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Are you ready to run your own business?

Leaving one's full time job would require discussion of spouse and dependents notes counselling psychologist Kathleen Roberts. You will have to make projections for earning so everyone is comfortable and will buy into the idea. Possible conflict will be minimised.

Partners will be asking why did you leave your job?, and experience fears about financial security.

You may also require their financial support until you are financially self sufficient. Partners will also be bearing emotional burdens when you experience frustrations and disappointments. You may experience orders which don't come in or come in late, upsetting spending plans.

You will need to be organised. You may be unable to hire someone to answer the phone and do letters, and this you will have to do yourself. Let clients know when they call. In this way you will avoid getting calls at all hours. I know individuals who have set definite hours and dressed themselves to go to office space at home.

Tax time can also be stressful with no accountant. Get information on the professional services you will need and source help from friends or agencies which will do services on a hourly or part time basis.

The positives of working from home are more flexible working hours and working at your own pace. Some individuals work better in the morning in the wee hours. Others work late at night best. If you are a mother with young children you can set your working hours around their schedule.

But, what if there is no one but you at home? Working at home might involve loss of social contact as one is no longer in contact with work mates everyday. Compensate by entering new social networks in clubs, church and community so that you will not spend all 24 hours at home without interaction and feedback.

Think about the stigma attached to working at home. Many Jamaicans define themselves by what they do and where they work. Working from home is seen as unglamorous, not as good, nor as worthwhile as saying you are a manager with this and that company.

Judge your strengths and abilities and value yourself accordingly. Consider that working from home could be a path to earning independently and possibly earning more. Think about the intangible benefits of peace of mind. It is a matter of personal goals. Go with a singleness of purpose. A lot of big businesses started out in someone's home.

**Kathleen Roberts is a counselling psychologist attached to Family Life Ministries in Kingston. Email Kathleen Robertson at
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