What Home-Based Business Is Right For You?
If you are looking for a home based business or any other way to make money working at home, then you have probably been overwhelmed with the information available online. You can’t search for “work at home” on the internet without being bombarded by a million and one ads – all of which claim to be the BEST work at home opportunity.
So how do you know which one really is the best? Well, there are a lot of factors, but I’ve tried my best to highlight some of the items to consider before jumping into a new business venture.
My first recommendation is to answer the following questions as honestly as you can:
*How much time are you willing to invest in a job/business?
*Do you want to work 100% from home or would you be able to work outside the home a set number of hours per week?
*How much money are you comfortable with spending to start a business?
*How much money do you expect to make from your business?
*Do you enjoy working with people (in person, over the phone, online)?
*Do you enjoy sales?
*Do you prefer to work alone or with a group of people?
Once you have the answers to these questions, you are better equipped to tackle the mounds of advertisements for work at home opportunities. The next step is to see how well your needs/wants/likes fit into the businesses available to you. Before agreeing to any type of business, find someone who is already doing the business and ask them the following questions:
*How much time do you work each week?
*What does your average daily business activities consist of? (This will give you a better idea of what type of work is involved and whether or not it is for you.
*What costs are involved in start-op? Ongoing operational expenses?
*Do I need employees?
*What is the product or service you sell?
*How much money can I REALISTICALLY expect to make working “x” number of hours per week? (x being the number of hours you are willing to work)
Now that you have your answers, go ahead and write down the top 3 business opportunities that appeal to you. Then think it over for a while. Starting a new business should never be a spontaneous decision – especially if there is a large financial investment. Take some time – at least a couple weeks! – and sincerely think about and compare each opportunity until you feel confident with the one you’ve chosen.
In closing, I do have a couple warnings for you when searching for that “golden” opportunity.
*If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.
*You should NEVER...I repeat NEVER have to pay someone just to receive information about a job or business opportunity
*If an advertisement seems incredibly vague, it is most definitely intentional. A good number of “too good to be true” offers don’t give you all the details up front because they know if they do, no one would be interested.
Most importantly, be well informed. Do not give ANYONE your hard-earned money until you have the answers to your questions and the confidence in making the right financial decision.
About the Author: Jennifer Tarzian is proud to be a stay-at-home mom. For all your parenting resources or to sign up for her weekly newsletter, please go to http://www.youngparentsmagazine.com or visit http://creditcards.youngparentsmagazine.com for helpful guides on credit reports, as well as valuable information on choosing the right credit card.