Do You Dream of Working From Home?

How would your life be different if you could start a home-based business or get a job at home?

This is a dream for many, and while not everything can be done from a home office, with technology and the ability to outsource, it can become your reality. Even if you don’t really want to start a new business, many business and corporate jobs can now be done from a home office. I have spent the last 30 years working from home, earning a great income and being a stay-at-home mom.


No commute – say goodbye to daily driving in bad weather and heavy traffic.
Flexible working hours – although not optional. You have to hold yourself responsible.
If you have your own business, you choose your rates and what your work is worth.
The ability to be a stay-at-home mom.
As a nation, we are slowly getting more and more into debt. If you were to start your own business, or even if you took a part-time job from a home-based job, what difference would an extra $400 a month make in your life when paying bills and paying off debt make? If you could spend $100 on debt reduction every week, how long would it take you to get out of debt?

Starting your own business and creating a second stream of income can change your life by getting out of debt faster!

What should you do? How can you fit a home-based or part-time home-based business into your busy life?

There are so many opportunities available to you now to work from home. Do some research to see what is available, what you would enjoy, and what would fit into your lifestyle and schedule.

My home-based business started because I couldn’t leave my newborn to go to work. Running a virtual business was the answer to having a career, earning an income, and being at home with my baby.

With today’s technology, many careers can be successfully made from your home office, your back deck, or your summer cottage, and no one will ever know.

Don’t know what business you could start or what home-based job you could get? There are many options, including reputable direct sales companies, virtual assistance and executive virtual assistance, customer service representative, consultant, writer or publisher, virtual accounting, virtual tutor or teacher, selling crafts and homemade items on Etsy, etc.

Time management and income generating activities

If you’ve chosen to start a home-based business, you’ll probably find that it’s becoming so easy to spend day after day working “in” your business and generating no income. What do you do every day? It’s easy to “play at the office” and put in long hours on presentations, websites and flyers, but do they really bring in more money? Not unless potential clients/customers actually see them. Yes, it’s important, but don’t spend all your time on it.

Have you determined what your revenue-generating activities are? These are activities that lead you to get new clients/customers and make more money. You need to allocate enough time in your schedule to make sure you are doing these income-generating activities. Think of at least one activity you can do every day to move your business forward (it doesn’t have to be the same thing every day).

You need to develop strategies and create a time management plan, a marketing plan and a child care plan (especially if you have young children), and stick to these plans as much as possible. Learn to discipline yourself. You can’t just start a new business and hope for the best. It takes a lot of work, but it can be successful and rewarding when you have the right direction and your time is structured properly.

What if you try to work at home and you are not successful?

If you try and you fail, then at least you’ve given it a shot. Otherwise, you will always ask yourself, “What if? ยป

A few questions to ask yourself:

What are you not doing?
What haven’t you tried?
Why and what are you resisting?
What self-doubt do you allow yourself to slip in and decide your life path?
You will make mistakes and you will fail perfectly.

You’re going to make mistakes and you’re going to fail sometimes. It happens to everyone. It’s how you deal with mistakes and failures that determines whether you will succeed. Are you going to give up, or are you going to learn from those setbacks?

If you’re struggling or scared, consider hiring a business coach. You may need that extra support and advice, as well as an objective and experienced point of view to help you get on track and make all the money you deserve.

If you need advice and guidance, free 30-minute discovery sessions are available to find out if we would be a good choice to work together.

Donna Sickinger understands the challenges of earning a paycheque while working from home. Her first home-based business began in 1984 after the birth of her first son.

Over the years, she has been recognized for her many accomplishments, including a prestigious Legacy Award. As a leader in the direct selling industry, Donna is known for developing effective business strategies and coaching others to achieve their dreams. A graduate of the Coaches Training Institute, an ICF accredited coaching program, Donna lives in Toronto with her family and spends a lot of time working in her pajamas. To learn more about Donna and her coaching services:

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