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Home Based Businesses Isnt All Fun and Games

May 2, 2008
Do you often daydream about working at home? Before you hand in your letter of resignation, please read what Jan K., The Proofer has to say about the pros and cons of being your own boss. These are points to ponder before you begin your pursuit of a work-at-home job.

Working at Home Isn"t All Fun and Games

I enjoy telling people that I "work at home." I can see that wistful look in their eyes, and I can hear it in their voices when they say, "That must be nice." And then for about five minutes, they do a little daydreaming about what it would be like to "work at home." I never explain to them about the measure of self-discipline it takes, and how great are the temptations to take a "break" and reorganize my sock drawer when I find myself faced with working on a project that is less than interesting (or worse yet, "not as profitable" as other projects). Why burst their bubble? Let them daydream awhile?.

Working at home can be all the wonderful things that those people daydream about. Setting my own hours, working at my own pace (project deadlines permitting), running to the market at 1 o"clock on a Wednesday afternoon when there"s nobody there---these are just a few of the plusses of working at home. For parents (whether it is the mom or dad, or both working at home), being able to adjust their working schedule to school schedules, being able to take the kids to the orthodontist or to soccer practice, working at home is a definite plus. For people who don"t work at home and who want to work at home, it is probably hard to think of even one minus. But the fact of the matter is, the minuses do exist---in abundance.

It is not my purpose here to ruin all your hopes or plans to establish yourself as a work-at-homer. In fact, I do encourage you to follow that dream and be your own boss. However, I want you to take just a few minutes to take stock of your situation and once and for all decide if working at home really is in your best interest.

First, and obviously, you have to have a job skill that is amenable to the at-home environment. If you trim poodles on the weekend and think you can turn it into a full-time at-home business, then look around. Do you live in a two-bedroom apartment on the second floor and just do your neighbor"s poodle once a month (but you do it really well)? Or do you live a four-bedroom ranch house with a three-car garage that can be made over into "Donna"s Clip Joint" and happen to live in an urban neighborhood where everyone has pets? And even if you do, what about all the permits that you will need? Will you be able to pursue this type of work at home, and do so legally?

The most applicable work-at-home job skills involve the use of a computer, the Internet, phone, fax, and other small business/office machines. You can hardly drive from home to the grocery store without seeing those signs nailed to telephone poles: "Got a Computer? Earn up to $2000 at home!" Of course, you can, but can you?

For the sake of argument, let"s presume then that you have a computer and an assortment of small business machines, and that you do indeed have some skill that you believe can be marketed. Let"s focus on you for a minute: Are you self-disciplined? Are you organized? Do you have the proper workspace where you can work undisturbed? Are you able to face a workday where you have no supervision or guidance? Can you work at home, day after day, without having the people contact that you would typically find "on the job"? When you have overlapping projects, will you be able to cope with the necessary prioritizing so that you get the time-critical job done on time without jeopardizing the next job in line?
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Thomas Griffen is the CEO of Urbanload. Do you want to make easy money on eBay? Over 2000 resellers can't be wrong. Choose the best Wholesale Dropship Company. Visit Urbanload.com to start Drop Ship Selling on eBay with our reseller program. Dropshipping made easy. Imagine that.
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