The good life takes money. Lots of it. If you’re like most, your job alone doesn’t provide all the funds you really need. What’s worse, economic changes are becoming a constant threat to job security. Even if you are employed by a “safe” company, you may soon be facing reduced hours and layoffs.

As I mentioned, I learned about the 10/90 rule from him. When I first read about this rule, it made me think about my network marketing career. For many years I attempted to build a network marketing business. And, I hate to, but must admit, I failed miserably. But, after understanding the rule, I know the reason I failed was simply that I took no time (let alone 10%) to find out the underlying laws, principles, rules, methods and techniques of successful action in the network marketing field. Notice, I did not find out the successful action. I primarily listened to the thoughts, hype and opinions of those who themselves had never taken the time to investigate how to be successful. Does that remind you of the blind leading the blind?

Why not jump on the bandwagon like so many others have done before you? A home based business where you are only responsible for yourself and to have no restrictions like bells or timetables or bosses has to be the best possible lifestyle. Make 2009 your year. Any age any person can do this. If you are 15 or 70 you can still make your fortune. It just requires patience and a never ending supply of faith in you and your own abilities. Don’t rely on others, become self-sufficient and you will reap the rewards. I guarantee it.

Self discipline is the key. If you can’t keep yourself on the job without someone telling you what to do, working at home isn’t going to work out so well for you. It may not be impossible, but it’s not going to be easy either. Given that many work at home jobs pay on production and that all employers expect productive employees no matter how they’re paid, you can’t slack off just because you’re not in the office.

You will need a lot of passion for your home business idea. If you do not love your business idea, you are not likely to succeed. You need to have lots of self-motivation. There will not be any colleagues to encourage you, or help you along the way. You will need to push yourself to get things done.

Especially if you have kids in the house while you work at home, there are some distractions that are harder to control than others. Household chores, television, pets, neighbors, friends and kids don’t always stick to your schedule. Do your best to deal with these by planning ahead for them.

Clerical work more your type? Start a secretarial or bookkeeping business! There are tons of online guides and courses that tell you step by step how to start your own business. You may also want to consider medical billing or transcription – these types of work offer very lucrative income.

Once you are ready to get things off the ground, your best asset will be your own self-discipline. When you work at home, distractions abound. A three hour lunch always sounds nice and errands can become very convenient distractions if you are not careful. You have to remember – even though you are your own supervisor – you still have to be diligent about your work. You will only hurt your own bottom line if you let things slide for too long.