are you cut out to work at home?

What to consider when working at home...


You just had your first child and it will break your heart to leave your baby. Or, you’re expecting and saying to yourself, “I don’t want to go back to work after I have my baby.” Maybe you are a seasoned mom that has been working and juggling the family’s needs and you are tired, stressed, and ready to come home to the family. No matter why you want to work at home you are asking yourself, “Can I stay home and make money? What will I do?” Perhaps you have been in the corporate world so long you are wondering if it’s for you.  Or, you are a dad tired of the corporate rate race and want more family time.  You most likely are afraid and nervous about making the decision to commit and come home. Taking that first step feels like a monumental decision. According to a 2002 report by the U.S. Census Bureau, "stay-at-home" dads numbered 189,000 and there are 11 million "stay-at-home moms" for the 41 million children under 15 living with two parents. Women and men are coming home from the corporate work place and working from the comfort of their homes and placing their top priority on the family!  I have been a WAHM for 14 years earning a corporate level income. If you are asking yourself if it can be done I’m here to tell you it absolutely can be.

When making the decision to
work at home there are lots of things you will want to evaluate and questions to be asked. One of the first questions is what kind of business you should start. Consider the following:

  • Do you have any knowledge in a specific area?
  • What skill do you have that you can develop into a business?
  • What will you enjoy doing?
  • How much money do you have to start a business?
  • What will this business take to start?
  • Is there a market for the product or service?
  • Can you stick with this even when the going gets rough?
  • How much income can you really produce?
  • How big could this business be and how big do you want it to be?
  • How hard are you willing to work?
  • What are the tax implications?
  • Are there any city, state, or national regulations?
  • Do you need insurance?
  • What is the start up time?

    I suggest you now sit down and do a pro and con list. List the down sides and the positives of any business you are strongly considering. If there are more positives than negatives you most likely have found the answer to your question, “Can you really make money at home?”
     

 

The bottom line is you are the one that has to make the decision.

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When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
Greg Anderson

 

 

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Get the facts...

When making an important decision regarding working at home we recommend you get the facts from reputable resources.  The Internet is a resource for both good and bad information.  Use caution on the Internet regarding the sites you rely on for decision making information regarding your future.  Here are the Do's and Don't.

Don't use gossip boards or chat boards where the comments can not be validated and could be biased and self serving.  People can publish anything on the internet.  If you can not validate the accuracy of the content or the motives of the author, don't use the information in evaluating the opportunity. 

Do use creditable business resources like the BBB, US Chamber of Commerce, and other verifiable agencies.  Here are several creditable resources you can rely on.