Working from Home? You Might as Well Be Your Own Boss!

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on February 28, 2013 in Working From Home
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Yahoo recently announced that all of its remote workers must either find their way back into an office or they should quit. Legalities and unemployment eligibility aside, this may very well mark a turning point for those of us who choose to work at home - that is, those of us who are at the whim of an employer.

Stable work-from-home jobs aren't always as stable as you might like to think. Yahoo is a great example, and even the giant upset with companies like Demand Studios and other content mills demonstrate how quickly things can change when you're working for an employer.

Of course there is a lot to be said for the comfort and stability of regular work and steady payments, but there is a danger in that as well. You get too complacent you can quickly find yourself out of a job.

Working for Others

Companies like Yahoo, Demand Studios and oDesk know that they can find writers easily enough because they offer what appears to be stability. They handle the marketing and messy work and you just handle the writing. Simple, appealing, steady payments and almost demoralizing.

How much are you getting paid? The company is making at least that from your efforts. Wouldn't it be easier to just cut out the middle man and charge full price? That’s not to mention how much more rewarding your work would be if you were free to work like a professional – no keystroke monitoring or cameras in your face – just working on projects and getting paid accordingly. What a novelty!

Working for Yourself

You don't have to commit to a full time career when you choose to work for yourself. In fact, you can easily transition away from the stifling and potentially unsteady work you've been doing for others and build up your own business a bit at a time until you're at a comfortable level. In fact, you don’t have to give up the “steady” work for others entirely if you feel a bit uncertain about moving forward without any sort of routine work you know will be there as a back-up. That being said, moving away from a single-employer system will help to protect you when things change – and they always do at some point.

As you seek out and take on projects for clue to without the middle companies, you'll quickly realize just how much more flexibility you have in your work. You don't need to wait and worry about how many articles will be available for you this week, or if someone else gets them first. You'll develop your own long term clients and steady work, but best of all you'll have the full payment in hand and quite a bit more respect as well.

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Rebecca is a full-time everything. She teaches English and reading to her much loved, if challenging, high school students during the day and is a freelance education writer in the evenings. With almost ten years in the classroom and advanced degrees in business and information science, Rebecca specializes in materials that inform, educate and entertain. Rebecca indulges herself by pretending to have spare time and writing about the ups and downs of being a freelancing mama whenever she gets a chance.

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5 Comments

  1. Sarah Park February 28, 2013 Reply

    Working at home and be the own boss is really a great idea. But it is not as easy as it is, especially for newbies who just got went from being employed. We have to take things one at a time.
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  2. Laura March 2, 2013 Reply

    I think you need to proofread your post again. Looks like you made some changes and left stragglers behind.

    “Studios a d other content”

    “when you’re working for a so for employer.”
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    Rebecca Garland March 4, 2013 Reply

    Yikes!

    Thanks Laura – I guess it goes to show every writer should have an editor. I’ve tidied things up and appreciate the head’s up.
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  4. Brenda Cooper March 7, 2013 Reply

    Excellent article Rebecca. As Sarah mentioned, working at home and being your own boss sounds wonderful but making every day a winner is not so easy. With so many demands on my time I find that I have to be very disciplined and so do all members in the household.
    My working day thrives on planning and I could not achieve as much as I do without a to-do list.

  5. Jennifer Roche November 10, 2013 Reply

    After leaving teaching profession after 10 years, and prior to that a career as a therapist for mentally ill adults and substance abusers, I am finally able to devote myself fully to my writing career by creating my own LLC and working from home! I greatly enjoy working solely for myself and while I create my own poetry, short stories, articles, children’s literature, and books, I take side jobs writing articles for Elance. While the pay isn’t always the best, I’m not in this business to become a billionaire. I’ve loved writing all my life and have stories that need to be shared. I created and self-host three blogs, a huge feat for someone that prefers pencil and paper writing, met a lot of helpful connections along the way, and am also able to work on my drawing and photography skills. I love working from home!
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