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Wondering if it’s possible for you to work at home? The truth is that it’s actually something that anyone can do! All you need are a few simple tips to make your work from home dreams come true.
Let me let you in on a little secret…I love working from home. And while that might not be such a “little” secret, I can’t honestly explain to you how much being able to work from home has changed my life.
I started working from home in the summer of 2017 and I’ve never looked back. My days now belong to me. My time is my time. And for the most part, I make my own decisions about what my days consist of.
Seriously. How awesome is that?
And, I want these things for you, too!
If you are serious about wanting to work from home, these simple tips can help you accomplish that and so much more.
Here are some simple tips to work at home!
I started out in 2017 simply helping out a close friend with her blog as her virtual assistant. I got to creatively express myself with some writing and make a little side money to pay for college. It was perfect!
And… It kind of just took off from there. Soon after, I started my own company, My Coffee Writes, and I worked effortlessly.
If you are determined, working from home can be your reality.
Start by understanding your strengths
Here’s the thing about working from home.
It’s not for everyone.
I like to tell everyone that you have to have the 3 P’s:
And I’m telling you that now so that you can mentally prepare yourself for what you are taking on.
If you do want to work for yourself, you need to know what services you can sell.
Can you write, draw, edit, transcribe…or all of the above?
When I started to invest more time in becoming a virtual assistant, I had to narrow down what I wanted to help people and that was super hard! I came across Gina Horkey’s blog where she offered a free guide on 150+ services VA’s can offer (you can download it 👉 here!) The moment that you can narrow down your strengths, that will then point you in the direction of how you’re going to start working from home.
Dedicate a working space in your home where you can’t be bothered
Even if you live alone, your home is filled with things that will bother you. Distractions don’t have to come in the form of people!
I live by myself in a 586 sq. ft. apartment and I work in the corner of my VERY tiny living room with my comfy couch right next to me… trust me. I get it! But I do what I got to do.
While it may be tempting to set up shop on the couch and do your work, you’ll soon notice that your eyes are wandering to the TV, the fridge, and anything else that is willing you to stop working at that moment in time.
The good news is that a dedicated workspace is easy to do! All you need is an area that you can focus on your work that is separate from the areas in your home that you “play” in.
Prepare yourself to have some sort of schedule
Many people think that working from home means that they can do work whenever they want.
Yes and no.
You still have to have a schedule to keep you on task. I used to miss all kinds of tasks because I didn’t schedule the allotted time to complete those. Asana will forever be my best friend!
Keep in mind that your schedule can be flexible so that is one definite plus of working from home. Some people prefer to work early, while others like late. As long as you can use your skills to get your work done efficiently, the time of day more than likely won’t be an issue.
Networking is everything
Finding ways to work at home are probably the biggest hurdle that people face. This is where networking and the online community can be your best assets!
I’m a part of a million Facebook groups and they offer a TON of opportunities for virtual assistants to work for people all over the world. You just have to know where to look to find that information 😉
Once you land your first client, you’ll find that having the ability to work at home is pretty amazing. And as your confidence grows, so will your income and your connections.
Who knows? You may be teaching others how to work at home just like you in no time at all!