Not everyone is cut out to own their own business and work from home. While many would like to think they have what it takes to stay at home and make money, the harsh reality is that many people just are not cut out to be a business owner. Before handing in your hard hat or clipboard and walking out the door, anyone considering opening their own business will need to do some deep personal introspection and decide if they can actually be successful working at home.
If you have determined you are not cut out for working independently at home, it is nothing to be ashamed of. There are many people working for others who are not capable of being a manager or those that have no desire to get into management. That is OK because every business absolutely needs people to work the front lines and if you are happy with your position, it should be considered your own personal success to have a job that you enjoy doing and know you do it well.
On the other hand, if you are serious about starting your own business at home, you will have to decide if you have the self-discipline, the dedication and desire to work at home and can deal with all of the distractions associated with working out of the house. When you sit at home everyday, you are probably going to spend most of the time alone and if you are the type of person that needs others around you, spending all day, every day working by yourself, chances are you will start looking for ways to mingle with others, usually at the expense of focusing on your business.
You need to realize up front that your income is not going to come in the form of a paycheck on a regular basis. Your livelihood is going to depend on how dedicated you are to the tasks that you assign yourself, based on the needs of your clients or customers. This truly puts you in the position of working more to earn more. If you choose to take too many days off, it will be reflected in your income as well as the number of past-due bills that arrive in your mailbox. If you are single and on your own, you are the only one affected by any decisions you make, however if you have a family they will benefit or suffer from your dedication to your business.
There will be no one looking over your shoulder and assigning any tasks for you to get done, nor will there be anyone handing you jobs that are needed. You will not only have to be dedicated to get any work completed on time, you will first have to hustle in the marketplace and find the work to do. This desire to have a lot of work and therefore a good income will have to be tempered by knowing your limitations. Taking more work than you can realistically get done on time can be just as bad as not finding any work.