Four Mistakes I Made in My Pursuit of Work-At-Home Success

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My journey to work-at-home success took longer than it had to. If I could start over again, there are several things that I’d do differently, the results of which would have me making money and staying home much sooner. By sharing my mistakes, I’m hoping you’ll avoid them and find work-at-home success much faster.

1) Not learning about working at home before getting started. Like many people, I jumped right into the what-can-I-sign-up-to-do-from-home search without studying what working at home is all about. By not understanding telecommuting or home business, I got caught up in scams and crazy schemes. Knowledge is power when it comes to working at home. The more you know, the safer you’ll be and the faster you’ll be able to find the right work-at-home vehicle for you.

2) Not using my current skills and interests. This is where many people miss out on work-at-home success. They see ads hyping fast money doing one thing or another. These ads may in fact be legitimate offers, but if you don’t know or like what the work entails, you won’t be successful. Nearly everyone I know who successfully (and happily) works from home tapped into skills or interests they already had. I was a social worker, so I worked as a contract adoption worker. I also like to help people, which I’m able to do through Work-At-Home Success, my writing, and speaking. The good news is that with the Internet there are more jobs and options available, so you can turn a job skill or knowledge into a job or business. Or take a hobby or passion and turn it into a business. But start by inventorying your skills, interests and passions, and then look for opportunities that fit them.

3) Not giving regular and consistent effort. Initially, excitement at the possibility of working at home drove my effort to find a job or start a business. But once that first resume went out or the first ad was run, I sat back and waited for the work and money to come in. Of course, nothing happened. It would have been easy to blame the job or business, but in truth, most work-at-home failure comes from a lack of consistent action and follow through.  Now I spend time EVERYDAY marketing Work-At-Home Success and my other ventures. Promotion and finding work is part of my “job” along with providing my services (work-at-home content, freelance writing, etc). There is no sitting back on the laurels when it comes to working at home. Resumes must go out daily until you’re hired. Businesses must be promoted daily to generate consistent sales.

4) Not having a plan. A plan not only keeps you focused, it also makes you more efficient. I plan every week. Several times a year I do an overhaul of my plan to look at what’s making money and what’s not so I can focus on those ventures that are successful and get rid of the ones that aren’t. Then I re-plan based on what I’ve discovered. For example, I have a couple of blogs that aren’t doing much. I don’t have the time or desire to work on them, so I’m better off to let them go. That frees up time to work on the projects that are making money or that I want pursue more deeply.

Working at home today is possible for anyone and everyone who truly wants it. But you won’t simply sign up to work at home. Instead, learn from my mistakes. Take time to learn about working at home (there’s tons of information here at Work-At-Home Success), list your skills and experiences to find work-at-home options, give regular and consistent effort, and make a plan.

2 Comments
  1. Roxann says

    Hey I just paid 50 bucks to get on the internet and do stuff. They have just about every writing promotion on the internet and there are 2 additional programs to choose from. One is research and the other is typing. They have how to do each step videos for the data info. The name is Global DataDotcom.com. I swear the man on the videos are Craig Ferguson from the Late Night show. This guy has the scottish accent and the same sense of humor. Makes it all more bearable. Of course like you, I am persuing not my passion but my drudge (sp?). Money Money Money…….

    Thanks for all your help. I know you said don’t pay, but $50 is a one time deal. Hey are you recomending MLM? Do you have one sure fire program that I can set up and then check my Money Money Money comes in. Thanks Roxann

    1. LTruex says

      Hi Roxann, To be honest, one reason you have be having difficulty finding success is that you’re not focusing on your passion or things you’re good at. Drudge work at home is still no fun and isn’t likely to be successful in the long run. Further it may mean you’re looking for something you can simply sign up to do and make money, and more often than not it will be a scam. I couldn’t find Global Data Docomm but just name makes me suspicious. Especially the part about typing. I do think MLM, direct sales and network marketing offer great opportunities, but just like any other business, you need to choose something that works for you and you can get excited about. I could tell you Widget inc is great but if you don’t like widgets you won’t be successful. Check the Direct Sales Association dsa.org for good programs. These companies agree to abide by a code of ethics and have proven to be viable programs. Always make sure there is a product AND that its a product you or a customer would buy even if no income was attached to it. Finally, MLM is like any other business, you’re going to have market it and do the work. – Leslie Truex

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