Do You Make These 3 Simple Mistakes In Best Home Based Business Ideas?

3 Common mistakes for home based business ideas

In this day and age we see more people turning to the internet to find jobs. A majority of people look for a home based business. Chances are you’re thinking about it right now or have an idea for one and that is how you ended up here, right? Have you made mistakes in the process? Do you make these 3 simple mistakes in best home based business ideas?

I want to help to make your search a little easier when it comes to a home based business idea. You can’t just jump right into a home based business. I hope to shed some light on what to consider even after you have your idea picked out.

Bad or good idea?

* Mistake # !-Picking the wrong type of business/job.

Pick the right one for YOU.

The most common mistake is picking something that wasn’t right for you. Thinking about taking surveys online?

Or are you thinking of maybe trying customer service for a local business that allows employees to work from home? It could range from selling Avon to working for Cigna. You could maybe have interest in MLM (multi level marketing) or Affiliate Marketing?

When deciding on a home based business you need to make sure it is right for you. No businesses are alike on or offline. What you are required to do will vary depending on which idea you go with.

Taking surveys would be a bad idea. You could spend 8 hours taking surveys and MIGHT make $10 (if you are lucky) in that 8 hours. That’s if there are surveys that meet the criteria.

Doing customer service for any business will rely on your talking on the phone handling complaints or questions about their service etc.

Do you have a nice voice? if you have no knowledge about this business, do you like to learn, are you easy to train?

These are just some basics that you need to think about, Whatever type of business idea you want to try, think about what requirements you might need.


* Mistake # 2-Not knowing enough about the business you are trying to get in to.

Did you research thoroughly?

Once you have a general idea of the type of business you are leaning toward, turn to google and do some thorough research. Do you need certain skills, will you have to purchase equipment?

You want to start your own business, then you need to research about obtaining a license and what the requirements are for the area of which you want to open your business are.

When you get into MLM of Affiliate Marketing you REALLY need to do a lot of research. You don’t want to be caught up in a scam.

MLM tend to have a lot of upsells (having to pay a fee to join and pay for other tools and products as well) in them.

If you have thought about Affiliate Marketing I did a review on one, Wealthy Affiliate. Check it out and you will get an idea as to what you need to research about Affiliate Marketing.

Anytime you are looking to do a job, open up your own business or have a home based business, you need to get as much information about it as possible.

Leave no stone unturned. Meaning search every aspect of your idea as possible.

Once you have decided on the exact idea, read reviews on the company. Just because you liked what you saw in your research doesn’t mean that it is a good business or that it is legit.

Some businesses that offer home based opportunuties are trying to reel you in, so they make the opportunity LOOK better to sink their hooks into you

When opening up your own business you could review how well your type of business does in your area. If there are other companys similar to your business type, read reviews on them.

Then you will know to take that service and offer the customers something better.

What did I get myself in to

Mistake # 3-Not knowing what your responsibilities will be and considering whether your surroundings (your home in this case) will allow you to work effectively.

Be sure about what you are getting yourself into.

Having a home based business may not be what you think. You may be working from home and not have to hit the snooze button on your alarm,

BUT you still have a job to do. Often we think that working from home means freedom to work when we want.

In a sense this may be true, but you can’t just do it for a couple of hours and be done. In most cases anyway.

Especially if you are running your own business. If you aren’t working you aren’t earning. This is with any type of job/business you have.

You need to be able to set yourself a schedule and stick to it. There can be no procrastination and no distractions.

I work from home and I do keep my phones handy as my mom is disabled and I have 2 girls in school as well as 5 older ones who have their own children.

The business I have allows me to work while on the phone if need be. This can also cause a distraction for me as well. Not all opportunities will allow the same.

By now, you should have a lot of information compiled about your idea. Before committing to your home based business idea, you need to imagine what you day will be like.

I say this because if you are working from home and your job requires you to be on the phone, you need a quiet environment.

A parent who has little ones who are not of school age may want to rethink that type of job.

Starting your own business means you will need to have the financial means in getting your business up and running. You will need the equipment needed to perform your service, and the right type of transportation to get it to your customers (depending on the type of business you will be doing).

You may need other employees. There can be an endless list of what you will need. Go through everything so that you are prepared before you have already put money toward getting it started.

 * This is a mistake some may make. Avoiding/ignoring conflict.

Bonus suggestion-No regrets. Work through it.

As long as you have followed the suggestions I described through out this post, you should feel comfortable with your decision. Your business whether it be your own or for a company, can still throw you a few curve balls.

You may have a different task handed to you, or your computer took a dive while you were creating your blog.

A piece of equipment malfunctioned while building a customers deck or while updating their bathroom. This list can go on, but hopefully you get my point.

Ones you didn’t see coming. That can happen even at a job you have done for years. You don’t just up and quit it, do you? You work through it. You will need to do the same with your home based business.

I advised you to do the research and reviews in order to keep the unforseen to a bare minimal.

Even with all the information you gathered up, there is still the possibility that you might have made a mistake with what business/opportunity you chose. I can help you if you find yourself in that position.

Like I said, I work from my own home and love what I do. It is my business and I get out of it what I put into it.

I don’t have a start time or a set time that I am done. But I can be with my family when they are home. Please feel free to check it out if you like.

Best legit work from home opportunity

If you were to have any questions, comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate, I love to hear them and will definitely respond back.

Thank you,

Best Of Luck In All You Do

Lee Ann




Lee Ann Cermak-McQuay

I am a family oriented mother and love being involved with my little ones. My husband is the best guy a girl could ask for. I love helping others which is why I created this site. I know what it is like to NEED to work and earn an income, but not be able to do it outside the home. I am now able to help others find work they can do from home. And I love it.


  1. Lee Ann,
    Having the right direction, a good works pace and a dedicated work schedule is what makes most people successful working from home.
    I have tried several different types of things, some worked some did not. Still work Affiliate Marketing and Ebay sales. Both earn me a little extra each month, but it does take dedication to a work schedule, it will not just spit money out of your monitor.

    • John,
      I can definitely relate. When I first started working from home I didn’t understand the true concept of it all.
      I didn’t even think I would have to schedule my time or factor in that since I am home I would have so many distractions.
      I honestly didn’t think it would require the time and effort that I put into it either.
      But, this is just like working in the workforce, except this is My business that I am putting my time into and it will be what I make it. Not my boss or supervisor. And the money I make comes from my hard work, which is why I want to help others who have the same desire.
      Thank you for reading and for sharing your comment.
      Best Of Luck In All You DoLee Ann

  2. Great information and advice. Definitely good to know what you are getting into before you dive in head first!

  3. Thanks Lee Ann. As a fellow worker from home, I appreciate the advice on looking deeply into the type of business your getting yourself into.
    Also, the idea that working from home still means work. Lori on shark tank tweeted something like, entrepreneurs trade their 40 work week in for an 80 hour one.
    Thanks again,

    • Thank you CT. It means a lot to me for reading my post and for your comment.
      That tweet from Lori would be so true. I think it is because we are working for ourselves and we take it more serious. It is our hard work that will be paying our bills. : )

  4. Hi Lee Ann!
    Yes, these are some very common mistakes, some of which I made myself. The biggest mistake I made was not doing enough research at first. I just jumped into the first opportunity I saw, and I fell flat on my face. Live and learn.
    Thanks for your willingness to help others who want to work from home!

    • Hello Todd and thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry to here you had such a mistake. Unfortunately that is how we learn.
      Nowadays, we can use the internet in order to help prevent ourselves from making costly mistakes. I am hoping to have my site be one to do just that when others are looking to work from home.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  5. I think you are right that you’re not free when working from home. You do still need discipline and to learn more but I do like the thought of you are actually living your own dream. Not some CEOs dream, but your own and this in itself motivates me. Great post!

    • Thank you Patrick for your kind words and for reading my post. We tend to forget that in order to get anywhere in life you have to work for it. It doesn’t matter if it is in the office and having a boss, in the field and having a supervisor or working to grow your own business from home, it takes work.
      I have the motivation of wanting to help others and that is what motivates me, earning income is a bonus. I just know what I went through to get here and I want to help others and make their experience less painful. In a manner of speaking.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  6. I agree with you completly. Making the right choice is everything in life, and in order to have an online business, even more because there are so many scams out there, and they sell it saying you can make money fast, and achieve 6 figures. Nothing is done without hard work, and an online business, doesn´t run by itself, you need to stay focused and work every day on your business.

    • Thank you Denise.what you say is SO true. It is the soul reason of my post.
      I ade mistakes myself. It isn’t as easy as I thought it would be, but it isn’t super hard either. I know what I want to do and what I have to do to get it done. Staying focused on my want to help others.
      As for scams, through trial and error I have learned some ways to spot them and stay clear. I have an article about them as well if you would like to read it. https://legitworkforparents.com/to-be-scammed-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-question
      When trying to find work from home opportunities, you really have to pay attention in order to find the ones that are legitimate for sure.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

  7. Looking before leaping could not be overstated. GREAT advice. I’ve made quite a few mistakes and they weren’t easy to fix. Live and learn.

    • Thank you Beverly for visiting my post.
      Unfortunately I am sure we have all made a few mistakes with our business ideas. Especially when it comes to working from home. Fixing those mistakes can be quite costly as well as have an affect on your future business ideas.
      I hope that you are way to having success now that you have the mistakes behind you.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

    • Thank you .
      I am always going to be publishing new stuff. I can’t help others find legitimate work from home jobs if I don’t write the post to help them.
      Keep an eye for it.
      Best Of Luck In All You Do
      Lee Ann

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