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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Is Working From Home Worth It?

I wasn't sure what to write about today. I thought about talking about our broken educational system, or bullying, both of which are very important topics, and I still might in an additional post; However, while checking my email I had to sift through a half dozen different work from home scams, and decided I would talk about that instead. I can't be the only one who thinks it would be appealing to be able to work from home, set your own hours and make a comfortable living. It's a white buffalo folks, it exists but is extraordinarily rare. Sites such as Swag bucks allow you to earn points which can be redeemed for gift cards and prizes by just using a search engine, or watching video clips, but unless you spend hours using their site, don't expect to be rich.

Many different types of work from home offers are really scams. They prey on peoples desires to be their own boss, and typically target the under-educated and poor. The simple fact is, they are designed to appeal to people who are looking for a pie in the sky deal. I'm sure there are valid work from home employment opportunities out there. A family member of mine, many years ago assembled components for a company from home, and shipped the completed parts back, so I do know there are opportunities out there. 

Any type of work from home business is going to involve capital to start up, a detailed business plan for success, and plenty of elbow grease. Even something which appears simple like writing a blog, requires research, time, and the ability to communicate through writing. You have to be able to come up with fresh and compelling material, and market yourself effectively; For example, It usually takes several hours to research material, write a draft, revise, add citations when necessary, format and create hyperlinks where needed, conduct a final review and publish material. This is just to publish new articles every day. In order to find an audience, you also need to create social networking pages, share links to the blog, and subscribe with various sites such as Technorati and Blogarama, which will list your blog. 

Working from home is not for the faint of heart, it does require hard work. I enjoy writing and creating arguments for various issues, so the process of Blog writing has been fairly easy for me. From working as an eBay seller, blog writer, website operator, you will be required to put in time and energy to make your business successful. You will get out of your business exactly what you put into it.