Home Business Opportunity OR A Work From Home Job

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I hope your holiday season has been joyous!

Today we’re going to jump right into home business opportunities and how we can be effective in 2016 in our endeavors.

So What’s Your Plan for Your Home Business Opportunity for 2016?

  • Do you need to pay off those bills from the Christmas holiday season?
  • Do you have a child going to college and need to save tuition or pay for his/her college education?
  • Are you a mom at home with young children who needs additional income for the home?
  • Are you a student in need of cash for campus books, meals or room?

Whatever your need regarding working from home, what I’ve discovered lately is that many people don’t understand the difference between a home based business and a work from home job!

I’ve accumulated a leads list and have been calling people who have opted in to receive information regarding work from home business opportunities.

After several conversations with these people on my list, I was enlightened to this fact:

Most people were not looking for a home based business opportunity – they were looking for home based ‘J-O-Bs, usually to continue after their every day work, 9-5 was complete.

I was surprised by this fact!   They didn’t know what a home based business opportunity entailed, yet they signed up for information!

What they were expecting was basically what we would do on a job.  So what’s the difference you might ask?

What IS A Home Based Business Opportunity

The article http://www.entrepreneur.com/encyclopedia/business-opportunity describes a business opportunity as the sale or lease of any product or service that will enable the purchaser-licensee to begin a business.

These typically include business opportunities as franchises, network marketing and direct sales companies. For any of these business opportunities a fee is usually required to start that business.

Even starting your own business at home selling your own products requires some output of dollars for your product, advertising, marketing, etc.

Many people don’t seem understand that direct sales and network marketing companies have been in business for years (some over 30 or 40+ years).  These companies are legitimate with defined marketing strategies! Many people believe that network marketing is a scam because of their lack of understanding of the business opportunity.

Are you familiar with the following:  Companies such as Pampered Chef, Avon, Mary Kay, Amway, Shaklee, Herbalife, Arbonne,  Melaleuca, Isogenix and others are all long standing businesses run by individuals interested in owning their own businesses. 

People familiar with network marketing, direct sales, or direct consumer marketing probably know of someone who has been very successful or is making extra income with these network referral companies.

A Home Based Business Opportunity Ephiphany

None of the people on my list were interested in these opportunities yet they signed up for information on work from home opportunities.   For me, this was an epiphany!  I was talking to the wrong people!

A Work From Home Job

If you are looking for a stay at home career or additional work to do from home, here are some ideas, but understand that you will need training to perform most of these jobs.  

These are jobs where you will be paid by someone else to perform these tasks and work on someone else’s schedule with due dates, times and goals based on someone else’s timelines.

This articleThe 10 Best (and real) Work-at-Home Jobs notes below 10 good stay-at-home careers which include:

  1. Virtual Assistant
  2. Medical transcriptionist
  3. Translator
  4. Web developer/designer
  5. Call center representative
  6. Tech support specialist
  7. Travel agent
  8. Teacher
  9. Writer/editor
  10. Franchise owner

So although these are all jobs that someone could do from home, it requires set skills.  Nothing is a ‘sit at home job’ without skills or marketing training.

So What Are You *Really* Looking For?

Home Business Opportunity or Stay At Home Job? Here are few questions to ask  yourself to help you determine.

  1. Do you want a Business opportunity to run for yourself and ensure your own future by creating residual? Or  a work from home job to get temporary additional income and continue to work for someone else forever?
  2. Do you have the skills for the job? Do you need any additional training to do either?
  3. Do you want someone else to get the benefits of your hard labor?  OR do you want to run your own business with an opportunity that provides you to be a business owner and create your own level of financial freedom?

Home Business Opportunities

There are so many benefits to making money from home whether it is a business opportunity or a work from home job/career.

If you are interested in knowing more about business opportunities vs home based jobs, please reach out to me so we can have a discussion.

I can help with both and get you started on the path to making money from home or building your own business.  Give me a holla.  It’ll be worth your time, I promise.

Just reach out and fill out a comment below or send me an email at barbara@barbaracharles.org so we can set up a free consultation to get you started on the right path or give you some clarity on what direction you would like to take to make additional money.

Best Wishes To All For A Properous New Year.

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  1. says

    Hey Barbara,

    I’m glad you wrote this post because I also know how many people are confused about what they believe is a business opportunity. Most are just looking for a job, work they can do right now for quick income and aren’t really eager to become an entrepreneur creating their own business. I’m afraid they all still have that employee mindset and in my opinion they probably should do both.

    We all know that just like a job, those sources can dry up to and then you won’t have that income coming in any longer. If you build your business through a business opportunity then you have a better chance of sustaining that income for many years to come.

    I’m off to share this and great to see another post here. Hope to see more in the coming months.

    Enjoy your week Barbara.

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  2. says

    Hi Barbara,
    Excellent explanation in the differences of a home business or a work from home opportunity. I think there are many people out there who do not realize this and it causes them more confusion and overload when getting started.

    I had that problem in the beginning too. I knew the differences between the two but I thought it was either one or the other. There are ways to do both and they can compliment each other.

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  3. says

    Hi Barbara!

    I hope all is well hun! This is a great explanation between a work-from-home job and home-based business. It might sound strange but there are some folks who are confused between the two.

    Thanks for clarifying! I hope you’re having a great week!


    • says

      Hey Cori

      Thanks. Yes, I’m just making sure people understand the difference. A lot of people don’t know the difference. I find that fascinating, but definitely needed to clarify.

      Thanks for stopping by.


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