Top 5 Reasons People Fail At Work At Home

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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.
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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!