I’d like to weigh in with my two cents in support of people who want to make some extra money from working at home. First, the warnings:
My own estimate is that 9 out of 10 of these work-at-home ideas will not work for you. You may not have the personality to sell; it may be a scheme where the seller of the “how to” book is the only one to make money; it may be an out-and-out scam where you send money in and receive nothing in exchange. Be careful.
When we have a job, we say we “go to work.” It is called “work” for a reason; it takes work to make money. Don’t expect to make money by doing just a little. You have to use your brain and all your resources. Expect to work hard!
It is up to you to check out a work opportunity to see if it is legit and to see if it will work for you. Check it out with the Better Business Bureau. I’ve put several ideas and websites at the end of the article. I have not checked these out – this is your job. It is also up to you to get the proper permits and licenses, to keep separate financial records, and to pay sales tax, income tax, and Social Security.
Start by thinking what you want to do and then consider if you are able to do it. Keep the following in mind: You will need a quiet place to work – no crying kids if you must use the phone. You must be professional. Have a good looking website; don’t use your cell phone when there is background noise or you are driving; don’t have a stupid message on your phone answering machine. You must keep your family obligations in mind – one mother told me she was busy preparing a presentation when her little girl came up to her and said, “I thought if you had children you were supposed to feed them!” Every business, even if it is just babysitting, must have a business plan – how is this business going to operate, where will the clients come from and how will I reach them, how much of an investment do I need to make before I start, etc., etc?
There are success stories. A friend on the East Coast works 12-14 hours a day and pulls down a six-figure salary. She also finds time to be a distributor for Miche Bags and has 14 sales reps. and a monthly turnover of $25,000. Right here in Colorado Springs, a stay-at-home Mom earns spending money by buying stuff at garage sales and reselling them on Craigslist. As an example, she buys kids specialty clothing at $2 and resells them for $20.
I want to encourage everyone interested in extra money to try something. Don’t be afraid to fail. Learn from your mistakes and then try, try again until you find something that works.
Following are some things my contacts have suggested. I have not checked these out; you must check these out and I welcome your feedback and suggestions:
Quit your career job to have a baby? See if you can continue to consult part time from home.
Your idea here! And good luck!