By Kevin Shanley
We've all seen the ads shouting "Make Thousands of Dollars While You Sleep!", "Make Money the eBay Way!", and so many more. You think "Wouldn't it be great to make a little extra money to do 'fill-in-the-blank'?" Or, "maybe I can make enough to finally quit my 9 to 5 job." You get excited and whip out the credit card and happily pay $50 or $100 for your ticket to freedom. You get your product and find out it involves a great deal of complicated HTML programming or countless hours spent at rummage sales looking for your next great deal. You become discouraged and think that you're doomed to slave away at that 9 to 5 for the rest of your life. It doesn't have to be that way. Let us show you how to pick the right Home Based Business Idea that will make you happy and financially secure.
Do your research
As I'm sure you're well aware by now, there are a lot of people out there looking to get your money. Every one of them is willing to tell you that their system, book, or website holds the keys to your desired lifestyle. Not all of them are scammers, but make sure you know who you are dealing with before you jump in. Some things to check out: Look for a physical address, check out all businesses with the Better Business Bureau, and use common sense. A general rule of thumb, if it sounds too good to be true - it probably is.
What interests you?
It is extremely important that you chose a Home Based Business Idea which involves something that interests you. If you like what you are doing it doesn't seem like work. This is great all the time, but especially important at the beginning when you're working in your spare time to get the business off the ground. The last thing you want to do after a long day at work is to come home and work some more. But if your passion is your dog and you have a pet-based business then you will look forward to working on it. Basically, turn your interests into income.
How much of an investment are you willing to make?
This is a business and no business can be started without an investment. Investment means both time and money. Fortunately, time is money and if you have little money to invest you can make up the difference with time or if you don't want to spend the time, you can increase your initial cash investment. Fortunately, with the advent of the internet you can get a business up and running with much less of a time and cash investment as compared to an old fashioned "brick-and-mortar" style business.
Don't quit your job!
That's right; don't quit your job just yet. Even if you've done your do diligence and think you really have something, you'll want your regular salary to fall back on while you're getting your business off the ground.
To your happiness!
Kevin Shanley has been marketing affiliate programs online for about 4 years. The first 3 years were difficult - losing more money than anything else. But that all changed in the past year. Now, see why Google, eBay, and Clickbank won't stop sending him checks! http://www.greatestmoneymakingsite.com