I work from home.
There, I said it. Actually, let me add onto that:
I work from home… And I love it.
I wish I could help everyone work from home. Believe me, I have helped over 200 people get started working from home, but have spoken with over 1,000 since I started in August of 2011. It amazes me at how pigheaded some people can be about working from home and the stereotypes (and stigmas, perhaps) that come with it. People that don’t work from home don’t understand what goes along with working from home. People that want to work from home think that it’s just like going to an office, but the office is in their home.
The purpose of this article is to put the truth out there about working from home: plain and simple. If you have questions at the end of this article, feel free to ask them, and I will do my very best to respond to you in a timely fashion. However, considering that I do indeed work from home, I am extraordinarily busy. Take a look at the last article I wrote on here, for crying out loud.
So, I’m going to break this up into three sections: Busting Myths About Working From Home, How to Get Started Working from Home and Frequently Asked Questions. I deal with hundreds of people per month regarding working from home, and many of them decide that either collecting unemployment or going to work at a local WalMart is a better option for them. It takes a dedicated, loyal, responsible person to work from home. If you do not possess all three of those qualities, then chances are you are not cut out to work at home.
Busting Myths About Working From Home
1. Direct Sales is Working From Home
I have worked for many Direct Sales companies: Mary Kay, PartyLite, Pampered Chef, Aloette, MonaVie and Avon. A Direct Sales company is where you are the middleman to make sales to the consumer. You purchase a certain amount of inventory and turn around and sell it to others, for a percentage of a profit. The most effective way of doing this is by having parties, either in your home or in other people’s homes. More often than not, you are strongly encouraged by the company you are doing Direct Sales for to have as many parties as you can. Here’s the thing, folks: If you’re not having parties in your home all the time, then you are leaving your home to have parties elsewhere. Furthermore, Direct Sales businesses have meetings that are strongly encouraged for you to attend. Do you HAVE to attend meetings in order to maintain good standing? No. However, it is very frowned upon with a lot of companies, like Amway. Chances are, you are going to miss out on important trainings if you don’t go to these meetings. If you are comfortable of having an endless flow of people coming in and out of your house for parties, then you can certainly work a Direct Sales business from home. I would say that more than 90% of these direct sales companies do not allow you to sell products online, so you MUST do them in person. Unless you are comfortable having people in your house, you’re not going to be successful with a Direct Sales Business.
2. You Shouldn’t Have To Pay To Work From Home
That’s just utter crap right there. Regardless of what you are going to do from home, you are going to pay. Virtual assistants pay at least $129 to get started. You have to pay for a home office to be set up– Even if it’s just paying for your internet service or phone bill. Most companies that have people that telecommute offer those positions to people that have been with the company for a while. If you’re looking for something where you can genuinely work from home, be prepared to spend something to get started. Think about what people pay to work outside of the home… My husband is a Police Lieutenant and pays $5600 per year to drive to and from work in gas alone. The great thing about the costs related to working from home are tax-deductible.
3. If You Have To Spend Money To Work From Home, It’s a Scam.
No. Plain and simple. Yes, there are certainly some scams out there, like the envelope stuffing “jobs” and so forth. Do your homework on a company search the Better Business Bureau. By the way, if you read about other people’s experiences with other companies, make sure you know their credibility before making a decision.
4. I Can Only Work From Home if I Have a Computer.
Nope. Plenty of people that work on my team only have a phone. As long as you can communicate with others, you can work from home– At least, that’s how it is on my team.
5. I Am Limited in the Amount of Money I Can Earn from Home.
Well, that depends on the company that you decide to work with. My income potential is unlimited, but I have to actually work to earn something. Make sure you learn the company’s compensation plan before committing to working from home. Know what is involved. Know what you have to do in order to maximize your income potential.
6. Any Work From Home Business is Multi-Level Marketing (MLM).
Completely and totally false. Again, do your research.
7. Any Work From Home Business is a Pyramid Scheme.
Pyramid schemes are illegal. If you encounter a pyramid scheme, run far away, because you won’t make any money. I’m starting to sound like a broken record: Do your research.
8. Working From Home is Easy.
Oh, heck no! Working from home takes so much more discipline than working outside of the home. You have to create your own structure and avoid distractions. You have to set your own schedule. It can be really tough!
How To Get Started Working From Home
Believe it or not, getting started working from home is relatively simple. The biggest part of it is doing your own research, and learning about what is involved in working with the specific company. Get referrals. Speak with people on the work from home team that you want to join, and find out what the support is like from both your team and the company itself. Figure out exactly how much money you need to lay out, and what you have to do in order to recoup it. Compare investment of money vs. investment of time. Realize that some companies (such as the company that I work for) do not require a financial investment, but it still costs you something to get your business started.
First and foremost, make sure you have a place to work, which is free of distractions. Whether you set up a home office or just use your kitchen table, make sure you have a space to call your own when it comes to working from home. You need to know exactly where you are working from.
Secondly, decide what you want to do: Marketing, Sales, Medical Transcriptions, etc… What interests you? Do you want to leave your home? How much time do you have to invest? Write a list of things that are important to you regarding working from home. This will help you make your decision.
Third, DO YOUR RESEARCH! (Have I written that enough in this article?) Speak with people on the team to find out what the support is like, and what they actually have to do with the company to earn money. Read as many reviews as you can, but do research on the authors. Check the Better Business Bureau.
Fourth, be realistic. If you’re looking for a get rich quick scheme, chances are you’re not going to find a legitimate work from home job or opportunity. Know what hours you can work. Know how much time you are going to invest. Know what you can accomplish.
Fifth, set goals. It is a good idea to set goals for one month, three months, six months, one year, three years and five years. Figure out how working from home is going to help you achieve those goals.
Sixth, make a decision and start working. The biggest thing is for you to be coachable, regardless of what company you work with. If people have an established record of success, listen to what they do. Many of these companies have been in existence for a long time– No need to reinvent the wheel. You will absolutely show more success following the business model that has already been established than trying to figure something else out on your own.
Frequently Asked Questions
Considering I’ve been working from home since August 6, 2011, I’ve run into my fair share of questions. Of course, many of these questions are repeat questions. Here are the ones that I’ve run into the most frequently.
Why do I have to pay to work from home with most companies?
Look at it this way: You have to pay to work for ANY company, whether you are working inside or outside of the home. The company that is helping you work from home doesn’t know you. They don’t know your credibility. They don’t know what you are capable of, until you show it to them. By the time you prove your worth (so to speak), you’ve already earned money. The difference between working from home is that you’ve recouped the money that you laid out (in theory) to get started, whereas you are still spending money every day to get to and from work at an outside-the-home job.
If work from home businesses just gave away membership kits and whatnot, there would end up being a whole lot of people doing nothing at all, then complaining that they’re not making any money. By purchasing your membership kit, startup kit or whatever the purchase/investment may be, you are demonstrating that you are serious– The same way you would fill up a tank of gas to drive to and from work.
Let me give you an example: To work with my company, you must purchase a membership kit for $29. This is fully refundable, if you decide that you don’t want to work with us anymore within the first four months. (You send back your kit and get your money refunded.) There are no monthly quotas or fees. To fill up my Jeep costs $66 (at least, that’s what it was last week). My husband fills up twice per week to drive to and from work. That translates to $528 per month, or $6336 per year. I don’t leave my home for work, unless I want to, and I paid $29 to start and $12 per year. Who made the bigger investment: Me or my husband?
Why do I have to be at least 18 years old to work from home with most companies?
Most companies require that you enter some sort of legal agreement with them in order to work with them. In order for the agreement to be legal, you must be 18.
Why do I get 1099’d at the end of the year instead of paying payroll taxes?
Most companies where you can work from home offer the opportunity in more than one state. Each state has different payroll and income taxes. It would be a logistical nightmare to follow all of the different tax codes. Therefore, the responsibility is given to those that work with the company.
To be completely honest, 1099s have a bad reputation. I love being 1099’d. We get so many tax deductions, it’s awesome. I end up paying less taxes on my 1099s than I did when I had a “traditional” job.
Why do I have to meet the company’s requirements to work with them?
Are you seriously asking this? Because it’s their company. Because they make the rules. If you don’t like their policies or requirements, don’t work with them. I don’t think that there is ANY company in existence where you can work completely on your own terms– Unless you created the company yourself.
Working from home has been a major blessing to me and my family, but that is because I am disciplined enough to work from home. I know my limitations. I set realistic goals. I work with my team. I ask for help when I need it. Most of all, I don’t quit.
If you are disciplined, responsible, loyal and coachable, working from home may be a good option for you.