valid reasons to work at home or

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Registered: 06-08-2007
valid reasons to work at home or
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Tue, 07-17-2007 - 10:41am
Every few days or few weeks there's a post from somebody wanting to SAH and looking for work at home ideas. Usually there's some unrealistic expectation that they can work and take care of their kids at the same time. I want to start my own photography business. My job pays well, but I ABSOLUTELY totally and completely hate my job(it pays very well however), not just my job but the whole line of work. I love photography and I have a knack for it,like an instinct, my pictures look like the the chain discounts or the little independent studios.I'm doing portraits and I've done it for free for family friends and people thought they spent a fortune. I have the money put aside to get started and I would work while the kids are in school(set my own hours) or in the evenings if people need an evening appointment and my mom is willing to help out(she's semiretired), there is some at home work like editting and ordering(since I can't afford a thousands of dollars printer I use a professional lab.)But I do that after the kids are asleep.I guess I'm ready to do it, but I keep worrying like I have a mental block, fear of failure or the unknown or something. Just looking for outside opinions if my plan sounds farfetched or for the wrong reasons.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 07-17-2007 - 11:15am

Here's what I have learned so far as a wahp (I'm a dressmaker):

1. line up othercare even if you think you won't need it. You just never know.

2. Set reasonable prices for your experience and talent. Don't sell yourself short simply because you don't have a fancy office/studio. But keep in mind your area's col so you don't price yourself out of business.

3. Set firm hours of operation--both for appointments and for "office" work. This is not only for family and friends but for you. Don't let others take advantage of you "being at home". You're not--you're "at work".

4. Above all--be professional. Both in your person (act and dress professionally) and in your house. If your clients will be coming through your house to get to your place of business, have the house clean and neat. Like it or not, the appearance of your house will reflect on your business in the minds of your clients. Enlist your dh and children for this part.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-17-2007 - 6:56pm

The thing with working from home is to be realistic and treat it like a job.


You are right, many people want to make money, but they don't want to work. That is why there is such a failure rate. When you are home, there is always something else to do, the kids need you, the house is a mess...


However, it can be done. Many sacrifices need to be made, but it can be very rewarding,


Debbie


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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 07-17-2007 - 9:56pm

When I was looking for sling patterns online for JOy when Alex was an infant, I emailed some questions to a couble of sling websites that were owned by sahms as cottage industries. I never got any replies. Not my way of doing business. Nor is stating on the website that the owner's kids come ahead of the customers even if it's true. That's not the way to run any business; not if one wants to stay in business and make money.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 07-17-2007 - 10:28pm

That's just bad business sense, or someone who doesn't care.


I respond to emails and calls

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