Are You Missing Your Chance to Work at Home?
©2003 Sharon Davis
Have you missed the
turnoff that leads to your dream of working at home?
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 events.
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
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 (ED: this website no
longer exists, my children are now young adults so I work in a
business environment now).
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
Here are five tips that will help you to avoid missing your chance
to work at home:
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.
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 whetheror not a situation is
right for you.
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 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
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 worth it?
Sharon Davis, a work-at-home expert, author and consultant.
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