If you are contemplating setting up an online business from home, but are not sure if it is the right option for you here are some reasons that may help you to make up your mind. The internet has allowed many people to earn their living in a new and exciting way. While it is not as easy as some of the hyped up sales pages would suggest, there are real reasons why this way of working may be for you.If you are looking for security in the way you earn your income, setting up an online business is perhaps one of the best ways to ensure that your means of earning a living is secure forever. Why? Once you have learnt the skills needed to make money online, and like any other skills they are easily learnable, if you take the time and effort to do so – you will be able to turn your hand to earning money in a variety of different ways on the internet. It is a smart way of working rather than working hard at a single job over which you have no control. This single job may be taken away from you for a number of reasons like redundancy due to the current poor economy or the owner may decide to retire and close down.If you are a mother with young children at home then setting up an online business from home can be a solution to many problems like the costs of childcare, commuting expenses and office clothing costs too. With some careful consideration and organization you can work from home and take care of your children at the same time. During short breaks from your computer you can then attend to household chores such as hanging out the laundry, bringing it in, cleaning and care of your home, preparing evening meals for the family and be at home with school age children who may be ill for the day. Although these appear to be mundane issues, they can cause problems for working parents of young children. Working from home gives you the chance to take care of them and still be in a position to earn some income too.Setting up an online business allows you the freedom to choose a niche area in which to work, When choosing a niche market to serve with your online business you are able to make that choice yourself. This means that we are able to determine our own working conditions and environment, and do something that will make us happy. When you start a small business online you are in control of your very own destiny. This means that whatever you do will increase your income and not that of an employer. You can also decide when you want to work and when you will take time off to be with your family and attend important events without having to consult with an employer.As the internet has a global reach you will be able to compete on an equal footing with the “bigger boys” who in the offline world may have had more resources to reach customers further away than a smaller business who has a smaller budget with which to work. Setting up an online business allows you to expand your potential customer base and therefore gives you the freedom to think big.It is realistically possible to start a small business online with very little funds. When you are starting out all you really need is a domain name, hosting and an autoresponder service. You can begin setting up an online business for less than forty dollars. Of course you will short cut the learning curve if you are able to take a course on how to start an online business from home. Forty dollars would not allow you to start an offline, more traditional brick and mortar business.The biggest reason to consider setting up an online business is the potential to earn as much income as you want. When most people work in a normal corporate job their earnings are limited in the hours they can work each day. On the internet, you can set up an online business where you earn multiple streams of income and where you are not required to be there to make the money. Once you have set up a product and marketed it, that site, potentially, if done correctly, can earn income for you while you sleep or set up other sites.So, as you can see the internet enables you to work smart not hard. Don’t you think you owe it to yourself to consider setting up an online business to reap all these rewards?