Wednesday, July 26, 2006

So You Want To Work at Home? Read This First

The dream to work at home is a staple in most people’s
minds. What most people don’t know is that there can be
drawbacks to working at home as well. As someone who wants
to start your own home based business, you should be aware
of these pitfalls, so that you can prepare in advance for
whatever inconvenience they may pose.

Lack of financial security. Working at home and starting
your own home based business carries risk. Unlike a salary,
you will not be receiving a fixed amount each month. There’s
a large possibility that the compensation you receive will
be small in comparison to your regular job, especially at
the beginning. The upside, of course, is that you also stand
to gain much. Some of the biggest, most profitable
businesses today were first small home start-ups. Companies
like Microsoft, The Body Shop, and Coca-Cola are examples of
companies that were first run from the proverbial garage.

Having to take charge of your own time. Time can either be
put to good, profitable use, or it can be wasted. If you are
not a disciplined person, then you might have a tough time
making the venture work. After all, being at home means that
you are comfortable – perhaps too comfortable. You can surf
the net, watch TV, fix dinner, play with the kids, shoot
some hoops, talk with your friends, read a book, take a nap
– there are so many things that threaten to eat up your time
when you’re at home. If you really want to work at home, you
should first make sure that you can carve up a good amount
of time to spend on your business. You should have the
ability to set a schedule and stick with it; otherwise you
might be heading for financial ruin. However, if you are the
kind of person who is willing and able to set your goals and
work towards them, then having control of your own time is
an incredible advantage. You will be able to set your
priorities, manage your tasks, and minimize the waste of
your time – things that are difficult to accomplish when you
are in someone else’s employ.

Potential isolation. Because you are not forced to interact
with other people, you might fall into a tendency to cut
yourself off from most daily interactions. This is a danger
that those with more conservative or shy personalities face.
To counteract this, you simply have to allot a portion of
your time to meet friends and meet new people. Never get too
engrossed in your work to the detriment of your social life;
you’ll just suffer in the end.

Don’t let this little list discourage you from taking the
plunge! That’s exactly what most people do, which is why you
don’t see a whole bunch of truly rich people in your
neighborhood. Scan down this list and fix in your mind how
you intend to overcome these obstacles in your path to
riches. Knowing your weaknesses is strength – never forget

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