Home Business -- How to Find One That Works
If you’ve done any inquiring about a viable home business, you’ve no doubt found your mailbox and email inbox overflowing with various offers. The numbers seem literally endless. A search for “home business” on Google alone will turn up about 2.44 billion (that’s “billion” with a “B”) hits! If you’ve spent any significant time trying out different offers, you’ve also discovered that nearly all of them, for one reason or another, just aren’t viable options. Many are outright scams. Envelope stuffing schemes are a prime example.
Others are legitimate (sort of), but their claims are always overblown. They’re never as fast, as easy, or as profitable as you’re told they are. Many just plain don’t work! For example, you’re offered one or more “free” websites and told you can drive traffic using free online classifieds. Ever tried this one? Place all the free classifieds you want, but you won’t get a single order. You WILL however, get loads of spam.
And the “free” websites costs you monthly hosting fees paid to (you guessed it!) the vendor from whom you bought the program. So who’s really making money here? You’ve probably figured it out by now. In almost every case, the only people who really make any money are those making the “work at home” offers. You’re left discouraged, frustrated, and poorer than when you started. But while the search can be very disheartening, it’s not hopeless. There ARE some legitimate home business opportunities, and there ARE ways to make money, even very good money, working from home. Now whatever you do, don’t just give up on your search. But you do need to develop a sense for what’s obviously over-hyped and what’s worthy of further investigation. Continue your search while keeping the following guidelines in mind. 1.
The “We do all the work for you!” deception. Anytime you see an offer that promises instant riches with no effort on your part, you’d be well advised to run the other way! You need to realize up front that absolutely nothing is going to make money for you unless you’re willing to put forth some effort. You’ve probably seen statements like “Everything is done for you” or “The lazy man’s way to becoming a millionaire.” So ask yourself “What do they need ME for anyway?” Would anybody set up a business and do all the hard work himself just to send his profits to a total stranger? Get real! 2. The “Start making BIG money immediately” deception. In some cases it’s possible to start making SOME money in a relatively short time span. You shouldn’t necessarily dismiss a business idea that promises quick startup. But “immediate riches” is just not realistic. You need to realize that growing any business to its full potential isn’t going to happen overnight. This is especially true if your financial situation is such that you’re forced to depend on your present job to pay the bills.
Find a home business that you can start part time and grow, until your business produces enough income that you can get by without your current salary. At that point, you can quit your job and devote full time to your home business. 3. The “Make $50,475.00 (or some other unbelievable sum) the very first month!” deception. You need to have realistic expectations regarding just how much money you’re going to make. Are you expecting to become a millionaire in a home business? While it’s not impossible, don’t fall into the trap of jumping at an offer based on wishful thinking. You’d do well to give more serious consideration to those home business offers that make more realistic sounding claims. That’s not to say you can’t start and grow a business that COULD eventually make you wealthy. But again, it won’t happen tomorrow, next week, or even next month.
At the risk of being redundant, it bears repeating that you should focus on offers that don’t promise immediate wealth with no effort. 4. The “This is completely FREE” deception. While it’s possible and not at all unusual to get free information online that’s both valuable and useful, don’t expect to launch a home business without spending any money. There will always be some startup costs. If you’re offered a free eBook, newsletter, course, software product, or whatever, go ahead and accept it if it interests you. Most such offers are legitimate, and are a great way to get some ideas and do some research into a home business. Just make sure you read all the fine print. If you subscribe for information and give your email address, look for a notice that reads something like “We will not share your name” and “You can unsubscribe at anytime.
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