If this work at home "stuff" really worked, wouldn't everybody be doing it?

I recently had a woman bring up this very issue. She wasn't the first, and I'm sure she won't be the last either, so I thought it would be best to share my thoughts on it here, and therefore save myself some time later on.

So if the idea of working from home, owning your own business, working around your schedule when and how you want, making as little or as much money as you want or are able to create, retiring at an early age, living the dream life, being able to stay home with your kids, living on your terms rather than someone else's...if this was true, would everyone be doing it?

Nope. If everyone was created equal, they would. I mean who wouldn't like to do what they want when they want, right? But the fact of the matter is, not everyone is the same. Some of us are self-motivated and driven to succeed, willing to do whatever it takes to do so. Yet, some of us need to have someone there to push us along, show us what to do and how to do it.

So many people have tried and failed at any number of work at home opportunities. The flashy cars, the lifestyles portrayed, the fast money, it all is appealing and who wouldn't want that. But behind each success is a trail of hard work, time and effort. Why don't they mention this in the ads, or when you are looking to work from home? Because hard work doesn't sell. Most people tend to shy away from making anything harder, or adding extra work into their schedules. So if you were to say,

"give it all you've got, you must work consistently for at least a year, maybe two, but by then you should be making some decent money. Oh and by the way, you probably won't be getting paid much in terms of the work you are putting out, at least in the beginning, but after a while, you will be able to reap the benefits of all that hard work."

You try and post an ad like that, and it will most likely stop people before they even tried to get started, or more so, before they even thought about taking the time to request some information from you. Most people are looking for an easy, fast way to make money from home, regardless of whether or not we know that there is no such thing as "easy" money. When it doesn't happen fast enough, or when it gets to be more work than what they had bargained for, they quit. Thus leaving yet another victim to claim that working from home does not work.

Working from home is not for everyone, it takes a special kind of person to make it work. Therefore, just because everyone might or might not know about it, not everyone would be doing it. The idea behind the industry is wonderful, but it takes more than wishful thinking, and that is why it isn't for everyone.

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Anonymous said...

Well said. As a "rep" for a direct sales network marketing company, I always try to be straight forward with the amount of effort necessary to succeed in this business. After all what is the point of signing someone up who has false expectations and will quit instantly anyway. I do hear you however. There are plenty of people, unfortunately, in this industry that take the approach you mentioned, falsifying the ease of the work necessary to succeed. Nothing in this life is easy. There are no shortcuts to success. Network marketing in the most unique industry in the formula of work vs pay. Most people cannot make it past the year of hard work necessary before you really began to see any financial benefits. However, the few that have educated themselves properly and have the team support, to plug on day after day, will eventually reap a greater reward than ever possible in any other professional arena.