Is your work at home opportunity a scam?

There are a huge number of legitimate work-at-home opportunities.  It is especially important to make sure those opportunities are not a scam. Especially now, during COVID-19 – many employers have been forced into allowing employees to work from home to keep their businesses running. I suspect that any earlier misgivings will be altered or no longer exist after the curtain is pulled back on this isolation period.

However, be aware that there are still unscrupulous people out there, and scams do still exist. It is your responsibility to do your due diligence.  It’s not always easy to tell the real deal from a scam.

Research work at home opportunities

Here are some signs to watch out for when starting your search for a work-at-home job:

  • It is important to know exactly who you would be working for. When you find a job you’re interested in, research the company. Check them out with the BBB, Consumer Affairs, and search the internet for complains or poor reviews.
  • Check THEIR references: they ask for yours, it’s your responsibility to interview them as well.
  • Any company that asks YOU to put your own money up front should be viewed with skepticism. Especially if this is a company you have never heard of.  Unless you are a freelance worker – equipment used for a legitimate company should be provided to you.
  • If you are a freelancer with job postings on sites such as or, be sure that any jobs you take are done so within the agreed upon online job platforms. Often people will ask to pay you “outside” the platform.  This is a huge red flag that you are being set up to be scammed by check or money order fraud. 

Thanks to technology, the ability to work from home has now become a reality for a large percentage of the population. If this is something you have always dreamed of, this unfortunate turn of events just might have brought the opportunity you have been waiting for. Just make sure that you have done the research to make it a good experience.

Monetizing your Blog

Have you always wondered how blogs actually make money?  No, it’s not just from sitting and writing.  There is a strategy to monetizing the work that comes from the writing. Let’s look at how to go about monetizing your blog:

Once you have built a blog that has a good number of followers, consider involving other companies and brands to make it mutually profitable by monetizing your blog.

Typewriter Monetize your blog

Google Adsense

Google will provide you a code to copy and paste onto your website. You get paid any time someone clicks on your ads and/or makes a purchase.

Text Links

A text link is a highlighted word you can click on in a web article to take you to another web page. There are many companies who are willing to pay for you to link from your website to theirs.

Sponsored Posts

With a sponsored post, a company pays you to talk about their product or service on their website. I recommend only promote companies you believe in and feel good about. Otherwise, you most likely won’t build trust with your readers.

Affiliate Marketing

By adding affiliate links to your website, companies or services will pay you to promote them by using pre-made ads and clickable banners provided by them. You will be paid for each completed transaction originating from your unique link.

Display Ads

With display ads, you actually get paid based on the number of times your ads are viewed. For that reason, these ads will work best for websites with a huge viewership.

Elevator Speeches

Do you have your elevator speech prepped and perfected?

An elevator speech is a “commercial” all about who you are, what you do, and how you can benefit a company or organization.

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It should be a quick synopsis of your background and experience, your expertise and credentials quickly and effectively to people who don’t know you.

An elevator pitch can be used for networking mixers, job fairs, round tables, and social media bios. Your pitch can be used during job interviews when you’re asked about yourself.

Have your pitch ready to share. It should be about 30 seconds – the time it takes to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator.

It’s a good idea to have multiple pitches. Tailor your pitch depending on your audience. You have a short time to convey a lot of information, so make sure to practice to avoid rambling or an unfocused message. Keep your energy and enthusiasm high.

If you have a business card, offer it at the end of the conversation as a way to continue the dialog.

Working from home

Working from home?  You need a place in your home that will give you maximum focus to manage your company.  Your workspace needs a simple desk and comfortable chair with a designated a place for paperwork and other business materials.

As your own boss, you are fully responsible for completing the tasks that keep you in business.

Because it’s easy to get distracted when you work from home, create a plan of action with deadlines and goals and stick with it. Prioritize your responsibilities, and finish the most urgent ones first.

Use a calendar to alert you to important dates and meetings.

Although you might find it difficult to step away, working too much can cause exhaustion and burnout. Take breaks often throughout the day, and set time boundaries for yourself. Do the things you enjoy, like grabbing lunch with a friend, shopping or working out to recharge your batteries.  Often times those small breaks will boost your creativity and help your business in the long run.

Try not to let regular household tasks distract you.  Set aside time on your daily calendar to do small things, like throwing in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher.  Use those as scheduled breaks.

Working at home is a huge privilege, and can have added benefits.  But it isn’t for everyone. If you are unable to stay focused and on task, you might want to reevaluate if it is the right thing for you and your company goals.

Self Education

It’s cool to have a G.E.D.  A High School diploma is grand,  and it’s really awesome of you have a college education.  But regardless of those things, it’s what you do with them that counts!  Some of the most successful and wealthy people have no formal education.

Here are some quotes from some of the world’s most successful business leaders, and as you can see – every single quote centers on YOU going out and making it happen:

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way. That leaves us, ladies and gentlemen. Us.”

Think and Grow Rich – Napolean Hill

“Tell me how you use your spare time, and how you spend your money, and I will tell you where and what you will be in ten years from now.”

The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J Stanley

“Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and, most of all, self-discipline.”

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

“Complaining about your current position in life is worthless. Have a spine and do something about it instead.” 

Expert Secrets – Russell Brunson

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

The E-Myth – Michael E. Gerber

“I believe it’s true that the difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.”

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries and Jack Trout

“You’ll get no further with a mediocre idea and million dollars than with a great idea alone.”

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

“Note to self: It’s a good idea to ask, “What am I not doing?” 

Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

”Key to winning over your detractors or devils is knowing all their likely angles of attack and building up counterarguments backed by irrefutable facts and reason.”

Are your daily habits blocking success?

“Depending on what they are, our habits will either make us or break us. We become what we repeatedly do.” ―Sean Covey

You are the sum total of all your daily habits. Do yours block your path to success? Do you even notice the damage your bad habits cause?  The self-control required to develop good habits serves as the foundation for a strong work ethic and high productivity.

Pay attention to who is in front of you

When you sit with someone to have a meal or a a conversation, focus all your energy on them. Nothing is more disruptive or irritating than a person on their mobile device, listening with half an ear.

Giving credence to toxicity

Save your emotional energy for those things and people who enrich your life, not those things that destroy our inner peace.  Breathe in the good stuff, breathe out the bad stuff.  Easier said than done, but with practice gets easier every day.

Do you use your phone, tablet, or computer before bed?

This can disrupt your sleep and tomorrows’ productivity. Blue light plays an important role in your mood, energy level, and sleep quality. It also halts the production of the melatonin hormone. Laptops, tablets, and phones emit bright short-wavelength blue light. A poor night’s sleep can have disastrous effects on your productivity tomorrow.


It’s so easy to mindlessly scroll through Facebook, IG or Twitter.  Doing this keeps us from actual productivity – and we all do it!  The more we pull focus from our actual work projects, the less productive we actually are. 

Click in and out to scroll enough times, and you can go through an entire day without experiencing any real production.

Electronic notifications

Pings are a nightmare to your productivity flow. Check your messages and notifications at designated times, not every time you hear one go off.  If you can’t resist the urge, silence the notifications.

Learn to say NO

“No” is a powerful word that should not be looked at in a negative light. It’s critical to your productivity and work/life balance.  It can be the difference between stress and success.

Multitasking has its place

During a set meeting isn’t it.

Waiting for perfection

What are you waiting for?  Perfection doesn’t exist. Do something. Anything.

Don’t worry about imposter syndrome

Do you compare yourself to others?  Think you cant do something because someone else knows more than you?  Stop!  No one starts out knowing it all, even the person you are comparing yourself too.  Chances are, they feel the same.

Learning to think differently about your daily habits and self talk can have a significant impact on your personal and working success.

Lack of Motivation? Or something else…


It may not be that you lack motivation, but that you simply practice procrastination. Procrastination is defined as deliberately delaying or putting off something that requires your attention — even though you know that the outcome may cause negative consequences.  But in all honesty, you may be avoiding your task based upon some form of fear.

Most humans tend to gravitate to those things we find pleasurable and put off what we find painful in some way.

The trigger point of procrastination differs with every person. Often the cause of this problem might be due to anxiety – such as worrying that the outcome won’t be perfect, or even worse — flat out failure.

Ask yourself:  What is the worst that could happen?

Then: Take Action. Run toward your goals. Failure at some point is inevitable – but to get where you want you’ll have to face it head on.  Tell yourself that Thomas Edison made over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at developing the lightbulb.  And you can now thank him that you can see to read this

Why are you building someone else’s income stream?

Imagine if you will – a good paying corporate job, nice home, happy family, club sports and yearly vacations?  Now, have you considered what might happen if you got your walking papers tomorrow?

Today’s corporate working environment is much different than the long term, work for a company from graduation thru retirement and get a pension that our parents enjoyed:

  • Companies are regularly bought and sold, and workers are terminated. There is very little loyalty
  • “Contracts” are renegotiated on the regular – commissions or salaries are cut to bring company profits in line with changing market dynamics

That’s where the Side Hustle comes in.  If you spend time building your own multiple income streams, rather than depending on someone else’s business to take care of you, a pink slip won’t panic you.

Notice I said Income Streams. As in Plural.  The reason being – things change on a regular basis.  The affiliate commissions you get could dry up if the company goes belly up.  The leads you get from FB or IG can go away if FB decides to randomly suspend your account (hey, it happens!) The MLM you promote changes it’s terms and your commissions get cut.

If your entire business is built on someone else’s goodwill and they change the terms — you have no business!  Being dependent on someone else in your life and business takes control out of your hands and adds anxiety. 

The bottom line is — and let me quote my Grandmother, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” 

But How do I choose my Side Hustle?

As you can imagine, I belong to several online mastermind groups where we exchange ideas, teach and learn from others who are all looking for  and working in one or multiple side hustles.  They are amazing platforms to learn what to and what not to say.

The number one question usually posted by newbies in these groups is: How do I find a side Hustle?  The 2nd most popular question is: are MLM’s my only side Hustle option?  Well…the answer to the 2nd question is easy: NO.

The first question is much more difficult to identify — its a very personal choice.  In your world, you more than likely have limited time, so your side Hustle needs to make sense to your situation.  And hopefully, you can make it something you are interested in and will enjoy spending your side time on. How do you prioritize your limited time for maximum results?

5 questions to ask yourself when identifying what to choose:

  1. Are you passionate about your idea?
  2. Do you know where your first customers will come from and what type of revenue can you expect?
  3. How much time do you have to devote to it?
  4. How much time and money will it take to get started?
  5. Is the business something you can sell for a profit later on?

Make a pro/con list for each idea.  Compare them when making your choice. There are SO MANY options to consider.  Here is a list off the top of my head:

  • Affiliate Marketer
  • eBay flipper
  • MLM
  • Freelance on Fiverr or other sites
  • Online tutoring
  • Resume writing
  • Blogging (your own blog or contribute to others)
  • Shopify store (selling your own handicrafts or others)

This list is by no means complete, and your options are limited only by your own imagination — so get out your notepad and start brainstorming!

Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction.

The desire to achieve success is inherent in most every human being. But, successful people don’t just become that way. Happiness, wealth, a great career, are all the result of motivation, hustle and hard work.

Use each day as an opportunity to improve, to be better, to get a little bit closer to your goals. It might sound like a lot of work.  But, a hunger for success means you have the power within you to achieve your goals if you apply that motivation consistently.

What you do consistently every day will turn into habits over time. Choose those that will lead you to success, like positive thinking, self discipline, utilizing your time well, and learning new things. In time, they will become automatic, not requiring thought, attention or effort. 

We are a sum total of our daily habits.  Spend time up front setting goals and breaking them down into manageable, bite sized steps: 

Define your dream.  What is your big picture?

Stay focused and disciplined. The art of getting sh*t done is huge.

Turn off your phone, email and TV.  Create a space conducive to focusing on your tasks.

Write down your goals for the month, week and day. Post them where you can see them.

Focus on your to-do list and get it done.  Cross off tasks as they are completed.  There is great satisfaction in watching your immediate progress to help you stay on track.

Treat your time like the valuable resource that it is.  Spend it on the things that add value to your life and lead you in the direction of your goals.