I talk to mothers on a daily basis who all say the
same thing. I'd love to work from home, but I haven't a clue what type
of business I want to start. And I'll admit it, that's pretty much how I
felt about five years ago. The only thing I did know was that I wanted
the chance to raise my kids myself and start some sort of business from
home. With the experience I've gained in the last few years, I've found
the key to finding the perfect business for each individual is to find
one they are going to LOVE working at. Every person reading this article
was born with a special gift that could be used to start a home
business. You are all naturally gifted in an area. Once you discover
that gift, you will be able to discover the best business for your
personality -- so that when you wake up in the morning you'll say to
yourself, Yeah, I get to work today! You'll feel like that is what you
were born to do. It's a part of you -- it's what makes you tick. Now
lets figure out the best home-based biz for you.
What are your interests?
What types of things do you enjoy doing. Yes,
you can love your job!! Everyone is born with a special talent that
sets them apart from others. Your job is to figure out what that
talent is and find out a way to turn it into a business. One lady I
profiled in my book, The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide To Making
Money, had always loved horses. When she was younger she didn't
have a horse of her own. So she would groom and feed other people's
just for the chance to ride. Now that she is an adult she has turned
that interest into a pet sitting business. While she takes care of
the smaller critters, she created a niche for herself in the area of
What are your hobbies?
Is your hobby candle making, painting
portraits, herb gardening...? These are all great home businesses
just waiting to happen. And you don't necessarily have to produce
these items to make money. Maybe you could start a newsletter on the
subject of your hobby for others just like you. Or maybe you could
start to sell supplies for other hobbyists or businesses. Maybe you
could write a book on the subject. Once you start brainstorming,
you'll be surprised at all the ideas you will come up with.
You're producing a service or product for your
friends and family for free already.
I talk with moms all the time who say their
family or friends are always coming to them because they are great
at creating a resume or they can really put a nice bouquet a flowers
together for special events (floral designer). These are all great
ideas for a home business.
Go with what you already know a lot about.
Maybe you enjoyed your work outside the home
but still want to be home with your kids. Use your previous skills
to get your business started. Teachers become tutors, secretaries
become word processors, and graphic artists become -- graphic
artists. The same can go for architects, photographers, and
transcriptionists -- both legal and medical.
ONE WAY I do not recommend to find a home biz
is to send "just $19.95 and I'll show you how you can make
hundreds of dollars a week in the comfort of your home." These
are all big time scams. Don't even mess with them. If any ad states
easy money, no experience necessary, guaranteed success, lots of
capitalization and exclamation marks, that is a scam! Or if you are
talking with a sales person for a business opportunity and they
force you to make a decision on the spot and it's almost like they
are making you feel stupid if you say no, tell them to get lost and
get out of that situation as fast as you can.
Usually the key to unlocking the mystery of
what home business to start is right inside of you. This search is
not a quick one, however. Take the time to rediscover your interests
and don't be afraid to start a business in the area you really
Liz Folger is
Work-at-Home Mom Expert and author of, The Stay-at-Home Mom's
Guide To Making Money. Her book is available at your favorite bookstore
or by calling, 800-632-8676. Liz has also created a resource
site for work-at-home moms at: http://www.bizymoms.com.
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