March 2012

Limit Your Work Hours

It's the key to maintaining your sanity
If you want to survive as a freelancer working from home, my #1 suggestion to everyone I talk to is that you should limit your work hours. Decide what hours you are going to work, and work only during those hours. It sounds a lot easier than it is!
 
When you don't have bosses or coworkers hanging around watching you, it's easy to spend half the day watching videos on YouTube, or just mindlessly surfing the web and hanging around in forums. You look up at the clock and realize it's almost noon and you've accomplished nothing. Gonna have to work until 7 or 8PM to make up for it!

3 Steps to Maximize Your Success

If you are determined to be successful at working from home, there are some steps you are going to have to follow. All of the steps can be modified to fit your personal needs, but omitting one all together will make your earning potential shrink. The following steps should be followed, either before or right after, starting your work from home career.
  1. Dedicate a Space: The most important factor to your success is dedicating a workspace.  It will make that part of your home feel more like an actual brick and mortar job. Limit distractions in that area to help you focus on the task at hand.

 

  1. Follow a Schedule: One of the benefits of working from home is that you can usually set your own schedule. The best way to maximize your earnings is to set a schedule and stick to it. Even if your schedule changes every week, it will still help you focus on your work and limit daydreaming.

Where to Start Your Work at Home Adventure

Top three companies for newbies

The first thing that most people ask when starting their work from career is how to start. There are some companies that will hire complete newbies, and some that require you to have experience. One thing to consider is whether or not you want to work as an hourly worker or work on a pay per project basis. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. The following three companies are a good place to start if you want to work from home.
  1. Leapforce

Leapforce is a company that pays per hour, but you are not an employee. This means that you do not get any employee benefits and you have to pay self-employment taxes on all of your earnings. There is a very extensive test that you must pass in order to begin working. They do not hire every applicant, so take time to develop your resume. I currently work for this company and I can say that it has been a pleasant experience. I enjoy the work and love the fact that I can keep track of earnings with their invoice system. One great feature of this company is that it is one of the only hourly-paying companies where the work is completed entirely online. There is no problem with loud children or pets in the background.