I am always giving advice as to how to start a home-based business, or helping others find their passions so that they can pursue an independent life while earning money from home. I can tell you that I did not necessarily pursue advertising sales when I started my own business, but I did know what I liked to do, and I found home-based work based on the things that were enjoyable (yet flexible) to me.
As a general rule, it is so very important to be happy in your home-based work. When you are living in the same place you work, you do not want to take any opportunity that comes along because you run the risk of living and working in a unhappy environment. You might as well go out and get a job if you were to do that!
Do you follow your passion when looking for work-at-home opportunities? Karen North, owner of Words & Graphics (http://www.wordsngraphics.com) said “I knew I enjoyed creating great looking documents for business professionals, so that is where I started. I tried to work at the things I liked best, once in a while taking on a job that didn’t inspire me much. But I have never taking a job that didn’t feel right to me or that involved material I didn’t feel comfortable with. Now that I have a larger client base, I am really doing the things I like most. Along the way, I have expanded my repertoire into areas I never dreamed of working in when I began my business.”
For making goals to be a home-based working mom, I always recommend you sit down over the course of a week or a month and list out your passions. Carol Kasik, R.N. and Distributor for Viacreme for Women did just that, “At the beginning, I looked at all the opportunities that I came across. I also did a list of things I like, a list of my skills and my passions. I even asked myself what I wanted to be when I grew up!” Additionally, Carol conducted a lot of research, “When I was first introduce to this product, I automatically was interested, so that was a good start. After the initial product interest, I took my business skills and did a quick market analysis. I also asked myself if I could sell and promote this product; so basically some inner questioning, to make sure I wasn’t just jumping on the first thing because I needed to make an income and wanted to keep myself busy. I did some serious thinking, even tested the field, by promoting the product before I was a distributor.”
It is not always possible to be so thorough when looking for work. “I basically took anything that came along at first, thinking that I would never be able to make a living working from home unless I did so.” says Patricia Cobe, co-author of Mompreneurs: A Mother’s Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Work-at-Home Success. “But as I became more savvy and delivered good results for clients, I got fussier. Now I propose projects and say “no” to work I don’t want to do.”
Starting your home-based business is no easy task, and after you decide you want to work from home, you must decide what you want to do. There is no right or wrong answer to the process involved in making this decision. But, I’d like to share a little bit of wisdom if you are looking for home-based work: go for the gusto! You can start with a passion or you can start with the desire to earn an income from home–but, you must give it your all no matter which route you take! Janet Drez, author of A Perfect Solution says it best, “My passion for starting a business at home came from the deep desire to be home with my kids.”
Recommended Books on Home Business:
- Home-Based Business For Dummies
- The Stay At Home Tycoon
- Work at Home Now: The No-nonsense Guide to Finding Your Perfect Home-based Job, Avoiding Scams, and Making a Great Living
- Making a Living Without a Job, revised edition: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love
Tammy Harrison is a successful home-based working mom for over five years. She holds a degree from Mizzou in Consumer Economics. Her business focuses on Marketing and Creativity for Small Businesses as well as numerous other small businesses.
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