When I started working remotely, I had a lot of questions. Will this be enough for me to live? Will I ever be able to work from home full-time without having to resource to a part-time to pay the bills? Fortunately, my worries couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many ways to get an income while working from home, but I’ll discuss the one that is closest to my heart: copywriting.
So if you are passionate about writing, you might be happy to know there are many work from home tips that will make your life easier if you’re starting out. This is what worked for me.
I first started working as a freelancer using People Per Hour. I got the odd job, but it wasn’t enough.
The thing with working from home is that you need to be patient, and relentless.
I did a few working gigs, got a few good reviews, but I was about to give up. The money I was earning from remote work wasn’t enough to keep me afloat, and I tried to get part-time jobs to get me through. That is until I got my break.
I applied for a remote position in a company. Actually, I applied for dozens. Every day, I was scouring all remote job sources trying to find the right role for me.
Eventually, I got a job as an individual contractor for a company, working as a Digital Marketing Assistant. It wasn’t up to my skills, but it got me going.
As I started working with this company, I got ambitious. What else could I get while working from home that would lead me in the right direction?
Right now, I can tell you that if you get a lucky break, you’ll be able to not only work from home, but you will also be happier and wealthier doing it. Wages in my country aren’t that great, but, working remotely, I can get by just fine.
The thing is, you can’t stop with one job. You need to always be on the lookout, and that’s what I still do.
Even though I have a daytime job with this one company, I still do freelance jobs and I love them. I love writing and these extra jobs make everything else worthwhile (plus, I get paid a bit on the side for doing what I enjoy, which is always awesome).
So, my main work from home tips would be:
- Be patient. In the beginning, work will trickle by, but if you insist, you’ll get there.
- Do not count on only one client. You might have a person who’s giving you a lot of work to do, but at some point that is going to dry out – and the worst thing is, you never know when. So, always be on the lookout for extra work.
- Realize that your schedule is never going to be 9 to 5. Once you start freelancing, you get flexible. That is at the same time a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because you can get a break during the day when things are slow, however, that also means that you need to stop counting on specific times of the week to be off-limits. Nonetheless, that happened to me even when I worked on-site, so it’s not a big deal.
Right now, I have one main gig and a few other freelance jobs. I find this to be a good balance.