I’ve had good jobs. I’ve had bad jobs. I’ve fired more bosses than I can count. I’ve had businesses that failed. I’ve had businesses that did “ok”. I’ve had businesses that have done pretty well. After more than 16 years, I am still blessed and very grateful to operate my home based business. There are “lean” times and “fat” times. Like most every thing else in our world, the cycles come and go.
Of course, I spend a lot of time talking to people about home based businesses. The conversation ranges from how or why to start one, to how to grow one. On this site, you will find a wide range of articles about how to start a home based business, how to build a home based business, and why I believe everyone (and I do mean everyone) should have some sort of home based business, even if it’s a side business you do very part-time.
One of the things I hear from people is, “Oh, that’s just not for me”. I have to ask, “Which part? The ability to set your own hours? The ability to decide how much you want to get paid? The ability to not have someone else control your life? Which part isn’t for you?”.
The typical responses include things like,
“I just don’t have the time.”
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. How we USE the time we have is what makes the difference. When I got started with my home based business, it was while I was raising 5 small children and working multiple part-time jobs. It was very evident to me that what I was doing wasn’t going to provide for my family. So, for a season, I took on even more hours so that I could learn how to build a home based business, at night, after I was done working my jobs. As my business grew, I began firing bosses.
Reality check: I had to work some pretty crazy hours for a while. I didn’t spend time watching TV or doing things that didn’t produce the results I was looking for. I had the same 24 hours we all get. Today, I get to be more selective about how and where I spend my time.
So, if you want to use the old worn-out lines about how you need your rest, can’t find the time, etc… A Home Based Business May Not Be For You. Home based business is for folks who understand that time is the one thing they can’t make more of. So they use the time they DO have to make something that they CAN make: money. And, it’s always fun to see how much more time becomes available to you when you have the money to do the things you want to do.
“I hate selling.”
I hear this a lot. And I ask,
“Have you ever dated anyone?” You “sold” that person on the idea of going out with you!
“Are you married?” You “sold” someone on the possibility of spending the rest of their life with you!
“Do you have a job?” You “sold” someone on the idea that you were the best candidate for the job.
This list could go on and on. We are constantly “selling” someone on our idea for where to go, where to eat, what to do, how to spend time, how to spend money, what movie to see, what book to read, what restaurant to try, what clothes to wear, what games to play, etc… We are ALL CONSTANTLY SELLING to the people around us. Us network marketing professionals just get paid to do what most people are already doing for free, anyway.
The point is, if you are using the old excuse about “I hate selling”, and you are actively involved in selling anyway, then you’re right. A Home Based Business May Not Be For You.
“I have a good job.”
That’s great, and congratulations! A quick glance at any number of headlines will show you how many people get fired from “good jobs” all the time. It’s a fact of life in the world of being an employee. Someone else can fire you at any given time and for just about any reason. If you absolutely love your job, keep it. But add some sort of home based business to your overall income strategy to help protect yourself and to be able to take advantage of tax breaks that are available to other home based business operators.
If you really do not want the potential financial freedom and potential tax benefits of having a home based business, that is absolutely your right. Just don’t make the excuses.
Here are just some of the reasons I prefer the home based business route over a traditional job:
Money. With a job, someone else decides how much your time is worth. With a home based business, you have the opportunity to create the kind of income you truly desire. You will have to work for it, of course. And it’s not a guarantee. But the possibility exists with a home based business.
Time Freedom. While we all get 24 hours in a day, your job will dictate how a good percentage of that time is spent. If you work a 4o hour week, you have someone else telling you how to spend at least 2,000 hours of your life, every single year. Add to that the time spent commuting to and from work, and any extra hours spent on extra projects. If you sleep 8 hours a day, that’s at least 16 hours a day gone. The other 8 are usually spent dealing with the other realities of life, such as shopping, eating, chores around the house, family tasks, and … if you’re lucky … some sort of social life.
Successfully building a home based business can provide you with a level of time freedom that most employees never get to experience.
Tax Benefits. Even if you have and keep a regular job, the tax benefits alone can make even part-time home based business a very worthwhile project. The wealthy understand and take advantage of the legal opportunity to reduce their annual tax bill.
The realities of our world are this:
Success in a home based business requires work.
Success in a home based business requires that you learn new skills.
Success in a home based business requires that you pick up new habits.
I remember a line from the movie, “Men In Black” where Will Smith’s character asked Tommy Lee Jone’s character, “Is it worth it?”. The response was:
“Oh, yeah. It’s worth it. If you’re up for it.”
So the question for you is, “Are you up for it?”
I encourage you to check out the ads on this site and/or get with someone who has recently approached you about starting a home based business. Begin the journey. You may have a few missteps along the way. It happens to us all. The pay off, if you complete the journey, can be well worth it on many different levels.