The home based business industry has been really heating up these days because of the impact that inflation is having on the world.Millions of people are tired of settling for less & have decided to find alternative methods to bring in more cash to the house hold.The home based business industry can provide an excellent source of extra income & passive or residual income as well.Most home based businesses are geared around direct selling companies who market their products through independent distributors. The distributors make their money by selling products for the company through online websites.The websites do most of the telling, selling & explaining for the distributor leaving them to answer a few questions in order to make a sale. Some companies offer systems that are fully automated that allow the distributor to by pass the personal contact issue that some people struggle with.You can make a lot of money in a home based business but here are a few characteristics that you must possess in order to become successful:1. Self Discipline2. Good Communication Skills3. Mind Set4. Desire LevelSelf Discipline:You will have to work by your self in a home office without supervision. People that have a hard time working for other people tend to do very well in a home based business. On the flip side; those who do not work well on their own can have a challenge. You will be your own boss & will have to make sure that you are working your business on a regular basis. Many people come in here doing nothing with their time in order to produce income & then blame it on the industry. There was a movie called “Field of Dreams” with Kevin Costner that had this message throughout the movie: “If you build it, they will come”. The home based business is no different than a traditional brick & mortar business. If you don’t work your business then you will not become successful.Good Communication Skills:If you are a people person then you will do well in this type of business. If you are not then you can have a hard time unless you find a business with a fully automated system. Keep in mind that those who make an effort to establish personal contact move further ahead quicker than those who won’t.Mind Set:A home based business is a business no different than any other business. In order to become successful you will need to think & act like an entrepreneur. Some people became millionaires in this industry but they didn’t always think the way that they do today. They had to seek wisdom in personal development books & guidance from mentors. They had to surround themselves with like minded people in order to keep the momentum going in their businesses.Entrepreneurs focus on prosperity instead of lack. The masses focus on lack instead of prosperity by living mainly to survive. Well there is definitely a paradigm shift going on these days because millions of people are fed up with the constant hike in fuel prices & settling for less.If you still have a job then you work for an entrepreneur. The meaning of entrepreneur is a risk taking person.Desire Level:In order to succeed in this industry at a level of a 6 or 7 figure income you will need a light blue flame of burning desire. If you are only looking for a few extra hundred dollars per month then the home based industry may not be for you. If you are thinking that way then a part-time job may be better suited. In this industry it takes the same energy to make $500 or $5,000, the only difference is in the level of thinking.To make it big here you will have to take the road less travelled though out your learning curve & desire is the only thing that will pull you through. It doesn’t have to only be about money. If you have a burning desire to spend time with your family then this may be a very good opportunity for you.