Krista has been a freelance writer since 2013. She lives in South Alabama with her husband, 2 dogs, & 2 cats. She loves learning and writing
You’ve been considering transitioning to a WAH career for some time. However, there are a few things that you’ll need to consider.
Is a WAH career right for you?
First of all, it’s important to determine whether or not this is the best career path for you to take. You’ll need to consider things like how it will impact your finances, your work/life balance, and so much more. If you’re married or have a significant other, you’ll need to consider how it will impact your family.
What do you want to do?
If you’ve decided that this is the right career path, you’ll need to think about what you want to do. There are so many WAH options- both online and offline. In order to ensure that you are successful in your WAH career, you’ll need to take the time to evaluate your personal skills and expectations and finding something that fits within those parameters.
You may also want to consider trying something new or even starting your own business- the possibilities are endless when it comes to a WAH career.
Stick with what you know
Some people find that it’s helpful to begin their WAH career where their previous career ended. Many times, it’s easy to become an independent contractor in the field that you were working in before. Your prior work experience can be used to launch your new career. Some ways that you can do this include:
- Find a company that hires people in the industry to work from home
- Start your own business in your previous field
- Use your prior experience to become an expert/consultant in your field
Try something completely new & different
On the other hand, when some people transition to a WAH career, they see it as a chance to start something new. If you’re interested in branching out to something that is completely different from your prior work, there are plenty of entry-level WAH careers that will allow you to work as an independent contractor. Many of these are in telephone or online customer services. If you choose to go this route, you’ll typically need a working landline phone and a reliable internet connection.
Start your own business
Another option is to start your own business- and the possibilities are endless. You may want to consider finding a direct sales company to start with. This will have you selling products from an established brand with a reputation. You’ll make a percentage of your own sales, and you build your own team of salespeople by recruiting others. There are many options to choose from.
Another option is to consider offering a service to your community. Some of the professions that offer the ability to work from home are daycare providers, professional organizers, florists, hairdressers, and more. Of course, if you’re providing a service, you should have some experience in the field so the community knows that you can be trusted. However, there are other business ideas that you can start with little to no experience required.
Turn to the internet
Finally, many people who transition to a WAH career turn to the internet. There are lots of job opportunities that can be found online. For example, you can offer your services as a freelance writer or web designer or become a virtual assistant. You may also consider starting an online store selling products that you make or that you have the right to sell. If you’re starting an online store, you may want to start by selling on eBay, Etsy, or even Amazon.
Another online option is internet marketing. This is where you drive traffic to a website and recommend specific products and services. You will get paid an agreed-upon commission for anything bought via your links.
The first step is to decide whether or not a WAH career is the right decision for you and your family. From there, you’ll need to decide what you’d like to do and go from there.
If you enjoy interacting with others, a direct sales or local service business may be the best option for you. On the other hand, if you’re more comfortable staying home and working online, you may find it’s best to find an internet-based job or start your own internet-based business. If you still need the comfort of a weekly paycheck, you may want to consider something more stable such as telecommuting positions.
Once you know what you want to do, take some time to research what it takes to be successful. If you find yourself drawn to a particular company, sit on that decision for a week to see how it feels. Imagine what your life will look like as you start the job. Most importantly, make sure that you are realistic with your abilities and the time you can devote to your WAH career.
It's really not that difficult to find the perfect WAH business when you take your time and keep these things in mind.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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