This is a guest post by Ashley Gaynor.
As a stay at home mom, working in the comfort of your own home is indeed alluring, especially for unemployed females. If you have the flair for writing and some time to spare, freelance writing is probably the best option for you.
Do your research first. Selecting a client must be done after thorough research. This is because some scammers may ask you for a payment or investment. Do not fall for these scams. Legitimate online jobs should provide payments, not demand them.
You must look for dependable freelance websites. These will usually require resumes and ensure that you deliver work and receive proper payments through a certified system. A powerful authenticity tip is to search for the first few results on popular search engines, like Google, to see if there are any negative posts about your chosen freelance site. You must also check these websites for appropriate terms and conditions and genuine payment systems. Transparency in communication with an employer is also essential in case of a dispute over a project.
Be patient if you are a new freelancer. You will have to complete difficult or dull tasks. Develop the habit of completing the unpleasant tasks first. This way, you can get to the easier and enjoyable ones later in your day, having decreased your workload considerably.
Avoid distractions when you are working from home. Avoid watching TV or going for a walk half way through your working day since it may take you a little too long to get back. Treat the time that your children are at school as your personal working hours, and remain strictly professional during those times. You are working from your home, so you may have several other tasks nagging you, like the laundry which needs washing or the evening meal that needs to be prepared. Make sure you complete these before you start working or schedule them for later. You can, however, take occasional breaks to break the weary monotony.
Establish a work environment at home. Once you have projects, it is essential to ensure you have an appropriate working environment to complete them successfully. When you are working from home, you can set up an informal workplace with the required equipment. This will not only enhance your comfort and thus your productivity, but will also maximize the sense of having real working hours.
Work at the same time every day, and stick to your routine. Working from home eliminates the need of having to get to work at the same time every day. You still must, however, work on a routine and not work randomly. This will help you to complete the promises you make to your clients by delivering work on time. Keep regular and appropriate working hours, though you must not go overboard with it.
Stick to deadlines. Once you are working on a routine, make sure that you make every effort possible to meet deadlines. Making excuses is not going to give your client the best impression of your work and will limit your future earning power. At most, ask for a minor extension and deliver on your promise. To make it up to the client, you may offer to work on a new project with a tighter deadline or lower payments. While this may seem unnecessary to many, building a solid reputation with employers is essential to ensuring future work.
Keep records for the tax man. Keep a record of the projects you are getting, the payments you are receiving and the deadlines you need to meet. This will help you schedule the work that needs to be done, thus assuring that you provide the required work on time. It will also help pay the correct amount of tax so that you do not get into trouble.
About the author
Ashley Gaynor is a university educated, professional freelance writer who has spent the last ten years producing high quality works of a very wide variety of subjects and sites including DegreeJungle.com, a resource guide for online education students.