Today there are some great options for making money from home on a part time or a full time basis. Everything earned is basically a profit, overheads are minimal, and the entry barrier in most is low. There are also many scams, as we know, and a bunch of us have lost time and money to them, but assuming the businesses are real and they work, we will review the five personalities that get involved to a greater or lesser degree.

Generally there are a few types of home based businesses, for example the recruiting business that includes an overpriced product that people are forced to buy in order to get paid – most of those placebo effect products end up in landfills or garages or being foisted on relatives and friends as birthday gifts. Or the the recruiting business that is legitimized by an overpriced product that few people buy because they’re not compelled to in order to get paid, or the recruiting business that includes digital products, or businesses in which it’s not necessary to recruit anyone, and of course there are more types.

The Doubting Thomas

This person is so busy casting aspersions, doing “due diligence,” reviling and labeling everything a Ponzi scheme or pyramid scheme or scam that they never get involved, however their real reasons are often the fact that they don’t want to be held accountable for actually producing anything or they’re bone lazy or they’re too comfortable, or they’re just plain stupid. I like to get back to those people with the real facts later, like “You know that business I showed you nine months ago that you assured me was a scam? Well it’s made me over a hundred thousand dollars so far. Just thought you’d like to know, for your research.”

The False Starter

This one starts everything and anything under the sun with a bang and fades just as fast. They’re talk the talk but never walk the walk. They stick their fingers into every pie in the store, taste all the flavours of ice cream, but never buy anything, or they buy in but that’s where it ends. Like most people who sell houses, life insurance, or network marketers, they will sell the average maximum of 3 products or services or enroll 3 people and then disappear like the morning mist. (One sold to themselves, one to a family member, and one to a friend.) Yet they waste a lot of your time in the promising process. Some of them do find the right one, the right vehicle for them, down the line, and excel in it, so don’t write them off too soon.

The Part Time Part Timer

This one joins up and starts up but hardly ever does any work – continual excuses is their position. I call them “Professional Excusiologists.” They intend to do something but never get around to it. So they waste a lot of other peoples’, and their own, time. They only get involved in the first place because they can’t say “No,”or their self sabotage programming is too strong to allow them to actually start. They can change.

The True Believer

This is the fanatic, the cult member, usually full time, but displaying all the characteristics of the Manson tribe: They never see anything wrong with the company, are blind to the red flags, cannot understand that putting all your eggs into one basket is ludicrous and infantile, let alone risky, and they often spend more on products, looking good, showing up at all the events, “training” others, and branding their cars than they actually make in the business. They use misdirection and manipulation a lot. They will whip the horse after it’s been dead for five days; they tend to go from go from feast (or burger) to famine.

The Entrepreneur

This type considers business a game to be played, doesn’t get emotionally involved, has a number of diverse income streams of which this is but one, and leverages his or her businesses against each other. They do well because they have an objective, collaborative perspective and don’t need the money, so they come across as professionals (which the are) and walk away or withdraw when they see the business has plateaued or in decline. They are selective. They end up making the most money and they keep their friends and followers.

If you see yourself in any of the first four, I assure you it’s never too late to change and start over. We can all learn and grow and improve until we die. I know I strive to. And if you are still looking for the right business for you, I may have one I can suggest, depending on your circumstances.

There are other types, of course: like those who take a break as soon as their businesses start taking off and come home to no business at all, those who quit when the going gets tough, those who pay others to join the business (buy them business packages or blatantly bribe them), those who become arrogant when they taste success for the first time and drive others away, those who blame others for everything they do wrong and constantly seek a fall guy, and those who manage to keep their businesses going and making money for years.

Books to read to assist you in understanding and working with these types are Eric Hoffer’s “The True Believer” and Charles Duhigg’s “Habit,” and, of course, “The E-Myth” and others.

Personally, I have had multiple, diverse income streams for 28 years in business. I specialize in leverage and collaboration and I love helping others achieve financial freedom with the least cost and risk.

Robin Elliott    LeverageAdvantage.com