Wednesday, August 06, 2008

What it Takes to Be a Success When Working From Home

Today I have a great article for you to read that I found on what it really takes to be a work at home success story. I really enjoyed reading it because the author, Michelle McMahon, does a great job of explaining some of the main attributes you need to possess in order to be successful working from home. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did.

What it Takes to Be a Success When Working From Home

A lot of people set out to live the dream of working from home, but a few don't make it because they just don't have what it takes to succeed in the work from home arena. And here's why:

Discipline: Are you good when it comes to self discipline? Or are you the sort of people who just has to eat the last cookie in the jar because 'it'll get lonely' if you don't? You're going to need a certain amount of self discipline because you won't have someone standing over you making sure that you get everything completed on time.

For some people it can get to be a little too easy to let things slide when something else comes up, which is not too bad if you're quite quick at catching up, however, if you're not you could start missing deadlines, and that could cost you work in the future.

You may not have the distractions that you would have had at the office i.e. stopping to chat with fellow employees, but you will be taking on a whole new set of distractions, and these will be more personal because you're in your own home.

Set a routine and stick to it as close as you possibly can. If you do get any distractions that take you away from that routine, pencil in a time within 24 hours when you can get caught up again.

Getting yourself motivated: While on the subject of routine, this can be a great way of getting yourself motivated. It isn't always going to be easy to just start working when you don't have the old routine to go through of getting yourself ready and heading out the door to work. You need to form a new routine as a build up to you starting your new working day.

For example, you might decide that the best way to get yourself ready is to go for a short walk, have a shower, make a cup of coffee and then head through to your home office. This can become your new 'going to work' routine. It will start to have a subconscious affect on the brain that tells it you're about to start your working day. After a while this will be enough to start getting you in the mood for work.

Remember, you're going to be doing this on your own and in your own home, there won't be anyone to push you to get started. You have to do it yourself, so take the time to think of a few ways that will instantly get you motivated to work.

Persevering: It's a fact of life that things won't always run smoothly. When you're first setting up, or for that matter even when you've been telecommuting or working from home for sometime, things will happen that will leave you questioning why you thought it was a good idea to do this in the first place.

If that does happen then just remember why you decided to work from home, and move on. You're going to have lots of problems to overcome, and the quicker you find a solution, the quicker you can get back to doing something you enjoy. If you take too long to dwell on things you may never find the solution and you'll just give up.

The reason's why you're doing this should greatly out weigh any doubts you have, and most things can be solved if you ask the right people the right questions, so don't give up!

PMA: A positive mental attitude will get you a long way in business, as well as in life in general. If you enjoy the work you're doing it will show, and the more it shows the more you'll enjoy the work you're doing.

It's been said that you get a better response from someone on the telephone if you're smiling while you're talking to them. There may be many reasons for it, maybe they can tell from the way you're voice sounds? But the upshot is you're more likely to be sounding more positive, and that upbeat attitude rubs off on the person you're talking to - take note all of you doing virtual assistant or telemarketing work!

It's also thought that what you concentrate on most in life is what you end up getting most in life i.e. if you always think that something bad is going to happen to you, the chances are it will. There's nothing spooky about it, you'll just be noticing all of the things that go wrong and that will tend to distract you, causing more things to go wrong. If you have a positive mental attitude you'll concentrate on the good things in life and in turn you'll keep trying to make those good things happen, while just dismissing what goes wrong as 'well, these things happen'.

So, in conclusion, if you have the right attributes you'll have a great head start in your telecommuting career. Even if you don't yet have all of those attributes there are ways that you can compensate for them until they finally kick in. This is the start of your life working from home, so don't sabotage it before it's even got off the ground - stick with it and the reasons why you decided to do it will be justified.

If you want to find out more about working from home, and a free list of jobs currently available then you can get them at Michelle's own website or for even more information at

Thanks again for reading the free home business tips blog and I hope that you enjoyed this work from home articles. If you should have any comments, questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Dedicated to your success,
Trent Brownrigg
Make Money Online From Home

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