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Know Your Skills and Strengths

Know Your Skills and Strengths

So you are looking for a job you can do from home or that works for a flexible schedule. Do you want to be an employee or your own boss. These are important questions.

An employee receives a pay cheque from someone else. That means, as long as you do your work, you should get paid. Chances are someone else will also tell you what to do and assign tasks to you. Your employer however may demand extra hours, ask you to do things you feel should be done differently and overall, makes the decisions that affect when, how and with who you work.

A boss may work extremely hard but not get paid. If your company isn’t making money, neither are you. Yes. You can set your own hours. But…you are also the one responsible for your business and if you fail to work hard enough, your business will fail. The business may fail even if you are putting in all the hours and working your tail off! Businesses have risks. Are you prepared for the risk?

Multi-level or network marketing opportunities are another option. While you are the boss of your specific audience and your income depends on how much you sell, any additional income may also depend on you adding people to your team and these people selling as much or more than you sell. Often touted as work from home, the reality is that you will need to find, attract and meet with clients. This usually takes place outside the house in a face to face meeting or party setting. Yes. You can use social media but how big is your network? Also, what happens to your successful business if the main company fails? You still have clients but can no longer deliver the product.

Now it is time to figure out what works best for YOU.

We are going to look at 4 areas.

  1. Identify your skills
  2. What are you good at
  3. What do you find difficult doing
  4. What can you do that people pay for?

Take out a sheet of paper and draw 2 lines to divide it into 4 sections. At the top of each section, write down the above areas as shown in the diagram below.

Identify Your Skills

Think about the training programs you took, the courses you studied, the prior work skills you have learned. If you were writing a resume today, what would your top skills be? Include non-traditional skills and abilities in this section such as baking, organizing, playing an instrument for example.

What are you good at

This section is simply more skills however the difference is that these skills are the ones we often forget we have because we do not necessarily see them as employable skills. Again think of things that are non-traditional. What do you excel at in your everyday life? What tasks can you perform easier or better than someone else?

What do you find difficult doing

We all have things that we are bad at doing. While many skills can be improved, why not focus on your strengths? These tasks or skill sets may also be something you dislike. It is important to identify our weaknesses and use them to our advantage. If you dislike math or find it difficult, list it in this section. Think about other tasks you would rather avoid. This includes making phone calls, cleaning, exercise and writing.

What can you do that people pay for?

Think about your skills and hobbies. What knowledge do you have that someone would pay for? Do you make something? Are you great at organizing? Can you write code, develop websites or create graphics? Do you like working with children or using a computer?

We have put together a list of part-time and work from home possibilities below. Many of these opportunities involve skills that can be learned online through free tutorials and online courses.

Potential Business Opportunities

  • graphic design
  • bookkeeping
  • virtual assistant
  • social media management
  • food products (jams, baked goods, ready prepared meals)
  • handcrafts
  • daycare
  • delivery services
  • editing
  • transcription
  • research projects
  • data entry