Working from Home — Is It for You?

Bonita Jewel, MFA
6 min readOct 17, 2021
Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

Do you have a difficult time making decisions?

I know I do.

I’m somewhat of a perfectionist, so I like to know for sure something is the right path before I take it.

The problem is, there’s often no way to know for sure.

I read somewhere that you’ll never be more than 80% sure of any decision you make in life.

That’s an alarming statistic!

Only being 99.9% sure of something sounds bad enough to me; I prefer a 100-percent assurance that something will work out before I begin, especially with a big decision like working from home.

Unfortunately, that level of guarantee does not exist.

In other words, only you can determine whether a work-from-home career is the best option for you.

Only you can decide if the right time for launching this career is now, or if you need to wait.

Only you know if you need to start out slowly or jump in with both feet.

But then how do you know whether working from home is the best vocational option for you? You can start by asking yourself a few questions and answering them honestly.

Your answers might not give you a definitive (and, unfortunately, not a 100%) answer, but they are a good place to start and will give you a clearer idea as to whether you should pursue working from home as a profession.

A Self-Discovery Quiz

1. How comfortable are you using the internet?

Even if the work-from-home career you choose is not internet-based, you might want to promote your work on websites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, through a blog, and/or via direct email.

a) I’m completely internet-savvy.

b) I know nothing about the internet.

c) It’s a process but I’m getting there.

2. Can you invest time into working from home?

Do you have the time (or can you make the time) in your schedule to research, prepare, and launch a work-from-home career, or take steps in that direction?