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.
Start-up fees are the biggest difference. Start-up fees are an especially big issue with people who are on a limited budget. With a home based business you will usually have a start-up 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 start up 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, however 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 and direct sales are a home business. You are selling your services or product as an independent contractor or affiliate. Many places that you may freelance with or sell for will send you a 1099 at the end of the year. You are responsible for paying your own taxes with this.
Visit Fresno Family’s online mall for a listing of local home based business. You can also visit their article’s for working at home. They provide some great links.
- As stated, research any work at home offer. Even if they do not ask for money, they could damage your computer, or obtain personal identifying information that could be used to steal your identity.
- Always be aware of any future costs/fees. Some direct sales companies require a monthly auto ship of products.
- If you are looking for a direct sales business, check to see if they are a member of the Direct Selling Association (DSA)