Procrastination at its Finest

I should be working. There are a lot of things I should be doing right now but I am not. For some reason procrastination always gets to me. One thing on my to do list is to reorganize this blog. It really needs some work. Half tempted to hire someone to do it for me, and I write for a living. Kind of funny.

People keep telling me I need to blog because I know a lot about writing for a living, working from home, and getting started but I just kind of keep this for a way to dump out the contents of my head on occasion.

Out of curiosity, does anyone actually read this or are all of you following it just for the reciprocation?

Writing for a Living

Writing for a living is never what you think. My fiction gets called too intense and my nonfiction not intense enough. Anyone can do it. I spend my time writing for others and it pays the bills. It helps because I don’t have to leave the house to do it. Sometimes it is difficult to get started especially when you are dealing with depression and other aspects of life and mental illness.

Its easy even if you don’t know how. There are a lot of companies and services that will help you get started. You won’t make a fortune but it does pay the bills.

For those who are still around and like my previous posts, I will eventually get back to writing regularly. It is just life is hard and as usual it never lets up.

Working From Home and Other Great Things

I know this is not my normal posting but considering I have not worked outside my home in around 10 years I wanted to say a few things.

MYTH
All work at home offers are scams

FACT
Yes, many of them scams but are easy to avoid. If any company wants you to pay money to work for them or to help you get a work at home job run away, run away fast, and run away screaming. These are scams. If it is legitimate employment service or employer they will not ask you for money to hire you. They may ask for a ton of paperwork but they will not ask you to pay them.

Another way to judge a scam is if it seems too good to be true. If it is sounds too good to be true it probably is.

If the work is legitimate then there should be a contact person, company address, and phone number – there are exceptions to this but we will get to them later.

Myth

You cannot make a living working from home.

Fact

Many people make a substantial income working from home. It is a matter of finding the right job that is not a scam. There are a lot of them out there if you know where to look. I will post a set of links below if you should want to apply.

Myth

All work from home opportunities are sales, cold calling, or phone work.

Fact

Yes, some of the work from home opportunities are for sales and phone work but there are also a lot for those who do not wish to do phone work for what ever reason. I remember one of my only call center jobs I have taken was not sales it was order verification. Most people were grateful that someone was looking after their orders and making sure that they did in fact order a product.

There are writing jobs, Q and A jobs, Consulting jobs, and many more that do not have anything to do with phone work.

Myth

You have to has some special skill or equipment to work from home.

Fact

This is not true either. If you can speak, read, and write English you are a commodity. If you can do so in more than one language it is definitely a huge plus. Most work from home companies that want writers want native speakers or those that are really proficient with the language.

Myth

Working at home is easier than working for an office.

Fact 

In some cases this might be true but in others it most definitely is not. Time management, self motivation, and a large amount of skill are required to work from home. Having your home office set up so that there are not distractions is a massive plus. Working at home is not for everyone.

Some Legitimate Work From Home Websites

http://www.ratracerebellion.com

http://www.odesk.com

http://londonbroker.com

http://www.textbroker.com

In the days / weeks to come I will expand on the many aspects of working from home. It is a godsend when you have agoraphobia. If you have any questions feel free to comment. I will be happy to answer any of them.

Yes I know this isn’t my usual type of post on here but I thought it might be good to do a public service announcement.