So you want to work at home. This is generally the trickiest part. The figuring out the what, where, and why of it all. I know that for me, the getting started part is always the hardest and seems to take the longest. If you break it all down into its pieces though, it becomes much easier to figure out.
My advice is to start with why. Why do you want to work from home? Is it to spend more time with your family or get rid of a long commute? Do you dream of rolling out of bed and working in your pajamas all day? Spend some time really thinking about why you want to work at home and write it all down.
When I first wanted to work at home I had just left a very stressful job that was effecting my health. I really didn’t want to go back to the same type of situation and wanted to do something on my terms. Over the years my why has changed. I became a mom and really wanted to be home for her as much as possible and that became my why for working at home. Now that she is in school all day it is about being able to go on field trips and not needing to use before or after care at school.
There are so many whys and you might have more than one. Figuring out why is definitely your first step.
Now that you have figured out why, move on to what. What is your goal? Are you hoping to create a full time income for yourself? Are you currently earning money at an out of the home job and you will need to replace that? Or maybe you want your child to be able to take up an extracurricular activity such as soccer or dance (Holla, dance recital costumes!)?
Break down what you need to earn and want to earn. These are two different things. Need is filling a gap in your budget or something that you or your family needs. What you want to earn is the dream fulfiller. Is there a vacation that you want to take that you couldn’t afford without some extra income coming in? Perhaps it is a new car for the family or some debt that you want to go away.
Write all that down too. Figure out what you would like to earn each month and then divide it by four to figure out how much you would have to earn each week to make that. Then break it down by day. If you want to work five days a week, divide the weekly figure by five and so on. You can even break it down by hour.
For example if you want to earn $2,000 a month, that is $500 a week, $100 a day for a five day work week and $16.67 an hour for a six hour work day. Makes it a whole lot easier to figure out how to get to the monthly number when you start at the hourly one. A little less scary too!
Which leads u to the other big what. What to actually do to make the money. This is such a big topic and I will go into deeper depth on another post.
For you I have created a worksheet that you can work on in the meantime. Yep, a little bit of homework. I know that no one likes homework, but trust me that this whole process will be much easier if you work through this exercise first. Download it, print it off and get to work. Let me know how it is going and if there is anything you are struggling with. Or any lightbulb moments. I love hearing about those too!
Download Getting Started Work at Home worksheet right here.