5 Ways to Be Wiser Working from Home

Blind Frogs Can’t Jump
by Filoiann M. Wiedenhoff

Let’s visualize for a moment sitting in front of you was a big frog, yes a live one at that and it’s blind. It can’t see and every time it tries to jump it lands either in a hole or worse bangs against a tree. After a while that frog may not jump because it would be too afraid of getting hurt or worse killed.

I think sometimes we as people are that way, we leap out into some new venture without really seeing where we are going and find ourselves landing in a ditch or hole that we can’t get out of. We dive into new online businesses hoping we’ll have that testimonial and our picture on someone’s website saying we made hundreds of thousands of dollars with a big grin. I don’t know about you but it always seems few and far between when an average person, me included, starts a work at home business and immediately four hours later they made hundreds of dollars.

Let’s get real….I’ve yet to see it and I’ve yet to experience it but I do know one thing, I have been scammed and taken advantage of and I know what it’s like to step out or leap out without any knowledge of the business I’m buying into and then get burned. It’s no fun to be the sucker on the other side who paid that guy on the testimonial my $49.00 to make him richer and me poorer.

From having made poor choices with impulse buying and being deceived by misleading ads, It’s hard to ever trust anyone online and it’s definitely hard to know who’s legitimate and who’s not. That old cliché still rings true, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is”. I’m not looking to get rich by any means, I just want to help support my family with some extra income.

So what’s the good word out of all this? Speaking from experience, just like that blind frog we should not be ignorant to the internet world of business any longer, we need to go in with our eyes wide opened and not be afraid to leap out into future business endeavors, if that’s really what we want to do. We have to keep moving forward and learn from our mistakes. So here’s 5 ways we can be wiser frogs:

1. Look:
Do personal research on the home business you want to get into and find out all you can about the niche and if it’s marketable.

2. Listen:
Keep an ear out for what’s going on in the internet world and find out what’s the latest in home businesses, your particular niche, marketing solutions and what’s working and what’s not.

3. Learn:
Don’t try to figure it out on your own, learn from experts, there’s plenty of “How To” software, free articles, blogs, forums and advice columns to read and learn everything you can about starting a home business and marketing your home business.

4. Leave:
If the business you’re interested in seems fishy and their promises sound shady they probably are. Leave it alone and move on to something else, our first instincts are usually right.

5. Leap:
Once you have done your homework and feel more confident in starting your home business, than you can think about investing some time and money, taking active steps toward starting your home business and be in constant learning mode, trying new marketing tips and persevere, persevere, and persevere some more. If one way doesn’t work try another until you find what works for you.

Filoiann Wiedenhoff is a pastor’s wife, full-time mom, full-time in ministry and work at home entrepreneur. Please visit her website at http://filoiannwiedenhoff.com/ and see her blog.

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