Learning how to make the most out of your work at home job is important, because you don't have much time in any given day. The job you choose should be one that does more than provide you with income. Ideally, your work at home job should also be one that allows you to improve the lives of others, while helping you to develop the unique talents and skills you possess.
Do Work at Home Jobs That Matter to You
When money is tight, your primary aim is not to find a work at home job that matters to you per se. Your goal is to derive income and help put food on the table. Freelance jobs are becoming more competitive, as people from all walks of life have come to the realization that there is no such thing as job security. They might as well strike out on their own, and that means you'll have more competition for each freelance job you apply for. With all that said, you'll be more effective applying for and keeping freelance jobs that matter to you. For example, you won't be effective as a freelance copy editor if you take on editing jobs for scientific journals, if you're passionate about helping other moms launch their business with well-written marketing materials. Do your research and find out what it takes to get hired for the jobs you really want to do.
Don't waste time when you work. Give every minute and every hour your best effort (accepting important interruptions from your family). Being productive doesn't come naturally to most people. That's why there are so many books and workshops on the topic. You'll have to learn the skills necessary to be productive if you want to make the most out of your work at home job. A few tips on productivity to consider are:
- Don't procrastinate on essential tasks, such as marketing, billing and bookkeeping.
- Don't get distracted by checking email too often.
- Keep a running list of tasks related to client work.
- Plan work and family time on one calendar or schedule.
- Generate a list of daily, weekly and monthly tasks, and do them when the time comes.
Productivity plays a key role in your success at a work at home job. Treat it as important as marketing and other essential business tasks.
Choose Challenging Assignments
If you have the opportunity to choose challenging assignments for a particular work at home job, you should. You'll learn more about the industry you work in, and you can use that information down the road to grow a home based business. You'll also become better at what you do. Doing the same work over and over again, without opportunities to grow, will do you no good. Your competitors will surpass you in skills and experience, and be more marketable than you to current and future employers.
These are the top ways to make the most of a work at home job. Make it your business to maximize the opportunities that freelance jobs present on a daily basis.
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.