How to Find Your Place in the Work-at-Home Market

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are-work-at-home-opportunities-scams2Whether you want to make an extra fifty dollars a month or bring in a substantial income for your family, the idea of working from home may sound like an impossible dream.

People frequently think that work-at-home opportunities are scams or that the options for being a work at home mom (or dad) are limited to things like child care, or the latest direct sales ‘MLM’ (multi-level marketing) trend of the moment. (These are not bad options, but they aren’t the only ones out there!)

The truth is, there are many viable options, especially online.

Wading through the possibilities can be tricky. It’s easy to jump on board the first idea that seems legitimate or marketable. You’ll likely make some money, but will it be sustainable?

The next four steps can help you find the opportunity that is suited to your likes, your skills, and your lifestyle, which will ultimately increase your ability to succeed long term.

Start Dreaming and Believing

First, and possibly most important, take a moment and allow yourself to dream. Start thinking ‘‘What if?’’

  • What if you could make an extra hundred dollars a month working from home?
  • What if you could create a business that fits your lifestyle?
  • What if you could work while the little ones nap, or in the evening from a home office?

There are people all over the world making it happen. As Gina Horkey of the Horkey HandBook says, ‘‘Why not you, why not now?’’ Ask yourself, ‘‘Why not me? Why not now?’’

Taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University led me to start thinking about the possibilities in life. Based on his suggestion, I read 48 Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller.

It was a valuable tool that helped me start dreaming and believing. After reading and contemplating a while, I started to think:

  • What if I could make money from home as a transcriptionist?
  • What if I could write an e-book people want to buy?
  • What if I could make money researching, typing, writing, or editing?
  • What if I could teach piano lessons?

Starting to dream and believe in the possibilities will lead you easily to the next step.

Evaluate Yourself

Next, take a moment to evaluate you.

Taking this step can save you wasted time and aggravation.

Over the years, I spent time babysitting. I attempted to sell makeup. I created a resale business, and then I created a commercial steam cleaning business. I signed up for an Etsy shop to sell homemade products. I had minimal success, and most of these ideas didn’t last very long.

None considered me, and my unique abilities.

I am not a fan of cleaning, but I ended up with a cleaning business. I hate having ‘stuff’ around, but I ended up with a resale business. I am not crafty, but I tried selling homemade organic soap. The idea of sales made me very uncomfortable, yet I signed on for direct sales of makeup, not once, but twice.

If you don’t evaluate yourself, you may end up like me, taking the long route to finding your place.

How to find your place in the online business world.Take the time to evaluate:

  • Your skills, education, and abilities
  • What you love to do
  • What you would do for FREE
  • Your hobbies
  • Your availability
  • What your friends ask you to help them with
  • What you loved when you were a kid
  • Your short-term and long-term goals
  • If you want to create something, or put in your hours and be done
  • Whatever is unique to you

Evaluating who I am led me to become a freelance writer, specializing in a field that fits my educational background, and also a piano teacher and accompanist. These are two things I know I want to continue long-term. I want to come back for more day after day, even when faced with challenges.

It doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming, but taking the time to think about these things will go a long way when it comes time for the next step.

Do Your Research

Having taken the time to evaluate yourself will set you up for success when you are researching the options. You won’t get sucked down the internet rabbit hole, clicking here and there, signing up for this or that. That can be costly, in terms of time and money.  

You’ve come to the right place for information. Anywhere & Anytime can help streamline your search, offering company reviews, interviews for work-at-home moms, and tips for success.  

Having these resources would’ve been valuable in my search for the ‘right’ opportunity over the years.

Take the time to:

  • Carefully consider the available options
  • Read various reviews and interviews
  • Start following blogs related to your top choices
  • Once you’ve narrowed it down, join and participate in a few groups. (Facebook has great options!)

If you do your homework, the next step will be much easier.

Take Bold Action

After following the first three steps, you’ll know when you find the right opportunity. It will keep coming back to you.

I couldn’t stop from thinking about 30 Days or Less to Freelancing Writing Success once I discovered the course. I’d wanted to do this for over 15 years. I just didn’t know how. Now I had the tools at my fingertips, yet I still had a hard time pushing the button and ordering, even though there was a money back guarantee!

I wish I had acted boldly. Learn from my mistakes. Don’t put it off. Go for it!

If you don’t have all the knowledge, skills or materials you need in the beginning, it’s okay. There are many courses and training options available, and groups that can help you succeed.

Once you know what you want to do, figure out what obstacles you are facing, then take the steps to overcome them, one at a time.

For example:

  • If you don’t have the money for courses or training at first, seek out options for free training to get you started. You can check out some free courses here.
  • If you don’t have the necessary equipment or material, you can start purchasing it, one item at a time if necessary.
  • If you don’t have a quiet space needed to work, figure out how you can create it.

Once you’ve taken the time to dream, evaluate, and research, you will be ready to overcome any obstacle and make it happen!

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Stefanie Williams is a freelance writer with an educational background in communication sciences and disorders. She specializes in topics related to audiology and speech pathology.  Wife. Mom to six. Musician. Aspiring Minimalist. Someday, hopefully, world traveler.

 

What are your thoughts or experiences? Are you still waiting to take the plunge or have you already? Any questions for Stefanie or about this topic? Type away! 🙂

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10 thoughts on “How to Find Your Place in the Work-at-Home Market”

  1. Knowing your strengths, weakness, and what you truly enjoy doing are key to helping determine what type of at-home business is right for you. It does take some soul-searching if you are not in a place mentally where you know yourself well.

    You have written a really good article that should help anyone, whether they are truly familiar with their true selves or not, to get started. The only thing I might add is that sometimes you need to find creative ways to combine interests in order to fing the right path.

    1. Stefanie Williams

      Good point about finding creative ways to combine interests to find the right path! It’s definitely not a straight path and a little creativity goes a long way 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading the post how to find your place in the work at home space. And one point that I picked up on is that read reviews and read/watch interviews. A priceless piece of advice Stephanie. I am aware of several people who jumped straight into an “Opportunity” because it sounded great. However, they didn’t research the “Offer” Properly. Obviously, they fell foul in one way or another.

    Also, dare to DREAM. I agree, as there is nothing wrong with doing that. In my opinion, it helps you strive to achieve your goals.

    Great post
    Thanks

    Si

    1. Stefanie Williams

      Great idea to read reviews and read/watch interviews! Learning from the experiences of others can really help narrow down if an opportunity is a good fit.

  3. I have never seen anyone communicate the idea of self evaluation quite like the way that you have done here.

    I found your explanations to be refreshingly honest and clear, especially the examples of past businesses which failed mainly because you thought you knew what it was that you wanted.

    And that is the key: Knowing what you want, and not thinking that you know.

    That is a huge difference, because when you have to work on a business for a long period of time you need to “like” your business. Nothing worse than trying to write a novel when you want to be a pianist!

    1. Stefanie Williams

      Thank you for your feedback. You’re right. The distinction is truly knowing what you want. Sometimes figuring it out takes trying several different things, then keeping your eyes open to which things light you up and motivate you…and which things don’t.

  4. I have been blogging and even had my hand in writing for many years. I have long considered taking a freelance writing course. Like you, I have hesitated. I like the idea of the money back guarantee. It can only improve your skills right, and better situate your place in the work at home market? I am always looking for ways to advance myself even when it is a home based business. Your article is full of great tips, useful advice, and I think I will finally take the next step. Do the course!

    1. Stefanie Williams

      Hi Christina!

      I’m so glad you found the article to be helpful and that you are taking the next step. Investing in yourself is so important and so worth it!

  5. Thank you, everything you have said here reinforces what I thought to be true.. Especially the part about dreaming and believing because I think very often we tell ourselves a story about what’s possible based on what other people have told us is possible. And as well meaning as that is, that is there story… right? Understanding your purpose and what drives you and the people you are meant to serve, makes everything easier. From setting goals to doing research! Great Post! Thank you.

    1. Stefanie Williams

      Thank you Wendalina! Yes; it’s amazing what is possible when you start thinking about it and taking action towards it!

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