What Do You Wanna Be When You… Work at Home?

And “rich” doesn’t count. Forget about the money right now. You can think about that later.

Just picture being a little kid, and someone asks you what you want to be. You can pick anything, as long as two things are true:

1. You can relate it to something you can do from home.

For example, a “doctor” helps people get better from their sickness. You may want to help people who are in some difficult situation.

2. It’s something that you can picture yourself being.

For example, you could picture yourself as a “comedian,” because you like to make people laugh.

My Two Reasons for Asking This

If you don’t have a home business yet (at least not one that’s working for you), here is my reason for asking you what you wanna be:

I want you to be on guard against any program or product that would try to get you to buy into it because of a promise that you can earn a lot of money with it.

If someone starts feeling faint at the sight of a wound or injury, but they hear that doctors make a lot of money, it would make no sense to head off to medical school.

You get the idea. If you know what fits you, you’ll be better able to find the right path.

Some of you already have a home business. For you, here is my reason for asking:

I would really like your help. Please.

If your home business fits who you are, and if you would like to share that with others, I would really appreciate it if you could tell us about yourself and about your business.

At the end of this article, I will give you some questions to help you think of how you want to comment. So look for that at the bottom.

But first, here are some questions to ask, to help you figure out who you wanna be (or clarify who you are, so you can explain it to others).

Ask Yourself About Your Personality

Do you enjoy working alone, or do you prefer frequent interaction with others?

Are you a plodder, or do you like to finish things as fast as you can?

Are you self-motivated, or do you thrive more when others spur you on?

How do you encourage and motivate others — through talking, writing, showing, doing?

Which do you like better — computer work, or working with your hands, or…?

Do you prefer to be in the house or outside?

Do you need to move from one task to another frequently, or could you do the same thing for hours?

What Are Your Strengths?

Are you a strong leader?

Are you a good learner?

Are you thorough and detailed?

Are you fun to be with?

Are you positive and optimistic?

Are you diligent?

Are you a good writer?

Are you a good speaker?

Do you like being in front of a camera?

Are you good at computer work?

Do you have specialized skills? What are they?

What Do You Like To Do?

Talk? … Listen?

Write? … Read?

Make music? … Listen to Music?

Look for bargains? … Make your own stuff?

Drink milkshakes? (Never mind.)

What Kind of Impact Do You Want to Make?

Do you want to help other people solve their problems? Any specific problem?

Do you want to help other people succeed?

What kind of example do you want to set for your kids?

How do you want people to remember you?

Something to Keep in Mind

In a home business, there could be minor parts of it that you don’t enjoy. These may be things that you eventually outsource to others who do enjoy it and are good at it. At the beginning, you’ll probably be doing almost everything. But that could change as your business develops.

In choosing a business, though, it would be wise to find something where you can thrive. A business that gives you the opportunity to be who you are, and to have the maximum impact.

Now Pick What You Wanna Be

Here are some examples… or come up with your own.

Remember, you’re looking at the characteristics of these professions that relate to a home business.

Some are easy to see, like writer or teacher or coach. Some take a little more imagination. For example, if you want to “rescue” people who are “drowning” in some type of problem, you would be like a lifeguard.


Make a “Portrait” of Yourself

Here’s an idea:

Take your answers to some of the questions above, and write them down in a real creative way. Or, if you’re not creative yourself, have one of your kids or a friend do it for you.

Maybe use colored markers to do fancy handwriting. Or draw a picture and put words around it. Or type it on the computer and use different fonts, colors, and sizes. Just something that will show who you are, and look really nice.

Keep it somewhere around your desk, or by your mirror, or some place where you’ll see it often.

Whenever you find out about a work-at-home opportunity, whether it be here on this site, or anywhere, look at who you are.

Don’t look at somebody sipping lemonade on a beach.

Don’t look at somebody driving a fancy car.

Look at yourself. Ask yourself, “Could I see myself doing this?” Be real. Be honest.

It’s not all about the money, although the potential for making an income has to be there, or the opportunity wouldn’t be a real opportunity. But it has to be something that works, which means it has to work for you.

As For Me…

I have always loved to write. When I was about eight, I wrote some silly poems, and a little story that’s embarrassing to read now.

I’ve loved working on different writing projects all through my life.

Words come to my mind all the time. Even when I’m sleeping, sometimes I wake up and have to go type something on the computer.

So when I found an opportunity to write for a living… wow! I’m so thankful!

How about you?

If you’re still looking, what do you wanna be?

If you have a home business already, here are the questions I told you about.
(This is just to give you some idea of how to comment.)

What is your home business?

What is your website?

How does your business fit who you are?

What profession (e.g. teacher, writer, etc.) would you compare your type of work to?


16 thoughts on “What Do You Wanna Be When You… Work at Home?

  • December 20, 2018 at 2:08 am

    Wow! Great post with loads of valuable information.

    Being a full-time blogger your post means a lot to me and I can see the potential in it. Particularly for the newbies who are interested to work from home this post is a gold.

    When I started to look for opportunities to earn money online, I don’t know where to start and what to do. Your post guiding people in the right path i.e finding or choosing their passion and turning it into profits. Also in order to choose their niche you have provided great advice. For me to choose my niche, I have taken nearly two months.

    This post is going to be helpful for many and there is no doubt in it.

    Wishing you great success!


    • December 20, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks, Paul. Yes, choosing a niche is one of the hardest things to do when trying to earn money online. It was very hard for me. But I had to be honest with myself about who I am, what my interests really are, and what kinds of things I naturally focus on when I don’t have anything else to do. That made it so much easier to choose a niche! And having the right niche makes your work that much more enjoyable!

  • December 20, 2018 at 2:12 am

    This is complete guide for both newbie and experienced online affiliate marketer. I like the way identify each problem and the solution attached to it. A good blogger must be able to solve a particular problem and continually doing it so has to established in that field then money will follow it. Like you at the begining of your post that money should not be number target but the number target should be “solving a particular problem” for readers or visitors to comprehend.

    Also I want to emphasis on area where the blogger need to identify his interest whethe writing, speaking, coach , mentor all these help ones to be specialized in particular field also offer value in his filed . I must comfirm that you make a good impact in write the comprehensive article. Thanks

    • December 20, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks, Adebayo, and I wish you success as you use your skills, talents, and abilities to help others as well!

  • December 20, 2018 at 2:14 am

    Thank you for this amazing post, this will help in self development and discovering oneself, I know my strength already, am a good speaker as well being diligent with my work, I am trying my possible best to utilize this and make something work out of it, besides I can’t Cope working alone, I work with team. 

    • December 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      That’s great that you know your strengths already. Sounds like you especially like being with other people. As you diligently keep working and using your strengths, I’m sure you will be able to help others and see success in your work.

  • December 20, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Hi Danette! I guess you can say I’m still looking and the reason for that is because I know exactly what you are talking about. I have been trying to come up with an area where I can contribute something to people that is unique to me. Your post has helped me to think about it in terms of a real life occupation which I hadn’t done before. Thank you for those suggestions and I hope that using them, I find just the thing very soon!

    • December 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      You’re welcome, Dylan. And I hope you do find just the right area/niche soon — your own unique way to help other people.

  • December 29, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    I really enjoyed checking the tips you provided here. It was really hard for me to start, because I was unsure about what my passions are and what would I like to do the most. So I figured my main passion was helping myself and others find a way to build their own online business and earn money.

    I decided that I will do that and that this would be the main focal point of my website. For, I am doing quite nice. I have a decent number of posts and traffic really started to flow. I am really satisfied I’ve choose this type of content for my website.


    • January 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm

      I am very happy for you, Strahinja, that you have found your niche, and that you are able to see your work already benefiting others! I hope you see continued success, both for you and for your readers!

  • December 29, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Being willing to help others find a solution to their issues is the key to being successful online.  Choosing a niche that suits you passion is an even greater key because it would need to be something you can talk about everyday ad infinitum.

    Yes, it takes a while to think about what you would REALLY like to help others with, but the secret is, what are you passionate about and are happy to help others with on a daily basis.  THIS – this will form the success formula for an online business from home.

    Thanks for sharing your insights with us.


  • December 29, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Hey Danette – that’s a great article, full of excellent questions people need to ask themselves. And it’s full of super motivational suggestions, too.

    I’m ‘between jobs’ 🙂 I’ve been self-employed as a writer and musician most of my life, essentially home-based, and now I’m now trying a different tack with online marketing.

    When I’ve tried to propmote the online world to others I find the major stumbling blokc is self-m otivation. Honestly, in my opionion, most people struggle with this because they are so used to being employed and other people telling them what to do. Whether that’s a result of their personality, upbringing, education – your home-schooled kids won’t be like that 🙂 – or whatever, I don’t know, but I do know that most people aren’t able to see the bigger picture and motivate themselves enough to put in the effort to get there. That might seem sad and disappointing in a way but it’s a lot easier to turn up 9-5 and do a j.o.b than it is to be your own boss, and many people are happy doing that. Which is fine.

    Being your own boss and working from home DOES require more effort but the end result is 10x or 100x more rewarding and fulfilling than working for someonw else,

    So, to answer your questins:

    What is your home business? BloggerWhat is your website? techfordogsHow does your business fit who you are? I love dogs and I love tech. I’ve had four dogs and gone through more tech than you can imagine :-)What profession (e.g. teacher, writer, etc.) would you compare your type of work to? Entertainer and educator. I try to inform through entertaining articles, reviews and features. I am a writer and always have been but that’s currently how I apply my skill.

    I hope that helps and encurages more people to strike out for themselves,Ian

    • January 19, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      That’s an important point, Ian, about self-motivation. Sometimes we may wonder what we need to do to motivate someone to be self-motivated, but…”you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” I think showing people by our example that it does work, letting them know how we do it, and encouraging them to ask questions, can all help. But, like you said, if some folks honestly prefer a 9-5 job, that’s okay, too. Thanks for your comment!

  • December 30, 2018 at 2:53 am

    Hello Danette,

    What an excellent post and what a great concept you have here.

    You provide many thought provoking questions indeed.

    When I was at school, my teachers told me “I was easily distracted and would never amount to anything!”

    Having a job and being in a box never interested me.

    I wanted to travel, have fun and inspire others to do the same.

    I became an entrepreneur at the age of 16. I left school with almost no formal qualifications and could not (thankfully) get a job.

    It took me a long time to fall into my chosen field.

    I spent many years going through tasks that I did because I needed money not because I liked them.

    About 12 years after leaving school and for the most part being miserable in the work I was doing, I was given an opportunity to work in the entertainment industry providing laser shows.

    I was absolutely not qualified to do this other than passion and somehow the Universe allowed it to happen.

    That was October 1991 and until today I am still in the same business and have traveled all over the world providing shows as a director and company owner.

    My teachers were wrong! i did amount to something, they just were not good enough teachers to spot my real talent!

    Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can’t do!

    Just find what you want to do and go and do it!

    Love your post!


    • January 20, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Thanks, Tim. That is so encouraging to read about how you have succeeded in what you love to do! School is not always the best place to measure a person’t future success. Having a passion for what you do, and being self-motivated are extremely important. Thanks for your inspiring comment!


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