Common Misconceptions about Working from Home

by WorkFromHome on October 17, 2011

While there are hundreds of thousands of people in the world that enjoy the benefits of working from home, there are billions more people that choose other occupational paths for a variety of reasons. Anyone who has ever worked from home is accustomed to the questions, assumptions, and comments from strangers, and even family and friends. While some of the input and questions can be positive in nature, others can be hurtful or completely false assumptions. Working from home is not without its own unique set of challenges, but is one of the most liberating and rewarding experiences anyone can ever have. Here are a few of the common misconceptions surrounding work from home jobs and careers.

  1. Many people believe that those working from home struggle to make ends meet. This could not be further from the truth. Many professional home-based employees earn two to three times more than their respective peers out in the industry. Some work from home jobs pay much less than others. Data entry, online surveys, mystery shopping, and some customer service positions are at the lower end of the pay scale, but affiliate marketers, freelance writers, online auction business owners, technical support representatives, and home business owners often make six figure annual salaries. Making money from home is all about your lifestyle and qualifications. You can earn as much or as little as you need or desire when you work from home.

    When you factor in the cost-saving benefits of working from home, even the lowest-paying online jobs become significant money-earning opportunities. Costs for everyday expenses such as daycare, fuel, wardrobe items, tolls, parking, and extra meals and snacks are significantly reduced and even eliminated entirely when you work from home.

  2. A lot of people believe that working from home is not actually “work.” Home business owners and workers in virtually every profession can attest how difficult it is to balance work and home life. There is no one pushing you when you work from home. You are your own measure of accountability. This means that you have to carefully plan your day, maximize your time and effort, and keep yourself on track to reach your professional goals, unlike with a traditional job.
    Although working at home is convenient and enriching, family obligations, phone calls, impromptu errands, and other distractions pop up on a regular basis for home-based professionals. Disruptions during the work day can cause a professional to have to extend the business day and can also dramatically interrupt the creative thought process. Some would argue that working from home is more difficult than working in a traditional job setting.
  3. Some consider the work from home industry unstable. Although fluctuations to income are common amongst freelance writers, affiliate marketers, and online auction business owners, there are many work from home positions that pay a consistent hourly wage. In fact, many brick-and-mortar call centers are beginning to outsource most, if not all, of their operations to qualified work from home specialists. Small businesses, large corporations, and even many popular Fortune500 companies are beginning to realize the cost-saving benefits and tax deductions available for shifting to a virtual call center.

    If anything, online jobs and work from home industries are expected to grow exponentially in coming years, not shrink. The world is becoming more digitally-advanced every day. This opens up thousands of new opportunities for those interested in working from home each day. Whether you prefer the security associated with a fixed-wage job, or would prefer to have an unlimited cap on your earning potential, there are hundreds of thousands of work from home jobs that can provide an incredibly stable income opportunity.

  4. One of the harshest assumptions about work from home professionals is that these people do not have specialized skills, college degrees, or qualifications. Many college professors with PhDs work from home teaching distance education classes to college students. The majority of editors and proofreaders work online or from home, as well. These professionals often hold multiple degrees in journalism and language arts. Other online business owners have marketing and business degrees, while others have advanced technical degrees in website development and coding.

    Transcriptionists, medical billers, and coders are often in school for two years learning their specific trade. Affiliate marketers and freelance writers must adapt to various marketing and writing platforms and constantly research new technologies and adapt to trends in their industries. While it is true that some work from home jobs require little to no special training, most work from home jobs require very specific skills and ongoing research.

Working from home is truly both financially and emotionally rewarding. Addressing difficult questions and unwarranted comments can be difficult, but opening up someone’s eyes to the benefits of working from home can be incredibly and equally empowering.

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