3 Reasons Why You’re Not Working from Home

3 Reasons Why You’re Not Working from HomeBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Are there really people making money by working from home?

I get asked this question all of the time. And while I may seem like an anomaly, I’m not. There are tons of women from all walks of life who are successfully working from home. Some of them are telecommuting for a large corporations, others are involved with direct sales companies, and others have launched their own home-based businesses.

So why do so many women struggle with finding work at home opportunities?

Haven’t Taken Initiative:

When individuals ask me how they can work from home, I often give them these 10 steps to work at home success that they should apply to their work at home job search. They read the article, maybe complete a step or two, and then email me back saying that they just can’t find anything. When I ask them what steps they’ve taken I usually get this sort of response, “I haven’t had the time to do that”.

If you want to work from home, you have to take the initiative and go after what you want. A work at home job is not going to be delivered to you on a silver platter. Like any other job search you’ll need to polish your resume, network, and actively search for the best companies that offer telecommuting positions. Then you’ll need to apply and follow up, and you’ll need to continuing doing this until you land an interview, which is a whole other series of steps and processes. Finding a work at home job is just like losing weight or getting in shape, it takes time and effort, but if you do it, you will see results.

Throwing in the Towel:

Did you know that it takes the average job seeker 21 weeks to find a job? And guess what? For those individuals who are older (55+) and for those who are seeking higher paying jobs ($100,000+) it tends to take even longer. The key is not to give up and get into the right mindset. When I started my work at home job search it took me five months to find and land a legitimate work at home job, but I did whatever it took, because I was not going to put my daughter into daycare. Prepare yourself for a long journey, if you start to feel frustrated find a support group, attend career fairs, and read Marianne Williamson’s “The Law of Divine Compensation: On Work, Money, and Miracles” – just don’t give up.

Not Thinking Outside the Box:

When I started my work at home job search I didn’t care what type of work I did, I just wanted to be able to stay at home with my daughter while making some extra money. Luckily, I feel into a career path that I absolutely love. While this nomad strategy worked for me, I think a more strategic approach will get you to your destination faster. First, you’ll want to take inventory of all of your skills, talents, and past experiences from both your professional and personal life. Next write down your passions, hobbies, and interests. Now that you have your lists, you’ll want to think outside of the box and spin your skill set in a new direction. Say for instance that you’re a restaurant chef, while you won’t be able to cook meals at your home for guests, you could offer cooking tips and advice online. Or perhaps you could contribute to a major food blog or create new recipes for grocery stores, restaurants, or major online cooking sites. If you don’t think outside the box, you’ll end up missing a lot of opportunities that could have been a good fit for you.

Finding a work at home job may seem like an impossible task, but if you’re willing to do the research and put in the hard work and time, you can obtain your goal.

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