Legitimate work from home opportunities do not offer false promises. That’s a distinction you can help your college student with cerebral palsy (CP) learn before he or she hits the job market.
I know it’s tempting to fall for online schemes which promise money-making opportunities from home – especially when your son or daughter may have limited mobility due to CP.
But I would urge caution. Establishing legitimate work from home is not easy.
In fact, it’s risky.
I worked for 28 years for a Fortune 500 company (10 of them as vice president of corporate communication) before deciding to “retire” and start my own at-home business.
With the help of a career counselor, I took a whole year to make that transition while still on the job, making sure I had the right focus for my business, I was making the best use of my experience and I had a potential customer base through the contacts I had collected over the years. It was my way of making sure I had a workable business model.
Yes, it was nice not having to “go to the office,” but it took me at least six years to gain some financial stability in my new enterprise, even though I had been taking courses for years beforehand about how to start a small business.
Based on my experience, I would suggest to your college
student that legitimate work from home can come later in your youngster’s
career – when he or she has worked in a corporate environment (large or small)
for at least several years.
For more tips about how to become your own boss, refer your college student to my GettingHired.com article, What You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own Business.
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your new grad who wants to set up
a home-based business?
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My bottom line: On-the-job experience, once out of college, gives your son or daughter the opportunity to:
But, probably the biggest advantage of going the corporate route first instead of trying to establish a home business is the opportunity to identify an unmet need in the marketplace that your son or daughter can later fill as an entrepreneur.
For instance, after working for 28 years in a mainstream work environment in which I was the only employee with a disability, I identified what I thought was an unmet need: training for college students with disabilities about how to get “ready for work.”
My dream of meeting that need has driven my home business for nearly 20 years. As founder of cerebral-palsy-career-builders.com, I’m finally fulfilling that dream after two decades of both success and failure.
So, based on my experience, establishing a home business is not easy and often takes more time than your college student may expect.
With my journey and observations as context, coach your soon-to-be job seeker to avoid being closed to new opportunities online but not to fall for every far-out idea, either.
Today’s online marketplace includes two players:
That makes identifying legitimate work from home arrangements in cyberspace a sometimes difficult task.
One way to avoid being scammed is to find out what others have encountered. It’s like using a map of territory someone else has charted. For instance I would avoid pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing plans.
Yet, there are some legitimate work from home opportunities.
Here are five ways your soon-to-be job seeker can weed out
what is legitimate and what is not.
Here are a couple sites which can help your college student learn about online business scams.