Whether you are currently in a job that you don’t exactly “love” or wanting to supplement your income; you aren’t alone. Working from home doesn’t always happen overnight but with hard work and determination; it is possible.
To give you a little background:
From the time I was in high school I either worked for my Dad (he was an insurance agent), at the mall, or a local convenience store. For a while, I did both the insurance and the convenience store. I was always taught to work hard, and if I wanted things, I could achieve that. My Dad was self-employed for over 30 years, and I didn’t realize back then, it was also what I wanted. (to work for myself). I worked for my Dad for 8 years in the insurance business. I went to school and got all of my licenses (home, health, life & auto) as I thought when my Dad decided to retire, I could take over his business. Well the time came and the company that my Dad was contracted through interviewed me for the job. I had basically ran my Dad’s office by myself in that last year as he was Governor for Rotary; so I felt confident. I tested, interviewed and was turned down, twice in fact.
This led me into wondering “Wasn’t I good enough?”, “Where did I go wrong after putting 8 years into this stressful business, only to be turned down?”… So I interviewed for the new agent that would take over my Dad’s building-and I asked for X amount an hour, he countered with less-which I laughed at (well inside my head anyways). I could run that office! Why can’t anyone see that? So what did I do? When my Dad retired I retired from the insurance business also. But now what was I going to do? My husband was a daycare provider in our home; so I ran figures and decided if I became his assistant, we could go group and that would mean more money.
This was a great idea! , well I thought so anyways-but daycare wasn’t for me. I love kids, but he was better at it than me; so I felt it was ok to help but I had to find something for ME.
During this time my sister opened her own country store next door to where my Dad’s office had been and I was just a little jealous, I have to admit. So I started looking online for what I could do in order to be in business for myself. Back then (we are talking 10 years ago), I thought about graphic design, web site stuff, but I just couldn’t figure it out, and didn’t have anyone to ask. Then my sister wanted to have her own web site for her store as her and her husband did a lot of handmade items. So I bought “Website for Dummies” and started from there. (still not really knowing how to put that into a business), I got sidetracked and decided to make Soybean Candles.-this lasted for 10 years. During this time of candles I started hosting my own websites, and then other’s websites, as I was determined to have a Web hosting & Design business. Also during this time I volunteered many, many hours in helping my sister with her business. I felt by doing this I would possibly be expanding myself into learning other avenues of income. So when my sister decided to get out of the retail brick and mortar store; I was able to take it over ( I just did it out of our home instead).
So already in this post I have brought up a few ways to work at home.
- Daycare Provider
- Starting your own business: which could be making candles, or selling candles through one of the various online candle places.
- Web site hosting, web site design