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?

 

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Allie owns and writes Ramblings of a WAHM. She has blogged and been online working her way up since 2010. She loves to help WAHMs find balance between work and family.  Thanks for reading! Check out her awesome Resource Page! Sign up for updates and WAHM Newsletter.

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

  1. This drives me crazy too. This kind of “snake oil” also makes mothers really skeptical so they decide not to try anything at all. They start believing that no one really makes money by starting an online business either and it’s just not true. Building an online business is soooo possible, but it becomes tied with the “snake oil” so no one even tries. It’s definitely a hot topic in my book.
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    • Lisa,

      Yes, they need to love it.

      Last night I was exhausted. I was tired because we had just come back from vacation and having too much fun. I was laying in bed thinking to myself that I didn’t want to get up Monday and work online. It isn’t as profitable as I hoped and maybe I should quit. I put the thought behind me as a I feel asleep.

      I woke up in the morning less tired but with this renewed feeling that I couldn’t wait to get back. I love being online and I think you hit the nail on the head by saying you have to love it.

      ~Allie
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  2. Desperation makes otherwise rational people do stupid things I find, almost in direct proportion to how desperate they are. I made a living working from home but it was because I applied all the things you said plus I understood my customers, what they needed, what my value was over other people.

    The money was good, but don’t underestimate how lonely it can be!!

    • Roz,

      Great points. It took me over a year to realize that I really needed to get into the heads of my readers and customers to make money and make them happy. Now that I feel I have a better grasp, I am happy and so are my readers.

      It can be lonely. I am the type of person that likes to be alone to work and sometimes play. I have a friend who always needs someone around, I can’t imagine her working online. She would go nuts! LOL. If one is leaving the workplace where you had friendly coworkers, had lunch with them and generally enjoyed being around others while you work, it would be hard to work alone from home.

      Thanks for stopping by!
      ~Allie
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  3. Who can we blame?

    No one, actually ;)

    Our human desperation and need for money can sometimes cause us to make bad decisions (Without further thinking) and these spammers or scam companies use that desperation to their own advantage to make money (I believe that many of these spammers were also victims at one point of time – or maybe not).

    It’s hard to think before we act (and of course, there are many billions of situations we face online that we can undergo without our conscious thinking, but spending money isn’t one of them – unless we have made habits to control it – like keeping a journal on how money is spent etc).

    Appreciate the post, Allie ;) I hope more moms learn about blogging and start their own blogs (I think there is a whole new world out there for mom bloggers – I mean, moms serious know a lot of stuff :D).

  4. Honestly people are blinded with get rich quick scheme. They just want to get rich fast without making any efforts at all. They don’t know that people who are earning money easily online also did it the hard way before they got rich.
    Many think that working at home is easy. When in fact it’s not. It’s sometimes boring, there are distractions and the bed is tempting. Sometimes you just want to go Zzzzz…
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  5. Allie – I have wondered about those kinds of ads! I’ve always thought that if it were really so wonderful, everyone would be doing a work-from-home career – at a minimum as something to supplement a regular income.

    I like that you give some practical suggestions on how to approach a work-at-home business. I don’t have one, but if I ever were to get serious about one, I’d want to follow your guidelines on what are good questions to ask.
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