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How to Succeed at a Home-Based Business

Nov 7, 2007
Starting a home business can be a very exciting, gratifying experience. It can also turn out to be your worst nightmare. Everyone has heard stories about home-based business scams. Some people even fail to make an online home business successful because of bad timing, poor leadership or simply a lack of interest in the business.

How Companies Have Given Home-Based Businesses a Bad Name

Hearing about a bad experience with a multi-level marketing (MLM) business can put a bad taste in your mouth and may make you hesitant to try this type of money-making opportunity. All free online businesses are not the same though.

Reasons people fear getting involved with a home-based business:

* Many people have failed using a home-based business model.
* Only 3% of people who try MLM actually succeed.
* 97% of the people who get involved in MLM fail. They end up not making any money and feel discouraged.

How to Succeed at a Home-Based Business

Legitimate free online businesses are available if you know how to evaluate them to weed out the bad choices. Choose the home based company carefully. Read all of the fine print and information on the company's website. Check to make sure the company is listed with the Better Business Bureau. A high volume of complaints is a sign of a poorly run company. Talk to others who work for the company about the pros and cons of the company in question.

Don't pay to get involved with a home-based business. Many opportunities are available for you to work from home for free. Find out what a realistic paycheck would be; not the amount of the highest earning affiliate (as promotional materials often include).

Earn Money through a Free Home-Based Business

One MLM idea that has been proven as a successful work-at-home program is to earn money from buying things you would normally buy anyway. The concept is a two part program.

1. Shop. It's that easy! Just shop online or through catalogues from many stores and many brands. Each store is an affiliate of the MLM and offers a certain percentage of the total purchase back as a shopper's reward. This idea allows shoppers to save money on what they would normally but anyway and get a rebate check based on the amount of their total purchases each month or each quarter.

2. Recruit. The second step of the free home based business is just as easy. Just share what you have learned about saving money and earning a paycheck with this work at home shopping systems. You can watch your check grow to unlimited proportions as you earn a percentage of your referral's purchases too.

The Freedom a Home-Based Business Allows

Working from home is a dream for most people, especially anyone who has kids at home that would otherwise require the expense of daycare. Work-at-home jobs are hard to come by, but the benefit is the freedom a home-based business allows you.

* Eliminate time spend standing in long lines waiting to checkout after shopping at the mall of local discount store.
* Save gas and time spent in the car.
* Combine a work at home job with your 9-5 job for additional income.
* Products are delivered directly to your door. There is nothing to pick up or deliver.
* Allows people to become a stay at home mom or dad while continuing to contribute financially.
* There isn't a dress code when you work at home.

The benefits and freedom that a 'work from home' job offers are priceless. Finding a reputable home-based business company to work for is half of the battle.
About the Author
Friedrich Asen is an Internet marketer and personal development author. He recommends home based business opportunities, which create a win/win situation for everyone involved and are free to join. For more information go to http://www.personal-development-guide.com/power_mall
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