This is a guest post by David on financial benefits of working at home. You can read the guidelines for guest posting at our guest posting guidelines page.
Because many people are dealing with financial pressure, many of us are trying to save money on many things. People are clipping coupons like never before, we compare prices between supermarkets to determine which the best supermarket to go to is, but many of us do not look at what going to and from work is costing us. If you want an honest assessment of how much work is costing you, you need to look at the following aspects.
If you use public transportation, you are going to save less, but if you drive your own car to work like most, you will save a lot of money. Think of these expenses: car insurance, car maintenance, and gas. If you are not driving your car as much, these costs related to your car are going to go down.
Clothing costs :
You not only have to create a well-stocked business wardrobe, but you also have to maintain it. Think about how much money you are currently spending on clothes or dry cleaning each month. While you still need to look presentable if you were to meet clients face to face or via webcam, you can still greatly reduce your clothing budget by working from home.
How often do you go through the drive-through to pick up food or coffee? Now you can eat lunch in your own kitchen and drink your own coffee. Just pay attention to how much money you spend eating out every day and add it up for a week. You may very well be surprised with what you find.
You can save money on your income taxes when you work from home (something that people who go to work cannot). Not just that, but if you have expenses when it comes to creating a home office, these expenses are usually tax deductible as well. Many people never realize that these benefits are available.
Where to start looking:
So let’s say that you are convinced that working at home may have rewards, where do you start looking for work? One important thing to remember is that there are many people that want to get rich quick. They will offer to pay you money as long as you do work for them, and never deliver on their financial promise. The best place I have personally found for work is Elance. The reason that is Elance is great to work with is that it automates many tasks that you would otherwise have to worry about yourself. Elance takes care of the billing, the payment, you can upload a portfolio, and you can find clients to work with.
Jobs you could find on Elance:
You might wonder what sort of job opportunities you could find on Elance. A few examples would be to work as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, graphic designer, voice-over specialist, or programmer. Even though these are just a few simple suggestions, if you check out the site itself you will see the many different types of jobs available.
What you need to work from home:
The best thing is that you need very little in order to start for yourself. The only thing you are going to need is a computer with Internet access (if you are reading this, chances are that you have that covered), a desk to work on, and a webcam with web video conferencing software. With that simple setup, you can stay in touch with your future clients through both email and teleconferencing. As you can see, it does not take much. If you are on the fence, just remember this quote by Gail Devers, “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” You are able to be your own boss and work from home; you just have to go for it.
About the Author:
David Crawford has a Masters Degree in communication and started plying his craft online years ago. David knows what it takes to create a successful online business. In his free time, David loves watching movies and enjoys reading historical biographies. David also recognizes that online learning is never complete because there are constantly new products and services on the market, that is the reason he often visits websites such as http://officedeskreviews.com to stay relevant.
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