There are many ways your work-at-home option can go awry, but one
that I see frequently is a lack of interest. Too often people get
caught up in the hype of making great money with a turn-key home
business system that they don't take time to consider whether or
not they like the product, company, or business methods. This
happens a lot in direct sales, in which someone gets excited
about big compensation and an easy to manage system, but once
they join and start working discover that it's "not for me".
It doesn't matter how much money can made in vitamins, make-up,
cooking utensils or whatever program that sounds profitable. If
you don't like health, beauty, or cooking, you're going to
The trick to finding work-at-home success comes from first
identifying your passions and interests, and then finding ways to
turn it into money. Here are some tips.
Identify your passions and interests:
1) If you didn't have to work, what would you spend your time
2) What activities give you energy?
3) What did you dream about as a child?
When answering these questions, don't censor. Instead write
everything that comes to mind even if you think it won't lead to
working at home. For example, if you wanted to be a rock star as
kid, write down rock star. You may not be able to become a rock
star, but you can start a website with rock star news or music
reviews, become an audio editor, or maybe you can become a rock
star. Justin Bieber started with a YouTube video and look where
he is now.
Once you have your passions, you need to determine how can make
money from it. This is the tricky part, but if you open your mind
to possibilities, you should be able to find multiple income
methods from your passions. The basic ways to make money are to
sell stuff, sell your skill, and sell your knowledge. Do you
make something related to your passion such as a non-toxic,
non-stinky bug spray (if so let me know). Or perhaps there is a
company already making product related to your passion and all
you need to do is partner with it. Do you speak a foreign
language and like to help people? Translation and tutoring may be
a good option for making money with those skills. Are you good at
feeding a family of four for only $25 a week? There are many
people willing to pay money to learn how you do that.
If you're still struggling for ideas, do an Internet search on
your passions and see what others are doing. You'll find a host
of examples such as blogs and websites making money through
advertising, people selling their skills through a service
business, or selling their knowledge through books and coaching.
There is a saying that if you do what you love, the money will
follow. While it also takes commitment and a plan, doing what you
love is an important part of achieving work-at-home success.
About the Author:
Leslie Truex is the author of The Work-At-Home Success Bible
(2009 Adams Media). She has been telecommuting and running home
businesses for over 15 years and helping others to work at home
in jobs or home businesses since 1998. Get work-at-home jobs and
other resources with her free newsletter at http://www.WorkAtHomeSuccess.com