Wanting to work at home seems to be a current trend which millions of people are currently considering. What is the sudden unrest caused by? Is it job dissatisfaction, long hours and commuting longer distances? Could it be the stress of working mum’s trying to fit jobs around their family, or is it just the grass is greener syndrome?
Perhaps it is the possibility of a low-cost business start-up on the web, or is it the younger generations growing use of technology; which is actually, gradually permeating through society as a whole, with the majority of jobs incorporating some use of technology even if it’s just a computer.
There is also the growing trend in support of green issues, which may make people want to drop the daily commute; not to mention the traffic problems and travelling congestion they incur.
So now for ways to improve your success rate, if you decide working at home is the solution for you.
First be sure you really do want to work at home; really consider the pros and cons. Are you prepared to commit to the extra work load you will face initially, as I would strongly recommend running it alongside you current work until your new income surpasses your expectations and is sufficient to support your needs.
Research a suitable profitable niche that you will enjoy the time spent increasing your knowledge about. You will also be learning the new skills required to develop your online business.
There are many ways to test for profitability; initially check there are plenty of books and magazines on your topic and you are probably on the right track. Follow through by Googling keywords and consider if the market you have chosen has people with a suitable amount of disposable income, for example students might be interested in many things but not have money to spend on them.
Next you need to know exactly what kind of business you want to set up online; for example writing eBooks for kindles, setting up a membership website, or perhaps affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is one of the simplest ways to start-up on the internet with the possibility later of developing other avenues like coaching, speaking at venues or developing you own products or you could just continue driving traffic to other people’s products and get paid, with no further business skills needed. Delivery and payments are taken care of for you.
So to re-cap; research your market thoroughly, make a written plan, marking the stages to reach your goal, visualise daily the end result you want to achieve and believe in yourself. You may choose to find a Mentor whose style you relate to, to direct you along a definite plan of action, it depends how confident you are.
If you are completely new to working online you may decide to read some books first. Here is one about affiliate marketing “Affiliate Marketing for beginners” by Brian Conners an inexpensive little book but there are lots to choose from at various price points and on different ways to work online.
More about Goal setting in further articles.