Are You Missing Your Chance
to Work at Home?
(c) Copyright 2003, Sharon Davis
Have you missed the turnoff that leads to your dream of working at
Wouldn't that be disappointing? No one likes to think that they have
wasted their chance, missed their opportunity. But that's exactly what
happens to many.
Sometimes you can become so focused on a single-minded purpose that
you miss the opportunity when it presents itself. Maybe it
wasn't the goal that you started out with, but that doesn't mean that
it's not the right path to follow.
Years ago, I left my career to stay at home with my kids. I remember
the months after I had made up my mind… I was obsessed
with my dream of becoming a stay-at-home mom. It was all I could think
about: How would we make it happen? Could we afford it? I dreamed of
watching my girls play from our porch, cooking dinner every night,
having the time to work in their classrooms, go to their sporting
Long story short, we did it. It wasn't easy; I quit my job, we moved
to a different area, my husband had to transfer. But we did it.
It was just as I had dreamed it would be… for a while. But it didn't
take long for my restless nature to crash the party. I soon realized
that I needed professional interaction. I also
needed to be able to contribute to the household income, as much for
personal fulfillment as out of financial necessity.
So, I decided that I should try to find a job that I could do from
home. I'd have the best of both worlds. I knew that I had valuable
skills and experience. It never occurred to me to
start a business- I'd never owned a business before so it never
crossed my mind. I just wanted a job.
Of course, once I started looking around I realized that finding a job
that I could do from home was not going to be easy.
Then I came across an ad for an opportunity to promote an educational
product. I would earn commissions on my own sales as well as the sales
made by any others that I invited to join. That's right, it was a
Multi Level Marketing opportunity, not that I really knew what that
was at the time. It looked pretty easy, so I gave it a try.
What ended up happening was that I earned enough money to start my own
business. I plunged every penny that I made into building the business
that I run today, 2Work-At-Home.com.
An MLM was not what I was looking for, but it ended up being the right
road. It's not something I wanted to spend the rest of my
life doing, but it helped my to achieve my goal. And that goal wasn't
even the one I started out with. I'm really glad that I didn't miss my
Here are 5 tips that will help you to avoid missing your chance to
work at home:
~Be open-minded. If I had been as closed-minded as many people are
about MLM's, I would probably still be trying to run my
website with a free webhosting account. Ask yourself, "why not?" and
educate yourself before closing the door on an opportunity.
~Recognize when what you're doing isn't right for you. Sometimes you
work so hard to achieve a goal, you fail to see the forest for the
trees. Be honest with yourself and whether
or not a situation is right for you.
~Don't waste your time. We all know by now that there are no typing
jobs out there, right? Stop going down the dead-end roads of the home
typist, ad placing and mail processor jobs.
~Be flexible. Be open to changing your plans, and even to completely
revising your goals. This doesn't mean that you should spend all your
time waffling between one goal and
another, but that you should have the courage to follow a different
path if it calls you.
~Have faith in yourself to follow through with your goals. It's so
easy to take the path of least resistance and give up. It's hard work
no matter which path you choose, but isn't it
Sharon Davis, Work-At-Home expert, author and consultant, helps people
to achieve their goal of working at home, telecommuting or starting a
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