3 things you need to start working from home
Have you considered working from home, but don’t know where to begin? Working from home requires a while lot of planning and organisation, but is also extremely rewarding, especially when juggling a career and a young family. One thing you don’t need to start working from home is a lot of money. These 3 things will have you earning an income from home in no time, and it’s won’t cost you much to get started.
The first thing you need is an idea. There are plenty of ways to earn money from home, whether it be working for an employer, freelancing or running your own business. The style that suits you best will depend on the level of risk you are comfortable with, your ambition and the amount of time you have available to work. Running your own business takes a whole lot of hard work and ambition, but it’s extremely rewarding.
Once you have decided on how you are going to earn an income from home, it’s time to put a plan into place. If you have young kids, you will need to determine the hours you can work.
Another consideration is exactly how many hours you need to work, or how many sales you need to make to earn the income you would like. I like to do this by working backwards. First, decide on your desired income, then work out how much profit you would make per hour worked or per items sold, after all expenses. Divide your desired income by the profit per hour or item sold, and you have the number of hours or sales needed to reach your income. I then like to break that number down into weeks and days, and make a plan including the steps needed to reach that figure.
You might have heard the saying ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail’. It is a great idea to draw up some kind of plan, whether it be a multi page document or just a rough plan on a single piece of paper. You might want to include things like your business structure, the products and services you will offer, how you are going to achieve sales and a marketing plan, and your financial plan or budget. Having a rough idea of what you are trying to achieve is the best way to get started.
A workspace that inspires
Finally, once you have your idea sorted and a plan in place, it’s time to put it all into action. Your workspace could determine how successful your work from home journey is. A workspace that inspires you is essential, but doesn’t cost as much as you think. I have always been a massive fan of Officeworks for great value furniture, office basics and fun stationary.
To demonstrate just how far your money can go in Officeworks, I headed in store with $150, and managed to buy the following, all within budget:
Kalus Floyd Loop Leg Desk – This desk is perfect if you want a dedicated space to work, but don’t have a whole lot of room available. It can easily be tucked away in the corner of a room, it looks very stylish (I love the wood top), and best of all it only costs $49. You would struggle to find such a nice looking desk for that sort of money anywhere else.
Toshiba 8gb Boxer USB – Creating backups of your work is essential, and this USB is perfect for that. It’s extremely compact, which means it can easily be popped into your purse for working on the go. If you run a blog like I do, and create massive amounts of images, you will also want a few of these USB drives to store your images rather than storing them on your laptop. Speaking from experience leaving them on your laptop will begin to slow it down, so it’s best to keep it clean. You can afford to buy a few of these at only $4 each.
Jonathan Adler travel mug and water bottle – I love the Jonathan Adler range, it’s filled with on-trend stationary and accessories at fantastic prices. This travel mug and water bottle are perfect for using both while in your home workspace or out and about.
Otto 4 piece marble cardboard stationary set – I love getting things organised; for some reason a clean and organised workspace makes me so much more productive. I am also currently obsessed with copper and marble, so this stationary set is perfect, and is only $9.93.
2017 Marble A5 diary – It’s never too early to get organised for the next year, so I got in early and picked up this marble 2017 diary for only $10.98.
One last tip from me; I love a great bargain, I don’t like to spend more than I have to, but I also don’t particularly like to spend entire days shopping around to find the best price on an item I need. That’s why Officeworks is my go-to work at home supplies store. The Officeworks staff do price checks twice daily to ensure that their prices are the absolute lowest, and buy in bulk to keep prices even lower. As you can see above, $150 went a very long way; in addition to the items I listed above I also stocked up on notebooks, organisers and even a small whiteboard to plan my blogging schedules.