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Are You A Good Candidate To Work From Home?

For those looking for more work-life balance, home-based businesses may be ideal. However, working from home can require extreme focus and drive, so you should consider some factors before proceeding. If are unsure where to begin, the volunteer counselors at SCORE "Counselors to America's Small Business" suggest you sit down and conduct a probing interview with yourself to see if you’re the right person for an at-home job. Here are some factors to consider:

Are you a self-starter?
Nothing in business happens by itself. As the owner, you’re responsible for everything from establishing your firm’s vision to setting the daily work schedule. There are often many distractions at home, so you’ll need to focus on your work.

Are you a positive thinker?
The moment you become a business owner, you represent yourself, your business and your expectations for success. What you say and do must convey confidence and commitment to moving forward. Employees who sense these qualities will share that determination to succeed, even under difficult circumstances. If you work alone, there will be days when you have to be your own cheerleader.

Are you disciplined?
 Running a small business requires a continuous commitment to quality and detail. You cannot afford to cut corners, miss deadlines or make promises beyond your capabilities. If you plan to run the business from home, you must be able to resist temptations and distractions in order to get your work done.

Are you a lifelong learner?
Entrepreneurs who continually seek information, new ideas and sound advice have the best chance for success. Being attuned to market trends and issues makes it easier to adjust products and services to customers’ needs and preferences. You’re also in a better position to enhance your competitive advantage and efficiency, and address potential problems before they harm your business.

Can you market yourself and your business?
Some people have trouble with this one because of the negative (and often unfair) connotations associated with being a “salesperson". No business, no matter how good, will succeed without some kind of marketing.

Can you be objective?
Your ideas and practices may seem “bulletproof,” but reality may prove otherwise. Is there really a need for a particular product or service in your area? Are the hours of operation fair to your employees? Is renting equipment better than owning it? A good business owner knows how to examine an issue from many perspectives and understand that strengths and limitations of each.