Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The right WAHM Business for You

When you are considering working from home, there are decisions that you must make. Firstly, decide if or not working at home is a viable option for you and your family. Next, you need to consider what type of work at home business/position you will be doing. There are many opportunities for WAHM’s out there, both online and offline. If you want to have a successful WAHM career, then it starts with evaluating your own skills and requirements in an employment/business position and finding the right match.

Sometimes the best place to start with your WAHM career is where you have ended your current or previous work. Many motivated women find that they can become independent contractors in the field that they previously worked in. You can use your previous work experience as a launching pad for your Home based business. Look at ways to use your experience to your advantage e.g. find a company that hires people in your field to work from home or days in office/home ratio, using your previous experience to become an “expert” writer in your business field. You may also consider starting a business related to your previous field of work to help others.

However, some women look at their WAHM careers as a way to break out of their old job and try something new. There are many opportunities for entry-level work as an independent contractor. Many of these jobs deal with telephone or online customer service and if you enjoy working with people this may be a viable option for your consideration. When you work as a customer service agent from your home, you just need a reliable Internet connection and a working phone and a written agreement with the organisation you are contracting to. There are also companies that hire medical transcriptionists, data entry professionals and virtual PA’s to telecommute.

If you want to start your own business, the opportunities are very vast. You can start with a direct sales company and sell products from an established brand to friends, neighbours and your local community. You make the commissions through sales and also from recruiting other people to sell the products. Research your options as there are hundreds of direct sales companies that offer everything from aromatherapy products to candles to cooking supplies.

Another option for starting your own business is offering a service in your community. Day care centre operators, florists, and hairdressers all have the option of working at home, among many other professions. Generally, starting a business in your local community normally means that you’ve had some experience/expertise in that field. But saying this, there are some small business ideas that can be started without much experience at all.

Many women turn to the Internet for a source of at home income. The World Wide Web offers a plethora of business and job opportunities. You can offer your services online as a freelance web designer, writer or VA. You could also start an online store that sells products that you have made or have the rights to resell. Many women establish their businesses online by using one of the popular auction sites, like eBay.

You need to decide first what type of job you’d like to do and then work from there. If you are truly a people person and need to get out each day and talk with people instead of staying at home all the time then direct sales or a local service business might be just right for you. If you are the type of mum who enjoys being online and is comfortable with using the Internet, consider finding a job or starting your own business on the web.

Once you’ve decided on the business/ job you’d like, research on what it takes to be successful in that field of business. If you are drawn to one particular business or company, then reflect on your decision for a week and see how it feels. Reflect on what your life will be like as you take on the duties of that business/ job. Most importantly, be realistic with yourself about how much time you can devote to your business and what it means to your family and lifestyle. By comprehensively considering your options, researching and then actioning you can find the business/job that suits you.

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