The thoughts of working online, having your own website, and/or blogging from the home sounds like great ideas. No or very little upfront costs, no or very low overhead, reduction in gas prices and the costs of commuting, fewer laundry and dry cleaning bills, and the list of advantages go on and on.
Yet many people ask themselves the question, “Is working online for me? Is this something that I can do? Is it something that I want to do?” And these are very good things to consider before you take the plunge and go full speed ahead.
It is recommended that working online be done in your spare time, on a part time business. If using the Internet is a dream and a thought of yours, it is recommended that you get started right away. Try creating a blog by using Word Press or Blogger, post some reviews on products you have used, and/or comment on others’ YouTube videos. Start by just doing it, Nike.
But if you’re seriously thinking about quitting your current job or taking on full time online work, it is best to consider some of the following tips and suggestions before diving head first into online work.
If the learning curve is too great, don’t quit your day job
If you’re not too familiar with using the computer, the Internet, and are not able to type that well.
If you don’t have the basic required equipment, make sure you do before you start
There are some people who don’t have a computer or laptop or even Internet and conduct their online work at the library or at school. This is perfectly fine especially on a part time basis. Yet it is not recommended for those who expect to work online full time or those who want a considerable amount of income to start working online unless the necessary equipment has been acquired. A laptop or computer or mobile device and Internet connection are the basics must have’s. Once again, if you can get your work completed without owning these and can get access to a friend’s or public usage, then that is excellent.
If you’re not self motivated, this type of work is not for you
If you’re not a go getter and need someone to prompt you to wake up or get to work, then this type of work is not for you. If you get distracted easily by, for example, your favorite t.v. show or like to do things on the spur of the moment, having an online business is not for you. If you need someone to guide and lead you, then you’d better reconsider.
If you can’t or don’t want to invest lots of time, then working online may not be for you
You’ve heard the stories of how someone only works a few hours per week and are making full time income using the Internet. You see those types of ads on the computer all the time. You may even know someone who is doing just that. Yet reality is that using the computer and the Internet to make money takes lots of time, persistence, patience, and plain hard work.
Now that you’ve read about a few things to consider when asking yourself the question, “Is working online for me?”, refer back to the many blogs that explain why working online may be a great idea.