It is heart rending to a new mom when she has to leave her young child in the care of strangers and go back to her job. Consequently, many moms dream of being able to work from home so they can guide their children through the perilous journey from babies to young adults. But how many really consider working at home a serious option? How many moms actually follow thru on their work at home dreams and turn them into reality?
Multi-level marketing programs and work at home schemes have been around for decades, selling everything from detergents to vitamins. It seems that each day several more appear on the scene – Stuffing envelopes, selling real estate, Amway, etc. Do these programs work? Can stay at home moms or dads make a realistic income doing these jobs from home? How does one know which programs are legitimate and which ones are not?
Besides the legitimacy factor, there are the start-up costs. If you want to start a real estate business, or sell vitamins or cosmetics from home, the start up costs will set you back a tidy sum.
Inexperienced or “would be” entrepreneurs tend to start their small home business as a result of attending a meeting or seminar . The offer of help to start a business may be legitimate but many of these businesses still fail. According to the US Small Business Administration, over 50% of small businesses fail within the first year and 95% fail within the first five years. This report suggests that only 5 in 100 small business are slated to succeed. So, it seems that the average small business entrepreneur, is destined to fail if he starts his business without adequate skills, proper guidance or education. Is it any wonder that people have become wary about putting their hard-earned cash into small business opportunities or work at home schemes?
So what is the answer for parents whose entrepreneurial spirit and work ethics are strong? Where can they find legitimate, low-cost, work at home opportunities?
Start an Online Home Based Business.
You can create your own home based business using your computer. There are several legitimate affiliate programs that cost under $50 to join, and if your funding is limited, there are even “free-to-join” affiliate programs.
If you begin by building your own website, it will cost you hosting fees plus domain registration fees. Easy to use website building software is freely available on the Internet, and there are also several ways to obtain a website. You could build it from scratch, start with a template, get one built for you with several affiliate programs ready for you to join, or if you have some money to spend, get someone to build it for you.
Once you have your website, join the affiliate programs of your choice. Affiliate programs or opportunities eliminate the need for inventory, property leases or rent. You are free to concentrate on finding ways to promote and sell the opportunities or products you have chosen to put on your website. It is even possible to sell affiliate products without purchasing them, although I strongly advise you to use as many of your affiliate products as possible. Promoting a product you have used is a hundred times easier than one you have only read about.
Putting a number of banners on your site might be very tempting, and when you are inexperienced, it may seem like the perfect answer. Unfortunately the average online shopper is smart, educated and wants more than a few flashing banners. They want to read about the products and opportunities you are promoting. They want to learn successful online and offline marketing methods that they can duplicate. This means you have to find ways to educate yourself as well as your customers and prospects about the your products, opportunities and the methods that bring you success.
Starting and running an online home based business is much easier and less expensive than the equivalent offline business, but although the cost may be minimal compared to its offline equivalent, a successful home based business will still require that you have good work ethics, dedication and education.
So, moms or parents who want to stay at home with their kids and start their own online home business, can do so with the knowledge that it is not really difficult if one goes about it the right way.
For a tiny investment you can become the President of your own home based business, stay at home with your children and be a vital part of their lives, while you earn more than you ever did working at your job. The pros in this instance far outweigh the cons.
About the author:
Janice Sharman has helped lots of ordinary people start and run their own home business. For FREE information on how you can start a Profitable Home Business Home Business go to https://www.profits4sure.com