Thu 6 Mar 2014
Steve Holmes is in his 50s and lives with his partner who is also a homeworker. They have a dog called Beatrice.
Case Study written 1999.
- Q. What do you do?
- A. I am a writer and I've been doing that since 1979. I began specialising in careers and CV writing in 1989.
- Q. Where do you work at home?
- A. Largest bedroom in the house.
- Q. What is the best thing about working from home?
- A. The freedom to create your own lifestyle.
- Q. What are the negative points about working at home?
- A. Lack of resources other than yourself.
- Q. What was the deciding factor to help you to decide to work from home?
- A. I am semi disabled and could never get a job.
- Q. Homeworking is a very individual way of working and what is right for one person may not be right for the next. What two pieces of advice would you suggest to someone considering working from home?
- A. It's actually work. You have no easy corporate capitalist money making machine to help you like the employed do. You have to provide value and quality, which takes very hard work. It is not an easy option.
- Q. Does your homeworking pay the bills?
- A. I earn more than a family doctor and less than an IT salesman.
- Q. How did you manage financially when you first started working at home?
- A. Desperately poor for four years.
- Q. How do you cope with distractions at home?
- A. I have discipline.
- Q. How do you manage your time?
- A. I do the routine stuff when uninspired and the creative stuff on the tide of creativity.
- Q. How do you cope with the isolation of working at home?
- A. Doesn't worry me and never has. I hate group dynamics.
- Q. Anything else you feel needs to be said?
- A. It takes at least 3 years to get into profit and at least 6 years to start earning good money. You have to start by learning your trade and keeping fees low to attract business, but be sure to value yourself higher as you progress. The Internet makes homeworking a much better proposition. Do it because you like it and are good at it, not as a moneymaking calculation. Good luck and don't go in to multi-level marketing; it's evil.
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