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!

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6 Problems That Freelancers Can Face

6 Problems That Freelancers Can Face

Are you a freelancer? I love my job – I find my work fulfilling, fun and challenging. Every day presents something new to me, and I learn new skills all of the time. However, just like all jobs, there are some downsides to working as a freelancer.

Check out 7 problems that freelance writers can face.

1. Working In Separate Time Zones

One of the best parts of freelancing is being able to work with anyone in the world, but there are downsides too. If you are working in a separate time zone to your client, you will regularly experience 4AM Skype calls and working through the night. The hardest part? Having to stay awake the next morning so you can still speak to your clients who are in the same country as you. Sleep – who needs it?

2. Finding Your Own Clients

Promoting yourself and finding new clients can be a difficult part of freelancing. You feel like you spend every day bigging yourself up online to attract clients, and sometimes you wistfully consider buying your own billboard to let people know you’re available.

3. Avoiding Procrastination

Without a boss hovering over your shoulder, you realize how remarkably easy it is to procrastinate. Facebook, Instagram, Netflix and Twitter are your worst temptations, and on bad days, you have to force yourself to work. Where is the productive fairy when you need her?

4. Working Alone

You used to hate the office gossip, but after a few months of working alone, you start to miss the company of others. You speak to your clients regularly, but they don’t want to talk to you about the latest gossip in your life – which surprises you, because you know how interesting it is. 😉

5. Managing your finances

Many freelancers don’t have a set income, so it is important that they know how to be thrifty and save up. Also, doing taxes. Am I right?

6. Finding The Work/Personal Life Balance

If you live with your family or housemates, you will know the struggle of working while they are at home. Often you have to set out clear working hours, so you don’t offend them – and sometimes you have to fight the temptation to put the work down and go hang out with your loved ones.

Despite all of this, I love my job – I just thought this would be a funny read for any other freelancers. Can you think of any more downsides to freelancing, or working from home? Let me know your ideas 🙂

Yesterday - A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer

Yesterday – A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer

Hey everyone! I thought I’d do a bit of a different blog post today; a day in the life of me! When I tell people I am a freelance writer, I get all kinds of questions about what I do each day – mainly from people who assume my life is much more exciting than it is.

So here is a fairly boring account of yesterday. Behold – the very normal life of a freelance writer! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

6AM – My alarm goes off and I switch it off. I roll over and pull my trusty laptop into bed with me. I switch it on and log onto my email; 16 emails – 7 spam messages, 5 messages about current writing projects, 3 emails from my transcription client, and one super important email about a future project. I reply to all of the messages that are not spam.

6.30AM – I jump in the shower and loudly listen Aerosmith’s album 9 Lives. I always listen to music in the shower to wake myself up. I’m not sure if this actually works though, as I trip over the bathmat mid-yawn.

I make a cup of tea and sit down at the desk in my bedroom.

7AM – I start transcribing audio files for my client’s family history book. I love transcribing the files – it is so cool to listen to his family’s conversations and slowly piece together their history. I like transcribing – I think it is peaceful and time passes quickly without me even realizing.

10AM – time to make a second – much needed – cup of tea and actually get some breakfast. I settle for Marmite on toast and a glass of orange juice. I take this through to my desk and continue transcribing until 12pm.

12PM– Lunch time! The best time of the day. Sometimes I go for a run or a swim, but at the moment I’m reading Gone Girl for the first time. I love the writing style, and so I sit in the back garden and read for half an hour.

12.30PM – I make myself a bean burger with spinach and seasoned chips, and take into the back garden. Delicious… Although the pages of Gone Girl are now marked with bean burger smudges.

1PM – It is such a beautiful day, so I decide to take my laptop in the back garden with me and work from there. It is quite hard to see the screen, but totally worth it for the possible tan I could get. I start writing an article for Lifehack about avocados – yeah, you heard. I love avocados and I have a lot to say about them! 😉

2PM – I’m starting to feel quite warm and sleepy. I take a Facebook break to see what my sisters are up to. I won’t be on for more than 10 minutes – I just want to see if there are any cute new pictures of my niece.

4PM – Uh oh. Probably time to log off Facebook.

4.30PM – Seriously – Do some work! I log out of Facebook and go downstairs to make a cup of tea. I need to write a lifestyle article for The Rich Daily before I finish today, so I start to think of a good angle for my piece. I am still mulling over this in the kitchen at 4.15PM when my housemate arrives home.

5PM – I had a catch up with my housemate, and now I am locked in my bedroom. I can hear her listening to to music and dancing in the kitchen – Must. Resist. Temptation. To. Go. Downstairs. I put on a relaxing acoustic album and start writing.

6.10PM – Finished! Now I can go downstairs and – Wait, I should really check my emails. It’s been a while.

6.15PM – 11 new emails?! Okay…

6.57PM – Aaaand…sent. Time to pour a glass of white wine and dance around the kitchen to loud music with my housemate.

11PM – Wait…. Did I reply to the email about a past writing project? I should go check.

11.03pm – No I didn’t. Better do that now.

What did you guys think of this post? I might do similar posts again, when I have more interesting days, such as days when I interview people or hire people. Let me know if any of you would find that interesting – or anything else you would like to see me blogging about!

Have a great day everyone 🙂

4 Ways People Mess Up Telephone Interviews

Have you ever had a job interview over the phone? Most people have been through a few, but there are many pitfalls to phone interviews that most people don’t consider.

Check out 4 ways that people mess up telephone interviews.

They Are Unprepared

Many people answer the phone to interviewers when they are halfway through cooking dinner or looking after their children, making the interview stressful for everyone involved.

It is better to not answer if you are busy, and to simply call back later. Interviewers will leave their name and number, so hold off if you are busy and give them a ring back when you can give them all of your time and attention.

They Forget The Important Details

This has happened to most people at least once – they have answered their phone to a job interview, and because they have applied for so many jobs, they have no idea who they are actually speaking to.

This can be tough to deal with, but a good way to do so is to keep notes on all of your applications. Note down important phone numbers, and when you get the call, it is much more likely you will know who is on the end of the line without having to ask.

They Sound Disinterested

As the interviewer cannot see your outfit or face over the phone, you have to use your voice to seem interested, enthusiastic and professional.

Many people struggle with either sounding disinterested or fake and over the top – a good way to deal with this is to take a deep breath to calm you down before you answer. Focus on being clear and coherent, rather than agreeable or excited.

They Don’t Do Their Research

When people first apply for jobs, they often do some research into the company and what they do. In interviews, they use this knowledge to make themselves appear interested and keen – but many people forget to do this during phone interviews. While phone interviews often seem much more casual, it is still important to seem like you are interested in the people you may be working for in the future.

Try to do some research into the company you are working for, and write it down. This way, if you receive the call, you can simply pick up the piece of paper with all of the information you need on it. Good luck!

Do you have any tips to help people improve their telephone interviewing skills? Thank you – as always – for checking out my blog and reading my posts! 🙂

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! 🙂