Some people decide to work-from-home after a long, thought-out process to make sure there’s a smooth transition. Maybe it’s the beginning of a new year and part of the “new year, new me” plan for some folks includes working from home. Then there are some folks who can’t take their job anymore and walk out, just like I did.
Whatever the reason you are officially working from home, you have to have a plan. Let me explain what happened to me the day after I decided to work from home.
Without boring you with all the details, let me just say the day I quit my job was a build up of years of working long hours, never seeing my kids and a relationship that was about to hit the skids if I worked late just one more time. And by late I mean not leaving the office until 11:00pm when I got there at 7am.
Anyway, that day, I had a meeting with our Director at the time and well, let’s just say it didn’t go well. She was already on the war path – cleaning house if you will. Before me, we lost a fellow manager so I knew I was next. She would always remind me and the other that Texas is an at-will state and a company really didn’t need a reason to let someone go. So with that in mind, I left on my terms and not hers.
After my “take this job and shove it” dramatization, it hit me on the way home – the reality of me having walked out on a well-paying job with great benefits sunk in – I cried all the way home. The next day when I was sitting in front of the computer, I hit me that I had no job and needed to get something going before money ran out. I was like “great, now what.” There was no going back now because I sure as h*ll wasn’t going to ask for my job back. I dove right in the water – it was time to sink or swim.
So, this post is about the day after you decide to work from home. Whether you made the decision in haste or after a decision-making process, there still has to be a plan of action. To avoid a “now what” moment for you, I thought I share what I learned from my experience.If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it. Jonathan Winters #quoteClick To Tweet
Things To Do When You Decide To Work From Home
Decide what you want to do. Do you want a work-from-home career or do you want to start your own home-based or online business? Why does it matter? Because different types of research is involved and what you want to do before moving forward will avoid any regrets you might have at the signs of the first road block.
So if you decide on a work-from-home career first of all, you need to develop a job search routine. If it’s a home-based business that’s your goal, start thinking what you’re passionate about and let those ideas start coming to you.
Update your resume. If you’re going for a work-from-home career or freelance working on different projects it would be a good idea to update your resume.
Pick up a copy of my eBook Beginner’s Guide To A Work-from-Home Career. It has especially relevant tips and resources I personally used when I started working from home and I know they’ll help you too. There’s a box below to get your free copy.
Start searching for opportunities to make money from home. If you need to start making money like yesterday, websites like Click N Work and The SmartCrowd Lionbridge offer quick pay. You won’t replace your income but it’ll bring in some money while you wait for responses to your applications or get your business launched.
Don’t Wait, take action. I learned this the hard way. I had many ideas for a business but I never took any action to get things going. Sometimes I wonder where would I have been had I taken action on my plans the moment the idea came to me. As a result, I missed out on a lot of opportunities.
Oh well, there is no use crying over what could have been so let’s move on to the last bullet.
Goals. Knowing there is a certain date to find a job or start a business can help you stay on task.
There You Have It
I hope these tips will help you out when you finally decide to work from home. Furthermore, if you know anyone who could use this advice I would really appreciate it if you would share it with them.
Over To You
After reading this, what do you think about working from home? It’s not just about sitting in front of the computer in your PJ’s, right?