Differences Between a Home Based Biz & Home Job

Monday, January 11, 2010

Do you understand the differences between a home based business, and a home job? Often time’s people get these two confused. There are several key differences. Being aware of these differences can help you decide which one is right for you. It is important to understand what you need from your work at home experience, in order to make the best decision.

Startup fees are the biggest difference. Startup fees are an especially big issue with lower income families. With a home based business you will usually have a startup fee to pay. This is the area where many scams occur. Investigate each home business thoroughly. Home jobs on the other hand usually do not have a startup fee. However, with these home jobs you may need to purchase equipment or pay for a background check. Be aware of any fees prior to applying/signing up for anything.

Rate of pay is another key difference. Home based businesses are usually commission based if you are an affiliate for another company, but depending on the business this is not always the case. Pay for home businesses is almost always based on the amount of work you do. Home jobs often have a set hourly wage. Sometimes these jobs will include bonuses. Typically the more consistent income is with a home job, but the potential to earn more is with a home business.

Flexibility is a big one for some people. Often time’s people choose to work at home just so they can have flexibility with their hours. Home businesses are typically more flexible. Since you are the boss, you can work when you want. Keep in mind, the more you work, the more you can make. Home jobs will usually have a set schedule, but some companies do try to allow some flexibility. Know what your availability is, and find something that can meet those needs.

Freelancing is a home business. You are selling your services as an independent contractor. Many places that you may freelance with will send you a 1099 at the end of the year. You are responsible for paying your own taxes with this. Direct sales are also considered a home business.

Tips: As stated, research any work at home offer. Even if they do not ask for money, they could damage your computer.

Always be aware of any future costs/fees. Some direct sales companies require a monthly auto ship of products.

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Melissa Van Horn is a work from home, homeschool mom. She has spent several years and several thousand dollars searching for the perfect home based business. She has finally found that with Ameriplan®. She has a passion for sharing her experiences with others through Examiner. In addition to running her Ameriplan® business, Melissa has a Barefoot Books business and does freelance writing for several clients.Melissa can be contacted here.


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