In the past decade, there have been thousands of people who have left corporate America to follow their passions and dreams of working from home and becoming their own boss. According to the latest census count, there are currently over 30 million people who work from home around the world.
It’s estimated that this number will increase by 60% in the next five years. Now before you give your boss the finger and walk out there are a few things you need to know before you make the transition from the daily 9-5 grind to working from the comfort of your home.
In this blog post, I’m going to share some tips with you that has really helped me out as I slowly made this transition myself. I’m also going to show you how to prepare yourself for moving from your 9-5 schedule to the online world, as well as how to stay focused on your work and avoid distractions.
What you need to think about before you even consider quitting your job to work from home
Working from home may sound like your dream job and something that you have always wanted to do, but just remember that it also comes with its own set of responsibilities. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when deciding if this is something you want to do before making any drastic decisions that could affect you financially later on.
You need to find the perfect work environment
Unlike when you work in corporate America, working from home doesn’t necessarily mean you need to be confined to 1 place every day.
I do most of my work from my house, but sometimes I need to get away from here so I can concentrate on my daily tasks and really get some work done.
One of the things I like most about this opportunity is that you can work from anywhere you have an internet connection or can find a WiFi hot spot. This could be your nearest Starbucks or even Mcdonalds. Let’s not forget one of my favorite places to get work done, your local library.
If you don’t have a good work environment you won’t be able to focus on your work and you’ll likely be distracted by the least little thing that comes along.
You’ll need to change your mindset
You can’t go from trading hours for dollars to online entrepreneur without changing your way of thinking. This means you need to start thinking outside the box and be willing to step outside of your comfort zone for a bit. Otherwise, you’ll never break free from the 40 hour work week and be able to start living life on your terms.
How do you think all the wealthy people got to where they are today? If you have a negative mindset starting out chances are you won’t ever make your first $1 online.
Get familiar with how to make money online first before committing to it
If you’re looking to replace your full time job and make the transition to the online world it’s a good idea to know what your doing. Affiliate marketing is huge and there’s no way you could possibly learn everything there is to know about it.
If you can manage to get a better understanding of the basic concept of it all first, then this will be a huge step in the right direction and will lead to you learning more as you progress in this business.
In the 2 and a half years I have been here, I feel like I have barely scratched the surface of what’s possible in the online world.
Think long term and don’t expect to make money right away
It’s important for you to realize that working from home isn’t the same as when you get a job in the real world. You won’t be able to just fill out a bunch of paperwork, put in your time, and get a paycheck a few weeks later. Remember you will be working for yourself, and learning a whole new set of skills which can change your life for the better if you are willing to stick it out and follow a proven path to success.
In order for you to be successful though it’s going to require that you work hard and devote lots of time and energy to it. Before you can make your first $1 online you first need to understand how the whole process works. After you are able to wrap your head around this and everything starts to make sense the money will come shortly after.
Stay within your budget
When looking for the right work from home opportunity it’s important to stay within your budget and don’t try to buy your way into success. There are countless get rich quick schemes out there that guarantee you can make thousands of dollars overnight if you invest into their program.
To be completely honest with everyone here, programs like this simply don’t work. Trust me, I’ve spent the better part of 15 years trying to buy my way into success and all I ended up doing was wasting money and going completely out of my budget.
When you work for yourself you are responsible for budgeting your finances and you shouldn’t be spending money where you don’t need to be.
Set yourself some goals and stick with them
You don’t want to be stuck at that 9-5 forever do you? In order for you to break free from this rat race you need to have a solid plan and you need to follow through with it. By setting goals, you will have something to work towards and you should give yourself a set amount of time that you would like to reach your goals.
For example, One of your goals could be that you want to replace your full time job within a year and be making a full time living from your home within that time. This was actually one of my goals when I first started here and you can read more about how long it took me to achieve this goal here.
So when should you quit your job to work from home? If you follow these 6 tips that I have laid out for you and take action on them you will be much closer to making this decision. Personally for me, I waited until I was making almost double online what I was making at my full time job before I was able to leave corporate America to pursue my passions of working from the comfort of my home.
Everyone’s situation is different though depending on how many bills you have and how much money it takes for you to live comfortably. I really hope this post has helped everyone out and has given you some insight into what you need to have in place before you make this transition.
How long did it take you before you were able to cut the strings from your employer and pursue your dream of working for yourself? I would love to hear your story and I’m sure many other people would as well. Feel free to leave it in the comments below and I will get back to you A.S.A.P.
Your Friend, Scott