Wednesday, June 2, 2010

To Work or Not To Work (from home) it for you?

While some of us thrive on the hustle and bustle of the 9 to 5-- including the water-cooler talk, lunch with co-workers (aka:  other adults), commutes, a reason to get up, get dressed and get out of the house....there are more and more people who are looking to work from home.  There is an infinite number of reasons for this shift:  high costs of daycare, downsizing of companies, longer commute times as our cities continue to grow, etc...But regardless of your personal reasons, the big questions remains:

TO WORK or NOT TO WORK (from home)

This is certainly not an easy decision, nor is it one anyone else can make for you. We are all wired differently and what excites and motivates one person may be another person's worst nightmare!  A great book, by one of my favorite motivational speakers, Tamara Lowe, explains Motivational DNA and helps you figure out your own personal Motivational make-up, as well as those of the people around you (kids, husband, co-workers, etc....)  You can find it online anywhere--it's a very informational, yet easy read!
Another thing to consider about working from home--What to do?!  There are so many options, but they boil down to just a couple main categories:

Work for Someone Else (Virtual Assistant, Data Entry, Telemarketer, Transcriptionist, etc....)
Work for Yourself (Independent Distributor for a retail company, Freelance work, or starting your own business (online or brick-&-mortar, in your field--whatever that is...), etc.

How to do you decide which option is best for you?  Where can you get honest information about legitimate opportunities?  How will the current economic instability affect your career choice?  What will be the effects on your family life--good and bad?  What is the first step?  And the second?

There really is a lot to think for those of you looking for online resources to investigate, I will post some of the sites, information, and experience I found most useful as I waded through the world wide web to find what is now my personal Dream Job.



The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

You've only been blogging for a week?! Great job, your blog looks great!

I liked this post as well.

Lesa Antone said...

Thanks for the compliment!!! Yes, it's been just over a week, I guess, since I started blogging...and I've changed my layout/background/buttons, etc only about 100 times already! haha

It's a work in progress!

Glad you liked the post as well....hopefully I can build it into a decent resource for "normal" people like me to find their perfect "job!"

Danielle said...

I love love love your blog. I would love to work from home.But im always conserned with whether these work form home websites are legit. Ive done bookkeeping and some accounting and I can type like crazy, but everyone of the sites that I have gone too want you to buy there work system to get started and to me that sounds like a scam. Anyways, I cant wait to hear more from you and I hope you will follow me as well.


Stuff could always be worse said...

Yes that is a big question, and hard to answer
kim from mbc

Crystal said...

Welcome to the blog world. I'm new as well-just a couple of months. I found you through MBC and my blog!

Ok, I've worked after the birth of my first son (terrible going back), and also worked from home part-time. My brokers whom I worked with at my HR job in NYC wrote me a position to work with them. It was ideal, but only for a year. I advocate working part-time (WITH childcare, mind you) if you can. For me, the guilt of full-time is just too intense. And I miss the little guys too much!

Keep us posted. And I agree--my blog changes fonts and colors as much as my wardrobe.

What's in a name.. said...

Following you back.

Stacy and Carol said...

Love your blog title, I'll be watching to see what you post on the work at home part. I signed up as a new follower and liked ya on facebook. Saw you on the MBC. Great job!
Stop by if you get a chance.

Cleo said...

Def something(s) to chew on...

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