|By 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 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 turnoff.
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 worth it?
Sharon Davis, Work-At-Home expert, author and
helps people to achieve their goal of working at
telecommuting or starting a home business.
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