Updated 26th April 2019
Why Work From Home
A Personal Journey
Why Would You Want To Work From Home?
To everyone who wants to get into Working At Home and making money from the internet I always ask one particular question. When Do You Or When Did You Used Do Your Best Work?
Are you a night owl or are you an early bird?
For most of my working life the evenings were the time I read, watched television and socialized. I used to read a lot, mainly self help and business. I was consuming and learning but not creating.
When I discovered Social Media sites it was great to see the other side of the world wake up while I was about to go to bed. But the immediacy of those site conversations when there were only a few of us sending each other messages was exciting and compelling.
Then the ‘Blog’ arrived on the scene and I jumped in with both feet. I hit the publish button for the first time and countless times thereafter.
Creating posts back then was still part of my late night habit. After a night out with some friends there were still some tasks to do. The blog post still had to be written, edited and shared.
There was also distraction, diversion and tiredness that were a constant battle in my new writing pursuit.
Then something changed – there was a random event
One very early morning I needed to drop my daughter off to catch a train. I had some time on my hands and I was awake and a big part of the world was still asleep. So I sat down and wrote. The phones weren’t ringing and the quietness was welcome. I had muted the social media networks and the emails were ignored.
I discovered something
Mornings were distraction free and precious. It was my time and there was no one to intrude.
I had discovered that old habits can be changed and that new discoveries were possible. Despite being on the wrong side of 50, the night owl had indeed become the early bird.
Another revelation or two
Creating, publishing and sharing in that distraction free zone was invigorating. I wrote blog posts before my day job. It meant getting up at 4.30 am and wrestling content into a shape that I was proud enough to share. At 9.00 am it was 9 to 5 time.
I was living in two parallel universes. The day job, and the passion project.
The day job was fun at times and rewarding. But it was an investment in other people’s dreams. I knew my working week routine would stretch into years. But in “My Time” I was creating a personal investment that was building a digital house one brick at a time. It was incremental and so satisfying that it soon distracted me from my employer’s goals for me. We came to a mutual understanding and I took early retirement.
That passion project involved writing one article a day for a couple of years. It was on topics that tickled my fancy you might say and also touched my natural curiosity. I really did love to write, and putting one word after the other was also producing a body of work.
After 1,000+ blog posts and over 1 million words later the passion project was a serious online investment and asset. That bootstrapped passion project became my life and my work.
Those one word investments had added up to something much greater.
Stephen King was once asked how he wrote.
“One word at a time,” and the answer is invariably dismissed. But that is all it is. It sounds too simple to be true, but consider the Great Wall of China: one stone at a time. That’s all. One stone at a time“.
The artist creates a masterpiece one brush stroke after the other.
We are all artists and creators but some don’t know it.
Investing in yourself
We all have to make a living.
Paying the bills, putting food on the table and caring for the family, and it usually means working for somebody else. But if that is all you do…reach 55/60/65, get the gold watch and buy those nice slippers, you may feel cheated, that you gave the best years of your life to the corporation.
What little is left to show that is just you?
This modern digital world has opened up global opportunities to create, publish and share. You need to take those innate abilities and passions and find that intersection and start the journey of creating. Sharing on the world wide web will allow you to get feedback in real time.
You will discover that your online efforts will change others and they will change you. It becomes a collaborative creation.
But you will need to set aside the time to invest in you.
That may mean getting up early.
It doesn’t matter if you are a late nighter or early riser. The reality is that a dedicated slice of the day that is just yours can turn into a great money maker, a legacy, yes and a life that may surprise you.
Do you want that possibility or are you happy to settle for the life you have today?
If you just make a start you will be surprised by what that will produce in terms of motivation, self-worth and also the impact creation will have on your long term future.
How is your current time commitment to invest in yourself going?
Are you dedicating a couple of hours a day?
Are you brave enough to leave a legacy that is just you?
However much you have to do during the day or night you must set aside some ‘Me’ time to do what it is that motivates you to achieve everything you want to.
With me its writing, and I don’t really care what I write about as long as I can put it down and share it and by doing so I can help others along the way to achieving their goals. You must keep in mind they are goals and not dreams. Dreaming wont put money into your bank account, and that’s a simple statement of fact!
You landed on this website because you are interested in working from home. Perhaps you only want to earn some extra cash for a vacation, an upcoming wedding or a birthday present or even for Christmas. Maybe you would like a new car or perhaps make enough extra income to pay off your mortgage. The reasons don’t matter. What matters is that you want to find a legitimate way to earn money.
You want to change your life, and hopefully for the better. Perhaps you have already set yourself goals. You want to achieve. But…
Wasn’t it Confucius that said – every journey begins with a single step – you can take your first step on your journey to a more financially rewarding life today!
That’s all I have to say folks and maybe I’ve been a wee bit philosophical with this semi-bio. But I hope that at the very least it has made you stop and think and ponder. Think and ponder what road you are going to take to achieve all that you want.
Have you reached the end of one road in your life and are deciding what other road you can go down. Make it one that will enable you to be your own boss. Make it one that will enable you to work from home with your own home business.
Have a great day, and make it better by reading some of my other articles that tell you the many ways to make money online.
Robert Allan (author)
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