So You Want To Work From Home: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Posted 05-18-2010 at 11:44 AM by Harmony96

Finding your niche, or figuring out what exactly you want to do at home to produce an income is easy if you follow a few simple steps.

1. What do you like? This is important because if you happen to be great at something, but hate it, you will get burned out quickly. Sometimes you can turn a favorite hobby into a business. Other times, hobbies from your past that you loved can come back for an encore performance. Take a moment and think about what you would really enjoy doing. I enjoy typing, so I looked for something where I could type.

Target businesspeople2. What can you do well? Sometimes, work-at-home moms get caught up in wanting to get up and running, so they learn a brand new craft and have one round of testers and then are “in business.” The best thing to do if you want to work at home would be to take something you already know how to do and have had a lot of practice doing. I took an online typing test to check my speed and accuracy and was pleased with the results.

3. What’s in demand? This may be the hardest thing to determine when you’re deciding what to do to bring in some income. But, it’s probably the most important one because if you love making some awesome dohickeys, but nobody wants them, then it’s probably not the right path for you. I found that there was still a need for transcriptionists, so I decided to apply my typing and listening skills and choose that as my work-at-home path.

I hope this series is helpful as you think about working from home.


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5 Responses to “So You Want To Work From Home: What do you want to be when you grow up?”

  1. wordmama on May 20th, 2010 12:26 am

    Good advice all around!
    I’d also suggest people think about what they’d have to spend before they get any profits. I’ve had some great ideas but none of the funds to make them happen.

  2. justjacqueline on May 22nd, 2010 12:32 am

    So how did you find jobs in your area for this?

  3. mavsgrl04 on May 23rd, 2010 5:18 am

    How did you become one?? And how much do they start off at? If you dont mind me asking???

  4. Harmony96 on May 25th, 2010 3:33 pm

    Justjacqueline, the nice thing about transcription is that it doesn’t have to be “in your area.” It’s not a fast process to get a job (b/c the companies you can find through a google search like “transcription independent contractor” sometimes have broken links or they’re not hiring or what have you) but send out enough applications, and hopefully some of them will yield results. (I sent out nearly 30).

    mavsgrl, the pay varies, but most of the companies out there do some variation of pay-for-performance. One I worked for would pay per word. Another paid per line, and the last one pays per 1,000 characters.

  5. carrollk on June 3rd, 2010 1:58 pm

    Great post…thanks!

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