After years of working for someone else it can become stagnant. Perhaps you’re sick of taking orders from someone younger or more less experienced or maybe you just want to try something else. Millions of people embark upon career changes each year and there is no reason you can’t do the same if you’re really not enjoying what you do. You spend most of your time at work, so make sure it is something you can relate to. If you really want to take charge then working freelance from home can be both lucrative and good for your health. You’ll spend more time with your family in an environment that suits you.
Do Your Research
If you want to go freelance consider all options first. If you have never done it before then it really might not be for you, you may just need a general career change. Browse. Check businesses like the procurement recruitment agency which list varying jobs, you may see something you like. If you are dead set at working from home but think you wouldn’t like the chase of freelancing then you can easily narrow your search for work at home jobs. There are many companies who are happy for you to work from home which comes with benefits of security.
Cover Your Back
If you are going to leave and work from home as a freelancer, then first you need to assess what you’re going to do. Can you design website, or maybe you have a flair for writing? You need to decide on exactly what you’re going to do and how before you leave. You can even try to drum up some work before you leave your current job so the transition is smooth. Otherwise, make sure you have sufficient savings for you to live off whilst you set yourself up as a freelancer and garner some work. It may be a few days until you get some work, but it could also be a few months, so it pays to be prepared.
Grow Your Network
Once you have decided to take the plunge and work from home then you’ll need to grow your network just as if you were starting a normal job. Knowing people in the industry you’re freelancing in is paramount. Some will come naturally through jobs you undertake but you’ll need to push it if you want some of the better jobs out there. Create a profile on freelancer, send emails to the right people and really be relentless. Update your Linkedin profile and tell as many people as possible what you’re now doing. Networking is key to consistent job offers so approach it diligently and with care.
Perfect The Home Office
It can sometimes be hard working from home, especially when you’re working from a space you would usually relax in like the living room. Try to find somewhere you can turn into an office of sorts. This will force your brain to associate the area with work instead of family and relaxation. You need a place where you can work effectively, even if it is just a desk pushed into the corner of the spare room.
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