ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Business and Employment»
  • Small Businesses & Entrepreneurs

Working from home- The guide you really need to read!

Updated on August 7, 2012
I love working from home!
I love working from home!

Working From Home

In this day and age, everyone would love to work from home. Especially mothers that stay at home with their kids. You almost have to unless by some chance, your spouse makes a large amount of money. Well, being a stay at home mom to a military man and the income not being where we need it, I started my journey through jobs and business at home over two years ago. So let me be the one who made mistakes and follow my simple rules so that you don't fall into the scams.

The Searching For Working From Home Rules

1- Start your research. If someone says they have this great opportunity for you, take the name, put it in google with 'Scam' and see what comes up. Such as, take a moment and do a search of Mary Kay Scam. Amazing what comes up right? Others have made the mistakes so let them make the mistakes, not you. Don't fall for the consultant's trap of "oh well I make this much and they just didn't work the business". I have to laugh at that, "they just didn't work the business". Now that is true in some cases. I have seen it on my own team. I really had a few ladies that really did not work at all. They expected the customers to just come to them. However, in a business where it is highly saturated, you can work all you want and you are not going to get anything! Which leads me to the next rule...

2- I personally will never go with a business that has been around for more than 10 years. The market starts to get saturated at that point and you get people that will say that they already have a consultant or tried it already and it wasn't their thing. So sorry Avon and Mary Kay but everyone and their mother sells it. Seriously! I find a consultant and their mom sells it or had sold it at one point. I personally know 20 or more Avon reps. That's just the people I know well. You don't want to be just starting out in something like that.

3-You get what you pay for. So many people believe that if they charge, it's a scam. Here's the difference, a JOB should not charge at all, except for a background check. Unfortunately, if you are searching for that magical online only job that will make you enough to pay all the bills from home, everyone else in the whole world is as well. They are not there and when one finally pops up, the chances of you getting it are almost impossible. So the businesses will pay all your bills if you find the right one. I know, because I am there. I see it. Before I go further, let me explain why there are costs. If you wanted to open a McDonalds, you would have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars. You are buying a franchise. You cannot start that for free but we all know how successful that would be. So when it comes to home businesses, your kit is your franchise fee. Now you get what you pay for. If the business is free, well, chances are, you won't sell a darn thing. There's a reason they don't charge. I have found that $100 is good for the kits for businesses. Over that is excessive and you will not get anyone to sign up if it is over $100 (before taxes and shipping).

4- They have to have good products. You want to be able to say that you sell something and be comfortable saying it. It also needs to be a product that sells. I knew I hit the right one when I have both men and women buying it and people were buying it as gifts for others. You can have a great business model but the products will make it or break it.

5- Have products that are consumable. You want repeat customers. So have something they keep coming back for. Like I said earlier, Jewelry just did not do it for me. They bought one item and that was that. They never had to get more. I know I have a stash of jewelry in my closet that I wear over and over again. It's rare that I buy more. So you want something they use and have to get more of.

6- When you finally find the right business, choosing your sponsor is the single most important thing you need to do. Don't just run off with anyone. No matter how great the business, you still run into those that recruit and forget. So find a sponsor that helps their team. Ask their downline questions about how they are with training and so on.

7- Have fun! Remember that the money isn't going to be just flowing in right away. It's going to take time and work but if you stick with it, it'll go places. Just keep learning and pushing!

Good luck with your search!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      Very, very interesting hub, with a lot of thoughtful information. Thanks!

    • SpiffyD profile image

      SpiffyD 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Good points made in here. Market saturation is a point to consider, but then every market has unexplored niches as well. Interesting and useful hub.