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Thanks to the internet, flexible employment is now an acceptable option for many companies.  Outsourcing is a win-win situation.  It works well for both the employer and the freelancer. Although there are many benefits in working from home, there are still some things you need to consider.  Is working at home right for you or not?

Firstly, do you have the appropriate qualifications? There are many work-at-home opportunities available online, such as: article writing, programming, website management, software development, customer service, data entry, tutoring, sales and many more.  Some of these opportunities require expert knowledge and/or demand formal training and experience. Other opportunities are more attainable and do not require anything other than a drive to succeed and to get results.

Secondly, do you know how to manage your time?  Whether you are working in an office or at home, you need to be able to manage your time effectively to ensure that you complete any projects assigned to you. It is important to set yourself a schedule and to abide by it so that work is completed in scheduled work hours and does not encroach on your home life with your family.

Thirdly, determine if working at home is appropriate for you. Some people prefer to work alone so there is no pressure or distraction.  Others find it difficult to work in an environment where they have no one to talk to. If your social life is important to you, at the risk of loneliness, a work-at-home job might not work for you.

Finally, are you self motivated? Generally, when you are at home, you are relaxed.  Can you switch off from relaxation mode into work mode?  It helps to have a specific work space that encourages you to work.  Can you set yourself goals?  Setting your own goals can give you determination to improve your daily performance.

The variety of work at home opportunities is forever increasing.    Ensuring that you love the work that you do, where you do it and how you do it will give you the drive to succeed at working from home.

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