Working from Home: Part-Time vs. Full-Time Employment

by WorkFromHome on October 14, 2011

Starting a home business is likely the ultimate goal for many Americans who have simply become too frustrated with the typical office environment to carry on another day. However, starting a home business raises several key questions — not the least of which is whether it should start out as a part-time or full-time endeavor. Most ambitious people will want to start out full-time right away, diving right into their work and quitting their traditional, lackluster job as quickly as possible.

But that isn’t always the best way to go about things, especially in an uncertain economy. While there are plenty of great earning opportunities online, it’s not always clear that they will provide full-time earning potential or be viable over the long-term. Indeed, some poorly considered home business ideas may not last more than a few weeks or months on a full-time basis — and then the owner is essentially unemployed.

So, what are the benefits of full-time or part-time home business ownership? And when does it become clear that one option is preferable to the other?

Part-Time Home Business Employment

For a low-risk way to get started with working at home, part-time hours are the best way to minimize risk and maximize the potential for success. First and foremost, working at home part-time will allow a home business owner to gauge just how they want to go about doing their work, and what pace they’ll work at. They will be able to learn the ropes and take their time, without risking their income by working at a slower pace or running into difficulties with the business itself.

Additionally, this part-time employment option allows them to still earn supplementary income — in this case, it would be something like “paid training.” As they learn the ropes of the business, home business owners can gradually begin increasing the work they’re taking on, increase the hours they’re working, and grow the business gradually.

It has always been said that “slow and steady wins the race,” and the case is no different in business. Rather than taking on huge stress and financial burdens right from the beginning, which are liable to burn out a new home business owner, gradually increasing the size and scope of the business permits time for adjustment and adaptation to a new sort of work environment and lifestyle.

Finally, this eases the transition from an old employer to self-employment; by the time the business is ready to be taken full-time in scope, it will be obvious how to best proceed. And quitting that job — complete with two weeks’ notice — will be easier and less riddled with worry and anxiety. This transition process is important, as a sudden rush of “freedom” in this more casual workplace can often lead to a lack of initial productivity that reduce earnings and hamper the business’ chances for success in the increasingly competitive home business marketplace.

Of course, part-time home business ownership is not without its drawbacks. Part-timers may have problems interacting with customers and clients in a timely manner, and they may still get lazy and neglect their new business after a particularly tough day in the office at a “normal” job. Part-time business are also less attractive to suppliers and investors, who see them as less-certain sources of profit and a riskier return on their initial investments.

Full-Time Home Business Opportunities

The many perks of a part-time home business do not minimize the fact that full-time home employment is a viable option for many entrepreneurs. That’s because these businesses allow for a total commitment — every hour of every day, as long as it takes to ensure the business’ success. That means they can often get off the ground far quicker than the slow-to-grow part-time business model. And they’ll attract greater investments by suppliers and other investors, as they show promise — especially with a particular dedicated work from home business owner with a solid business plan and a good working environment.

Furthermore, the dedication required to guide a full-time home business to profitability is likely to result in a greater level of professionalism with these home business owners. They’ll immediately be forced to put their best foot — and friendliest face — forward. They will not be able to fall back on another, more traditional job option, if things get tough. Instead, full-time business opportunities require them to work tirelessly on their business’ reputation and this leads to a cycle of self-perpetuating success. Harder work and greater professionalism lead to greater success, which itself leads to even more hard work and other successes.

And it can’t be overstated that full-time home business opportunities offer a distinct lack of outside distractions from the task at hand. While those pursuing these opportunities on a part-time basis will still have to content with an office job’s daily tasks and interpersonal politics, full-timers will have to focus only on themselves and the day’s list of tasks.

Getting Started and Be Comfortable

It’s important to be comfortable in whichever option you end up choosing when beginning your own home business. There is certainly no need to begin working on a full-time basis from day one, although the rewards seem to merit the risk. If it’s a gradual transition you’re looking for, and a successful transition from outside employment to self-employment, part-time opportunities will lead to slow but steady success that will last far longer than a “flash in the pan” full-time opportunity that quickly dries up. Comfort with the decision — and the work — is the key.

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