You always hear a lot of good things about businesses run from home. This is a flexible job that you can do with whatever time you have. You can also do other things you want to do and even travel whenever you want.
Some online businesses have even flourished and are steadily gaining income. This motivates you to also start one. There are a few things though that not a lot of people are telling you. It is important to know them not to discourage you from starting an online business, but to just keep you grounded on the reality.
There are skeptics about the nature of your business
When you tell people that you have a business online, they will think that it is just an excuse for not having a job. Those who believe think that online businesses don’t work and yours will potentially fail as well. Even when hiring employees to work with you, they will think that having an online job means that they can do whatever they want as no one can personally check on them. There are different interpretations of what an online job looks like. As an online business owner, you have to be very clear. You must run it just like any other traditional business.
Be prepared to do household chores
Some people might think that having an online job is such a glamorous job. You can take a vacation whenever you want. You can even keep working while on vacation. They don’t know that in most days, since you are left home, you spend a good amount of time doing household chores. Everyone else at home is either working or at school. The point is for you to have a clear schedule on what needs to be done during the day so you can balance the tasks that have to be finished and the business that you need to run.
Dealing with clients won’t be easy
You think that since you are working from home, talking to clients would be easy. You will just send emails or chat with them. For more serious clients who need to speak with you, video calls are a possibility. The only problem in this setup is that when you are taking video calls, your children would suddenly pop in and your conversation is destroyed. There might even be an emergency at home that you need to attend to and this affects the conversation. You might be deemed as unprofessional for doing this, so you have to be careful in managing the office section of your home.
You will still be busy
It is easy to think that when you are working from home, you won’t be that busy anymore. You can sleep whenever you want. You can stop working when you are tired. Although this is true, the nature of the job does not change. This means that if you are busy, you will be busy regardless of the location of your work. It is even unhealthier since you spend more time sitting than moving around. Again, this goes back to the idea of managing your schedule well.
These are just some of the realities in running an online business you need to be aware of before you decide to open one.
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