When you first decide you'd like to work at home, you may be tempted to search for a telecommuting job or join a home business opportunity right away. There are certainly benefits to those options, but stop and think for a moment, "Is that the right choice for me?"
While there are some great companies and programs out there, it's important to evaluate your true needs and desires in a home-based career. I see too many people jumping into the first opportunity they see, simply because it promises great income. Money is definitely a major part of our reason for working, but is it the most important? You need to choose the option that will serve all of your needs, not just the financial ones.
How do you know which option is best for you? Consider the typical qualities of telecommuting jobs, home business opportunities and home businesses started from scratch.