Archive for January 18th, 2009

• Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Contrary to what some believe, a home-based business is neither a scam nor a means to instant wealth.  Although some may be shady, most opportunities are legitimate money-making ventures IF you work them like a job – every day, consistently, persistently.

The perks of a home-based business are plentiful – work on your own schedule, five second commute, be your own boss, business tax deductions, no one looking over your shoulder.  The list could go on.

However, building a successful home-based business takes discipline, consistency, persistence, self-motivation, teachability, and lots of hard work.

  • Do you have the discipline to work your business activities day after day, even when you don’t “feel” like it?  Do you have the discipline to schedule your work activities around your family schedule so there’s time for both?  Do you have the discipline to make arrangements for your family when you MUST accomplish a work activity (like a phone call)?
  • Are you willing to repeat the same activities time after time consistently, always believing that the next activity will make a difference?  Will you consistently perform your work activities every day, regardless of what other priorities may be pulling you in different directions?
  • Do you have the persistence to get through the No’s in order to find the Yeses?  Do you have the persistence to learn new techniques until you find what works for you?
  • Are you motivated enough (do you have a strong enough Why?) to keep at it, day in and day out, for at least a year to see what can happen?  Most opportunities take at least two to three years to start showing significant results.  If you throw in the towel after three months, you’ll never know what you may have missed.  But do you have the motivation to keep going against the tide?
  • Are you teachable?  Are you willing to learn from others who want to help you succeed?  While creative thinking is an asset, reinventing the wheel is probably not.
  • Are you willing to put in the time, energy, and work to make your business successful?

It’s not for everyone, but the rewards of a home-based business are great for those who stick with it.