A few years ago, I was really unhappy with my life. I was over-educated, under-paid, and barely making it. One night, I had a dream. I was a mom running a successful business from home. When I woke up, I knew that I needed to become that person. This was in 2016, which was the year that I decided to leave my job. Ever since then, I have been hustling to become the best version of myself. Now, I work from home full-time, and I feel completely confident that I will never have to go back to finding a “real” job again. During the pandemic, a lot more people started working from home, too. For some, this was a huge blessing. If you’re one of those people who wishes this would never end, here are some tips on how to keep working from home after the pandemic is over.
Discuss With Your Employer If You Can Continue Working From Home After the Pandemic is Over.
First and foremost, the easiest way to you to ensure you can continue this lifestyle is to be honest with your boss. A lot of employers are eager to bring people back into the office. However, if you’re homeschooling your kids, it may not be possible. Instead of assuming that they will be inflexible, try to see if they will make an exception. After all, if you have been doing a good job remotely this entire time, why would it be so difficult for you to continue?
Get Your Gear Ready
At your current job, you may be borrowing a laptop or other equipment that was supplied by your employer. If you have learned that they expect you to return to the office, it is always a good idea to stock up on the items you need to work from home. This might take some time, so try to gradually but different pieces of equipment during every paycheck.
Focus on Something You are Passionate About
There are lots of different career paths that will allow you to work from home. In fact, there are more opportunities now than ever before. But there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The best way for you to know where to start is to ask yourself what you already feel passionate about. It is extremely important to feel passionate about the work you do from home, because you need to be self-motivated. Try to brain storm ideas on how you can turn your passion into profit. One of the best ways to find a career working from home is to start with your natural talents, and find a way to monetize it. Maybe you are great at cooking, singing, drawing, fixing cars, or computer science. The possibilities are limitless.
Don’t Limit Yourself to Searching For Jobs in Your Geographical Location
If you want to work from home, there has never been a better time to do so. For years, so many corporations hesitated to let their employees work remotely. Now, it’s the new normal. Instead of only focusing on the locations near you, search for jobs all over the world. Many companies are willing to hire someone remotely over Zoom without ever meeting them in person.
Do Your Research to See What’s Out There
You would be shocked at how much information is available out there for even the most obscure career paths. My brother, John, realized that he wants to leave his successful career in Biochemistry in order to help give motivational speeches to children who are being bullied.When he first told his friends about his plan, they looked at him like he had two heads. Even though I fully supported his decisions, I still thought, “How in the world is he going to do that?” Well…Turns out there are courses online that teach you to do that. We had no idea they even existed until he searched for them.
So, no matter how outlandish your dream may seem, start doing some research to find examples of other people doing it. Try to see if there is any kind of training, course, or YouTube content that will teach you how to begin that career.
Make a Plan, and Have Stepping Stones
Even though I had a natural talent for writing, it still took me several years to make it my job. When I first started selling articles, I was not making enough to support myself full-time. I still had to work a day job, and wrote at night. Then, I transitioned to selling on eBay, and writing on the side. Once I built up my portfolio, I began receiving e-mails from people who wanted to work with me. Rejections turned into “yes”, and things snowballed from there.
It did not happen overnight. I had to use stepping stones to get to where I needed to go. Remember that every small effort towards your goal is going to make a big impact in the long run.
Calculate the Numbers to See if It’s Possible to Work From Home After the Pandemic is Over
Unfortunately, a lot of people make the mistake of choosing a work-from-home gig that will never pay enough money. For example, I used to make and crafts on Etsy. However, after all of the time and money spent on materials, I realized that I would be making less than minimum wage. These ideas may have been fun, but they were not sustainable.
Try to Fill a Need for Customers
The best kinds of work-from-home businesses fulfill a need that people have. No one is going to be willing to give you money for a product or service unless they actually need it. This is why it’s important for you to do your market research to see if there is a really need in the industry.
For example, I have one friend who worked for years as a dog groomer at a major pet store chain. When she became a single mom and began to raise her son, she decided to convert her basement into her own grooming studio. She had the skills necessary to do an amazing job, and she offered prices that were less than the competition. Now, she has so many clients, she is fully booked. There are more people who need their dog groomed than there are hours in a day.
Do Not Fall For Pyramid Schemes
This one is so important. Please, please, please do not fall for a pyramid scheme that promises that you can work from home and make millions by selling to your family and friends, or by having parties and demonstrations. These are scams, and far too many stay-at-home moms lose hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. If you would like to know more about pyramid schemes, please watch this video on the TopTenz YouTube channel called 10 Pyramid Schemes That Went Horribly Wrong.
Tell Your Friends, and Ignore the Haters
Instead of hiding your dreams all to yourself, don’t be afraid to let your friends and family know that you are on a journey to work from home. People seem to be more open to the idea that people have anxiety about leaving the house, and will totally understand if you want to keep working form home after the pandemic is over. If you have found other mentors and examples of people who have succeeded in your chosen field, stay confident in yourself. You know the research better than anyone else who is judging based on their own personal bias. The more people who know about your dream, the better. You never know when someone may connect you with someone who can help.
Choose a Path That is Sustainable
I have seen far too many people try to “get rich quick” from internet gimmicks that are short-lived. If you rely on manipulating algorithms, they are likely to change in the blink of an eye. So, instead of jumping on a bandwagon, try to figure out a working from home after the pandemic is over, and will be around forever. For example, I know that I can continue to be a writer for as long as my hands and brain are working. I plan go keep writing, even into my old age. Writers have been around for thousands of years, and not even AI can replace us. (Hopefully.)
Last, and certainly not least- Make sure you have fun along the way. Even if you cannot achieve the dream of working from home, at least you tried. More often than not, even just attempting to do this will bring a lot of joy to your life. You will learn a lot, meet new people, and have a great time.