People might be very surprised if they found out how much is really available online. For example community colleges have free or very inexpensive courses that can be done completely online. Even various certificates of achievement can be earned in this way.
So at that price you can take something you are curious about or interested in that really hasn’t got much of a chance of helping your career. Just for fun. Along the way you may change your mind and it could possibly turn into something that would be a career.
Naturally it makes the most sense to find something that might even help you get a promotion or to elevate your skill level so you would qualify for a better job – or even to enhance your technical skills so that you may take more control of your home business. For example it would be so helpful if you had more of a handle on basic HTML so that you were not dependent on programmers whenever you want to make a small change to your website.
There are multiple free courses in HTML and other technical languages on the Internet right now. This could also be anything that would help your business like bookkeeping, or using a proprietary software that performs some task that you need to work from home. These courses, while maybe not formal (having certification) can be started the same day they are discovered, a manual printed out for reference and then just go!
It is amazing how the search engines have vast amounts of free information on the fly – a breathing index of facts for everyone who seeks and has access to; and then to realize you can really drill down from there to find really extensive instructions if you want to pursue something to more of an extent. There is nowhere in the world where there are more possibilities to learn than the Internet.
It would be a shame to waste it especially because even the business you are trying to develop can itself teach you so much about business procedures, using software, etc. Even though ‘code’ and etc. may seem complex and ‘above’ your head, it really isn’t. If you look at it you will definitely see patterns that can be recognizable to you in the future and not at all ‘rocket science’ or something unachievable except to geniuses.
There is a new commercial on TV and it is actually from a technical college where someone earned a BS degree and is now able to repair electronic devices. Ho hum until he says, “I just love what I do and my wife says I am not going to work but going to play!” Now that stuck!
That is actually a great way to look at things and is very relevant to the idea that we do best what we enjoy doing. This is especially important with a home business when you are starting out and have a full-time day job as well as any number of family and other responsibilities. Would somebody in their right mind add more to do if it either wasn’t necessary or wasn’t fun?
Being necessary never makes anything fun because we are forced to do it rather than choose to do it because we like it. If you can look at your home business start-up as a hobby and maybe by some stretch of the imagination can enjoy doing the research and etc. that is necessary to start a business, chances are we will be able to achieve something significant.
Of course if we really need the extra money we hope to earn from our new business, it can be a positive motivator. Many home business entrepreneurs start out with ‘extra’ money in mind but secretly plot to someday bring the business to the level that they can quit their day job and fire their boss. Don’t try this at home or at least don’t burn any bridges until you are really sure you have replaced your steady income from your day job.
It’s also a real good plan if you have reached somewhere near retirement age and have some benefits possibly even including social security. It is best to save everything as long as you can and accumulate as much as you can for the day when you are really too old to work. If you can save your benefits and live on what you earn from your home business that is ideal.
This may take a few different turns where for example at first it is the other way around and you support yourself on severance pay, early retirement, pension, 401K, savings, or whatever until you develop a business that is actually producing a steady income. Make this time as brief as possible because again you should be thinking in terms of saving as much as you can for the future when you may really be unable to work anymore but still need to live.
It is a very sad fact that statistically way less people than you would imagine have substantial savings for their retirement. Especially thanks to the last recession many that should be looking to retire are looking for part-time work for seniors. Another recession could happen at any minute so try to be prepared. It is a true fact that many people lost their entire life savings, retirement, real estate investments and everything else in the last recession just 8 years ago. Starting over at retirement age must be really heart-breaking as well as an extremely almost insurmountable uphill battle.
Any routine can become a rut after a while. The routine is usually somewhat if not entirely necessary in order to get the tasks done that run your business. These tasks may include marketing and sales as well as administrative and technical duties. So right off the bat you have a variety of things to do.
While some people in their working career may have enjoyed multi-tasking and having different, variable things to do in their job, the majority of jobs have a limited scope of duties. If we are not really happy with our jobs for whatever reason, all such activity can add up to drudgery. This is particularly true if we are not making enough money or are working in a hostile or stressful environment.
One of the beautiful things about having a home business is being able to do things whenever they fit in with your life, as long as they are still considered a priority. If you look at a 24-hour clock rather than the traditional 8-hour work day – you can see you have a lot more time (3x as much time) to get maybe 8-hours of work into. So it makes no difference if you do task a, b, and c at 8:am or 12:pm or for that matter 8:pm. If you feel more like doing task d, e and f first – that’s fine – you are the boss.
Something else that may really help to prevent boredom while working from home is if you can juggle a few extra projects now and then – say for a little extra money. Or ideally, if you have another ‘passion’ that would lend itself to a seasonal or occasional frequency, “just for fun” (and some extra profit!), this could also help prevent you from getting into a bored, complacent rut that really makes it hard for you to stay fully engaged and enthused about what we are doing.
For example if you had an artistic bent and wanted to create some gift items for the holidays. It could involve ceramics, baking, candy, soap or candle-making for a few examples. Or even something more simple to facilitate like selling sports memorabilia according to the seasons. There are many ideas you could think of when you look at business from the perspective of hobbies and interests.
It could work really well to balance your business too, because for example when the concept of ‘multiple streams of income’ is considered, in this scenario you have your regular day-to-day business that is your ‘bread and butter’ and it may slow down at the very seasons when a gift related business would be most busy. So you see one thing balances the other. Who knows – you could even have a ‘banner year’ when you make money in ALL seasons!