Not everyone is cut out for working at home. It takes a lot of organization, discipline and boundary setting in order to accomplish all that needs to be done. Even if you weren’t born with the necessary work at home personality traits, if you want to do it bad enough, you will quickly develop the traits necessary to become successful.
Here are three personality traits that helped me to reach my goal of working from home:
- A burning desire to work from home (this is the only trait I must have been born with). It has to be more than a “wouldn’t it be nice if…” type of desire. It has to be an all-consuming desire to work from home. It will take that all-out desire to make it happen. There will be obstacles along the way, and at times you will second-guess your decision to work from home, but that strong desire will help to refocus you and carry you over the hump.Keep in mind that the desire and the actual living your dream may take some time (for me it took several years of trial and error, but the desire kept me going until I reached my goal).
- Develop an attitude of discipline. The desire is great but without a plan and the discipline to carry out the plan, your desire to work from home is really only a wish. The discipline may include getting your financial affairs in order to be able to withstand a potential salary drop. Or, it may mean getting up extra early in order to get working before the kids get up. What ever it is, you must develop the discipline and stick with it.
- Confidence. Confidence is the tricky part of the whole work at home plan. If you are like most people, you are nervous and have bouts of total fear when you think about quitting a day job to go out on your own. A biting comment from a naysayer may be enough to rob you of your fledgling confidence and make you return to a 9 to 5 job.
Confidence is built by doing what you’ve got to do. The more you do it the more skilled you become and the more confident you will become. Once you’ve made your first sale, or landed your first client or received your first check for your freelance writing, your confidence will grow. Keep in mind, however, confidence will only grow if you actually get out there to make it happen. Confidence comes from doing. Think about the first time you got behind the wheel of a car. You were nervous at first, but the more you drove the better you got (hopefully). Working from home is no different.
You will run into people who may shake your confidence, but if you have the burning desire and the discipline to do what needs to be done, you will begin to see results from your work at home efforts. It’s amazing how results boost confidence. Stick with it. It may not be easy, but it sure is rewarding.