6 ways to start working from home

Consider these ways to start a work-from-home career:

1. Do your current job from home​

If you can perform most of your job responsibilities remotely, the best way to transition to working from home may be to turn your current office job into a telecommuting one. Research your company as well as others working in your position at other companies, and discover if some of your colleagues regularly work from home.

You can also learn some of the obstacles and drawbacks of working from home and ways in which you can make the transition easier for both yourself and your company. Once you are certain that working from home is feasible, you can approach your supervisor with a proposal. If you can only perform some parts of your job remotely, you could also compromise and only work from home for a limited number of days per week. That way, you spend less time at the office, but you can still attend important meetings and interact with coworkers.

2. Start freelancing​

If you can perform your job from home but the company you currently work for won’t allow you to, an alternative is to resign from your position and become a freelancer. Depending on your exact career and amount of free time at your disposal, you can start freelancing while still working a full-time job, as long as it doesn’t represent a conflict of interests. This way, you can learn ways to attract clients and monetize your work before giving up on your steady source of income.

Depending on your current company’s policies, you could use your current connections to attract clients to your freelancing business. If you can’t work with any client from your previous position, you need to find ways to identify potential clients and convince them to work with you. There are websites dedicated to connecting freelancers with clients, and you can also use your acquired professional network for new leads.

3. Find a new job in your current line of work​

If your current employer won’t allow working from home and freelancing is either impossible or too risky, another way to start working from home while staying in the same line of work is to find a job that allows telecommuting. You can start looking while still employed at your current workplace and approach the situation as you would if you had no job. Dedicated job sites, local job ads, your own professional network and social media posts are some of the places you can look to find relevant jobs that allow working from home.

4. Start your own business​

An alternative to finding another job is starting your own business in the same line of work you currently operate in. This way of transitioning to working from home is not only available for jobs that allow telecommuting, as you can start your own business after working in most industries and situations. Before resigning from your current position, you need to analyze the market to make sure that you have a large enough client base, create a feasible business plan and figure out ways to get financing for establishing the company and ensuring cash liquidity until it becomes profitable.

However, before starting your own business, you need to keep in mind that it is likely to be a long-term endeavor that may take a significant amount of time to start making a profit. You need to make sure that you have the time and money to reach that milestone and that your house has enough space and amenities for what you need.

5. Consider moonlighting​

Moonlighting is when you start working in another job in addition to your regular full-time job. Finding a moonlighting position can be an appropriate way to start working from home, as it allows you to keep your current job while enabling you to earn extra money and learn new skills. Some moonlighting jobs are part-time roles with fixed schedules, while others have no set schedule and simply pay you based on the amount of work you put in. A moonlighting job can also be a good way to transition into a new career.

The most appropriate moonlighting job for you strictly depends on your skills and preferences. Some jobs, like IT or tutoring roles, require a significant amount of experience in those respective fields, while others, such as customer service or data input roles, simply require consistency and dedication.

6. Change careers​

Finally, if your current career is not suitable for a work-from-home environment and if freelancing and entrepreneurship are not appropriate choices, you can consider transitioning to a career that is better suited for remote opportunities. Identify a career that allows you to work from home and that you would like to pursue and start at the appropriate level, which is usually lower than your current one. However, a good way to improve your odds of starting at a higher level, and therefore with higher wages, is to identify the transferable skills from your current position that could apply to your new career.