If you have been thinking about using your typing skills but due to your current circumstances, can only work from home you may be wondering where to start. If you have never worked from home before you may want to know how to go about setting yourself up as a typist from home.
If you are going to work from home you are going to have to set yourself up so that you are able to do the typing work. Without proper preparation you will be nowhere near as effective as you could be and end up wasting lots of time and money because you did not know what to expect and what to do. You do not have to worry about expense, to get started as long as you have the basics set up you do not need to spend any money at all. In fact a rule that you should follow is to not spend any money unless you have earned it first. This acts not only as a great motivator but also stops you wasting money on things you don't really need. It will focus you on finding those genuine work at home jobs.
A home office may sound daunting at first but a simple setup may only consist of an old laptop with an internet connection on the dining room table. You need to first take stock of what you already have. The absolute essentials to get started are;
Most people think they have to go out and buy the top of the range computer, computer desk, chair and all the associated office software and equipment in order to get started. In fact this will not help you at all and you will more likely just end up spending a lot of money and not even getting any work.
You will need a reliable internet connection; it doesn't matter if the speed of your internet is slow. In fact most people confuse a slow computer with a slow internet connection. As long as you can connect to the internet reliably everyday you are set.
The next step is setting up your computer. Many home computers are often infected by computer viruses and slowed down by software that is no longer used. The first thing to do is make sure that you have some anti-virus software installed, make sure it is working properly and that you understand how to use it. The last thing you want is for your computer to stop working because of a computer virus.
There are plenty of free anti-virus programs available on the internet, just do a search for free antivirus and you will find dozens. You do not have to pay for good software that will do the job. In fact all of the software that you need on your computer can be found for free on the internet. This does not mean that you have to steal software, there are genuinely free programs that you can get off the internet that will do just as good a job as the ones that you pay for in the shop. Your work computer and other people using it
If at all possible I would recommend that you do not let your partner or children use the computer that you are going to be using for work. The problem is that other people who use the computer will not worry about is being broken, however as your tool of the trade is your computer then you will be more than concerned if it were to stop working.
You may however have no choice to use a computer that is also used by other people in your home. If this is the case then I strongly recommend that you use a separate login (called accounts on Windows) and do regular back-ups. Once you have earned enough from the business then buy yourself a computer.
So where are you going to be working from home typing? There are no set rules and you should set up your working area the way that you want it and the way that works best for your circumstances. If you are working from home you will have to take account other people and children in the household. Can you imagine what would happen if young children were allowed to wander free in a works office? I think you get the idea.
Here are a couple of tips for reducing the risk of small hands accidentally deleting your work. You can set your computer to switch of into a sleep mode if you are away from the computer for a certain amount of time. What I do is set this to 5 minutes, this way if you have to leave the computer unattended your work should be safe. When you get back to the computer just press the power button and your screen will return to where you left it.
You may want to do home typing at the moment but how do you know that you are cut out to do this type of work. There could be any number of reasons that it may not work. You may not enjoy the work, it becomes impractical or you may find that you can't find any suitable work.
For this reason I always recommend that you do not spend any money beforehand and try working from home first. I'd recommend trying some survey work first, this is something that you can start right now, earn some cash to put towards home office equipment and give you some experience at working from home. Two free sites to join that I recommend are here and here.
This will give you a good idea of how your current set up works and if you are really cut out to work from home. There are many distractions, it is hard to stay focussed and motivated as you are working on your own. It is only through experience that you realise what works for you and what doesn't. This will put you in a better position when you do start finding those typing from home jobs as you will have the experience and an effective working office at home.