When it comes to working from home, there are many individuals who have an incorrect image. Yes, working from home can mean working from home in your sweat pants, but there is much more to staying in your home than comfort. Before you quickly decide to ask your current employer about telecommuting or resign from your job so that you can make money on your own, you will want to continue reading this.
What to Consider
One of the hardest parts about leaving a traditional job is finding an opportunity that will pay enough to support your financial obligations. Unfortunately, this is where many individuals do not follow proper investigation and research. There are many companies claiming that you can sell their product and gain income and bonuses in a short time. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Not everything that is advertised is legitimate.
Once you have decided on a legitimate job, you need to calculate costs to set up a home office. You will need a computer, high speed internet connection, a business phone, your own health insurance, a printer, and a copy machine.
The home environment plays a big part in whether you can successfully work from home. Will you have a quiet room where there are few interruptions? Will you be able to follow a schedule with deadlines? Can you manage time and priorities on your own? It will be your own responsibility to stay focused and remain on task. If you are easily distracted, then this idea might not be for you.
So now for the information you have been waiting for. What is some work from home job opportunities?
Writing: Write content for websites, write your own blog, write professional articles for magazines and newspapers, or be an editor and proofreader. Example:
"EnVeritas Group is a content marketing agency in Greenville, SC focusing on rapidly producing great quality content. We're always looking for freelance writers and editors for project-specific work."
Computer Technology: If you are a programmer, you can work from home. You can also freelance easily by doing small jobs for different companies. Many corporations need help desk technicians to manage customer questions by phone. Graphic design is an area of technology that has many freelance possibilities. Here is one job available from Apple right now:
“As an Apple At Home Advisor, you’ll be supporting many of our popular products, from iPhones to iPads to MacBooks to desktop Macs. As our customers’ first point of contact, you’ll be the friendly voice of Apple, providing world class customer service, troubleshooting, and technical support.”
Administrative: There are virtual assistant jobs where you type, enter data, handle phone calls, make travel arrangements and handle bookkeeping. Example:
"Fast growing mortgage recruiting company Mortgage Dog (http://www.mortgage.dog) is seeking a Virtual Recruiter. This position will be based in a home office/virtual office so as to serve our client hiring needs in the entire part of the United States."
Education: You can tutor by Skype, assistant in college recruiting, and teach online classes. This is especially great if you are bilingual. Example:
"Chegg Tutors is one of the largest online tutoring platforms, with thousands of tutors and students working together daily. This is a new kind of tutoring company and the perfect part-time contract for busy professionals and college students! As an independent contractor, you can make a few extra bucks from the comfort of your own home. Whenever you are free, just turn on your settings, and you can instantly launch into an online tutoring session."
Customer Service: Working for as an agent at home you would take inbound calls and answer questions about products, customer accounts, and prices before, during and after sale of items and services. You would also process purchases, registrations and returns. Example:
"The Universal Agent works within a telephone call center answering incoming calls to identify the callers' needs and sell the Norwegian products that match their vacation plans."
Online Resources and Job Boards
Where to Find These Jobs
Our website, Work at Night – workatnight.com
WAHM – wahm.com
Flex Jobs – flexjobs.com
Upwork – upwork.com
Virtual Vocations – virtualvocations.com
Accounting Department – Accountingdepartment.com
If you are sure you want to work from home, start looking into what is available and what matches your skill set. Read forums and find out about pay and if the company gives enough hours and pay. Stay away from survey sites. Look for a real long-term job opportunity.