There is a lot that goes in to successfully working from home, but I think that finding your niche is by far one of the most important! What I mean by niche is finding that thing that you can not only do, but do well, be passionate about, and love doing all rolled into one.
Important things to consider as you try to find your niche.
The first is that it might take you a few tries. As I described in my first few posts I experimented with a few different areas that I thought were my niche but turned out to not be. My bestie has experienced the same thing, first she tried selling her landscape photography, then her homemade bath salts and jewelry. She was really never passionate about selling any of them, however, and didn’t have the springboard to really promote them. Now she’s making handmade cloth military wreaths and is having great success and getting a ton of orders even though she’s only been “in business” a few months. Just know that just because you think you enjoy something and you might be good at it, it might not be the perfect fit you’re looking for.
If you’re struggling to even find ideas to get you started there are a few different things that you can do. The very easiest is to ask yourself what your hobbies are, what do you enjoy? Is there something that you’ve done for years, love, and get compliments on all the time? You might think that some talents don’t translate into jobs, such as having a good voice or perhaps you’re a good athlete or enjoy working out. You just need to think outside of the box-why not give voice lessons or become a workout instructor? There are things such as Stroller Striders today that will allow you to teach with your kiddos right there with you! Other talents such as baking, sewing, etc. are obvious in their money making potential.
The most important part of all of this is to focus on what you do. I’ve known of people who sit and bemoan the fact they aren’t talented in this area or that area and in turn spend so much time focusing on the jobs they *can’t* do they don’t even see the obvious ones that they can. If you hated writing in school, for example, you would probably really struggle with being a freelance writer or running a successful review blog. I would love to be able to sew up adorable blankets or make all those gorgeous bows and headbands that are the rage these days. That’s not where my talents lie, however, so I will continue writing and blogging and buying those things from my friends who make them!
In accordance to my last point remember that the Bible talks about exactly that! Find God’s gifts and use them in your life!
1 Corinthians 12:14-23
14For the body is not one member, but many.
15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
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