Work at Home Opportunities – Are They Real?
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I’ve received a lot of requests from people who want to work from home but just don’t know how to go about finding that job or business opportunity. I asked Angela Wills if she’d share her expertise and she was very kind to provide this guest blog for you as a starting place. For more you can go to Angela’s website www.MarketersMojo.com. Enjoy! Here’s Angela:
Working online from home can be a convenient way to earn a little or a lot of money. There’s so much freedom to working on your own schedule. It’s pretty cool having the ability to turn any coffee shop or library into an instant office or to spend a day on a field trip if it suits you.
A quick search of the term ‘work at home’ brings up a myriad of opportunities from paid surveys to direct sales companies to advice on how to start your own business. So how do you know what to choose and what’s a scam? Here are some questions to ask yourself as you evaluate a work at home opportunity. Use them to determine if it’s legit and if it’s for you:
Could you turn your current job into a work at home opportunity? Before you go looking too far abroad, look around you and see if there’s a way to work from home through your current job or other people you know. Ask around. You never know what you’ll find out.
Is it a business or a job? There’s a big difference between an online job and an online business. Figure out what you’re looking at and what you’re looking for.
Do you have to pay? A job should never cost you money. If someone asks you to pay for a job or for materials to start a job, just say no. A business, on the other hand, usually costs money (although, with the internet it’s now cheaper than ever to start a business).
Can you find anyone else doing it? Search Google, facebook, twitter and other social sites to see what other people are saying about this opportunity.
Is it paid, commissions or make your own? A job pays you for work you do, usually hourly and sometimes per project. A direct sales business will typically pay you commissions for products sold and people recruited to your team. A business you start on your own will be paid in whatever ways you decide on.
What is the pay? If the pay scale is too cryptic to figure out, it’s probably a scam. You should get a straight answer to the question of what you’ll be paid. If you don’t, get outta there.
How much money can you make? This is a question you might need to figure out for yourself. If working a job, decide how many hours per day or week you can work. For a commission-based business opportunity, find out what the real average sales are and be realistic about what you can do. If it’s your own business, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll bring in money, what your profits will be and how long it could take until you’ll be profitable.
What do I know about this business? It’s great to get referrals of others who are happy working with the company and call them. You could look the company up on the Better Business Bureau and Ripoff-report websites too.
Can you really do this? Short-term or long-term? Whether you’re looking for a job or a business you need to take a hard look at yourself and figure out if it’s really for you. Is this something you want to do short-term or are you committed for the long haul? It takes dedication to build a business or work from home because you are the only person managing your time. However, you can absolutely do it!
Is it too good to be true? You know what they say about opportunities or offers that sound too good to be true. Need I say more?
Finding legitimate work at home opportunities and businesses to start takes effort. You need patience and some time to sort through the junk to find the great things that are out there. I’ve been working from home full-time for five years and it’s worth every bit of effort. I absolutely love what I do!
My best advice for you on how to find the right opportunity is to go with your gut. Never do something that feels wrong from the start. There are way too many legitimate work-at-home opportunities out there to take on something that creates with even an inkling of suspicion in your mind.
Angela Wills loves helping entrepreneurs make smart choices that result in greater profits from the internet. She is the owner of www.MarketersMojo.com the ‘hub’ of her business that provides marketing products, coaching programs, website design services and more. Angela has been featured in two print books about small business, been a guest tech expert on a local hour-long TV show, featured on numerous internet events and has worked with hundreds of clients and customers to market their businesses online.
Now that she has been running a full-time business from her home office since 2007, Angela is absolutely unemployable and darn proud of it!