Millennials are taking over the workplace. In fact, by 2020 millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce, according to a PWC Millennials at work: Reshaping the workplace report.
Millennials have different wants and needs than their workplace predecessors. In exchange for their skills and time, they want flexible schedules, work-life balance and continued personal growth.
Jobs that prioritize these desires may be few to come by, but there is an option where you can have it all. Starting your own work-from-home job allows you to be the boss and get everything you want out of your career. If you can provide a service someone else needs, then there is always potential for you to monetize your skills. Here are some tips on how you can get started.
Find your Niche
From graphic design freelancing to dog walking, there are many home-based jobs that can work for you. The key is to find your passion and develop those skills relevant to it. Keep in mind, finding your passion doesn’t have to be some metaphysical journey (unless you want it to be). There are also practical ways to find a career you love, as outlined by Forbes in this article.
Be Honest with Yourself
Do you do well managing your own schedule? Do you get cabin fever easily? Do you enjoy keeping your personal and business life separate? These are all questions you should ask yourself before considering working from home full-time.
From taxes to health care to insurance, you need to worry about a lot more personal costs when you work for yourself vs. a large corporation. Also factor in that you may save money in areas like child or pet care—but don’t count on it. Working from home can often be demanding enough to require your full attention all day. Develop a business plan before you dive into working from home full-time, make a pros and cons list and thoroughly analyze every aspect.
Transition with Ease
Transitioning to working at home full-time can take time, so be patient. You may have to work long, exhausting hours while moving from your full-time job to your new gig, but remember it will all be worth it in the end. Make sure to stay ultra-organized during this time period, and plan each day to maximize productivity.
Spread the Word on Social
Once you begin working from home, you’ll want to quickly begin getting the word out to potential customers. Join GetAssist to join and create communities with like-minded people in your area. You can also sign up for a business membership, which unlocks a slew of features helpful for entrepreneurs who work from home.