I’ve been working at home, full-time for about eight months now. It hasn’t been as easy I thought it would be. Its not just the realities of building a passive income business which has its challenges, its the issue of people’s reactions to the fact that I stay home all day and have no children or other “obvious” reason to be there. You need to grow a thick skin if you are planning on building your own business – particularly if you are doing it online.
Very, very few people understand how I make money online. Most people think the height of sophistication on the Internet is being able to use Facebook or Twitter. Most of my friends use neither and some haven’t really got a handle on email yet!
Therefore trying to actually make them understand that I make a living developing my websites and being paid by advertisers leave them at best thinking I am a web designer for hire, and worst – well I hate to think what dark and illegal things they think I do working from home all day.
Before you can get other people to take your work at home business seriously though – you need to take it seriously yourself. I have never owned my own business before. It took me quite a long time to understand the correct answer to when someone asked me what I did for a living was “I am an entrepreneur, I am starting my own online business”. Its not a hobby or an experiment – and until you stop thinking it of like that you will find it hard to get others to take you seriously. And you do want your work at home business to be taken seriously. First off it will make it a lot easier to control your time. Having worked away from home for most of my life I love the fact that I can take deliveries during the day and be there for the tradesmen. But you don’t want to become the social center of the neighborhood if you are trying to get some work done! Set boundaries with friends so they don’t just drop by when they feel like it and stay for hours.
Also remember to dream big – don’t talk about making some “pin money” or “a little cash on the side” – because oddly if you talk that way that is all that you will make – a little. Its called a self-limiting belief and they are alive and well for many people starting their own work from home business – particularly women.
So take your business seriously. Get yourself some business cards, a decent computer setup, a comfortable chair. If you can’t handle the accounts or the technical stuff- out-source them – building a business means that you will need to invest in your business as well. That’s probably the single biggest way to take it to the next level.