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How to Save Money When You Work from Home

January 17, 2021

How to Save Money When You Work from Home

 

Working from home yields many sources of savings. When you work from home, you don’t have to commute to work, which leads to substantial savings. Also, when you work from home, you usually don’t have to invest in a work wardrobe. Working from home also avoids expenses such as going out for lunch and drinks after work. Even though when you work from home you can save money, there are many ways that you can end up spending a lot of money. Here are my top tips on how to save money when you have a home-based business.

Don’t Shop Online Too Much

Many people who work from home take breaks that include online shopping. Just because you are saving money by working from home doesn’t mean you should necessarily buy things you don’t need. Sure, there might be something you want to purchase as a treat, and that’s ok, but just don’t go overboard, which can be easy to do when you work at home.

Meal Prep

I know many people who work from home like to take a lunch break at a restaurant.  I get it, when you have a home-based business it often feels like you need to get away from your workspace for a while. Eating at restaurants, however, can be costly. Yet, at the same time, making meals can be time-consuming. One solution that many people use to save both time and money and that allows you to focus on the meal, not making it, is meal prep. Choose one day a week, or maybe two, where you prepare your meals for the next several days.

Take Advantage of Tax Breaks

There are many tax breaks you can take advantage of when you work from home. These money-saving breaks include contributions to your retirement account, home office deductions, healthcare expenses, and other savings. Make sure to talk to your tax professional about the many tax breaks you qualify for because you work from home.

Job-Prospects for Proofreaders

Many people believe that proofreading software has shrunk the market for proofreaders. However, this is one of the largest myths out there about the proofreading profession. The reality is that there are many job prospects for proofreaders. Here are several different types of proofreading jobs available.

Publishing Industry

As one might expect, the publishing industry is always looking for proofreaders.  To find proofreading jobs in the publishing industry, simply Google search “proofreading jobs publishing” to find these opportunities.

Miscellaneous Companies and Organizations

Many companies want to put their best foot forward and hire proofreaders, even those who are outside of the publishing industry. A recent Google search returned several companies seeking proofreaders such as Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Biogen, and these results were just based on a single-city search.

Social Media Jobs

Perhaps the fastest growing area for proofreaders is social media. With many people turning to online businesses, there are many jobs available to proofread for bloggers, social media marketers, influencers and others.

Freelance Service Sites

Lastly, one of the best places to find proofreading jobs is through freelance service sites such as Fiverr and Upwork, among others. Check out these sites and their requirements to choose which one might be best for you. Or, like many proofreaders do, you can list your proofreading service on multiple sites.

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