The definition of "home based business" has changed over the years. It used to be that you could only do things that were laid out in front of you--positions created by another company. But with the world of open innovation (web sites, blogs, social networking, etc.), you no longer have to find a home based business...you can create one yourself.
Like many posters have said, however, the key is doing something you love. Eventually any type of work will become work, but if you love it and are passionate about it, you`ll enjoy what you`re doing regardless.
I recently helped write a book in which we interviewed several people making money doing what they love. One of the things we discovered is that the "thing" is rarely just one skill or interest, but more often a combination of things. Here are a couple of examples:
- Laura Cunitz had a marketing background but wanted to create knitting projects so people could get everything needed to knit something in one stop. Her business background fueled her success in following a passion for and interest in knitting.
- Lauren Teton had good writing skills. At 40, she wanted to learn how to snowboard but didn`t want to get hurt in the process. When she found no resources around for "mature" snowboarders, she decided to write an article about it. Writing that article turned into the desire to create a web site for others like her to share their tips and adventures.
- Brooke Hall recently graduated from college as a graphic artist. She is a "case study" featured in the book because she`s still trying to figure it out. She has some wonderful design skills and is interested in helping people decorate their homes inexpensively. After going through the personal inventory in the book, Brooke found that she had a great deal of experience in all areas relating to home. Since she is working full-time, she wanted to start doing something that she could grow on the side and ultimately transition into when the site became profitable. Brooke`s subscriber list grows daily. She`s laying the foundation for a future at-home business.
Though you can certainly work for someone else in a home based business, you might find more rewards trying to figure out your own everyday expertise and using the technologies we have available to us to create a business where you can truly do something you love.