I get a lot of tweets from people asking me things like “can you really make a career online?” or “can you really make decent money from home?”.

In this article, I intend to answer these questions and more.

Myth #1: All home-based jobs involve stuffing envelopes

Reality: Although there may be someWork at Home Businesses home-based opportunities that involve stuffing envelopes, I highly doubt you would be able to make a career out of it. Unfortunately, when people hear the phrase “work from home”, many people conjure up this type of endeavor. There have been a lot of scammers out there who give the entire industry a black eye.

Myth #2: You can’t make “decent money” from home

Reality: Without revealing how much I earn each year, it’s accurate to say I make way more than I ever did in corporate America. How? By working with multiple clients, keeping overhead low, and delivering results. Learn more about starting your own overhead-free, dynamic online business.

Myth #3: You have to buy a work from home “system”

Reality: I hear all the radio commercials too. “Earn ‘quit-your-job’ income without ever doing any work”. Yeah, right. Unfortunately, these types of programs are mostly scams and, again, give the industry a bad name. You don’t need to buy into a system. Just prove you’re worth hiring and go above and beyond. Here are a few additional tips for you to consider.

Myth #4: Working from home isn’t worth the effort

Reality: To me, the inverse is actually true. Working outside the home really isn’t worth the effort. As I outlined in a previous post, the cost to commute plus all the intangibles like missed family time doesn’t make sense to me. If you could do your exact same job but never leave your home office, why wouldn’t you?

Myth #5: Working from home is a second-rate career

Reality: As I point out in my book, when I tell people I work from home, I usually get a somewhat glassy-eyed reaction. They just assume I sit around and play games online all day or something. Quite the contrary, in fact. In the last five years I’ve grown professionally more than I could have ever imagined.

I’d love to hear your favorite “myths” too. Please comment below to share your thoughts.

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Written by Matt Keener

Matt Keener is the original "Executive in Sweatpants," having built a successful online consulting business (from home). His best-selling book offers tips for capitalizing on outsourcing and freelancing. Matt holds an MBA and has been featured by many recognizable brands, including Upwork (formerly oDesk), Elance, Insightly, the Dave Ramsey Show, and Entrepreneur.com.

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