Working From Home – Is it for ME?
By Darryl Campbell
The real question that you have to ask yourself is “Why not me?” If you are like millions of people today you are either working for someone else or you are between jobs because of the economy, personal issues, bad luck, wrong qualifications or whatever else you attribute it to. Most people who do work for someone else are either unhappy with what they do or what they get paid.
Remember if you show up at work and someone else’s name is over the door then you are building their dream not yours.
Now I’m not telling you to run out and quit your day job, in fact far from it. That job is what pays the bills and keeps the wolves at bay. The question that you have to think about is that if I keep doing what I’m already doing for the next five years will anything really change. If not then think about where you would like to be in five years and start putting a plan together that will get you there. For things to change you must change.
Most people have thought about working for themselves at one time or another, and most people have not been able to identify an idea that they thought would create a business.
So what are some of the options; think about what you do really well and consider how you could market that talent. What is it that excites you; do you have a hobby that you could turn into a business? Brainstorm with some people that know you well, that you trust enough to ask for honest feedback. If you are one of the talented few that can identify your skill and market it then you are well on your way to creating something that will help you get out of working for someone else and let you build your dreams.
It is one thing to come up with the idea but quite another to finance it. It takes capital investment to get most ideas off the ground and lets face it most of us don’t have the capital to really tackle a project like that.
What else is available?
One of the best ways to develop a business and truly work from home is to get involved in the Direct Selling Industry also know as Network Marketing and Multi Level Marketing although that really refers to the compensation structure. You have to understand that there are many different companies available to work with and they are not all created equal. You have to do your due diligence.
The Federal Trade Commission gives the following eight steps to follow before getting involved with a company:
- Find — and study — the company’s track record
- Learn about the product
- Ask questions
- Understand any restrictions
- Talk to other distributors
- Consider using a friend or adviser as a neutral sounding board or for a gut check
- Take your time
- Think about whether this plan suits your talents and goals
It has been said that Network Marketing companies are just a way to launder money amongst friends. What you want is a company that markets a product or service that you would purchase even if there weren’t a business opportunity tied to it. What you don’t want to be part of is just a discounted buyer’s group. Look for and identify a product or service that provides real value and preferably can’t be easily duplicated so that once some one starts using it is likely to keep using it long term and you continue to be compensated as a result.
Once you have decided on the company then you need to commit to the process. The right company will have a system in place that when followed will help you to be successful. You need to do what is asked of you, whether it is attending online training, CD training that you can do from your car during your commute time or hands on classroom training.
You need to learn several things, first the Industry, if you are going to be involved then become knowledgeable so that you can defend it and you can only do that is you understand it. There are many great books on the subject. The Business of the 21st Century by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Go Pro – 7 Steps to Becoming a Network Marketing Professional by Eric Worre, and Building An Empire: The Most Complete Blueprint to Building a Massive Network Marketing Business.” by Brian Carruthers just to name three of my favorites.
Then you need to know your product or service. What does it do? Learn to promote it properly, don’t oversell let it over deliver. That way, once someone has it and uses it, they want to keep it long term and that is important when dealing with residuals. The next thing that you need to learn is how to do a presentation so that you can share the information either about your product or service or about your business opportunity.
One of the biggest things to understand about this industry is leverage; it’s not who you know but who others know. Your job is exposure, sharing you opportunity and service with everyone, it is not your job to sell them it is your job to share so that they can make an informed decision. If you have the right product or service they will either get it today or get it later when they decide they need it, you job is to share it so they know where to get it when they are ready.
“Success Loves Speed.” What does that mean to you? It is fun to go fast and painful to go slow. Once you start and you have a few of the basic skills then you want to share this with an many people as possible, as fast as possible so that you can get your business off the ground. Just know that there are others out there to support you, they want your success because your success is also their success.
Think about this for a second, if you were a part time pilot and you were in an airplane sitting on the runway preparing to take off, would you put your hand on the throttle and commit 20%? Would 20% move you down the runway, absolutely? Would it cause you to lift off the runway? Not a chance. What about 50% or even 80%, No, you would have to give it 100% all the way down the runway so that you could get the momentum required to takeoff and gain altitude. Once you had gained that altitude then you could throttle back and take it easy, maybe even engage the autopilot. But if you didn’t give it 100% then all you would do is run out of runway.
This is a business that if you will commit 100% at the start then your chances of success are very high. Now that doesn’t mean that you don’t have to continue working at your business, of course you do, you just don’t have to work so hard once you have it going.
Having your own home-based business is work, but done properly over a period of time it is also freedom. If you know the cost then you will be willing to pay the price to get the results. My wish for you is that you will take the first steps in this exciting industry, there are many others for you to follow, find the ones that have already been successful and follow their guidance so that it won’t be long before others will be seeking you out and wanting to follow your success.