More Americans are working from home today than a decade ago. According to 2017 Gallup survey, 43 percent of Americans worked from home at some point. It’s an increase of 4 percent since 2012. Interestingly, those who worked from home 3 to 4 days per week showed the highest engagement in their work. In the long term, those who work from home feel happier and healthier than those who work in an office.
In a decade, according to Global Workplace Analytics and the US Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, telecommuting workers has increased 115 percent.
This being said, having a home business can be the answer to your search for more happiness and better health. However, it would take some considerations on deciding which business model and products or services to sell.
In this article, we’ll discuss the 5 tips in the making the decision to start a home-based business.
1. Make sure that you have the passion and interest in the business.
Assuming that the financial goals can be met by starting a home-based business, having a strong passion and interest in the products or services is an important decision maker. Imagine that you’re doing something days in and days out while resenting it. Now think how happy you’d become if you’re doing things that you love and are familiar with the support groups.
2. The business model should allow flexibility, instead of fixation.
When you work from home, you want flexibility, which means you can work for several hours non-stop, but in between, you can do house chores and pick up kids at the soccer practice. Automated e-commerce business, like the dropshipping business model, is ideal.
3. Decide on how many hours per day or per week that you’ll be working on your business.
Deciding on the total hours to spend gives you an idea of how many hours left that you can work on personal and family activities. Of course, it’s just an estimate, as when the business runs, there can be many unexpected incidents requiring immediate attention.
4. Decide on how you can balance your healthy lifestyle, including preparing meals and exercising.
You might be tempted to spend the lunch hour at your desk in front of the computer. It may work in the beginning, but it’s not healthy in the long run. To be able to work at home fruitfully, you must live a balanced lifestyle. Spend 8 to 10 hours max per day working on the business, but use up the rest of the day and night with your family and friends, while also taking care of physical and mental health.
5. Decide on the gadgets, apps, and online tools to be used in communicating with customers and business partners.
Literally, there are thousands of tools out there that can increase your productivity. You can decide several main tools in the beginning, but be adaptable enough that they can be expanded as needed. Start with popular tools that most likely the customers are already using, such as Facebook Messenger, an iPad or an Android app, and Zendesk customer service ticket system.
Once you’ve figured out on how to approach your home business, it’s time to get acquainted with lifestyle options that are designed to boost health and happiness. For instance, if you decide to spend 5 hours per day on the business, you have 19 hours to be used for exercising, doing chores, running errands, entertainment, and family and alone charging time.
With a balanced life, you can see your life quality heightens so you can be healthier and happier.
About the Author
Jennifer Xue is an award-winning author, columnist, and serial entrepreneur based in Northern California. She is also a digital strategist for Oberlo. Her byline has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Business.com, Business2Community, Addicted2Success, Good Men Project, Positively Positive, and others. Her blog is JenniferXue.com.