May | 2012 | Work From Home Site
The first port of call when even considering working from home is…how am I actually going to earn a livable income while working from home? When it comes to working from home you may have heard of a couple of these terms: data-entry/typing, envelope stuffing, Â mlm/network marketing, internet/affiliate marketing, or starting a small online shop/eBay/dropshipping. There is always the possibility you could work a traditional job and work from your home office. Some jobs which are more suitable with this type of setup include telemarketing, data-entry, book-keeping/accounting. If you are currently without work, it would obviously be hard to try and get a company to give you the freedom to work from home as a new employee in one of these roles (although some may hire on a contract basis home workers as it is cheaper for them). If you are already working for an employer out-of-home, you could try and divert some of your time into working from home. If you were able to demonstrate to your employer that this arrangement works, they would then be more likely to give you the freedom to spend more of your work hours at home. Letâ€™s revisit some of the ideas we have touched on above, and take a look at the positives and negatives of a few of them…
Data Entry: The pros are itâ€™ a simple enough job, allowing you to make a predictable amount of money, without a lot of the high pressures found in typical office jobs. Â If you have the type of personality that wouldnâ€™t go crazy looking at tables and rows on a computer screen, it could be suitable for you. The down side is that typically these types of roles are hard to find in Australia. It also might not suit everyone, staring at a computer screen for long hours and copying/pasting text. If you see yourself as a creative type it may be best to stay away from jobs like these.
As for the typing and envelope stuffing? Typing is basically going to be thrown into the same heap as data entry, and its very unlikely you will see any legitimate typing jobs posted in Australia. Envelope stuffing, I still have not heard of anyone in Australia actually making any money from this. If you could team up with a direct mail business then it could be conceivable. If you want to stuff envelopes and actually make any money, then it would make more sense to start your own direct mail business from home. Despite the internet coming of age as a marketing and business platform, direct mail is returning as an untapped opportunity, as the internet has now become the playground of the get-rich-quick crew.
Telemarketing: If you have the right personality, then telemarketing may be a great opportunity from home. Working on the phone in this capacity is typically split into an inbound or outbound role. Outbound meaning you would generally be making cold sales type calls, and conversely receiving enquiries or support type calls inbound. If you have the type of personality that can make cold sales approaches though, I think there are better opportunities to work from home.
Running Your Own Business: Ok it might seem like I favour this option, and I guess I do. If you are wondering ‘how can I work from home?â€™ in 2012, running your own business online is definitely viable. You could step into a network marketing business that has a strong online component, or start your very own business. Here is a simple list of ideas I have seen work personally:
Sell web design/web services (basically there are outsourcers that work at a professional level for $10 an hour overseas, you just arbitrage on this selling services in your local area for $20-30 an hour, providing a local point of contact and project management). You don;t really need to know much about webdesign at all.
Affiliate marketing. Create a blog (you can grab one for free at wordpress.com, or blogster/blog.com etc) and write about a topic you love including reviews and links to products online. It will be a slow start, but once you get that first sale it can become a bit addictive.
Start an online store: Super easy these days. Use the strong Aussie dollar to start a small import and online sales business, and sel them at bargain prices in the Australian sector online. What type of products interest you?
There are many more ideas, but have a think about any of these that might interest you. If you have any questions please ask below. If you would like us to delve deeper into any of these ideas, please let us know and we can dedicate a whole post to those particular ideas. Wondering ‘how I can work from homeâ€™ is a question that has a lot of answer, let us help you find the best one.
How productive do you think you would really be working from home? Â Iâ€™ve often Â sat down and knocked out a solid eight-hour-day, only to feel like I have barely got anything done at the end of it. It can be hard making the most of your time when working from home. You might expect that your productivity would go up when, but unless you have extreme discipline and a particular system in place it is very easy to get distracted. No doubt you are ‘workingâ€™, but thereâ€™s a chance you are just doing ‘fluff workâ€™. You know the tasks you seem to do on a loop until your day is gone. Check email, check orders, check on websites, check Facebook status, rinse and repeat.
The first step for me when working from home was to break up my day and write everything down. Once it is on paper it becomes reality. Donâ€™t plan your day out in your head and then try and follow it. Trying to stick to a schedule in your head will have you floating all day. Get a day to a page diary and plan your start time and end time. If you have anything to do during that day outside work (like going to gym or getting lunch) dedicate it a start and finish time and block it out of your day. Now you know exactly how many hours you have in your day to get stuff done.
From here there are two approaches. You can either write the tasks out that need to be done in a list, or you can dedicate each task in your day a specific time slot and try to keep to that. There are advantages to either approach. If you are just writing them out in order, make sure you still log the time you start working on it and finish it. The advantages to this are your days planning is a bit more flexible. The disadvantages I have found however, is that I generally wouldnâ€™t get as much done with this system. There is less of a sense of urgency with something when you donâ€™t allocate it a specific time, and you might find yourself floating off still. Personally I like to estimate how long something will take, and then give it a start and finish time. The more regimented the better in my case. By knowing you only have that time to work on it, you seem to be more focused on getting the work done efficiently. It is best to decide which of these two planning techniques are best for you when working from home.
The last part to all of this is tracking and logging your time. For this I have a secret weapon for you. Itâ€™s called rescuetime and itâ€™s a great tool for seeing how productive you are being when working from home. It tracks your computer usage, seeing how long you spend on particular sites, and where your time on your computer is going. You can check your daily and weekly logs to see how efficient you are being, and just how much time you may be wasting checking facebook, youtube etc. It also gives you a baseline for your productivity you can try and beat each week. Knowing you had a productivity score of 56 last week gives you a score to try and beat this week. While doing this you are training yourself to become more efficient and getting more work done than ever before. You can check it out at rescuetime.com here.
Let us know any more tips for being productive below.
If you have the stomach for it, data entry can be a good way to earn some extra money from home. If you donâ€™t mind repetitive tasks and working in spreadsheets ( some people actually find it soothing ) it is an obvious way to get started working from home. Typically data entry jobs will pay between $18 and $25 per hour. The key is finding one that will let you work from a home office. You will also need to make sure if you are doing it from home, that you have a solid internet connection. You might also need to have the relevant software installed (access or excel) , depending on the company.
The main problem we have is finding these jobs online. A search for data entry on seekÂ may reveal hundreds of jobs, but finding one that allows you to work from home can be difficult. Another option may be to look for jobs from Europe, but again your chances would be slim (unless you are willing to work for very low pay). If you are flexible about working from home at the start, it could be worth applying for a normal data entry job, and then seeing if it is possible to shift some days to home down the track. I know this isnâ€™t the greatest of news about data entry, but we are not trying to sell anything here. There is nothing to stop you applying for DE jobs with the caveat of needing to work at home, it never hurts to try.
If you are keen to get going, also be careful of sites claiming to help you make money working from home with data entry and surveys that require a membership. A lot of these sites are scams, and you should never need to pay someone to get a job. Just pay your due diligence whenever researching any idea to work from home.
Here are some useful links we found that did return some jobs:
- http://www.careerjet.com.au/data-entry-work-from-home-jobs.htmlÂ <- Job search engine
- http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-jobs/data+entry/k0c9302Â <- data entry jobs on gumtree (mostly ads for people looking though)
Like anything however, persevere with the search though. If not data entry, there are other options out there. Better yet still we could help you start a work from home businessÂ with our work at home finder.