Desperate WAHM: Don’t be Fooled, Working from Home Is a Business

Today I want to address a problem I have been seeing and I am pretty sure it has been around for as long as snake oil has and before.

It’s the promise of “start working from home tomorrow!” or “I made $34,893 last month and so can you” or “I went from homeless to making $11,346 last month!”

Promises of wealth.

Promises to fulfill dreams.

If you just click on the advertisement and then sign up to sell or buy you too can make so much money you can work anywhere in the world.

What is wrong with this scenario?

They never really give you the actually HOW to do all this.  Of course not, only the guys at the top know how to make the big money- off of you.

They also make money because moms get desperate.  And make irrational decisions.

 This was from a forum for moms.

I am by no means saying that these companies are fraudulent or scams.  I do know of moms that have cars because they had the most sales in the Western Region or actually pay mortgages with the income they created as a blogger.

I am saying these companies don’t take into consideration that most people that sign up KNOW LITTLE ABOUT BUSINESS.  Or do they, hmm? (I think they do.)

Enough About the Companies, This is About You

But this is not a post about these companies.  This is a plea to moms out there to do 2 things for me before you decide to earn from home, start a business from home or worse, click those ads.

1. Just because it says “home” business, does not mean it is not a business.

Learn how businesses are run.  Where you have your business doesn’t matter (well to the city you live in it does) but to you, it shouldn’t.  Whether you have an office downtown, a storefront or a corner in your kitchen, it is all business and should be treated that way.

2. Don’t fall for any hype, do your homework.  And don’t be desperate.

Ask the representatives of these company’s questions.  Ask questions on forums.  Search online to find out any information you can about these companies.

Start with where, what, how, when, and who.

Ask how long it took them to make a part-time or full-time living?

Ask how much your commission is?

Ask tax related questions.

Ask who the competition is.

Where can I get help to learn how to make sales?

Is there training? Free training?

Those just touch the surface. Learn all you can about the venture you are getting into.

I’m Not Discouraging You

The moms I mentioned above, with the car and home, worked VERY HARD to get where they are.  They learned that you need to network, work late nights and weekends, follow up on every lead, advertise, hire needed professionals and plain out run a serious business (from home).

They may have taken years to get where they are.  I can guarantee that they did not sit on their beds with their laptops leisurely drinking latte, waking up at noon once a week for 2 hours to make $34,893 in one month. (Who makes that anyway? [Yes, I know Pat Flynn does.  And he works his butt off.]  Most WAHMs that have a thriving business make way less than that.)  Keep this in mind when you sign up or start your home business.

Stay focused.

Be serious.

Do your research.

Be home with your kids.

“Know what you are getting into.  All of the women we spoke to advised that before deciding to launch a business, you know what you are getting into.” ~Girl’s Guide to Starting Your Own Business

More Great Reading

Don’t Blame the Scammers

Work At Home Scams

Would Love Some Input

Do you own your own business from home or online?  What advise can you give aspiring WAHMs?