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It Is Not as Easy as It Looks, Making Money Online And/or Working at Home.

Updated on February 22, 2022
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Budgets and bookkeeping have always come so easy to me. I had planned to be a CPA, but life kind of got in the way.


Working At Home

Wow, you will finally have it easy because you will be working at home. No getting stuck in traffic or worrying about the weather. You expect to rise at noon, pour yourself a coffee, eat a leisurely brunch, step into your 'office' around one and type up a few forms or letters. WHALLAH you are rich beyond your wildest dreams and you never left your house. You didn’t even have to get dressed! The beauty of working at home. The joy of the leisure life. The extra time spent with family and friends. Right? Wrong!

It Doesn't Work That Way

For one thing, because you want to work from home, you have to first establish yourself within the Work-At-Home community in order for anyone to learn what type of work you do and the quality of that work. If you have been working in a regular business and have finally gotten to the point where the boss is willing to let you work from home that is fantastic; however, if you think you’ll be getting up at noon and working just a few hours a day, forget it. You might just as well go back to the office.

Working at home isn’t all fun and games. It’s a lot of hard work and many, many hours of tiring, repetitive, frustrating work just to make a few bucks when you are starting out. Also, to get into the routine of working all of those hours, you must struggle to get out of bed and get out of that mindset of I can lounge around because I work from home. I'm not trying to get you to give up because working at home can be a very rewarding career if you do it right. So get into that mindset.


Sites, Books, DVDs, and Ads

Yes, there are several, let’s face it, thousands, of them out there to supposedly help you make money. Ads that tell you how to do it or make promise upon promise. Articles that offer you the opportunity of a lifetime, or even ads claim to be the best there is. Rarely do they tell you the true tools you will need to actually make money at home! And then there are the ones where you go from home to home and demonstrate or sell your wares with the personal touch. They don’t tell you how much work you will have to do and how many hours it will take just to make a few bucks over your costs when you are starting out. Remember, they want you to sell their items, but they could hire someone to do that. Why don't they? Because that would be more expensive.

Before You Begin

You must first decide what you will do to make money at home. Will you write articles, stories, a blog, surveys. or your first novel? Do you take nice pictures? Will you do something like sell makeup or vitamins? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Check out different sites and different companies.
  • See what might be right for you.
  • If you have chosen a business that requires you to demonstrate their wares, you will be required to do a lot of traveling, lifting, and talking about the products, be prepared for that as well.

Stay On Top Of The Legal policies, etc.

  • Read Terms of Agreements to see if there are hidden costs or hidden requirements before you can make money.
  • Check the Better Business Bureau for the company’s rating.
  • Look for up-front costs and processing fees which could be a warning sign that the site or company is not legitimate.
  • Do your research before you invest time and/or money in a Work-at-Home venture
  • Read each and every line of Terms of Service and Privacy Policies, etc. that could state fees or requirements that come later.

The Next Step

To make these things work for you, you must do a few things, that is true. But once you have established yourself and have begun to see results, then you will feel the excitement of success. You might even be so energized that you might work harder, and harder, to get even more money. Can you make a living doing this sort of thing? Yes. But will it be as easy as rolling out of bed at noon, eating, pouring a coffee, and stepping into your office in your comfy clothes? No, you will have to follow a few common-sense rules as well.

Common Sense Rules

Once you have decided which companies you want to use, you will have to do the following:

· Research for your target audience.

· Determine what setup work will need to be done.

· Determine if you will need to be trained in the job before you can begin.

· Determine how much time and effort you will need in order to be successful.

· Choose more than one company to work for in case something goes wrong with one of them.


Remember To Work As You Would At Work

What I mean is, you can’t sleep late, work an hour or two and go play to make money. You will have to set up your work schedule and stick to it.

  • Rise early for a good beginning.
  • Force yourself to get dressed as a professional.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Eat lunch.
  • Stay organized.
  • Keep good records.
  • Take the good with the bad.
  • Remember that you need time for the important things like family and you.

Setting and Reaching Your Goals

You can't just work without at least having a goal. Set goals that are easy to obtain for your first few levels. That way you can see how easy or hard the work is to complete. If you can’t reach goals within a reasonable amount of time, then perhaps you should choose something else. Remember to take into account the site and work before setting your goals. For instance: if you should choose to write on a site like Hubpages, your first goal might be to get ten people to read your work. Then you can increase it to getting ten people to like your work. Take baby steps before you start running.

Like this bee, don't give up.
Like this bee, don't give up. | Source

Stick With the Program

The first few months will be very hard for you. Stick with it. You must establish yourself before any goal can be reached and you must have enough work out there for people to check out your works. Once that is accomplished, you will start reaching your goals faster than you could ever imagine. If you do not begin reaching your goals after a few months, revamp them in case you have tried to climb too fast.

Sometimes we see something we think we like, but it really doesn't pan out, changing professions is not a failure. Take a moment, retrace your steps and seek out something else. Try something you like to do for better success.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Cheryl Simonds


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