Work From Home Ideas

There are many reasons why one would wish to work from home. To compliment this, there are probably just as many ideas for what you could do as a home worker. So let’s run through a few:

Work From Home Ideas 1. Run Your Own Website

In this day and age, the internet seems to be a good place to try and earn a living from home. But what should you do on the internet? Well, this is the first point at which I think that you should take stock of the situation and think very carefully. Be wary, there are a million (should that be billion?) and one opportunities out there, and everyone is the best. A good rule of thumb is that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

The internet has become an extension of our day to day lives. Therefore, you should think about your skills and interests and use these as basis for your self employment idea. Even if initially this is just a hobby or an extension of your hobby then go with it, see where it takes you.

Here’s a slightly odd example, but please bear with me. What if you’re really good at ironing. You know, you can get creases in trousers that nobody else could even dream of. Well apart from offering your services, doing people’s ironing for them, you could write a website about ironing, documenting the history of the iron, developments in the technology of ironing boards, that sort of thing. With carefully placed adverts you can make money as people come to your website to learn about ironing, see an ad that takes their fancy, click on it and voila, there’s a small commission for you. You don’t need to know everything about the web or how to build a website, there are plenty of sites out there that can give you the platform, is a good place to start.

Work From Home Ideas 2. Sell Stuff On eBay

eBay claims that $1,900 worth of goods is traded every second worldwide on their myriad sites around the world. Surely some of that would look good on your bank statement? Stick to what you know – irons, ironing boards and other ironing board paraphernalia in our case. Even if irons and ironing are not your thing, think about all the junk that you have in your house. Your junk could be just what somebody else’s heart desires.

Work From Home Ideas 3. Write Articles Or Other Copy For Websites

Want to tell the world about irons and ironing boards? Well if you don’t fancy doing it on your own website, why not do it for others. Or if writing really isn’t your forte, why not compile a list of all iron manufactrers or do some web searches and compile a list of websites related to irons or ironing. Believe it or not, this may well be a useful resource (just remember irons and ironing is a silly example that I have made up).

Work From Home Ideas 4. Use Your Hobbies Or Skills

As I mentioned above, why not offer to do other people’s ironing. Many people absolutely abhor the idea of spending even a minute ironing. If you’re good at it and you enjoy it, why not take this burden off others who don’t. It’s not like you’d offer to do it for free – LOL. Of course ironing is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s all sorts of things you could do, from mowing lawns to walking dogs, delivering leaflets to childcare, baking, knitting – the list is only limited by your imagination.

Work From Home Ideas 5. Door To Door Catalogues

Arghh! I hear you cry. I can’t do that, imagine the shame of it. Well if you need a few extra pennies, this line of work, with the right company could be very rewarding. The beauty of this type of work is that you don’t have to be a sales-man or -woman. The catalogues will do the selling for you. In the UK there are three major catalogue opportunities – Avon, Kleeneze or Betterware. Each has its own merits and drawbacks, you can easily research them all with a quick Google search.

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4 Top Strategies for Time Management

What do you imagine to be the biggest obstacle to setting up and running your own home based business?  I’d imagine that most respondents would say time.  Be honest now, are you one of those people who think that they just don’t have the time to devote to starting up a home business? You’re not alone. The vast majority of people would probably claim they have too much to do and not enough time to do it. So instead of focussing on what they want to do and where they want to be they get bogged down with the time issue before they even get started.

Your day job, family, keeping fit, the garden, watching TV and so on – ultimately these are just excuses, nothing more.  But, there is hope!  Believe it or not, it is possible to find and, what is more, to maximize your time in order to build momentum for your venture. What you must do is analyse your time and seek out the slack, then commit to using that time for your home business only. Here are some strategies for doing just that.

What are you doing at any given time of the day?

Write down your schedule. It may sound silly, but you should start at the beginning and write it all down until you go to bed.  Be honest and include everything.  So there’s getting ready for work, taking the kids to school, going to work (travel and attendance), exercise time and any other time commitments.  Do the same for weekends, and most especially, don’t forget your family.

This exercise is the bedrock of finding a better way to organise your time to devote some of it to working from home.  It will give you a great view of what your schedule looks like.  No matter how busy you think you are, you will see openings in your week.  Don’t beat yourself up now, look to find two hours you can commit to spend on your business.  There must be some slack in there that you can use.

Stay with your new schedule and reassess

So, you’ve found yourself some time, stick with it for a trial period. This may well be tough, after all, you are creating a new habit.  Once you’ve tried it for a week say, reassess your schedule.  You may well find more time to spend on your business.

I believe that discipline is the most important element in working from home.  So, you have to find a way after work, after eating, after putting the kids to bed and so on.  Remember this is why you analysed your schedule.

Don’t Forget Your Family

We all have different commitments, my family is my tope priority. If you have young children, like me, I’d imagine that your main time to focus on your business will be when they’ve gone to bed.  I find that the evening is best time for me to spend on my home business.  If nothing else, it’s the most quite part of the day.

If you do have to use family time to spend on your business, communication and managing their expectations are paramount.   There has to be give and take on both sides.  It is vital that you set a time aside for spending with your family.  Balance is the key here.

Embrace Distractions

Life goes on and distractions will arise.  I’d suggest that you embrace this instead of fighting it.  If your child stays up late, focus on helping him calm down and go back to bed.  Don’t dwell on what you could otherwise be doing.  Your work will still be there when you are ready.

If you are required to stay late at your day job, then do that.  Just focus on one thing at a time as getting yourself hyped up about things outside of your control is counterproductive. You’ll be less efficient and effective.  Having a clear and guilt free mind while working on your business is essential.

If you’re really excited about your new project, it’s likely that the ideas will be whizzing.  Keep something handy to record these new ideas.  You can always analyse and prioritise at a later date.  This will help you use less energy dealing with distractions, which in turn you can devote to growing your business.

So as we can see, there IS good news when it comes to finding the time to devote to developing your home business.  Forget despair and frustration, focus instead on this fact:

You and you alone have total control of your time and your ability to change your habits in order to build momentum in your businesses.

Good Luck!

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