How To Start Working From Home
resourcefulness is the best trait to acquire
I often get messages in my inbox about how I make working from home a reality, without child care.
I want to set one thing absolutely straight:
I do not work from home to make millions. I work from home to help pay for bills, groceries, and my student loans.
I always aim for a minimum of $500 a month. That covers 1 giant grocery haul, wifi, half our phone bill, and enough left over for 2 date nights. Of course, I almost always exceed that! I didn’t just set some silly number that made me feel good with no value.
I sat down and looked at our financial factors and 3 main points:
Where were we “hurting” the most? (AKA, what is our biggest financial pain point.)
For us, it was groceries. We try our hardest to eat as healthy, and clean as possible! We never want our children to hear us complain about the expenses of maintaining good health.
We decided if I could cover 1-2 grocery hauls a month, we would be satisfied.
What would be a relief if I was able to pay it every month, without fail?
For us, it was our wifi and at least half our phone bill! These are not big expenses, and is less than $200 on my part. It almost made us feel like we could breathe.
What is one, small thing that we could do every month that would change our lives?
2 words: date night
We actually have 1 weekend a month that my wonderful mother- in- law takes the kids and Tristan and I go out to 2 meals, sometimes a movie, and do the cheesy things we wish we could do more of when the kids are away.
We are easy to please. This usually looks like grabbing a watermelon, chopping it in half, and we each eat half a watermelon while watching the sunset. How simple?
My advice to you is do the same! Is $300 your number? $50, $600, $1000, $2000? There is no number that will give each individual the same satisfaction.
Why are you talking about numbers instead of how to start working from home?
If I don’t give you a purpose, a why, and a strong belief on why you should even think about starting, you will likely quit when shit gets hard.
how to start working from home (or coffee shops!)
I started seeking out what there was lacking in the world.
For me, personally, the lack in the world was so gigantic, I didn’t know where to start.
In fact, what I do for work funds where I want to change the world, but isn’t how I make an income.
Where I noticed there was a lack in the world was businesses just simply sucked at social media, and I was amazing at it. I am a virtual assistant and social media manager for businesses, and am able to reach that number I discussed at the top with just 1 client.
This funds my ability to give back to young mothers who are struggling, and the homeless. I do not talk about this on social media, and would never ever share the names of those I help. I am so thankful that what I do at home, surrounded by my children, also funds other peoples first meals in days, chidlren’s diapers, and gas in their tank.
Think about the entirety of the lack in the world. Where can you be of service?
Where could I be of service?
This isn’t just for serving young mothers and the homeless. This is also just like how I mentioned I serve other businesses who just couldn’t “social media”.
Thinking about where there is a lack in the world (profit reasons, and not), where can you serve? Truly think about this, because this is meant to be a gigantic topic for you to write out.
What was I even good at?
I was, and am, really good and conveying social media posts that convert to engagement and people feeling things. I knew other businesses needed this type of interaction to be profitable.
If you haven’t read my article on freelance writing, definitely go take a peek! This was my first step into learning how to serve others, by doing something I loved. It evolved into so much more than it is, and I really think it could be helpful!
Write a list of everything you have accomplished in your life, everything you dream of, and the life you want to live. How do you want to keep pursuing everyday? Write it out and get super creative and dream.
Who did I want to work with and how?
This kind of dives into the depths of a more elaborate topic… but for the basics:
What types of businesses/ people do you want to work with? Coffee shops, mom bloggers, creative Etsy shops, restaurants, the list goes on!
How are you going to serve them? Are you going to write out daily social media posts for their specials? Are you going to write for their blog? Are you going to manage their books and accounting struggles? Are you going to take care of their inbox?
Girlfriend, do your research!
I did not invest in a course for this type of stuff because there was soooo much out there. However, if you do choose to invest, just make sure they are a reputable, and amazing person! I have invested in my now business, and it is the best thing I have ever done!
youtube video research: people, jobs, opportunities, experts to give you free information. This feels incredibly face to face, and allows you to have peace of mind knowing someone has made it.
pinterest every single: business opportunity, way to make money, structures, the full cost + ROI, the time, money investments over time. I found Pinterest to be a wonderful source of information, and have a board all about working form home here: https://pin.it/sowx2jntzog4rf
I listen to podcast 24/7. While I am doing the dishes, folding laundry, driving (no hands, don’t worry!), and when I am in the bath. I also really value quiet time, but I feel like I am able to expand my mind by listening to these through the day.
Not only do I listen to them, I journal about them.
Not only do I journal about them, I apply them to my life and business.
Growth is really beautiful thing when you can really focus and take the value from what you’re learning, and apply it to different areas of your business or life.
I have a blog post all about choosing mind over matter, and my top resources for growth, as well as a blog post for my favourite podcasts as a mom!
Chat with others who have been successful or tried everything
I, once again, find Pinterest and social media groups for entrepreneurs amazing! I also love a good Youtube video about someone talking about their experience with XYZ, as it allows me to take pros, cons, and really think about if I should pursue that opportunity.
We live in an amazing world where we can connect on social media. Take advantage of this!
Find your hobby and figure out if it can be profitable!
I talk about this a little bit in my series on how to afford being a stay at home mom with how to make money! I really think there is value in turning something you love, are passionate about, and can be a stress relief into a little side
This all does completely depend on the amount you need to bring in, as discussed above!
Maybe your hobby isn’t social media like me. Maybe it is crocheting, knitting, babysitting, animals, DIY projects, creating, traveling…
There are so many opportunities for you!
If you create things, can you participate in markets?
If you babysit, can you open your own private day home?
If you enjoy traveling, could you run a blog and be sponsored to travel the world?
Where does that leave you? Deciding to create an Etsy shop for all of your knitted scarves you have been creating? Deciding to be a writer from home, and freelance for others? Possibly pursing blogging, or some other avenue online?
I would love to hear from you! Reach out to any of my platforms connected, and I promise, I WILL reply!