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Is Working from Home Right for Your Personality Type?


Your ability to earn a living while working from home has a lot to do with your personality type. Many moms who choose this way of life don't look back to the days of working at an outside job. Understanding your personality type and how it might affect your work performance is helpful so that you can be successful.

You're a Self-Starter

Working from home is right for your personality type if you're a self-starter. Some of the characteristics of a self-starter are:

  • Ability to lead
  • Looks for opportunities
  • Creates work
  • Doesn't need to wait for orders to make things happen

You don't have to run a business in order to take advantage of being a self-starter. Many employers want freelancers, consultants and independent contractors who are self-starters because they have to work remotely. Those employers don't have the resources or time to micro-manage someone who works from home and who is not a self-starter.

You're an Introvert

Extroverts get all the attention and some make good employees. Being an introvert is not often a desired quality, but it's a perfect personality type for working from home. You'll be home working alone, unless you have older children who assist you with the business. Some of the characteristics of an introvert are:

  • Energized when alone
  • Protective of privacy, which is important for online and remote work
  • Thoughtful and not quick to react

If you possess these qualities, then you'll be productive and won't have to struggle with being alone the way extrovert moms sometimes do when working at home.

You're an Extrovert

Being an extrovert doesn't mean that working from home isn't right for you. It's possible to do really well because you're outgoing and enjoy interacting with people. Some of the characteristics of being an extrovert that will help you succeed are:

  • Self confidence
  • Good communicator
  • Ability to promote yourself
  • Loves to talk on the phone

These qualities make it easier for you to network with potential employers and make sales calls to prospective clients and customers. Introvert moms find it difficult to do the same, because it doesn't come natural to them the way that it does to you.

You're a Problem Solver

If your personality type is geared towards finding solutions to problems that you see around you, then you're a problem solver. The qualities associated with this personality type that are perfect for working from home are:

  • Fact finder
  • Great interviewer, to find the information you need to solve the problem
  • Good planner

There are many business owners and individuals who need help to solve their problems, and they would love to hire someone who is competent and works from home. It saves them money instead of hiring a full time employee to do the same thing.

The rewards of contributing to the financial well being of your household, whether as a single mom head of household or as a wife while making motherhood your first priority, will outweigh any quirks or challenges you face in your personality type. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are so that you can work from home for a long time, if you choose.

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.

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