As someone who's been able to solely work at home for the last five years or so, I can tell you that being able to work at home is truly fabulous.
But I can also tell you that being able to work at home is something that you’re going to have to work at; if you want to do it, you're going to have to make it happen. Working at home is not something that other people are going to set up for you.
Unfortunately, there are many shysters and con artists out there perfectly willing to pretend that they have work at home work for you (and everybody else) and all you have to do is call or email them and you will be able to work at home and make tons of money while you're doing it.
Read Common Work At Home Scams to learn how to avoid getting sucked into one of these work at home schemes, and remember, please, that you should never ever pay a fee of some kind to get a job or get further information about a business opportunity.
Remember, too, what I said at the beginning of this article. No one is going to do it for you. If you want to work at home, you have to do it for yourself.
How You Can Get to Work At Home
This is the fast-track to getting to work at home and can be the perfect solution if a) you are able to start and run a profitable business and b) you are able to run that business out of your home.
The first consideration, of course, is to find or create a profitable business that can be run as a home business. There is nothing wrong with running a business as a sideline just to bring in a few extra bucks (and many people do) but if you're looking for something that's going to pay the bills, you have to make profit your first priority.
How to Start a Home-Based Business That Will Succeed will show you how to create your own home-based business that will actually make money.
If you have no idea what you might do, browsing my collection of small business ideas should help. Hopefully you'll find something that appeals to you and will suit your location and circumstances.
Secondly, you need to be careful to pick a business idea that will allow you to actually work at home. There are a great many small business ideas that will work as home-based businesses, but you might end up just using your home as a base rather than actually working there. For years, for instance, I provided instructional services, which meant that I had to travel to client sites to teach courses or present workshops. While I was technically running a home-based business, I was hardly ever there!
This is not to say that starting a business providing instructional services is out of the question if that's what you want to do. You might be able to do this and still work at home if you live in a suitable house in a suitable neighbourhood. In my case, I gave up this line of work because I don't live in a place where I could have clients/customers coming to the house and didn't want to move.
Learn more about the ins and outs of operating a small business in your home and how to tell if your residence is suitable in Before You Start a Home-Based Business.
But if you can meet these two conditions, starting your own business is an ideal way to get to work at home. Starting a business is easy. In some cases, literally, all you have to do is start doing whatever it is – you don't necessarily even have to register your business. See Steps to Starting a Business for the steps you need to follow to get your own business up and running.
2) Build trust with an employer.
While starting a business was my route to getting to work at home, it's also possible to work at home when you're employed by someone else. In most cases this seems to require a patient paving of the way to create the work situation you want.
First, just as with the starting your own business option, you have to have a job that can be done working at home. If you have a job as a frontline receptionist, for example, no amount of time or effort is going to change it into a work at home position.
But if you do have a job that could be done as a work at home job, work on building a relationship of trust with your employer so you can get his or her consent to do your work away from the workplace. This will take time as you will have to demonstrate that you have the work ethic and skills to get the job done without onsite supervision.
Once you feel that you have proven this and have a relationship of trust established, ask your employer about the possibility of working at home at least part of the time. Often employers just haven't thought about work at home options and are willing to try it out on a part-time experimental basis.
Assuming that the arrangement works well, you may then be able to work your part-time work at home option into full-time work at home.
On the next page of this article, I write about the third way you can get to work at home...