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Home-based Business And The Roots Of My Raisin'

Jan 10, 2008
What happens when you determine you may no longer have upward mobility in the job you have in your current geographical location? For some this may mean locating greener grass in locations potentially far removed from where they live.

For some individuals it may make sense to pull up roots and move on, but for others this scenario may be a bit more complicated.

For instance if you have a close knit family you may not desire to remove yourself from that sense of support and family togetherness. It could be that you have paid for your home and have no desire to try to sell and repurchase another home especially if the housing market is not favorable. You may have children who are involved in their schools and may wish to remain in that same school system until graduation.

Not every scenario is perfect for a quick relocation in order to follow a career change that may or may not work out.

For some the idea of an online home-based business presents both challenges and opportunities. On the one hand they may feel as if it is a last ditch effort to turn things around, but it may also offer the freedom they desire to improve their financial picture and put their family to work in the process.

It is not uncommon to see extended family members joining the workforce in a home-based business. Brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents and grandchildren may all find themselves employed in a family business.

Imagine the potential for job creation in the midst of a depressed local economy.

The word that has always come up in tough times is 'diversification'. Why is this word important? Because individuals and families have often worked to do whatever it takes to survive. The pioneers had this survivor mentality and family businesses were once the norm.

The Internet makes it possible for home-based businesses to once again bring families together.

The Internet provides a brave new frontier because the wealth derived from the business would be considered non-traditional income in the normal use of the word.

The income produced from your business would likely be derived from a global market, yet some of the money would likely be redistributed on a local basis. In other words what you may not be able to sell to your neighbors could ultimately be used to help your neighbors when you use your globally-derived business income to buy locally.

A local economy may not always be a solid indicator of the potential opportunities in a home-based business.

In fact, some home-based businesses were developed when a traditional job was left behind in favor or returning to family roots. A familiar lifestyle may turn out to be more important than the promise of a better job.

Some families are returning home and in the process they are discovering an incredible sense of personal satisfaction in developing their own destiny using a home-based business that thrives in an online environment. Others are taking the cue before they ever leave home and finding they don't have to leave home to enjoy an improved personal economy.
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