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The very idea of working from home and having your own business may instantly spark interest to a lot of people, considering that nowadays technology has allowed us to conduct business practically just about anywhere.
But don’t be too quick to jump into the bandwagon, home-based business may not be for everyone. Without passion, dedication and practically the heart for it, you can very well set yourself for failure even before you started.
No doubt that this is a legit way of making a living, you can really prosper in life from this business - not to mention, that you can work from home and yes, be your own boss! Monetary-wise, you can really expect income even more than what you would usually make from your day job. That is of course with the right home-based business and the right attitude.
Probably one of the best things that you can get from having your own home-based business is having the opportunity to live a more meaningful life spent with family and self improvement. It’s quite sad how majority of us are being enslaved with our job that we cease from ‘living’ our lives which ultimately affect our quality of living.
Why it may not be for you
If you’re expecting money to just come in with no accompanying hard work whatsoever, you’re in for a surprise. Home-based businesses, whether you’re a merchant or artisan who creates your own product or a freelancer online or into internet affiliate marketing – it all involves work.
Having your own business will allow you to practice freedom to decide for yourself and boost your personal development but there is a price to pay for being your own boss – you are responsible for everything. After all it’s your own business.
Your personality can also affect your home-based business’ success or failure. If you’re an outgoing person and cannot tolerate long hours getting ‘stuck’ at home – home business may not be for you. It can be one of the challenging feats of having your own home-based business, the division between home and business place tends to get lost somewhere in the money-making process.
You may not have the passion, dedication, patience and the right attitude to see it through. Just like any businesses, a home-based business will not instantly gain success on day one – again it will involve work.
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How to succeed then
Before you willfully jumped into any home-based business, find out what your passion is. It can tremendously affect your attitude towards working if you can find something that you are most passionate about. Work is hardly working when you love what you’re doing, right?
It is also important that you conduct your own research and study before you decide if it’s the right home-based business idea for you. This is especially true with the overwhelming numbers of business opportunities available now on the internet.
Remember that you have to ‘know’ what you are getting yourself into, more so if you’re planning to do this full time. Bear in mind that you are going to invest not just your money but your time as well. Although there are home-based businesses online that will require almost zero start-up costs, still you’re investing your time. And if not properly decided and managed, you may be spending time on something that is not worth it to begin with. So, theoretically you’re losing profits you should have been earning had you chosen the ‘right’ one.
Expect that you need to work. Time and again, common pitfalls of those who immediately jump into home-based businesses, is the fact that they thought there is going to be ‘easy money.’ They expect money pouring in with a wave a magical wand. The reality is, yes, it can be easy, but the truth is that it’s not always easy. Before you get to the easy part, the part where you’re sort of flying in auto-mode - you’ll have to put work into it first. Expecting that there is work involve will condition your mind and will sort of prepare it for…well, work.
You have to be passionate, dedicated and patient - your attitude towards your home-based business will ultimately affect its success or failure. Be prepared to learn - you’re not expected to know everything but you will have to learn new things and new ways along the way. And lastly, enjoy – life is meant to be enjoyed, of course, we all need to work but we need to find joy in what we’re doing.
Lisa Burnham is an artist-ecoactivist-entrepreneur mom to two wonderful kids and wife to a surfer! She teaches art for 25 years to children of all ages, has an art education and speaks Spanish, pretty well, too! This mom loves traveling, gardening and anything green! She lives in San Francisco, California just a block away from the ocean. And she has a pitbull named Irie.
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