Working From Home #1: The Idea

John Champsas on May 2, 2017 · 3 min read

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Many people find the idea very intriguing and why shouldn’t they? You can have the freedom to act completely under your own terms and work whenever/however you like from the comfort of your own home. It sounds, and it can be great but there is also a catch: you have to be ready to take full responsibility for everything in your life. Let’s slow down and start from scratch.

Working from home

There are many professions that could give someone the freedom to work from the comfort of their home. There are also many companies nowadays that can hire you to work remotely from your own office.

Despite these cases, we will mainly focus on those that require you starting your own business and using a computer connected to the Internet. Some ideas, tips and suggestions could apply for all cases though, so you should be able to find helpful advice throughout the series.

Starting your own business means that you could:

  1. Take on custom projects from third party companies or individuals from all over the world. This makes you a freelancer who offer his/her services to clients. In the same manner, you could also become a consultant, offering your valuable experience to where is needed.
  2. Build your own start-up company which solves a problem or provides value to people. In simpler words, you could build a web application or create products for sale. You could do it on your own or partner with (or hire) other people to help you out.

Can I do it?

You can do it if you want it too much. As with everything in life, wanting something very much means that you are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it. It means that you make yourself available to any change required to get there. Working from home is not a farfetched goal anymore and can be easier than you think.

Having a professional background in one or more of the following areas can give you a great head start:

  1. Web Development
  2. Web Design
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Programming
  5. Marketing
  6. Writing/Editing
  7. Teaching
  8. Consulting

If you only have the entrepreneurial spirit in you but lack any expertise, don’t worry. With the right time exploitation, motivation and attitude you can acquire the knowledge you need to move a step forward.

It’s not only about you, working from home

Before moving further, we would like to stretch out that working from home shouldn’t only be about you. You consider it because you believe that it can change your life for the better but one of your goals should also to make the life of others better in any way you can from your own office.

It’s about providing value first and foremost. It’s about solving problems and making the life of other people easier and helping them achieve their own success. The side effects will be rewarding and can impact your life in so many positive ways.

In the next article, we will explore the things that you should consider before making up your mind and chasing such endeavor. We will take a deep breath and refer to all those unpleasant situations that you might have to deal with. It’s going to be a bumpy ride but it’s better to see the negative aspect first before moving on to the good stuff :-)

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