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Work From Home – 3 Strategies to Make Money From Home

Work From Home – How to make money from home? A lot of people dream about working from the comfort of their own homes.

I love the idea of working from home because I think that saves a whole lot of time for people commuting to work. 

So let’s say you do wanna work from home, what could you do, how do you get started, what is that like, do you have the discipline of working from home, is it the right thing for you?

So in this post, I will answer some of those questions and just share with you my perspective.

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Work From Home – Make Money From Home

#1 Make Money with Manual Labor 

The first concept is to make money with manual labor. I call that labor for money, instead of skill for money.

So if let’s say you are a plumber, you are a landscaper, you are a waiter, you need to be physically there doing the work in order to earn the money, in order to make a living.

On the other hand, skill for money means that you have a skill set that you need nothing more, maybe a laptop, a little computer, or maybe a telephone, or something that you could utilize using technology so that you will be able to make money from home and earn a living.

It also means that the value that you are able to provide needs to be different from most people. It requires a little bit more, of what I call high-income skills.

Skills such as coding or computer programming, copywriting, or graphic design, are some types of skills that you could offer to the marketplace in exchange for money.

You’re using now more your brain, your intelligence, and your skillsets, to make money versus manual labor.

Manual labor to make money’s always tough because it is a commodity.

There are a lot of people that could do what you do, versus if you have a unique skill set, now you are more valuable, not so much as a person but you’re more valuable in terms of skillset to the marketplace.

Also the better you’re at your skillset the more money you could charge, right?

Graphic designers are charging $20,$30, and $50 on Fiverr, there are graphic designers charging tens of thousands of dollars to do a website, what’s the difference?

The difference is a skillset. So that’s my very first strategy for you if you wanna work from home, become more valuable, and trade skills for money, not just do manual labor for money.

#2 Think Global not Local

Strategy number two if you want to work from the comfort of your own home, that is to think global, not local.

Now I’m not talking about you gotta build a global organization that’s like, that sounds so crazy, you know, I’m just talking about your customer base, you should not just aim to serve a customer base in your local market.

For example, if I am in digital marketing, and living in Surat. do I just do digital marketing for local businesses, or do I want to serve a global marketplace?

This means that I could do digital marketing for someone from the United States, someone from Australia, someone from Dubai, someone from Europe, it doesn’t matter, I want to be able to offer my expertise, my skills to the global market instead of a local market because you never know, sometimes your local market, your local area, may be going through transition, maybe there’s the economic downturn, maybe there’re uncertain times, just like the uncertain times that we have now, right, you never know.

But if in a certain area in your local city, hey you know what it’s going through a transition, or economy’s not that good, it doesn’t affect you because if you serve a global market, it’s okay, one city doesn’t work, you could serve another city, as long as you have access to the internet you could serve a global market.

You see the ability to work from home has a lot to do with the stability of your income. You don’t just wanna work from home for three months and then three months later you have to get a job, you gotta go out there and work someplace else outside of the home.

You want to be able to have that stability, that solid stream of income coming in. 

What could make that happen is you serve a global market. Then if something happens, you’re not worried that your income stream is always stable, does that make sense?

#3 Ability over Credentials 

Work-from-home strategy number three. Ability over credentials. If you wanna work from home it’s very very important that you are results driven and results-oriented.

Unlike a typical job where maybe you clock in and clock out, right, working from home depends on the industry and the profession that you choose, the career that you choose, it’s a little bit different.

Like I don’t think I’ve ever hired, let’s say a graphic designer based on oh, she’s got a degree, she’s got this certificate. No, I look at her portfolio, is the work any good? Now since if you follow my advice, you’re serving a global market, you gotta be good.

You gotta be good at what you do, cause people will look at your work and they would say hey could this person deliver, could this person deliver within that timeframe, within, like, to meet those deadlines?

It’s pretty critical, so having that degree doesn’t really help you, what you need is the ability to actually deliver results.

And when you do deliver results, what happens is you will get referrals, right, people will then come to seek you out because you are actually good at what you do. 

#4 Distraction handling  

Now I wanna give you one bonus tip because I do see when people work from home, one of the challenges that they have is a distraction.

So I’ve been working from home for so many years, right, so many years, so what I would recommend is you gotta have the conversation with your family.

For example, if you’re a mom, right, you gotta have those boundaries with your kids, if you’re working, let’s say what I’ll recommend at home, you could have a little space, if you’re working from a kitchen table, or working from a basement, or even you take one of the rooms from your house, and then you say this is the work office here, right and then you will communicate to your kids and say hey if mommy and daddy’s working, if I’m working, please know that I don’t want any distractions.

You can go and hang a little sign outside and say I’m working means no distraction.

It’s no different than mommy and daddy is now outside, out there working, even though I’m home, but there has to be that boundary.

Because if you don’t set that boundary if you have a lot of distractions coming in and out all the time, you’re getting distracted all day, and you will not get anything done.

And I think for most people, that’s what stops them, that’s what prevents them from working from home successfully.

Shitanshu Kapadia
Shitanshu Kapadia
Hi, I am Shitanshu founder of moneyexcel.com. I am engaged in blogging & Digital Marketing for 10 years. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, knowledge and help people in managing money.