Why work from home

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Salaries and wages have not kept up with inflation.  For those of us lucky enough to still have jobs, there is big gap between what we earn and what we bring home.  All earnings are taxed, but the other things really eat into whatever the Taxman leaves behind.

Commuting is expensive for anyone who cannot walk or cycle to work.  Bus or train fares keep going up, taxi cabs are worse.  Cars cost a packet between maintenance, fuel, road tax, insurance and breakdown cover.  Motorbikes are cheaper, but we don’t all live on the equator and seasons can be cruel, roads can be dangerous. Working from home commute costs = 0

Presentation can be expensive, and looking good costs more when you get older.  It costs to keep my hair the right colour and the right shape.  My daughter can grab a sale item off the peg and looks great, but I have to be careful.  What fits on Monday, doesn’t on Wednesday.  The skirt that looked fine in the dressing room mirror hangs like a sack after a day at the office.  The brown trousers I bought really do attract as much dog hair as the black ones they replaced.  I have wasted mega amounts of money buying shoes that seemed comfy, but crippled me a few weeks later. Nails, teeth, cosmetics, they all cost.  Accessories are expensive too. Handbags, headbands, scarves, gloves and other decoration need updating with the seasons.   All cost money, and lots of it.

Lunch is another big one.  While a slice of toast will do fine at home, we can’t source one easily at work.  We have all been there, I won’t say any more about how eating out can make you broke, but pulling out a flask when the rest of the team order their coffee in sometimes can require a level of courage that we do not all possess.

Health issues can make it hard for people to work in a bricks and mortar building.  Aging bodies play up, when it’s not the skeleton or the eyes, it’s the bladder or the other bits.  Sitting or standing abilities may vary from day to day, and these problems can lead to feelings of not being good enough, or pressure to work harder to try to keep up.  We are never going to be able to compete with a person in their 20’s unless we level the playing field.  This is simply easier when we work from home, ideally online.

Flexibility is a factor, but do not confuse this with any ideas of making money for nothing.  Money for Nothing is a great song, but that’s it.  It is not a workable concept in the real world.  You can make money by doing less, and working smarter, but even today, 0+0=0. That said, working from home often means that you work at times that match your body-clock,  and free up time for when you need it the most.  It often means you can make time for tea with friends, or a trip out with family, because you can swap out your working times.

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The Road to Riches

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The reason I want to make riches is the same as yours, so I won’t talk about that.  Poverty is passe, boring, and widespread, so it is likely that you want to avoid it too unless you are living off the grid somewhere, or have taken a vow of self deprivation.  If this was the case you would not be reading this.  Power is kind of decadent – Even if it is just the electric sort that some us can still take for granted.

Most of us want more – More quality time and more money.  In many ways they are the same thing.

In the good old days, we left school, worked a few jobs, and as long as we “got in” with a stable company we were set.  After a few decades of drawing and spending our pay, grumbling about the taxes that keep our country civilised,  we died before we became too much of a burden.

Before the recent “good old days”, things were different, and the world hasn’t really moved forward with change but has, in many many ways, gone backwards. We don’t need to catch up, but rather to slow down.  We need to unlearn the stuff that worked in the 80’s and 90’s, and embrace the world we live in as it is now.

Governments are falling, countries are changing, people are mobile, boundaries are moving all the time.  Nanny states are not sustainable, and people are living longer.  Taxpayers are going to start disliking us unless we can remain productive.  It’s crazy that so many of us are avoiding learning how to use the very technology that could help us do so much more with a lot less effort.

Put fear aside for a moment.  Consider that in today’s world so many things that might have stressed you out before no longer matter.  Let me explain that.  In order to live a full, happy and profitable life for as long as your faculties last, you need a website and a willingness to learn. That’s it.  It doesn’t matter where you live, what you look like.  There is no reason for you to feel lonely or bored.  There is even less reason for you to penny pinch.  You will need a work ethic, you get nothing for nothing.  You have to work at creating your on-line space and do something every day to keep things moving forward. It isn’t as hard as you think, and it’s certainly more fun.

So how does this on-line thing actually work?  Well, pretty much like it always has done.  You live in a world where you use the internet to find information.  Billions of other people do the same thing.  When you search, you click on a result to get the information you want. The first one might not give you what you want, so you look through a few more until you find what you are looking for.  Each result that you click into brings up a website.  If the site is interesting, you might visit it more than once and use it to link to other websites.

Advertisers buy space on these websites, just like they used to pay to put adverts up on walls and in trains and buses.  You need a website so that you get paid when people visit you online.  If your site is interesting, they will stay notice these adverts.  If you are honest people will trust you.  If they buy through a store from a link on your site, you could earn a fee.

There are many other ways to make legal, sensible money on line, and this is just one of them.  As with everything, some ruthless people have tried to scam people, so common sense is required, but if you put in the effort to share information on something you know or enjoy then it is right that your time and effort should be rewarded.  No quick fix get rich stuff, no overnight millions, just good old fashioned fairness.  As you grow more confident and work at it, you earn people’s trust.  The more people trust you, the more often they visit you.  The more they visit, the more you can earn.

It takes time and effort but it is not impossible.  It’s also not as hard as you think.  I started by trying out a few free blogs on Google until one day my husband asked me why I was always working on my computer but never earning enough to pay someone else to cook his dinner.  I moaned back, then thought about it.

I gave up watching soaps and crime drama on tv, and tried a lot of so called free or cheap offers to get myself a real start in earning money on-line while sharing information about things I enjoyed: Family history, growing blackcurrants, film and book reviews and sharing videos I liked. I burnt my fingers and wasted loads of time and some money.  Now I know what to watch out for, how to identify and avoid scams, and how to build my small business my way, without spending anything or giving out any card details.

I am not rich yet, but I have found my road.  Come join me, there’s no potholes on this one.

This short video got me started on my road.  Worth a few minutes if you would like a clear understanding of exactly how the process of making money online actually works.

How to make money from a website