19th November 2018
A Review About…
How To Make Working From Home A Success
Online work from home jobs – The idea of a work from home job appeals to a lot of people. There are often stories in the media of different people who have given up their usual jobs and have managed to earn more money from the comfort of their own home than they ever did at their ‘Normal’ job. The idea may seem appealing but its not always that simple to pull off.
In this first part of the article I am going to give tips and advice on what it takes to make a home based business work. Make no mistake people, a work at home job must be looked on as a business with you as the boss. You are responsible whether you achieve success or not.
In the second half of the article I am also going to outline a particular way on how to earn money on the internet in the comfort of your own home without actually having a website. All you need to do is sell yourself and your knowledge and expertise.
Before I get to that part you have to understand that anyone who works from home needs to be able to separate their home life from their work life. This might seem quite simple to do but in reality it can be quite difficult. This is especially so if you are a couple with young children or a single mom or dad.
For example; Lets take a single working parent. When you go to work you do not even think about the washing, or ironing, the television, or the fact that the house could be in the same untidy mess you left it. When you’re at work you have to fully focus on the job you are doing.
However when you are working from home all of these duties are in your face and it can be very easy to fall into a trap. This would mean where you are doing more household work, than your actual business work or work from home job. It is therefore very important to be strong and disciplined.
Working To A Schedule And Home Business Plan Of Action
I have been working from home for over ten years, and I started out setting my own hours. I also had a plan that set out my goals for each and every day. This was all aimed at reaching my ultimate goal of being financially independent which I’m happy to say I have now reached. You would be very wise to have your own plan of action before you start, such as outlined in the graphic below.
For example I will work from 8.30 in the morning, until about 12.30 when I break for a bite to eat. I have an home office space which I will only leave if I really need to, maybe to make a drink or to go to the toilet. Then I’m back at work until about 4 in the afternoon. I love to watch the television, therefore I do not have a television in my office. When you’re working you must not have any distractions. Its also a must to have a schedule or timetable that barring an emergency you know you can stick to.
To succeed at working from home you need to have a great deal of self belief in your own ability. There are likely to be peaks and troughs, some months you are flying high but in others everything seems to go wrong. Having confidence in your own ability is essential in helping you to ride through the negative periods.
I always feel that it is worth saving money from the periods when I am doing well to cover the periods when the business slows down.
Working From Home As Your Own Boss
People who are interested in work from home online jobs also need to be able to keep motivated. There is no boss to make us work or other people to bounce ideas off. Some people find that working from home can be quite lonely and soon return to an employed environment where they are able to have greater contact with other people. It is also important to remember all of the benefits of working from home when we have a drop in business or when we feel a bit lonely.
In my opinion there is nothing better than being self-employed and working from home. I am sure that many other people could also make it work as long as they have the right attitude.
Now for the second half of this article where you can put those skills you have acquired from any job. The name of this particular work from home employment is being a Virtual Assistant (VA). So…
How To Make Money With Your Own Virtual Assistant Business
Read on and find out how you can make money with your computer this year with your own Virtual Assistant business.
So you want to start your own virtual assistant business. Great! I assume you want to start your own VA business not only to own your own business, but also to make money. More and more businesses are outsourcing and paying VA’s, and there is no reason why you can’t be one of them.
You’ve thought of a great business name, you have all the office equipment you need, and you’ve got the determination to make your business a success. So now the big question is, how do you go about finding clients?
What Type Of Services Will You Provide?
Work from home online jobs – We all have certain areas where our talents and interests lie. As I said above, these talents and skills you acquired from your particular area of previous employment. You have so many choices as to what areas you want to specialize in. There’s a good chance you already have experience in some of the specialty areas. Maybe you don’t even realize all of the areas VA’s can work in.
Here’s just a small sampling of the work home ideas and services you could offer:
- Administration (clerical)
- Writing services (technical or creative)
- Proofreading and editing, research (online or traditional)
- Bill paying
- Simple website design
- Newsletter distribution
- Reminder services
- Event planning
- Concierge services
- Data processing/data management
- Desktop publishing
- Transcription services
- Mail and email services
- Telephone/fax services
- Internet services
- Purchasing services
- Marketing services
- Personal services
Once you know the types of services you are going to offer, it’s time to find you some clients.
Paid For Your Work At Home – What to Charge
It isn’t too hard to figure out what to charge. Start by contacting local support service businesses in your area. Ask them if they can send you a price list. Get several of these to learn what everyone else is charging. You don’t want to charge too much and you don’t want to under price yourself so you look like you don’t do great work. Find the happy medium and go with that amount. Prices are not set in stone. If you have to change your prices down the road, so be it.
Get Some Business Cards Printed
If you want to look professional, make sure you get some business cards to send and hand out right away. You never know when you might meet someone who needs the services you’re offering. When that time comes, all you need to do is pull out your card and hand it to them. Never be without your business cards!
Here are a couple of great sites where you can get business cards from free or at a very low cost.
Advertising Your Work At Home
Since you already have a relationship with your family and friends, don’t forget to tell them about your new VA business. While your brother or sister might not need your services, there’s a good chance that they might know someone who does. You can start networking right away with those you already know.
Think about designing a letter or oversized postcard about your service and send it to everyone you know. Maybe even include a picture of yourself, the name of your business, the services you offer and ask that if they can’t use your service, to please recommend your business to others who might. If you send a letter, include a couple of your business cards for passing on to your possible clients.
Send Out Press Releases
A press release is a great way to start your business off with a bang. I want to mention here though that a press release is not something you just send out when you open your business. I’ll talk more about this a little later.
Here are some great places to find press release tips and templates:
Where to send your press releases:
Local Business Publications
Local Radio Talk Shows
Local TV News Stations
PrWeb is free and you can pick what area you want your press release to be distributed to.
Other reasons to send out a press release:
- You’re offering a new service
- Launching a website for your business
- You’ve won a high profile client account or contract
- You’ve had an unusual challenge or adversity and overcome it; especially when others thought it couldn’t be done.
- You participate in a fundraising event or you are to serve in a charitable organization.
- You’re offering or sponsoring a workshop, seminar, or conference
- If you’re changing the company name, location, web address, or product name
I’m The Answer to Your Problem
Convincing your future clients that they should hire you might seem a little scary at first. But once you build more clients, and they start telling you what a godsend you are, your confidence level is going to soar.
Why Are You The Best Person For The Job?
- Tell your future client why they need you. Maybe you work odd hours, or you have very reasonable rates. Go over the services you offer and why you are so good at what you do.
- Explain to the client what skills you possess, your background, and your education.
- You can help your client catch-up on a backlog of work that other employees aren’t able to get to.
- You offer reduced costs and expenses for your client. They don’t have to pay you benefits or sick time.
- You will help their business grow with your marketing techniques.
- Thanks to the technology that is currently available, using your services will save the client money. Explain that you reduce overhead. They only pay you for work completed. They aren’t paying someone if there is no work to do. Plus your client doesn’t have to pay for sick or holiday time, or for health benefits.
It won’t be long until you’re confidence shines through. You won’t have any problems explaining to a future client that you are the right person for the job, or that you are the solution to their problems.
So What Are You Waiting For?
Making money in a virtual assistant business can be done. Full time VA’s are making great money from the internet at home. This year, why can’t that VA be you?
If you are a mom and would like more information about working from home then this site can give you all you need.
Of course there are single dads out there as well so this link will give you some info you can follow up on.
Here is another link about making an income online as a Virtual Assistant.
I hope I have given you enough information in this article to set you on the path to financial independence as a work from home entrepreneur and it does not matter what gender you are. There is work from home jobs for anyone who has the get up and go to find it. The links I have given within this article will at least give you places to start.
If its a home business you want to have a go at then click on the image below and the top menu of the web page will give you all the information you need to make a decision if its the right fit for you.
Onward to your success folks and have an awesome day wherever you live in the world.
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