Starting your own business is not a decision taken lightly whether or not you are a potential work at home mum. Before setting up the business begins there are many decisions to be made.

Probably the first decision to be made is whether or not working at home is actually suitable for you. Not everyone can cope with the relative isolation. There are also certain qualities that are required to work at home successfully as well.

Before deciding which type of job is for you, it is important to consider the following:

  • Skills – what skills do you have?
  • Income – what level of income do you need to make as a work at home mum?
  • Personality – are you a self starter? Do you work well on your own?
  • Time management/organisation – are you organised or do you require support or training with this?
  • Time – how much time can you devote to your job?
  • Space – where will you work? How much space will your work at home job require?
  • Online or offline – do you want to work online or offline?
  • Legal – are there particular laws relating to use of your premises that will prevent you from undertaking certain types of work?

Quite often women start their work at home career where their previous career ended. Using the skills and knowledge that you have can be an excellent starting point for your new career. You could try searching for online telecommuting jobs. If none are available, and companies in your previous field are not hiring, then if the field is suitable you could set up a business with yourself as an ‘expert’.

Entering a new field is possible if you are open to entering at a lower level. There are opportunities to work as customer service representatives, data entry clerks or transcriptionists. Quite often these positions will be as an independent contractor so you will need to check employment law for the country in which you reside as to what your rights will be.

Direct sales is another field to consider. This is particularly popular for WAHMs in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand as well as the U.K. Companies such as Pampered Chef, Avon and Tupperware hire WAHMs as contractors to sell their products through parties and door to door. This type of work at home job is really popular with women who like to socialise and meet new people.

Online job opportunities for work at home mums are growing. There are opportunities to start your own online store, blog, write, or to become a virtual assistant. Crafts can even be a source of income if you sell through your own store or have a store through a site such as Etsy. Women are becoming more prominent in internet marketing including affiliate marketing.

Once you have listed your knowledge and skills and, whether you would prefer to work on or offline then you can start to research the types of jobs that are available. Once you have decided on the type of job you think you would like, research the requirements and what it will take to be successful.

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