Home-Based Business

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

We've all seen the ads about working from home and earning extra cash. Some of those offers are scams, but many "work from home" companies can provide extra income and flexibility that other jobs can't match.

A home-based business can be as much work as you make it. Some people put in as little as four hours a week while others long for a 40-hour work week.

There are dozens of options as far as working from home is concerned. The Oakview Mall showcased several options Saturday at the Fifth Annual Home-Based Business Show.

A mall may seem like a strange place to advertise a home-based business, but designer Nicholle Newton doesn't mind people comparing her Sparkle Clothing Line to store brands.

Quality has never been an issue with the clothing she makes, but this is the second time she has started a home-based business and she has learned from her mistakes. "I tried it a couple of years ago and then I did not do it anymore because I couldn't figure out the business and now as I go along I'm learning every time I do something new."

Now Nicholle employs models who double as consultants and also help her sell the Sparkle line. Nicholle also puts in more than 40 hours a week.

That's something Valerie Pope doesn't want. Tastefully Simple lets her work the hours she wants to and still have a full-time job and interests outside of her two jobs. "It's basically up to you how much time you want to put into it. I do home parties which I can do one a week or two a week, I can do as many as I want to with my schedule and working a 40-hour a week job."

For Valerie, flexibility is the key to balancing financial needs and still having a life. It helps, she says, that Tastefully Simple is such a good product.

The key to choosing the right home-based business is to look around and ask people who are already doing that same work what they think of it. If the income-to-work ratio seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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