Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been writing articles on how to launch a work-from-home career — from my 10+ years of experience working from home …
If you are ready to begin working from home, naturally, the next step is actually starting.
But you need to get a few things in order before you begin to work from home.
And here are four practical steps you need to take at the start of your work-from-home journey:
1. Purchase work-from-home supplies.
Your shopping list will likely grow as time goes on.
For starters, buy only the items you need.
Some important supplies to start with include:
- Business cards
- Letterheads (you can create your own)
- A computer and printer
- Equipment pertaining to your work/business
You might try to find your equipment secondhand (check Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace) or “shop” around with friends and acquaintances to see if someone has gently-used equipment you can purchase for a lower price.
As an example, I have a friend who started making candles, and she found most of her wax at garage sales.
She scoured estate sales and thrift stores for candle-making supplies for a few months and found most of what she needed that way.
She purchased wicks and a few other necessary items but saved a lot of money by making secondhand purchases.
Note: If you are purchasing used material, make sure it is of high enough quality to sell or market.
2. Create a dedicated workspace in your home.
If your work-from-home venture is something like soap-making or clothes design, you’ll need a good amount of space for your work — most…