Things To Consider When Planning A Career Change To Work From Home

by WorkFromHome on June 21, 2012

It is not unusual to find yourself waking up one morning and deciding that you no longer can stand the thought of going to work at the same place for another day. While you are responsible and go to your job anyways, the seeds of discontent have been planted, and the desire to move on grows stronger each day.

Perhaps you would like a work from home position as an employee, or maybe you have finally reached that point when you can no longer restrain from becoming a business owner. You may have decided that the commute is no longer worth the effort, or that you need more time with family and friends. Whatever your reason for needing the change, it is evident that change is eminent.

The following 8 tips should help you officially decide if you are ready to make that change from office worker to home based employee or professional.

  1. Have you chosen a new career or profession?
    Do you know what you would like to do when you leave your day-job, or are you simply just wishing that you no longer had to work? This is very important to understand so that you can make the right choice. You do not want to quit your job, and lose your financial security, only to go aimlessly into the next level of your life.
  2. Do you have the skills to work from home?
    If you are not the type of person that can be motivated without a boss hovering behind your back, you may wish to continue at your same job. A stay at home employee or business owner must be dedicated and self-motivated. They must be able to complete tasks on their own and solve problems. If you believe that you will simply enjoy the telly more than you will work each day, you may wish to reconsider your decision.
  3. Look at the good and the bad.
    Make a list of all the advantages and disadvantages of working from home. Make sure you are honest. Once you have compiled your list, review what you have written down and evaluate the answers.
  4. Research opportunities.
    Before you decide to quit, research different opportunities that are available to you based on your skills. If you discover you need additional skills, sign up for classes. Make sure you have full knowledge and complete skills to enter into your new profession.
  5. Look at your current finances.
    Many business opportunities take some time to become profitable. Do you have the finances available to pay your bills and cover other expenses while your venture is in its beginning stages?
  6. Consider part time work until you are established.
    If you are not sure that you want to work from home, or if you are not financially secure, you may wish to pick up part time work until you are ready to commit to a full time position.
  7. Talk to your family.
    You will need to gain support from your family for your new venture. While you may not always receive an encouraging word, you need to talk it over with family members that matter so that they understand the new project you are taking on in your life.
  8. Look over the fence.
    There is an old saying that “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” Make sure that you stop and take that look over the fence to make sure that this new job and lifestyle is actually what you desire.

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