Making money from home is a dream come true for many of us. It’s a chance to earn some much-needed extra cash or to make a living from home without having to pay for expensive childcare. It’s your chance to work at times to suit you, without having to commute or even get dressed if you don’t want to. It can give you freedom and control and be your chance to make something for yourself.

One of the best things about working from home is that there are countless options and almost anyone can do it. The internet has opened up the world of home-work massively and given us all a chance to do it. But, there are dangers, risks and common mistakes involved. Before you start, read up on what to avoid so that you don’t get into trouble.

The dangers of making money from home

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One thing many people fail to realize is that if you make money for yourself, you need to register as self-employed, declare your income and pay tax. People generally think that if they are just earning pocket money on top of a job, they don’t need to. But, every little is income, and if you earn over the tax threshold, you’ll need to pay, even if you only earn a minimal amount from home. Failure to do this can result in a hefty fine. As soon as you start to make money from home, in any capacity you need to register as self-employed and start keeping track of your income ready to file a tax return at the end of the year. Read for advice.

Pyramid Schemes

Pyramid schemes have been around for a long time. Certainly, before the growth of the internet to make money. The basis of a pyramid scheme is that you start on the bottom by making a payment. Then, as you recruit new members, you climb up the pyramid until you reach the top, where there is a payout. These schemes can be dangerous, and people can lose a lot of money. But, not every online business is a pyramid scheme, read to understand the difference before getting involved in something that seems too good to be true.

Lack of Discipline

Lack of discipline working from home

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You’ve found a great money-making scheme or idea, you’ve registered as self-employed, and you are ready to go. But, there’s something else that often hinders people. Their own lack of discipline. Working from home is easy for some, and others struggle. They find it hard to work without guidance or structure, they get distracted easily, and they find excuses not to work. If you need to earn money, this can be a problem. Try writing to do lists, setting yourself goals and working to a routine so that it feels more like “work time” and “home time.” Another common problem is the opposite. Home workers can find it hard to maintain a work-life balance and find themselves working much more than they should. A routine can help with this too.


Working from home isn’t all positive. Many home workers miss being surrounded by other people. They find being at home all day isolating. Especially if their partner works long hours and their children are at school. Consider a co-working space, going to groups and getting out of the house as much as possible to help with any feelings of isolation.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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