Monday, November 06, 2006

Working at Home for Free?

Whether you're just starting out trying to make a living working from home on the internet or are a seasoned veteran, you've probably stumbled into the den of many a snake-oil salesman. You know the sites I'm talking about, the ones that will sell you the secret to making a million dollars from home, just as soon as you fork over a cool $49.95...

Ask yourself this. What is your budget for money-making secrets? It is often said that you have to spend money to make money. I'd like to be so bold as to propose that this is not always true. Not only that, but it's actually a downright bad idea to spend money on anything non-essential if you're not already self-sufficient.

It's a good idea to look at your internet ventures the same way. You didn't get into this to pump all your existing cash into the system, did you? While there are some things in which you may want to invest down the road, your first goal should be to always be at least breaking even. Find one, or better yet, several work at home gigs that are either making money for you without costing you anything, or are at the very least not costing you anything.

If I could make one single recommendation to everyone who is committed to working from home, even if it's just part-time, it would be to build a blog. Today. Why? To establish a web presence for yourself. If you're knowledgeable about something, and feel like you could get out a unique thought on this something at least once a week or so, start a blog about it. Whether you're handy with home or auto repair, watch a lot of TV or movies, or are a parent willing to share your experiences in raising an infant or teenager, there will be some people out there interested in what you have to say.

Even if you don't know what knowledge you can offer, or don't fancy yourself to be a very good writer, having your own little piece of real estate on the web can give you your own place to network with like-minded people. A place where people can get a little bit of an idea of who's commenting on their blogs and participating in their forums. And who knows, maybe you'll build a better mousetrap someday or write a bestseller. Where better to tell everybody, than on one of your blogs?

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