Top 5 Reasons People Fail At Work At Home

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Top 5 Reasons People Fail At Work At Home.

Let me start off by saying if you're sensitive or easily get offended by constructive criticism aka "REAL TALK", you may want to avoid reading this article. Some of you may get your feelings hurt or take what I'm about to say personally. Obviously that's not my intentions but I can't control what you may feel after reading this post. With that said, I want to pre-apologize for any of you that I may offend. LOL Now that's out the way, let's get into this article.

It's funny, everyone I tell that I work at home is always fascinated by the idea. But even when you give people the tools and information to get started, many of them fail! Why is this the case? How can it be avoided? Well if you want the answer, I've identified 5 symptoms that afflict people that fail at working at home.
Please note these observations aren't indictments against folks that exhibit these traits. So don't take it personal. View this article more as an aid to help you avoid the mistakes that others make. This way you are able to secure work at home opportunities. Because after all if you don't identify the problems how can you address them?
So with that in mind let's get into the reasons why people fail at working at home.

1. Limitations

It always amazes me how many limits people place on themselves when it comes to working at home. Often times I hear things like; "I only want to do typing or data entry." Or I hear "I don't want to be on the phone." Well looky here, if you want to do succeed in this work at home industry you have to go where the money is! If the money happens to be virtual call centers then guess what? That's what you need to do. You can run around making demands of what you are and aren't willing to do, but this industry will basically chew you up and spit you out.
It's one thing to avoid phone related work because you have little rug rats running around that haven't mastered their inside voice. It's a whole other thing to avoid this type of work because you just don't like the idea. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do especially when you have bills piling up or kids to feed. The collectors and kids don't want to hear about your preferences at that point. So get over it! You can't run around complaining there aren't any work at home options if you're ignoring the ones that are available and in demand. If you are then you've made your bed and you have to lie in it.

2. Fear

Back in the days before modern civilization, we were defenseless creatures roaming the earth looking for food and shelter. While doing so there were a lot of dangerous animals out there that would gladly make us their snack. So the good Lord gave us instincts and common sense. Well he gave most of us that! We all know there are some of us he must have skipped over. But in any event, one of the most powerful tools he provided us is Fear. It helped us avoid dangerous and dark places. It's a great resource that should still be used in certain situations. But it isn't always our friend when it comes to working at home or some of our other dreams. Yes there are more scams and misleading opportunities out there than there are legitimate options. However you can't let that stop you and go around being afraid that everything you try online is going to be a scam. You can mitigate the fear of being scammed by just doing some simple research. We've made this very easy with our scam video. If you can't determine if something is legitimate or a scam with research than just avoid that particular company all together. Then move on to some other one where your research does provide some definitive information. Another option is to rely on a trusted source for guidance or experience. For instance we've created a recommendations page of opportunities I've personally tried or researched. So that might be a place to start.
Aside from being fearful of getting scammed, I've noticed people are afraid to fail. Let me put this in perspective for you. Some of the greatest people were huge serial failures. You're not always going to succeed, that's part of life. But with great reward comes great risk. Chances are if your desire something really out of the norm, you have to be willing to take risks that others may not. If folks didn't take risks we wouldn't have people like Steve Jobs, Henry Ford or Thomas Edison. All men who have basically changed the world with their actions. But their actions came with a lot failures and pushing through fear. Thomas Edison failed thousands of times before he finally figured out the light bulb. Can you imagine our world today if he followed what most of us do which is to give up after a failure or two? We'd still be using candles and damn near causing fires every day. So keep this in mind. Here's a way to do this. Ask yourself the following question anytime you're considering something that causes you a bit of anxiety or fear.
"What would you do if you weren't afraid?" It's a little quote I picked up from a great but short book: Who Moved My Cheese?
It's changed my life and how I approach it. I still have a lot of fears especially of failure. But anytime I find myself doing a lot of what ifs, I ask myself that very question: "What would you do if you weren't afraid?". It usually snaps me right out of my nonsense and I push forward. So if your fear is running your life and you're sick of it, repeat that quote. Or better still get the book. It's a quick read.

3. Lack of Focus

Too often when I'm talking to some of you good folks, I've noticed that many of you have work at home ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). You try one opportunity then you bounce off to another one, then another. Ultimately you never really put in the full effort in one or a few. This usually ends up in lack luster results or none at all. Look, I'm totally for maximizing your time and money. If you find that one or two opportunities are giving you more money and satisfaction than some of the other activities you were doing, then it literally makes "Cents" to focus your energy on those activities. But notice the word I used, focus! Dabbling here and there isn't focus. When you dabble, you get results that reflect that. When you grind hard on one or a few good opportunities, you'll see results. But a lot of you are like little children that chase after the newest toys they see on TV.
Here's the reality of the situation, anything that is going to make you decent money is going to require a lot of effort and focus on your part. Just face this fact! There are no such things as automatic push button opportunities that are magically going to solve your money problems. You can keep running around and trying to find this fake pot of gold but you're going to waste a lot of time or money. So get yourself some work at home ritalin which might be this article and get focused! If you do, you'll probably see better results than what you have in the past.

4. Unrealistic Expectations

For some strange reason people come into this industry thinking that whatever job they had offline is going to be an option online. Or they assume the type of money they made offline is what they can expect online. Well allow me to help you through this delusional assumption. This industry is very different in many respects than the offline job market. The fact of the matter is some opportunities you had offline just don't translate well into an online medium. For instance if you were a "burger technician" at Burger king, unfortunately you're probably not going to find any related work in that field online. As I said earlier you have to go where the money is. This may mean putting yourself in a new environment. You may have to get training or start off at the bottom and work you way up to get experience.
In terms of salaries, I understand that you have bills to pay and you consider yourself worth X amount of dollars because of the gazillion years of experience and training you have. That's cool. But like real estate, the market dictates what you're actually worth online. The pay scale is very different because you have greater competition. This means employers have a lot more options in terms of who they can hire. Unfortunately for you, employers usually have a large pool of people that they don't have to pay as much as someone that is limited to their local geography where options may be limited. That's the reality of the situation people. Either you adjust by working multiple companies that equate to what you've made offline and make some money. Or you can stay stuck on your pride and make none at all. Ultimately that choice is always yours.
The folks that I know who do well have usually taken this philosophy or have stepped up to the big boys and run a home based business. In the case of the latter you decide how much you earn. It can be as much or more than you did offline. But running a home based business will require you moving pass fear and having the focus I discussed above. See how all this stuff intertwines and will affect your chances of success?

5. Failure To Read!

Oh this one is my favorite because I deal with it every day when I read folks comments on my articles or via emails I receive. I've come to the conclusion that people are allergic to reading. The internet is a great tool but I think it's also dumbed many of us down. We're all use to getting information very quickly. It causes us to skim things rather than read them. Boy is this a disservice when you're trying to succeed at working at home.
If an employer takes their time to write a job description that is very specific about how to apply, be sure you READ it! Because if you don't, you just lost yourself a job. For instance I've posted jobs where I specifically asked that the applicants email me certain information which wasn't a resume. Wouldn't you know that most people would send in their resume? You know what happened to all those emails? They end up in my special folder for special people, my trash bin. It told me as an employer that this person is unlikely to follow directions and will probably screw up in other tasks I may assign. Who needs that headache? Well my friends that's how many employers feel. A lot of you are shooting yourself in the foot because you're in a rush or just don't want to take the time to read.
As I said I've also seen it on this blog. Despite the fact that my team and I have done all the leg work in terms of finding and researching companies and then presenting them here, there is always some fool that will totally skip the article and jump right into the comments. They'll usually ask something crazy like how do I make money or do I sign up? Really dude? Really? Most of the times I delete these comments because I can't really be bothered with people that aren't willing to help themselves when you've led them to water. Here's my advice to you. If you find a resource that obviously has a lot of legit information about working at home, take the time to read it.
If there is a lot to go through, then come back to it when you do have the time to dedicate to it. I understand we're all busy or just don't feel like reading a long article when we're tired. I'm the same way. But that's why I bookmark sites or email myself an article I want to read later. There is always a free moment before bed or as you're "shooting a deuce" to catch up on some reading. (Sorry. lol). The point is don't let laziness or whatever your reason for not reading be a road block to your success. I've noticed one common trait for folks that have found success with my site, they all take the time to read the various articles. Then they take action on whatever opportunity fits their style or needs. But it always starts by taking the time to READ!

Ain't no more to it but to do it…

Well that's it folks. Sorry if I've offended some of you. But many of you need this real talk and tough love. I hear a lot of people complaining and most of the time it's because folks fall into one or many of the things I've listed above. This industry is filled with various legitimate ways to make money. Usually the only real reason folks can't take advantage of this is because they are their own worst enemy. So stop the madness.
Now you know what you need to do if you haven't been successful with working at home. Work on these issues and then take advantage of the resources we provide such as my recommendations page or my jobs page which is updated daily. If you feel this article hit home for you and would help other people, please be sure to share it with others via Facebook, Twitter, email or whatever other social networking tool that happens to be hot on the streets right now. I can't even keep up with all of them anymore.
As always if you like what you've read feel free to become a subscriber here. It's free and you can READ more of my ramblings.
Anyway, let me know what you guys thought about this article? Am I off base on some of these things? Do you agree or disagree with some things? Chime in below, but make sure you actually READ the article above first. lol

64 thoughts on “Top 5 Reasons People Fail At Work At Home”

  1. I am guilty of all the things you have said in the article on failure. Not reading, frustrated, even lack of experience and knowledge. I sent you an email about my frustrations and now have egg on my face because I could have “Read” the information you have online. I will bookmark your article and when I face these frustrations read it for encouragement and guidance. Thank you

  2. I have received the link to this site many times in the past. Always, I was working a full time job out of the house (shift leader for Hardee’s) and being a wife and mother full time, so I never really had the time to read it. Now, I’ve been out of work for 2 months. The job market is a joke. Lots of people hiring, but I have actually been told that I am “overqualified” because I worked 9 years on one job with 7 years of that in a supervisory capacity. I appreciate greatly the time you took to put into this site. It has really helped me to understand what I need to do to work at home so I can concentrate on being a wife and mother but so that we can still make our bills.

  3. Hey Eddy, I have read you article above. No worries about offending me. I have a tendency to speak the truth as i see it also. My main problem right now is that I have been working in the traditional workforce since I was 14 years old. Sadly, most of my jobs have been in the customer service arenas. I am now suffering from sever burnout thanks to the last 27 years. I have also read your article about data entry jobs being few & far between. I had to say, that I was a bit miffed about this severe lack of openings here in the USA. I realize that it is cheaper for companies to outsource to places like India, but if they choose to do that, then they shouldn’t complain when those of us that are left unemployed don’t have the money to purchase their products. Yes, I want the one type of job that you say doesn’t really exist in this country. Personally, I think that is the safest type of job for both me & my employer. Also, all of the career asssessments that I have taken in the last 27 years state quite clearly that I do best in an environment that does not include interaction with others, either face-to-face or on the phone. So, based on your experience, what type of home-based work would you recommend for someone with my issues? Obviously call-center & phone sales is a no-go, but what is left for someone that can only type about 35 wpm and can 10-key about 5500 sph? Please help. Thanks.

  4. Hey Rebekah, Yes you were right. It’s one of the many typos you’ll find on my blog. lol But thanks for the heads up.

    In any event I’m glad you enjoyed the article. I applaud you for admitting you were guilty of one of the qualities I described. I think we all are at one time. But as long as you can recognize that and work on it, you’ll improve. =)

  5. In the 2nd paragraph under #5, I think it should say, “If an employer…” it says “If an employers.” I’m HIRED! Right?! I really enjoyed the article and agree. I actually skipped down to “Failure to Read” and HAD to go scroll back up because of the guilt. It helped.

  6. You’re very welcome! And I totally agree with you about people’s lack of understanding of the words commitment and responsibility. And it explains a lot of what we’re seeing with folks today. But it’s great to meet someone that does understand these values because it shows we haven’t all died out yet. =)

  7. Hello just want to say thank-you for being you in this world . I’ve enjoyed reading your articles and discussions today. I Believe I’m on the right track with my research and self commitment.
    I did want to add a thought.
    I have found daily, most people do not know the difference/ meanings of the words Commitment and Responsibility . When it comes to themselves or life adventures..and is usually the first mishap, heading into any life decision making experience.

  8. I thought ” This is the real Thing ” . I thought it is credible , truly I cannot ” throw the first stone ” against the evidence you present to ” out ” some of the superstitions and foolhardiness people like myself would normally conceal because of ingrained vanity and prejudices . I can be a jackass so I am touching base with you by reading and posting on this . One should not ,  as the saying goes ,  ” speak of ears when one is at the Ass ‘ house ” … nonetheless ,   ” the demon (or genie/genius) is in the details ” .  I totally agree with the technique of questioning thoughts and feelings like the one you make reference to from ” Who moved my cheese ? ” It can be freeing to experiment with letting go of ” baggage ” .  I think the saying is  ” it matters more how many times you get back up than how many times you stumble and fall ” and the easiest way to get back up is to ” lighten up ” the load . It is better to ” see ” a sermon than to ” hear ” a sermon and for me you ” practice what you preach ” and I am ready to spend some time with your articles .  Thank you for this .

  9. The network marketing industry  is making more millionaires than any other. So Online or offline, you decide what works for you, but it will work, if you will work it. There is No Magic Bullet. Pick something that interests you check them out listen to all the  information provided do not be affraid to act. I spent many months  trying too many things without focus or real passion before I found a business that suited me  just a fantastic product and a system that produces Real Results. The home business revolution is
    creating real wealth for so many.   Why not you?

  10. I am new at this home based business and I am finding that many I check into want me to spend money to set up websites and other things. Shouldn’t these be part of your learning tools if the company wants you to succeed. I am going to check out your other sites and see what I can find. I am working part time and my husband is disabled so we have to watch every penny. I am currently taking some online classes and am hoping this will help me to find a home based business opportunity.   Thanks for all your help.

    • Sue,
      Let me ask you a question? Can you start a Mc Donald’s without any investment of money? Well the same applies for many home businesses. It has nothing to do with wanting you to succeed or not. There are just expenses that come along with a home business that you’re expected to pay if you want to be a business owner.

      So with that said, if money is the issue you should focus on a traditional work at home job and not a business. Because most business will require you to invest in yourself via money and time.

      Either way this site gives you options. You just have to focus on the ones that make sense for your current situation. Hope that makes sense.

  11. Just what I need. A good talk. Didn’t expect to find someone as crazy as I am for online jobs.

    Been lurking online since 2010 searching for work-at-home opportunities, been to gazillion failures and disappointments, my last one (2 days ago) a captcha encoding site which held my hard, graveyard shift week-earned meager $5.00……… sorry for blabbering, can’t help it.  

    Having found this blog, t’s now a fresh start for me all over again. What’s you name again? Oh, Eddy. Eddy Salomon. Thank you, brother, for the nourishing food for the mind and for the personal recommendation page. You’re gold, man.

    • Glad you can appreciate the article. Sometimes we all need a push in the right direction especially after failure numerous times. It’s part of the road to success.

  12. Your comments were very right on! Some of the things you said about ppl not wanting to work on the phone was surprising. ?? lol. I just can’t imagine what kind of work ppl can find where they don’t have to make calls at some point. Hmm.  

    • Thanks. But let me clarify my statement. There are many opportunities that don’t require the use of a phone. But they usually don’t pay as well as the opportunities that do require extensive usage of the phone. With that said my argument was you can’t complain if you’re not willing to go where the money is. But to be clear there are ways to make money without the phone.

  13. Hey feel,
    Free to post the company and their website on this site so we all can learn about getting these health benefits.

    I’m currently using Freelancers Union which has reasonable rates for self employed folks.

  14. Frankly, as a 20 year veteran of home run business….you can be tougher than this. Money does not fly in your front door! Your points are excellent! If you wish for a life of excellence you MUST function above excellent! You will receive (reap) EXACTLY what you sow! Thank you for your insight and sharing!

  15. Hi Eddy, As always your right on the money, I dabble, don’t follow thru (some mental block).
    Hey Eddy I have a friend trying to get me involved with Lifevantage, They have  2 products Protandim and True Science, I would really love to hear your thoughts on what you know about Lifevantage?
    Thanks, Kevin

  16. yes eddy I do enjoy reading the articles and like the one above and I go over all the pages.   I think all the articles that you write are vey interesting.   They all make sense and everyone should follow your advice.   Laura

  17. Being a writer is great! There is a constant need for them all over the web. Without content our sites can’t exist. So you shouldn’t have too many problems working that angle in various ways.

    So keep pushing forward! Thanks for your continued support!

  18. I agree with your statements above! I found a job working from home with Neiman Marcus Direct. I have been working for them for almost 2 years now. I started out part time when I was hired, but I have been working almost 40 hours a week every week since. So, there are work at home phone jobs out there. Thanks for all of your insights!

  19. I am guilty of dabling here and there in an effort to try and learn about every angle of opportunities out there. Though it has slowed me down quite a bit, plus with juggling a full time job and recently relocating my time management lately has been challenged. Though I still plug along at it slowly but surely. I can’t claim that I’m at a  point  where I’m even earning part time money, but  I find myself being more and more inspired on a regular basis, just on the things that  I’ve been learning, the people I’ve made contact with, learn from and are inspired by and my sense of one day it’ll all come together and I believe that I will be prepared 🙂 Thanks for a great article and dialogue Eddy!

  20. Laura,
    You’re absolutely right about the grass is greener complex. It sort of ties in to chasing the newest, latest, shiniest, toy mentality. And you’re right that’s why people end up failing.

    In terms of the challenges of being a small business owner and trying to make some supplemental income, why go the job route where you face these issues. Why not try some of the non-traditional stuff like mechanical turk or some of the other companies we have recommended in the past which may not require a given amount of hours or schedule:
    You have options outside of a traditional work at home job. So keep that in mind.

    • Eddy, I’m a writer so working on that from many angles.   The problem is sustaining an $800  a month health insurance payment for two,   We both have chronic illness.   I’m preaching to the choir here because *I* need to settle on some things and quit looking for hours and hours! Thank you for your wonderful work!   I reference it often.

    • I hear you too! We have run a glass business from home for 20 years and self employed applying for health ins was not. We became a distributor of a large health product company and they offered a group policy through the back office. Our rate is 300.00 for family of five because there is such a large distributor base. Here is my email if you want me to send you more info Have a wonderful day!

  21. Amen Jayme!
    I couldn’t agree with you more. Where there is a will there is a way. But you have to be willing to move outside your comfort zone and explore all opportunities. Too often people just limit themselves to jobs where a business would be better because it provides the freedom and income they want. You’re a perfect example of what happens when you expand your horizon. So thanks for chiming in. It’s always good to hear from you and nice to read a response from you that wasn’t on an Ameriplan thread. lol

  22. Great article.   I think the temptation people have is to spend all day looking on the web for a different or extra work from home job, when they havent invested the time in the ones they do have.   The feeling that something better is out there, and the availability of listings makes people surf happy.   Then nothing gets done.
    One other note, as a small business owner where business lately is either up or very very down, it’s not possible to consider phone jobs.   The phone lines have fax machine, and voice mail on them.   So they cant be used.  
     Being a small business owner who is simply trying to supplement the family income also seems to prevent me from getting some jobs.   I feel like employers think that because you own a business, you dont need the work.   Unfortunately in this economy, no longer true.

  23. Very well put Eddie!   I couldn’t agree more!   I hear from prospects all the time that they only want to do “data entry” or something “easy”.   Um OK!   Bottom line if you find a good opportunity that makes sense to you focus on it and commit to making it work.   Having a successful online business does not happen in weeks or months, it takes most people years to reach a really good income.   Like you said, facing the fact that it takes a time and a real commitment will alleviate alot of hardship for people that hop around from one opportunity to another.  
    Also, a note about the rugrats, I have two at home with me all day and I do some phone work with my business.   I am able to work minimally on the phone just answering prospects questions, etc. so it works out 😉   Where there is a will there is a way and I wasn’t going to let an amazing opportunity pass me by just because I have children.
    Thanks for all you do 🙂

  24. Spot on Eddie, as usual. Fear is my biggest obstacle. Even though I’m working at home my fear isn’t going to leave. It’s just  ingrained  in me. Like you said, we are our own worse enemies. I second-guess myself and my skills all the time and it is very limiting. But I’m moving past that by educating myself (there’s always something to learn in my field) and networking with other writers. It is so amazing how other people can make you confident by telling you “You can do it!” and reminding you that you’re not the only person that has gone through whatever you’re going through now. So I recommend networking with others to build your confidence a bit. It’s not a cure all, because 99.9% of your effort still comes from you, but it does help.

    One other thing I want to add: I agree that the market determines what you’re worth. And so if you want to command more money online than what you’re making now you have to work for it. Everyone starts somewhere. No one just jumps into being successful. We all start at the bottom and work our way up. The doctor you see to keep you healthy was once a student and probably worked a minimum wage job to support himself – or more than one. It’s the same thing online. You have to work your way up to being successful, and once you prove yourself then you can command better rates. If you’re not willing to put in the work then don’t waste your time trying. There is no automatic “better salary” online. Working online isn’t like stepping into a magical land of fixed employment problems. You have to work for your better salary, just like you do in real life.

    • Kinya,

      I couldn’t say it better myself. I totally agree with you. I don’t know why folks feel that the internet doesn’t require hard work. I guess when people hear all these stories of internet millionaires they think they got that way by merely logging online. lol

      You made some great analogies. Everyone has to start from the bottom and work their way up even online. So as soon as people are able to get that embedded in their minds, the better off they will be. So thanks for adding that!

      I also agree surrounding yourself with like minded people or folks that are doing better than you is a must. It will usually inspire you! I know it has helped me. Great advice!

      Thanks for chiming in!

  25. Eddy, this was great!  It’s so true.  I’m one of those people with rug rats, but I do what I can (article writing, answering questions, so on and so forth).  I do hope that someday I can expand on what I do (like when the rug rats go to school).  
    I just wanted to add that I think you might be missing one more reason why people fail.  They don’t have a support system behind them.  I know that my husband isn’t always on the working from home bandwagon, but understands why I do it.  It’s tough on those days when he’s like “you’re always on the computer working” or “you’re doing so much for so little”.  He’s not like that all the time, but it really increases my stress level on those few days he’s like that.  I couldn’t imagine being in a situation where it’s like that all the time.  Not having someone’s support would kill anyone’s drive to be able to be successful at home.

    • Thanks Shannon!
      Wow, how could I have forgotten that reason? Well I know it’s because my wife has always been my biggest cheerleader when it comes to this stuff. And the folks that weren’t I always ignored or are now on the bandwagon. But you’re right, that is a huge reason why people fail.

      I’ve heard this many times from people who tell me their spouse or family think they’re wasting their time, or everything is a scam, etc., etc. It led me to write an article back in the day:

      So you’re absolutely correct! Duh! Great job Shannon! That is a huge reason why some people aren’t winning in this game and it can’t be discounted.


  26. Amen Eddie! One book I think everyone should read is “Think and Grow Rich”. Andrew Carnegie sent the author Napoleon Hill out to find why successful people are….well….successful! I find a lot of the commentary geared to the time in which it was written to be eerily spot on with our current economic situation.
    You (and your team!) are greatly appreciated!

    • Hey Mimi. Glad you liked the article. Napoleon Hill is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read Think and Grow Rich but recently I read “The Science of Personal Achievement”. It’s another book that has been very helpful to me.

      Thanks for chiming in. I’m glad you can appreciate the article. By the way it’s Eddy not Eddie. 😉

  27. Hi Eddy. I just wanted to say you are spot on. No one should not be offended because you
    speak the truth when you mention working for multiple companies doing multiple things! I must say though, that I’m fairly new to that way of
    thinking. In the past, due to a single-main client/focus mentality, I’ve been burned while working online. I started out focusing on only writing
    opportunities, that is writing web content, articles and the like. I once had an online
    client that paid me enough for my writing to cover my living expenses – but that client
    changed one day. The company got angry when I asked why my payments were always
    late. The company finally paid me but didn’t like me asking for my money. Then,
    I found another client that paid me over $11,000 for my writing, but changed
    one day when it wanted me to make extensive edits for free. I’ve had several
    positive reviews by their editors, so I think the management was jealous of my
    work. Anyway, here I am with a new and better attitude about online work.
    MULTIPLE STREAMS OF INCOME IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO! This means being open to all
    kinds of legitimate online work opportunities. Now, in addition to writing, I
    do business consulting, and complete surveys and tasks on some Paid-To-Click (PTC)
    sites. Thanks for the article and not being afraid to tell it like it T-I-IS! (Oh yeah, by the way, I also tried the StartUpLift company you suggested in one of your articles..I got my $5.)

    • Thanks! I’m glad you agree and don’t take offense. Obviously I’m a firm believer in multiple streams of income exactly for what you have experienced. I think we were all brainwashed into believing that having one stable job was a right way to live and maybe for years it was.

      But even before the economy hit the crapper I always felt it was dangerous to leave my financial well being in the hands of one company or person. To me it was like gambling. Unfortunately a lot of people learned that lesson the hard way in the last couple of years.

      Multiple streams of income is like investing, if you keep your portfolio diversified you spread your risk and have a better chance of making money instead of losing it.

      You, I and many others are living proof that having this mindset leads to success. So I applaud you my friend. Keep up the good work and thanks for chiming in.

  28. Do you really have a “team” Eddy? Really. I mean you don’t post very often so if you do it looks like your team is slacking.

    • Sigh…Exhibit A. I have no idea what this has to do with the article at hand. But I’ll entertain it nonetheless. I’m not about quantity, I’m about quality. If I don’t feel I can provide any real value, I don’t post. Some bloggers post every day regardless if they’re adding value or not. For them it’s a numbers game which I’m not knocking. But that’s not how I approach this blog. Now let’s stay on topic. That’s another thing I like doing here too, Keeping comments related to whatever the article happens to be. So let’s do that. Thanks.

    • In response to Jim…
       I know Eddy has a team. He not only responded to an email I sent to him, but a Cali responded personally twice, not an “auto-response”.
      Wow Jim. Keep the mean spirited comments to yourself.

  29. I thought the article was great and I like the “what would you do if you weren’t afraid” and I am sure that is part of my buttons.   I would be disturbed if you didn’t point out weakness.   Keep going.


    • I’m glad you like it. It’s definitely one of my favorite quotes and something I’m trying to follow in my life now. It’s made a huge difference. So I’m glad it resonated with someone else! Thanks for chiming in.

  30. Hi Dawn,
    I appreciate your honesty with yourself. Honestly you do sound like you have a lot going on. So I’m not taking that away from you. But when we really want to do something we all carve out time for it. It just has to be made a priority like you do with your kids, online education, etc.

    Make a schedule that includes time to take action on work at home opportunities. The great thing is that you’re able to identify the issue. Now it’s just a matter of taking action to fix it even if it’s a small step. It’s better than nothing.

    I hope that makes sense. Again I applaud your courage to admit that you’re guilty of some of this stuff. That’s the first step in improving it. So great job!

  31. Great article. I keep saying I want to work at home and the above is why I’m not LOL (I have 2 dogs that bark so doing virtual call centers is out right now but am thinking of trying for weekends at night when they go to bed with the kids) I really just find that right now I don’t have the time to even try to make a go of it because of my full time job and kids in sports and going to online school myself. I know I have to make the time to work the programs if I want to eventually work from home on a full time basis. I love your articles and only go for programs if there has been a positive article from you. Thanks for the eye opener (at least for me it is)

    • Thanks Melissa. Sometimes it gets me in trouble but hey I wouldn’t be helping people if I didn’t keep it real. I’m glad you can appreciate my style.

  32. Oh Eddy I’m gonna cry! JK
    I know what you meanI get people always asking for my help on how to make money on-line and I take the time to help them only to watch them STOP!   They do not want to put forth the effort and seem to think the cash is just going to fall into their hands! Hello! If you go out and work a regular 9-5 you cant just stand around picking your nose!


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