There are many career questions you need to ask yourself before quitting your day job and setting out for a home-based career. Work-at-home jobs have many hidden benefits that a regular day job can't provide, but there are also some hidden pitfalls you'll need to consider. Here are 7 career questions to ask yourself when choosing a home-based job.
1. How Secure is This Job?
This can be a difficult question to answer. There are still many unanswered questions about work-at-home jobs and how they fare during a period of recession. Do as much research as you can; read news articles, blogs and other sources to find out about job stability in the field you're considering.
2. Are There Salary Increases?
If the answer to this question is, "No", it probably won't make a good choice for a career. If a home-based job pays the same rate, year after year, you'll be taking slow, incremental pay cuts due to inflation.
3. Does This Job Pay Any Benefits?
Home-based jobs, by their very nature, don't usually pay benefits for the employees. However, some telecommute jobs do. You need to ask: Does this employer pay any benefits such as health care, internet access or some other perks? If not, you'll need to decide whether you're able to pay for benefits for yourself.
4. Can I Do This Job, Even When I Don't Feel Like It?
Unlike a job which you can leave any time for something else, you're considering this for a career. Is the type of work you're considering something you can do, even if you don't feel like getting out of bed that day?
5. Can I Motivate Myself?
Working at home means you're not part of a team in an office. You don't have the usual camaraderie and competition that can motivate some people to excel at their work. Are you able to motivate yourself to succeed? Are you passionate about the type of work you're considering?
6. Can I Work Independently?
A work-at-home job means you'll be working alone, and working with little or no supervision. Do you have the confidence in your skills and abilities to work without an immediate supervisor, day in and day out?
7. Am I Willing to Learn New Skills?
The technology and skills needed to work remotely are constantly changing. You may need to retrain yourself every few months or years as software and technology changes. Are you willing to keep learning as part of the process to stay competitive? Are you willing to pay for that training yourself, if the employer won't?
Those are just a few career questions to ask yourself as you think about a work-at-home job. There may be other considerations you need to make, such as work-life balance, family time, office space within the home and more. Make sure you weigh all the factors you can think of before making a decision.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.