We Debunk 5 Popular Myths About Working From Home

We Debunk 4 Common Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? If you do, you may have encountered these common myths about working from home. Here we debunk 4 of the most popular myths surrounding working from home.

The myth – There isn’t much money in working from home.

The truth – There are many legitimate websites offering jobs you can do from home, such as Odesk or Elance. The pay may not be great to start with, but if you work diligently and build up a portfolio, you can decide how much you want to charge. Being freelance means you can choose your own rates – but if they aren’t realistic, you may not get many clients.

The myth – It is difficult to stay focused while working from home.

The truth – It can always be difficult to focus on work, whether you work from home or in an office! If you have an office area you only use for work, getting dressed in the morning and sitting in your work space will often get the creative juices flowing. If you’re still struggle to focus, social media can be the devil – but most freelancers I know love their jobs too much to stay distracted for too long.

The myth – Most work from home jobs are scams.

The truth – There are thousands of scam jobs online – and thousands of legitimate jobs, too. Peopleperhour offers legitimate jobs, and you can find clients in your area who are willing to pay you real money for your work.

The myth – My clients won’t take me seriously if I work from home.

The truth – As long as the product you’re creating is good, your clients won’t care where you’re working from. It is very rare you will even discuss your working environment with clients – normally you will only discuss the work you are completing for them, just as you would in an office environment.

Do you work from home? What are the most common misconceptions about working from home that you have heard? Comment your suggestions below!

4 Ways To Advance Your Career

Many people feel like they are not advancing in their careers; that they are just going through the day-to-day motions. If you are feeling frustrated and want to start advancing your career right now, check out these 4 tips.

Learn To Earn

Are there any skills your bosses have that you don’t? Could you learn these skills? If you want to work your way up, look at the job you want and consider the skills you need to have to get that job. There are many online classes and courses that cover important skills, such as how to programme or how to learn to manage a team.

Work On Important Goals

Be a great team player, don’t arrive late to work – these are vague goals that we all have. Focus on a specific few goals that will move you forward in your career, and put some time into working on these goals every week.

Teach Yourself To Manage Conflict

As you move up the career ladder it is likely you will face conflict. Many successful people can successful deal with conflict effectively by being confident, open and honest. Focus on being all three of these things to help you to avoid and manage conflict.

Be Aware Of Your Achievements

When did you last achieve at work? Doing day-to-day work is something we all do, but occasionally you will excel at your work. Be proud and aware of your achievements; they will motivate you to work harder, and you will likely learn something from all of your personal achievements.

Can you think of any other ways to advance your career? Thank you for reading my blog post! 🙂

Can you think of any other ways to advance your career? Thank you for reading my blog post!

5 Well Paid Jobs You Can Do From Home

Translator

If you speak two languages, translation is a job option for you to consider. You can set our own hours and choose your own work, but the work can be a little monotonous!

Skills you need: You need to know a second language – and you need to be able to speak and write in this language to a high quality level.

Being fast at typing is also a useful skill for this job. As you are often paid by project, rather than by the hour, typing quickly means the same amount of money for less time.

Statistical Analyst

This job is perfect for anyone who has worked with data. You can choose your clients or just work for one company. You will interpret data for research purposes, and it is helpful for you to have a specific area to specialize in, such as health or economics.

Skills you need: Proper statistical training. This job requires some qualifications, or at least previous experience analyzing data.

Travel Agent

There are more and more home-based travel agents joining the workforce. You can work for many travel companies from home, dealing with customers and solving their queries.

Skills you need: You need to have previous experience as a travel agent, or have experience in a similar area.

Writer

If you are skilled with words, there are many magazines and websites that are willing to pay you to write for them. A good way to break into writing is to blog or to write for free initially as a hobby – once you have proof online that you’re a great writer, you won’t struggle to find paid work.

Skills you need: You need to have a good grasp on the English language, as well as punctuation and grammar. It is helpful to have an area of expertise to write about too, such as travel, finance or cooking.

Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists type up audio files for clients, and they can either work for a company or as a freelancer. You can transcribe medical, law or general files.

Skills you need: You need to be a very fast typist – many companies are interested in people who can type between 60-100 words per minute. You also need to be great at spelling, punctuation and grammar.

Can you think of any more well-paid jobs that people can do from home? Thank you for reading! 🙂

HOW TO STOP PROCRASTINATING

4 Signs That You Need To Leave Your Job

You Are Not Learning

You do not learn or advance at your job, you simply do the same tasks over and over again. While this can be pretty standard, it is important to find a job that mentally challenges you and can teach you new things. If you have felt this way for over a year, it is likely you will continue to struggle to learn from your job.

It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Stresses You Out

Challenging work has a solution, and when you figure it out your work will be easy. Stressful work often means you are overworked and/or have limited resources. Be aware of the difference, and know that while you can overcome challenging work, stressful work will often remain stressful.

It Is Only A Job – Not A Career

Can you see yourself advancing and moving up in your work? If you can, great! It is important to progress and feel like you are achieving. However, some jobs come with no chance of a raise or promotion, so it is important to assess which kind of job you have.

If you can’t progress and you love your job, this is less of a sign you need to leave your job. Ask yourself – would you be happy doing the same work in 3 years? What about 10?

You Do Not Feel Passionate About What You Do

You have passions, hobbies and interests, but none of them relate to your work. You do not feel inspired by your work, and you are normally bored at work. In this case, it is unlikely your job stresses you out – you just see it as a way to make ends meet. This is not a reason to quit immediately, but it may be time to start the job hunt.

Can you think of any other signs that mean it is time for you to change jobs? Thank you for reading! 🙂

15 Things Independent People Don’t Do

Hey guys! Today I thought I would share another article I wrote for Lifehack called “15 Things Independent People Don’t Do.”

I think it is really important to be independent in some aspect of your life. It is nice to know that you are in control, and you only have to rely on yourself!

Read it here :- http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/15-things-independent-people-dont.html

What did you think? Do you think you are independent? Thank you (as always) for reading! 🙂

How To Make Sure You Work When You Work From Home

Do you ever struggle to motivate yourself to work? Working from home means you have to push yourself to start your working day, which many freelancers occasionally struggle with.

Here are four ways to help you to get motivated and working.

1. Recognize The Voice Of Resistance

Realize that a part of you is making excuses, and acknowledge it. If you have bigger projects that could advance your career, you may notice you are feeling more resistant. This is mostly nervousness and fear – and knowing this will help you to overcome it.

2. Celebrate Your Victories

Be proud of everything you accomplished yesterday! Think of how you managed to keep your career on track while making some money to pay the bills. Be proud of everything you do – even the little jobs. This will help you to move past the resistance.

3. Be Sure Of Your Vision

Work out exactly what you want from the next year of your life – then work out exactly what you want from the next ten years of your life. Having a clear goal and vision will help you to realize feeling resistant is pointless and temporary – your goals are what you REALLY want.

4. Be Prepared To Go Off Track

There will be days when you don’t get much done, and there will be days when you don’t feel like working. This is normal, and everyone feels this way sometimes – don’t feel worried when it happens, just stick the kettle on and power through – good luck! 🙂 🙂

How To Start A Successful Freelancing Career

Are you trying to break into freelancing? More and more people are becoming their own boss and setting up work from home.

No matter what kind of freelancing you want to do, here are four useful tips to help start a successful freelancing career.

1. Check Job Boards Every Day

Often freelance work is snapped up straight away, with good work offers disappearing almost immediately. Give yourself an advantage and check job boards every day – multiple times if you have the time!

2. Apply, Apply, Apply!

The bigger your net is, the more fish you are likely to catch. Break down the time you apply for jobs so you don’t become disheartened; spend half an hour every morning sending out a few applications.

Don’t pin all your hopes on one application – there are hundreds of jobs available for freelancers, so keep looking for something similar!

3. Be Flexible

You may only want to write about music, business or travel, but it is beneficial not to be picky about the work you take on to start with. Every piece of work you take on will advance your portfolio, give you a reference, or put some money in your bank account – so try to be willing to write about anything initially!

4. Respond Quickly

Respond to job leads and emails straight away; companies expect freelancers to always be on hand, and you can seem unprofessional if you don’t reply, and in a worst case scenario you could even lose the gig. Reply straight away to anyone who seems interested in your work – the interest could pass in a matter of minutes!

Can you think of any other useful tips for people who are starting their careers as freelancers? Comment your ideas below J

Spring Clean Your Job

Do you want to inject some life into your work? Working from home can often become repetitive, and you can feel like you’re stuck in a rut.

Here are three ways to give your work a spring clean.

1. Give Your Home Office A Spring Clean

If you work from home, you probably already have a home office or a set space in your house where you do your work. This space probably once inspired you and helped to get the creative juices flowing, but as time passed you stopped noticing your environment.

Get those feelings back by spring cleaning your work space. Give everything a good clean and treat yourself to something useful for your work, like a new filing tray in your favorite color. This can help you to bring back some of your work space inspiration!

2. Add Something Different To Your Day

No matter what your job is, doing the same thing over and over again can leave you feeling bored and restless. Push yourself creatively and start looking for new job opportunities. For instance, if you’re a writer, you could try blog writing, writing fiction, or starting a book. It is very likely your skills are transferable, so try your hand at something new!

3. Take A Relevant Class

Even if you love your job, you probably hope to keep advancing further in your field. If you’re feeling a little bored when you’re working, take matters into your own hands – find a class that could help you move up to the next level.

For instance, if you’re a full time blogger, consider taking a class on photography, or social media marketing. The class could prove extremely useful to your career, and you will be motivated to advance your career with a new skill under your belt!

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Debunking Myths About Working From Home

Do you work from home? Many people misunderstand what life is like working from home, so today I thought I would debunk a few popular myths about working from home.

Myth: People who work from home work less hours than people who work in offices.

Truth: We wish! Not having set hours can mean you really struggle to switch off from work. While it is true that we save ourselves a commute, there is still a set amount of work to do every day. If you’ve been working for nine hours and you still haven’t finished, you can’t clock out and go home. You keep working until you’ve finished – so many freelancers actually work around 50 hours a week.

Myth: People who work from home waste time surfing the internet.

Truth: Freelancers rarely get paid hourly – so whenever we take a break to surf the internet, we stop getting paid. Sometimes we check social media or some adorable pictures of cats, but mostly we work – just like people in offices do!

Myth: People who work from home rarely speak to their colleagues.

Truth: With laptops, tablets, smartphones, email and Skype, it has never been easier to get in contact with your co-workers. None of my clients or co-workers struggle to get in contact with me through these methods, and I try to always reply within the hour.

Myth: Working from home is like a holiday.

Truth: We do like to watch TV and eat snacks – once the working day is over! While freelancers do have the option to work in their PJs, they don’t have the option to not work –unless they don’t mind not getting paid. The environment is more relaxed, but the workload is the same.

Can you think of any more myths about working from home? Comment your ideas below – I’d love to hear them! 🙂 🙂

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Tips To Help You To Keep Your Clients Happy

One of the most important parts of a successful freelance career is to keep your clients happy. They give your job purpose and put money in the bank – so how can you keep them happy?

Check out four tips to help you to keep your clients happy.

1. Communicate With Your Client

Communicate with your client every day that you work on the project, if possible. It will reassure the client that you are putting in the time and effort as you work, and it means they can input into the project whenever they want to,

Remember you are providing a service – checking in regularly means that you will create a result that both you and your client will be happy with.

2. Don’t Over Promise

Don’t make promises to clients that you are unsure if you can keep. Don’t claim to be an expert if you are not – let your credentials do the talking. If the client is speaking to you, it is likely that they believe you have the qualities needed to complete the job.

Ideally, you will make fair and reasonable promises, but provide unique and above average results. These clients will remember you, and likely come back – but if you promise more than you can deliver, they may not be interested in your services again.

3. Remember The Client’s Needs

Every time you work on the project, re-read the client’s requests. Freelancers can occasionally get distracted with their own personal vision – one which may not suit the client. Re-check every time you work on the project and you will create something perfect for the client – rather than yourself!

4. Be Honest

During your initial conversation with a client, be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. Lots of freelance work is objective – you could write an article or pitch that some clients will hate and some will love.

Tell them that you can’t guarantee they will love you work, but you are going to try your best to provide something perfectly suited to the client.

Do you have any other ideas to help create great work for clients? Comment your ideas below – I always love to hear cool ideas from other bloggers! 🙂 🙂 🙂