Working for yourself can often be the dream for many, and as I have been fortunate enough to become a freelancer and work from home, I can tell you that there are some amazing benefits. Being around for your children for their school drop offs or when they need me, while still being able to bring an income into the family is a great feeling. But it takes a lot of work and dedication, and often the work and life balance can be merged. After all, your home is your office and often you can never feel fully off the clock with your working life. However, many people are still considering this move and I thought it would be an ideal time to share with you some of the things you should consider if you are deciding to take this big step.
Ensure you know what you want to do
For some people it is an ambition to work from home, but of course, you need an idea of what you might like to do. Perhaps you already have a product that you wish to produce and sell. Thankfully websites like Etsy offer a great platform for when you are starting out. You might just like the idea of working in the digital world and freelance doing things like writing or handling a company's social media. Working from home can simply be your current profession but on a different level. Offering hairdressing services, beauty treatments, or even virtual assistance or administration. The most important thing is to know what you want to do and have a plan.
Save some money
Working for yourself means that your income is never guaranteed, and because of that, you need to ensure that you have some money saved up for those quieter months that you might end up having. Ensure that you have enough saved to get you by a few months, to just get you started.
Repair your credit and financial history
Working for yourself could mean that you consider opening a business account, or even be looking to have credit lies open with companies. So you may want to look into making sure that your credit file is in tip top condition. We all can have financial difficulties at some point in our lives, so if your past looks a little flustered, then consider using websites like creditrepair.company. Often just small changes and tweaks here and there, or even managing to pay off debts, can make a big difference to credit history and profile.
Have a designated working area
It can be hard to differentiate yourself from working to being a mom and family member again, so having a designated working space can help you to separate the two as best you can. If you have the space and room, then get an office in place. Or at least have some sort of set up in a living room where you can work, and then sign off when you are finished for the day. Looking online at Pinterest can help you to make use of even the smallest of spaces.
Finally, make sure that you are careful with the time you have and motivate yourself to work when you want to work. It can be hard to not be distracted at home, so discipline yourself in time management. I hope this helps you take that leap for a future of working for yourself.