Why Start A Home Based Business

Why Start A Home Based Business

A number of people have asked me why someone should consider a home-based business. I responded by telling them that based on my experience a home-based business is the only way to control your own destiny.

I quit high school in the 10th grade and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1965. While in the Marine Corps, I received my GED. You know what they say about a GED it’s a Good Enough Diploma.

When I was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1969, I went to work in a local factory. My first job was sweeping floors and I eventually worked my way up to a fitter position. The major problem I had with that job was that I was constantly on strike. The union would constantly call a strike when management took any action against a union member for misconduct such a sleeping on the job.

Frustrated I went out into the job market. I worked in the bar and restaurant business, the car business and construction. I finally felt that I discovered my calling when I became a police officer.

I bought into the old theory that if you work hard, do a good job and pursue your education you would be successful. I enrolled in night school and after going to school four semesters a year for five years, I received my Bachelors Degree in 1980 from Penn State University.

For those unfamiliar with civil service jobs, in order to be promoted, you have to be on the job for five years before you are eligible to take a promotional exam. Then you have to wait until there is an opening.

I was assigned as a detective working with the undercover narcotics strike force in three states. Finally after seven years I was able to take a promotional exam for a higher rank. Even though I had been an exceptional officer, receiving two commendations and that I scored the highest score on the promotional exam, they gave the promotion to the next person on the seniority list.

I became frustrated and jaded by the old adage that to succeed you work hard, do a good job and pursue your education. I began searching for another answer. I began my own small business, purchasing a franchise in the home security industry.

In a short period of time, I became one of the top franchisees in the country. I had 12 employees and all the associated cost of running a normal brick and mortar business. Salaries, benefits, workers comp insurance, rent, advertising, electric phone, business insurance, varied expenses for five vehicles, and a host of other expenses including a percentage of gross sales I had to pay to the franchisor.

I won numerous awards, including the “Franny Award”, given by the International Franchise Association for excellence. I finally achieved success!

Or did I? My success came at an awful price. I worked 7 days a week, 60 to 80 hours a week for 11 years. I did sneak some time for my sons little league games and school functions but as soon as they were over, I had to go back to work.

Totally exhausted and burned out, I sold my business and began looking for an easier way to make a living without giving up the rest of my life.

One great thing about my franchise years is the fact that I met and became best friends with the executive vice president of the company, who left the company shortly before I sold my business.

We kept in contact and while talking with him one day, he said “Leave it to me, I just got involved in a business with three young, sharp, successful millionaires who were launching a new company in a 60 Billion Dollar a year industry, using home business entrepreneurs.” I got involved with him in that business that evolved into something I could never had imagined.

I now have a national home-based business that I can run from anywhere in the world with my laptop and cell phone. Using a simple four-step system, (Similar To A Franchise System) I make more money than I ever made in my franchise business and I only work 20 to 25 hours a week if I want to.

So in comparison you can start a standard brick and mortar business with all the crushing start up costs, overhead and expenses. Or You can start your own home based business with a small start up cost and virtually no overhead except you laptop and cell phone.

To me it’s a no brainer!

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