We all have heard about work at home as an emerging trend that anyone can make a reality. But most people may not realize that not every job can be done from home – in fact not everyone has what it takes to be a work at home employee, freelance worker or entrepreneur. There are real opportunities for people who know what to do and have all the resources required to work from home. Unfortunately, there are also so many work at home job scams out there that it is difficult to tell the difference between legitimate opportunities and scams. If you have interest in working at home, especially as an independent contractor, here are a number of job categories that you may be interested in.
Are you trained for a specific career, or you have a passion in working with people? The most popular kinds of jobs on the work at home market now is service provision – and there all kinds of services you can provide from your living room ranging from call center and customer service, being a virtual assistant, web design, data entry and many others. The good thing with these jobs is that they are easy to find and although they pay much less than most other job types, the requirements are often minimal and the tasks less demanding.
There are different forms of internet marketing jobs. The most popular are Search Engine Optimization and promoting products and websites through backlinking. For these jobs though, you may need to take a few online crash courses or read widely how to do them. The good thing about online marketing is that once you find clients and you deliver, there is constant flow of jobs and payment may depend on how hard you work. You can find clients on popular freelance job sites and regular job sites such as Craigslist, Monster and Careers.
What is your career? If you studied to be a business manager, you could look for a managerial position that you can do online. If you are a mechanical engineer, architect, pharmacist or teacher, you can add years of experience to your resume by getting a work at home full-time job. There are jobs for almost every profession out there – that is as long as your job does not require you to be onsite in person. If it does, you can still do it over the internet as a consultant.
Start your own business
Online businesses are much easier and faster to start than brick and mortar businesses. This is because they are cheaper to start and you can find talent at a very affordable rate online. Better still, you can do what you love – even a hobby – and make a lot of money. If you love scrapbooking, writing about animals or sharing your life experiences, that could be a good business. It is even possible for you to start a work at home business that does not necessarily rely on the internet such as food delivery, making toys, painting or property management.