Motherhood may require many sacrifices to be made. Not every woman is lucky enough to have it all. You need a happy family – you cannot have a career. You have a wonderful career going – you cannot have a happy family. It is as clear as that.
Although most companies today extend maternity leaves and offer flexible work options, there are many who opt to stay at home with their newborns (either by choice or by force).
OK, so you want to be with your child, every minute… you don’t want to miss any of his milestones… you want to make sure your family is well-taken care of.
Every day comes with new surprises… most of the times going out of the house is not even an option.
You get your groceries delivered… do all your shopping online… pay all your bills through the net…. stop going to the theaters…. maybe even to the parlor.
You have quit your job and your bank balance has started to deplete.
Your family is growing and so are your needs.
There are emergencies you need to plan for.
You want a good life for your just-born… you want him to have the best in everything… and all this requires money…. lots of it.
Sometimes I wish money could grow on trees… but it doesn’t.
You need to look for options… identify the right opportunity…. Grab on to it… Work hard, Earn and save enough to make sure you are able to cater to your every need in the best possible way.
All this cannot happen overnight. It may take months or even years, provided you have the right plan. This plan may vary from one person to the other.
First thing you need to keep in mind is to never fall for those work-from-home ads that you find online. I know they are tempting but most of them are scams. You will only end up wasting your time and money. It is always better to carve out your own niche by analyzing your skills, talents, abilities and strengths.
There is always something that you would be able to better than the rest. Find out what it is. Explore that talent in you and market it to the world.
One good way to explore your talent is to look back on your past. What is it that you excelled at? What is it that you were known for? What did you enjoy doing? What was your favorite hobby or pastime?
If you don’t find anything there, take into account, your work experience. Make a list of the skills you have developed, languages you have learnt and knowledge you have gained. These should help you look for the right options.
Now talking about options, there are three ways you can work from home – starting something of your own, freelancing and productizing your knowledge. Let us take these up, one by one…
It doesn’t come to everyone. You may need to have an excellent idea that will help you make money. This requires a lot of market research and planning. You are essentially on your own here. You take your own decisions and lead your own actions. Nevertheless, it does require some amount of investment, depending upon your idea.
For instance, if cooking is your skill, you can start a catering business or open up an online canteen. If you are good at arts and crafts you could build a Facebook page and start selling your ware. Whatever it is that you want to do, make sure you identify your USP so that you move ahead of your competitors.
Your product or service needs to be of excellent quality, while also being affordable. You must be able to understand the needs and expectations of your target audience and cater to them accordingly. You will have to come up with the best ways to market your business in this highly competitive world. Analyze the resources you have, before you take important decisions for your business.
It will take time; but if you have the right plan you can achieve your goals at some point of time.
Freelancing is probably the least risky of all the three options. You have nothing to lose. All that you invest here is your time and efforts. By doing the right amount of homework and research, you can make sure your efforts get rewarded and things start working to your benefit.
Freelance requires you to have a particular skill and experience. For instance, writing is one thing that comes naturally to me. Also, I had about five years of experience working as a content writer. I made use of this experience and expertise and became a freelance content writer.
A few more ideas for freelancing include:
- Data entry
- Web development
- Graphic Designing
- Photo Editing
Productizing refers to a process of using your knowledge to create something that can be of use to others. This I would say is an advanced level of freelancing.
For instance, if you are into freelance content writing and would wish to productize your knowledge, you could build a website for yourself and create online content writing courses. You can write books on varied topics and sell them on Amazon.
Consultancy also comes under productizing. However, instead of a product, it is essentially a service that you are selling here.
One thing you need to remember here is that you cannot sell something just because you like selling it. It could be an excellent product or service according to you; but would it sell if no one actually needs it? Therefore, it is very important to find out what consumers need before you come up with your own option.
Reaching your customers through the right medium is another thing you need to focus on. You need to make it as convenient as possible for them to reach out to you and buy your products or hire your services.
The last but definitely not the least is the market research. You will have to find out what works and what does not. You will have to identify the going rate before you price your products or services. You will have to focus on highlighting your USP so that the consumers understand why they should choose you over the others. You also need to develop a marketing plan that will promote your business or brand in the right way.
So, what do you think is the best way to work from home? Send in your comments at the earliest. You can also write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.