Do you want a legitimate work at home job?

by K B , updated on October 23, 2013

If you’re looking to work from home, here are two great resources for work at home jobs

If I asked for a dollar for every time I was asked “do you know where I could find a work at home job” I’d give up my day job in a flash.

Then I met Leah Gibbs, and that put paid to my little money making idea.

Leah runs two sites, both hosting legitimate work at home jobs.

Take a look at Lifestyle Careers which has part-time jobs, work at home jobs and jobs offering flexibility. Then there’s Work at Home Mums. Leah’s built a community and a resource of legitimate work at home job opportunities.

There are really some great benefits to working from home, but it’s not for everyone.

So I am going to cover things you’ll need to think about, if you’re thinking about a work from home job.

Should you do a work at home job?

If you do want to work at home then there are a whole host of things to think about. I’m speaking from experience here as I work at home a lot.

The perks are terrific.

Take summer for example. It’s been scorching in Sydney so I decided to take a swim in the pool every time my attention wavered.

I can set my own time and my own pace, and work to that.

The non perks are, for me at least, that it takes discipline and confidence to stop working. Running my own company it’s hard to shake the feeling that my current customer is my last customer, even if I am frantically busy.

The other thing I’ve found is that as soon as you say you are working from home, friends and family who are working from work, seem to think that it is down time for you.

I’ve offended quite a few people when I’ve said I’m not up for a chat. My home time is working time. I get paid for the hours I work. There’s no down time on company time for me.

Then there’s social time.

Apparently you need a lot of it to stop you going nuts. Read this study from Gallup that suggests that people need up to six hours a day of social time. You can kiss that goodbye if you work at home alone.

While Gallup suggest social media can help with that, I have my doubts. Tweets can’t make up for real conversation, as amusing as it might be to exchange weather reports from sunny Sydney to colder places around the globe.

The last thing to think about when you work at home for yourself, is that you always need to be “on” and prepared to talk about yourself. If you’re like me you need help with that, so I suggest you try myPitch.

We  developed this app to help you come up with a compelling way to answer that tricky question “what do you do?”

Check it out. It’s only 99 cents. I’d really love to get your feedback.


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Leah February 4, 2011 at 3:35 am

Thank you for including and mentioning my websites in your wonderful blog Karalyn. Totally chuffed.

I read Interview IQ every day, it is a source of inspiration. I LOVE to share your articles, your wisdom and your fabulous writing style with my audiences.

Keep up the great work, you are a STAR!!

InterviewIQ February 6, 2011 at 6:10 am

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Karalyn Brown (@InterviewIQ) (@InterviewIQ) (@InterviewIQ) September 1, 2012 at 12:02 pm

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Dennis Bourke August 15, 2013 at 4:43 pm

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