I think starting a home business is an ideal way to design a work-at-home situation you love and that fits with the schedule you want. But not all home businesses are great ideas. There’s a lot of research, planning and effort that you don’t want to waste on a business that won’t work.
Over at Home Business About.com, I wrote an article on Home Businesses You Shouldn’t Start, that provides a list of attributes and situations you should avoid when choosing a home business ideas. This list is true whether you buy a business or start from scratch.