I do love working from home. I’ve been doing this since early 2000. I raised 5 kids living this home based business dream and I can’t imagine doing life any other way.
For the most part, I really do set my own schedule. The work still has to be done but I can usually decide how I want my schedule to run. I don’t have to ask for time off. When I want to take a vacation, I’m able to decide where to go and how long to stay.
Most employees, when faced the the need for more money, are forced to either figure out how to take on an additional job, work overtime, or take out some sort of pay day loan.
When you have your own home based business, you can actually increase your income by generating more sales.
When my kids had recitals, events, etc… I didn’t have to miss any of them. I coached basketball, performed in recitals, and built amazing memories with my kids.
So, in many ways, this home based business dream is kind of like a dream come true.
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But, as always, there is more to the story. The other part of this home based business dream is that we have to PRODUCE results. I see a lot of people that sign up and then think that the money just magically shows up. They don’t actually take the time to learn the steps or … more importantly … DO the steps.
How many of us know an employee or two that doesn’t really carry their weight but somehow continues to collect a check? If you don’t carry your weight in your home based business, the home based business dream can quickly become a home based business nightmare. The income drops. And, that’s not good for anybody.
Building a home based business can cause you to lose some friends. In the book, “You are a Bad Ass”, author Jen Sincero says:
“You’ll probably have to do things you never imagined you’d do because if any of your friends saw you doing it, or spending money on it, you’d never live it down. Or they’d be concerned about you. Or they’d stop being friends with you because now you’re all weird and different. You’ll have to believe in things you can’t see as well as some things that you have full-on proof are impossible. You’re gonna have to push past your fears, fail over and over again and make a habit of doing things you’re not so comfy doing. You’re going to have to let go of old, limiting beliefs and cling to your decision to create the life you desire like your life depends on it.
Because guess what? Your life does depend on it.”
When I started building my home based business, a lot of folks that I had considered friends began to question my choices. They wanted to know why I was working such crazy hours when they were meeting up for drinks. They wanted to know why I was reading so much personal development stuff and hanging positive photos on my walls. They didn’t understand why I would rather spend a weekend at a seminar than hanging out, watching movies, drinking, and just “having fun”.
I have no problem with hanging out. I love watching movies. I enjoy a great scotch and a cigar.
But when I was building my home based business, especially in the beginning, I was solely focused as if my life depended on it … because it did.
Were the hours and dollars invested worth it? Absolutely! I highly recommend that everyone have at least a side business as a home based business.
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