by Gilly Brewster
(Kansas City, USA)
Starting your own home based business can be easier than you think if you concentrate on something you’re interested in, exhibit some skill in the area and are willing to learn. Home businesses are becoming more and more popular with the rising cost of gas and fewer people wanting to commute.
A work from home business is a good way to make extra money and even earn a living, plus it offers other perks. When you work at homethere’s no more driving to work and looking for a parking space. You enjoy flexible hours and have no worry about childcare. The perks alone make starting a home business desirable.
Find the business or job that’s right for you. You may have to start small and work another job before you can turn it into a business. But, that’s usually the case with any job at home or not. Search for a business that you have an interest in and show some expertise. Most jobs are more successful if you enjoy them.
There are many legitimate businesses out there but there are also many scams. Again, it comes down to research and checking out the company’s credentials. Some work at home jobs and businesses require a fee or a small investment but typically offer a money back guarantee.
It’s been said that 90% of home based businesses offered are scams. They take your money and give you nothing in return. Companies will offer to provide you a list of the top 10 or so home based businessesbut you have to pay for the list. Your first job is to seek the legitimate 10% list.
Many online opportunities don’t give much information until you join their business or pay the required investment. Some offer videos to watch that tell you about their company and what you’re required to do to start your online business and make money. Beware, if too much money is to be made with very little work it may be too good to be true.
Selling a product or information is an excellent way to start a home business. Find a product or service that you like and start selling. This could be anything from cosmetics, cookware, candles and even advertising. Advertising specialties are many times sold from your home such as coupon books, pens and calendars. Top sales people make top money.
Data entry jobs are a good place to start at home and slowly ease into your own business as you learn the ropes. In data entry you simply fill out online forms at home. If you have no special skills or experience data entry is easy to learn. Expect to put in several hours a day to make a decent wage.
Home based businesses you can start yourself with a little research and work include services such as dog walking, child care, house sitting, errand running and grocery shopping. Be sure and check to see if a permit or license is required.
Success is more likely if you’re able to work independently with little help or guidance. Finding a perfect home-based business is not easy but could be worth it depending on your needs and dedication.