If you are like many other stay-at-home moms (or dads), it might. But why should a work-at-home business be a scary proposition? Let's think about it.
What do you think of when you hear the word “business”?
- headache and stress
- need lots of money just to get started
- don't know anything about doing business
- don't even know what to think!
Come on, think about it… add to the list.
What does “business” mean actually?
A simple definition: the the trade of goods or services in an attempt to make a profit is a business. So essentially any time you sell something or provide a service, you are doing business.
Does the definition imply it has to be big and complicated? No!
Does the definition imply you have to go somewhere to do it? No!
Does the definition imply you need lots of money to get started? No!
You must have done some sort of business already… garage sale? Selling something on e-bay? got paid for fixing your neighbor's computer? Think about it. What have you done?
What are some simple options?
If you have opinions, experiences or expertise that you enjoy sharing, you could always start a blog or write guest blogs (here are some options) or write an e-book to sell on Amazon.
If you like teaching, you can develop your own courses and sell them from your website or join a platform like Udemy which pays you whenever someone buys your course.
If you have skills or services that are in demand or intriguing, you could sell them on Fiverr. There is plenty of competition there, but if you choose your gigs wisely and follow these tips, it is possible to start making some extra income.
Or have you ever considered proofreading or court transcript proofreading? Court transcript proofreading is a bit different as you CANNOT change anything any that is said – it is a transcript. So there is a bit of a learning curve to understand the kind of proofing that court reporters want. If you have an eye for detail and the ability to spot errors or inconsistencies, you may enjoy learning how to do it.
Another option is to develop a website related to a niche you have experience in. You can include associated products that your readers would be interested in buying. In this case you can look for affiliate programs related to those products and make a commission whenever anyone buys the product through your site.
Do you need a website for these options?
For most of them, yes, but building a website is not the difficult, scary proposition it used to be. You don’t have to know code and have a college degree in website design anymore. Many website building platforms are quite easy to use. Siterubix.com is a free website builder where you can have the frame of a working website up in minutes. Then it is just up to you to add the content.
Siterubix.com is also associated with Wealthy Affiliate which offers training on how to build and market a profitable website. You can join Wealthy Affiliate for free. By the time you’ve completed the Starter Course of 10 lessons, you have:
- a functional website and
- an idea if you want to take the plunge and join the community where you have plenty of help from the co-owners and other members, the tutorials, webinars and all the other tools and services there.
So… Is fear needed?
Back to our original question! In order to start your own business from home using one of these options, do you need lots of money, do lots of paperwork, need to deal with employees or any of the other fears listed at the beginning? Not that I’m aware of!
Do you need to worry about business licenses and other such things you might not know anything about? Not initially. These are all simple ways to make commissions or sell simple services – not the type of thing that requires business licenses and all that sort of paperwork.
(If you do eventually start making a pile, then of course it is always wise to take the advice of an accountant and lawyer to find out the legal requirements in your area.)
If your fear is just fear of the unknown, why then start learning! Then it won’t be unknown anymore and there won’t be anything to be afraid of.
How to proceed forward?
Start by chalking out your ideas and course of action. Write it down and set doable goals for yourself. And of course reward yourself each time you reach a goal. You’d be surprised how much you can achieve.
An online based business is easier to do from home and fit into a Mom’s (or Dad’s) schedule. If you want to consider blogging, selling your own courses, building an affiliate business and need help setting up your own business, feel free to click below to start building your own (free) website.
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