Phew!!! You just finished scrolling through your Facebook timeline and you came across a video or a sponsored advert of a young guy or a teen that is living large from his online business.
Now let’s assume he is into drop shipping using Shopify (I guess you understand what drop shipping means). Basically, he has no physical contact with the products he sells. He advertises products online, orders the product from manufacturers and sends the products to the prospective buyer.
Now after watching the fancy cars and gadgets this young guy displays, coupled with the screenshot of the amount he makes online, you feel motivated to go into remote work because you see it as the way to having an ‘F You’ money that will make your boss jealous.
Let’s assume the young guy whose video you saw online makes roughly five hundred dollars per day from his online business. So, your brain begins to secret dopamine and you just feel this is the kind of life you should be living and nothing should stop you from hitting it.
You decide to pay for the course that is sold by the young man with a guarantee that you will make same amount every day in no time. You envision the reward of five hundred dollars per day and the next morning you are contemplating submitting a resignation letter where you work at your full time 9 to 5.
Motivational speakers have also informed you that it is impossible to fail at what you put your mind to do, so you strongly believe that this new move is achievable at a time frame that is less than what was actually advertised by the tutor or the course owner. You have never delved into this new field/niche before but you are overly optimistic about the outcome, it appears to be a financial target that you can achieve in a breeze.
But wait, are you sure you aren’t missing out on something, it is important to have some knowledge about a new business before delving into it, so what are the steps you need to take before switching from a 9 to 5 to remote. This article is a life saver from a costly mistake as a result of insufficient knowledge on how switching to remote work is done.
The steps that should be considered before moving from a 9 to 5 to remote work include two important considerations provided below;
Having sufficient savings
It’s a no-brainer that you need some savings before deciding to venture into a new business or type of work because most times the start of the new business may not bring any income or profit, this in fact is often the real truth.
Let’s assume you want to venture into drop shipping which I used as an example. This area requires you to pay for setting up your website or Shopify store, you need to pay for some plugins that will be used in your store. The expenses don’t end there, you also need to master the act of creating engaging ads online, and you can’t do this without spending some cash. If you choose to work with Facebook ads, you will definitely give Mark Zuckerberg some cheese and add to his billions before you master the act of creating high converting ads.
Now if you don’t have sufficient savings at this time, it will be difficult for you to scale through without thinking of searching for the closest 9 to 5 job that you can fall back on, and this sounds hilarious but that’s what some find themselves doing when the needed preparation is not made.
Learning the ropes before taking the bull by the horn
You are probably familiar with that phrase; “take the bull by the horn”. Yes, that sounds nice, but when it comes to switching from a 9 to 5 to remote work, you need to learn the ropes of the new business or work before going deep.
Let’s take for example that you are considering doing drop shipping using Shopify platform. You basically don’t need to quit your full-time job before spending your free time at home learning what it means to create engaging Facebook ads, learning what it means to do product research. Product research for example is an important aspect of a drop shipping, if it’s gotten right, you will be on your way to success.
So, carve out some time to learn some of the important aspects of the new business you are considering. If you usually visit a cinema at the close of work, or you usually visit your boyfriend or girlfriend every day at the close of work, you can choose to reduce the time spent socializing, set a target for a while and do the grind learning your new subject. The aim is to be knowledgeable about the remote work you want to go into before you fully make the switch.
Trust me, I’m happy you read this content, you’ve practically positioned yourself to be above average and enjoy a sweet start when you finally choose to burn the bridge of a 9 to 5 and kick start your journey to the world of remote work.
When you’re sure remote work is what you want and you have taken the necessary steps, here is an excellent place to start your search.
All the best!