Friday, October 12, 2007

Working From Home Still Means Work

Copyright © Michael Laleye

Many people confuse the concept of working from home with staying at home and doing nothing all day. The opportunities available are called work at home businesses because they require work. It may not be as tedious or as mundane as some other jobs you have had in the past, but when you work at home, generally if you do not work, there will be no pay.

It requires a high level of self-motivation to get up and go to work, especially when there is no one holding you accountable for getting to the job on time and getting your work done when you say it will be done. Self-discipline has to be an extremely high level and if you cannot convince yourself of the need to work on a daily basis, working at home may not be the best option for you.

Many, many individuals who find themselves out of work, start looking into job opportunities for which they can stay at home and still make money. Many of them have no business even considering their own business, especially if they have trouble getting to work on time, or a history of leaving early. There are many online resources that offer minimal work for maximum pay, but rarely do these opportunities exist in anything other than the online advertisements seeking donations to someone else’s vacation funds.

Before considering a work at home business, you need to take an objective look at your work history and work ethic. Even without a large amount of experience and knowledge of the internet or internet businesses, people with the discipline to work on their own with no supervision, can thrive with an online business. Those who went to a job and were told what to do and when to do it, may not be the best type to attempt making a living at home.

A person working at home has the same responsibilities of paying the bills and putting food on the table and for some that can be a good motivator. For others it is simply an inconvenience, especially if another family member is bringing in a steady paycheck. If they choose to watch a movie or leave the house for a few extra hours, their pay will suffer if they do not produce. Additionally, their reputation among online clients will also suffer and they may soon find a need to return to the traditional workforce.

Those who see working at home as an opportunity to sit around and do very little all day, should consider working for someone else. On the other hand, a person who has a job but has need for little supervision and can make all their own decisions in regards to the company with which they work, may be a good candidate for owning their own at home business.

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