Learn how Engineers Can Work from Home
The idea of working from home is becoming more and more popular. Many websites are dedicated to helping people become successful at becoming their own boss. It is not hard to find countless YouTube videos dedicated to the topic. However, it seems difficult to find information about how engineers can work from home. That is why I am offering some guidance.
The purpose of this article is to provide a general overview of working independently as an engineer. I will provide additional information that gets into some of the finer details, but you can think of this as the How Engineers Can Work from Home 101 course.
The information here is a quick overview of what I recommend for working from home as an engineer. There are other options. I will also provide more detailed ideas in later posts, so watch for more information.
Can Engineers Work from Home
Let’s start with the obvious question of ‘can engineers work from home?’.
If you do a quick internet search for ways to work from home, engineering opportunities don’t really make the common lists. You typically see opportunities dealing with online marketing and sales. I had the goal of working from home for a long time. I did a lot of searching and kept convincing myself that engineers can’t really work from home… that is NOT true.
You can work from home as an engineer, but you may need to be creative. You may need to broaden your work ideas. Don’t worry… this is not a bad thing. In fact, it can be what makes working from home fun! You really will fall into one of two main categories when you think about working from home:
- Having a job that allows you work from home
- Becoming your own boss
Let’s take a quick look at both.
Work from Home Job
So, you could have an actual ‘job’ that allows you to work from home. Some companies will allow employees to work from home, but that is not common. I have had jobs that allowed me to occasionally work from home, but it was nothing long term. It can be very difficult for engineers to work from home and be productive. Reasons for that include
- Engineers are commonly in meetings
- Engineers require expensive computer software
- Engineers commonly need to look at equipment and troubleshoot problems
- Engineers manage teams of designers
The list could include many reasons. However, if you are lucky enough to have a job with some ‘work from home’ flexibility, that is great! I am not going to go into more detail on this because this article really focuses on the next category. If you do have a job working from home, review the next section to see if you can include some of the ideas.
Work from Home as an Independent Contractor
Because it is difficult and uncommon for companies to allow engineers to work from home, the other option is to become your own boss and work as an independent contractor. That will be the focus of the rest of this article.
There are many ways to work as an independent contractor, but it takes time to build that opportunity. It is difficult… but it is possible! You need patience, and you need to be willing to think outside the box. It will not happen overnight, but it is worth the effort. I have not worked at the typical ‘job’ since mid-December of 2017. Since that time, I have worked as an independent contractor doing a variety of engineering related work.
In this article I am going to share my ideas and my story to help you learn how to work from home as an engineer. I will discuss ways to develop multiple income streams and how to grow them to work for you. We will discuss passive income opportunities for engineers, so you are not constantly trading your time for money. I will share everything I learned over several years of researching ideas on how to work from home.Let’s get started!!