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Lesley Spencer, MSc;
Founder & Director HBWM.com, Inc. Network; Home-Based Working Moms
Lesley has a work at home start up kit for you that has helped millions begin new plans on working from home! This kit does cost money but will offer insightful ideas. Maybe it will be successful in motivating you to begin creating your work at home dream into a real possibility too?
The growing trend towards moms working at home is due in large part to the freedom and flexibility that working at home allows. Moms working from home can structure their businesses and their schedules around their children's and family's needs while still bringing in an income.
There are many good work-at-home opportunities, but there are many "opportunities" that are more often scams than not. I suggest that you review our Tips for Avoiding Scams (listed below or on the web at: http://www.hbwm.com/scams.htm ) to help you not fall victim to scams.
You can save large amounts of time and money by taking a couple of hours and defining which home businesses would best fit your needs and skills. I recommend people do a short self-assessment to define their strengths, interests, skills and passions. I believe defining those and researching different types of opportunities that fit those unique traits will dramatically increase one's chances for true success in their home business. If you find a business you love and are passionate about, success comes much easier.... and you enjoy what you are doing.
Here are some recommended resources:
National Association of Home-Based Working Moms - www.HBWM.com
Work-at-Home Kit: www.WorkAtHomeKit.com
eDirectory of Home Based Careers: www.edirectoryofhomebasedcareers.com
My Own Business: www.myownbusiness.org
Small Business Administration: www.sba.gov
Online Women's Business Center: www.onlinewbc.gov
Service Corp of Retired Execs: www.score.org
HomeBasedWorkingMoms.com 10 Tips for Avoiding Scams
1) Research the company and always check them out with the Better Business Bureau.
2) Review the BBB's Work-at-Home Schemes information.
3) Ask for at least three references of people they have worked with.
4) Call each person and ask about their experiences with the company.
5) Don't be fooled by ads claiming you can make large amounts of money in short periods of time.
6) And be cautious of companies that require you to sign up immediately. Usually if it sounds too good to be true; it probably is.
7) Before you invest in a business opportunity, get specific information (in writing) from the company such as how long they have been in business, where they are located (not just a P.O. Box), how many customers they have, what their refund policy is (read it thoroughly), how long it takes to get paid and if there are any restrictions on payments, etc.
8) Try to use your credit card instead of cash if you invest in a business opportunity. That way if you do want a refund, it may be easier to dispute the charges with your credit card company rather than trying to get your money back from the fraudulent company.
9) Be cautious of any employment opportunity that asks for money (such as money for "job" instructions, to test your printer, to see if you are qualified or for an application).
10) Research current scams on web sites such as ScamBusters. Contact the National Fraud Information Center or (800) 876-7060 for information. Report any scams or fraudulent companies to the Federal Trade Commission. Send email to the FTC with business opportunity or work-at-home spam email you receive at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also contact your state's Attorney General and the National Fraud Information Center, PO Box 65868, Washington, DC 20035 or (800) 876-7060.
Don't invest in any opportunity that you are not sure about. Instead, find something that you are interested in and will enjoy doing. (Do what you love, and the money will follow.)
Lesley Spencer, MSc; Founder & Director HBWM.com, Inc. Network; Home-Based Working Moms; 512.266.0900
101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women, 3rd ed.;
The Self-Employed Woman's Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business
Q: How's the best way to find a career in order to be a stay-at-home mom and a work-at-home-mom for my kids?
A: Several suggestions about choosing to work from home: 1) Choose a business idea/industry in which you have a working knowledge as a result of your education, work, hobby, and/or volunteer experiences.
2) Start on a part-time basis; three quarters of all home businesses are started this way. It enables you to 'test' your products and services with less risk of investing a large amount of money in a full-time startup.
3) Make sure there is a potential market (customers) for your proposed idea--people who are willing to pay for your goods or services.
4) Seek professional help: Here are agencies places to go for free or low-cost business start-up counseling: See if there is a Women's Business Center or a Small Business Development Center. located near you, because these centers offer free or low-cost business start-up counseling and seminars. SCORE offices also offer free counseling and business planning. Visit these sites to search for their centers/offices nearest to you.
I also recommend that you join a local business owners' organization such as a local Chamber of Commerce. These business ownership organizations often have free business card exchanges for networking opportunities. My husband, son and I also have our health insurance through our local chamber. We pay for our own, but at their lower group rates.
5) You will need some kind of child care coverage spouse, mother's helper, neighborhood play group, other so that you can focus on your business for periodic blocks of uninterrupted time.
6) If you want to perform work-from-home for another company, be VERY careful of home-business scams!! DO NOT send any money for information!! Here are two Web sites that discuss some legitimate work-from-home options: Home-Based Working Moms ; and Mothers' Home Business Network.
7) Take your time. The amount of research one spends before one starting a business, purchasing a business opportunity or franchise, or looking for legitimate work from home employment correlates directly to the success of that venture!!
I have a free listing of entrepreneurial resources that I can e-mail upon request or answer any additional home/small business questions email@example.com.
101 Best Wishes for Entrepreneurial Success!
Priscilla Y. Huff 101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women, 3rd ed.; and The Self-Employed Woman's Guide to Launching a Home-Based Business