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Working from home is not a new concept. In recent years, flexible working arrangements are being adopted progressively due to the growing preference among parents with children to achieve work-life balance. More often than not, women would choose to give up their professional careers as they strive to devote more quality personal time with their families.

Now, losing one’s source of income can be quite overwhelming as it will impact the entire family, giving rise to monetary and non-monetary issues. Therefore, it is all the more crucial that we take into consideration, the 5Ds: Determination, Duration, Direction, Discipline and Delegation of duties; before we switch gears from being office bound to home based.

Determination

Being determined is important as it will be the key driver that will propel you to make that change happen!

Ask yourself this question and answer it as truthfully as possible: ‘Am I ready and well prepared for it?’

Having worked in the same organization for a number of years, chances are, you may have grown comfortable with your current role. Coupled with an attractive remuneration package and other perks, you may think twice (thrice, or many times over) before finally deciding to step out of your comfort zone.

My personal belief: Once you have set your mind to embark on the change, be mentally focused, stay persistent and continue to persevere; these are essential qualities to ensure that you reach that impending goal.

Duration

Now that you have decided to strike it out on your own, the next step is to give yourself a reasonable time frame to accomplish your ambitions!

Have a fruitful discussion with your spouse to communicate clearly what your intentions are and set out a workable plan, which is agreeable to both parties. Bearing in mind that you will not be generating any income during this period, your spouse will have to shoulder the responsibility as the sole breadwinner of the family. Likewise, you may also want to have an accelerated savings plan to help sustain you while you are no longer in full-time employment.

Direction

Subsequently, chart the path that you desire!

There are a myriad of ways, which you can work remotely. The possibilities are endless!

You can opt to become a freelancer by capitalizing on your skills and experience gained from previous employment. If you are an effective and skillful communicator, you can become a telemarketer. If you have adequate funding and are game to take on a new challenge, you can even set up a small business of your own. Regardless of what you choose to pursue, you may consider doing it online to maximize on cost saving and allow for wider reach to a global market.

It is noteworthy that both online and offline business ventures require tremendous amount of effort and time.

Discipline

Having a positive mindset and being constantly motivated is vital!

Write down a ‘to-do list’ daily and try your level best to cross out as many tasks as possible. Possessing a high degree of self-discipline is the essence in making things work.

Now that you can afford to take a break and spend more time with your family than ever before, it is equally critical to set your priorities right when it comes down to work. In order to strike a balance, organize and optimize your time to the fullest between family and work.

Delegation of duties

As you will be spending the bulk of your time at home, it is necessary to take a relook and reassign chores that are being performed currently, so that they do not pose a constraint to working from home. It is a misconception to equate being at home full-time with bearing the brunt of household chores and child care. You should seek the support and understanding from your family members to re-delegate duties that will suit everyone as after all, maintaining a happy household is a collective responsibility. However, as a last resort, if things do not go well as intended, you may contemplate to hire a domestic helper on a part-time basis.

I hope that after reading this article, you will be inspired to make that giant leap of faith and start working from home too. If you wish to find out more, I will be very happy to share with you all that I know. Drop me a message below, if you have any doubts or questions and I will be glad to reply you as soon as I can!

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