mundane’ task that she felt she’s over qualified to do.

Of course, there’s nothing mundane about being a SAHM.  It is also called work – a 24/7 work…without a salary – because it’s priceless!  So, being a stay at home mom is nothing short of being noble.

Again, it’s understandable why SAHMs are feeling the opposite.  The society has different notions about SAHMs in general.  And peers are not making it any easier.  Hence, more of the pressure is coming from outside factors.  It’s not even a question of whether you would like to raise your kids or not.  Of course you would like to do that, but, there’s always a ‘but’ somewhere there.

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How blogging helps a SAHM

If one ultimately decides to be a stay at home mom it has to be because that is where her innermost dreams and hopes and passions lie.  Otherwise, she has to muster the strength to decide to continue working and leave the child to a day care, to a nanny or a sitter.

The reality though is that it’s NOT an easy decision to make.  It’s not exactly a ‘yes or no’ option.

The good thing is that technology has made it possible for SAHMs of today to have a platform where they can use not just for hobby or to release the tension and bottled-up emotions but also to revive their other passions in life.

Blogging provides a SAHM the platform where she can share her passions to other people – either if it’s about the career she used to have – teacher, nurse, realtor, and others, or it’s about that one thing that she has always dreamed about – being a green activist, improving cupcake recipes, creating awareness about organic food for example or humane treatment of animals, the list could go on and on.

Suffice to say that blogging is empowering SAHMs!

It’s been said time and again that journaling helps our personal development, and blogging can be your own take at journaling – and more!

In blogging, you can affect other people’s lives by serving as an inspiration or a motivation.  You can also turn blogging into a business to give you that extra income that you can contribute to your family’s finances or to start your own charity works.

The possibilities are endless, and the best part of it all is that through blogging you can survive being a stay at home mom – a SAHM that is fulfilled, dignified and happy.


To work or not to work

There is no definite answer to this; it will always come down to what you want.  Of course the children are the priority, but it’s the very reason why it has to come down to YOU, you have to know where your innermost dreams and hopes and passions lie.

Stay At Home Mom: At Home and Working

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It’s totally admirable for any woman to ultimately decide to become a full time mom and put her personal dreams or aspirations on hold or probably even for good.  Whatever the circumstances that lead a woman to become a stay at home mom, she is no less than a bit of a super woman!

The more important question is whether she is happy and content with being one.  Is she being this positive ball of energy that is rearing the children and managing the house wholeheartedly?  Can she readily say that she’s happy and fulfilled being the full time mom?

Stories of women stressing out about being a full time mom or housewife are very common.  But it does not necessarily mean it’s because she’s not enjoying being at home with the kids and managing the house.  Oftentimes it’s more than just the physical aspect of being a mother 24/7, being tired physically you can remedy with a nice spa treatment or a vacation or what have you.  What’s harder to face is the stress coming from an unfulfilled woman – someone whose dreams and passions are put on hold, or those feeling neglected and unappreciated, or perhaps even women who are felling worthless.

While stress can be caused by a lot of factors, oftentimes, for stay at home moms, stress is coming from the fact that they’re no longer working.  Of course, we know that again being a full time mom is a 24/7 job, but sometimes it’s not enough to fill the void inside.  There are many stay at home moms who wants to work and yet couldn’t bear to leave being a full time mom.  It’s great to know that now a days, you can very well do exactly that!

At Home and Working

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You have got to love internet!  It definitely opens up the world to a lot of people including the stay at home moms. Now, the idea of working at home becomes very accessible and surprisingly very doable now to a lot of mommies out there!

Get in touch with your passion

Moms can channel their passions and use it to start their own home business.  Say, you’re into arts and crafts, very well then – make stuff you’d love to share or better yet sell to other people.  And don’t fret, because you can easily do that while you’re home.  Use the power of social media to advertise your goods or services.  Set up a Facebook page and gather in your friends.  Before you know it, word of mouth will do the marketing for you!

Start writing

We pretty much know now that journaling does something positive to us, right?  Because you’re basically letting your emotions out, it’s a way of expressing ourselves.  Well then, how about you start writing and get paid for it?  You can create a blog where you can share your emotions, stories, ideas or perhaps tips to help others out.  And believe me, people read these stuff.  It’s pretty amazing actually how people are connecting to each other because somehow they share similar experiences.  And how you start earning from writing?  Well, when you write regularly and you’re blog or website is consistently updated, you’ll going to get a decent traffic enough to entice advertisers.  You will then get paid a certain percentage for every click/sale they make coming from your website.

Affiliate marketing

If you are quite a web savvy, then perhaps you can try affiliate marketing you make money online by promoting other business’ products or services.  Here you will earn a commission whenever someone follows a link on your blog or website to another site and then sign up or bought products or services.  It can be challenging to set up a website with decent traffic and ideally Google page ranking but once you get the hang of it affiliate marketing can really bring you serious money.

Freelancing

is blogging for everyone 4This is a great way to start working at home with basically zero start up cost.  As long as you have desktop computer or laptop and internet connection, you’re good to start.

You can simply join a freelancing site and start applying for jobs that match your set of skills. Job contracts varies from simple data entry, writing, virtual assistance, web research and technical support.

With freelancing, you are basically free to choose which job (or people) you want to work with.  You can also choose from short term to long term contracts.  You also get to decide how many hours are you planning to work in a day or in a week – I know kids can be a handful!

It will be great for stay at home moms to be able to work while raising the children and managing the house.  It will considerably improve their confidence, ease them of boredom, relieve stress and of course earn extra money.

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