When it comes to work from home jobs, there are a lot of scams out there. Most of the propositions are pyramid schemes, and, really, when you’re looking to work from home, who has time to host parties or badger strangers to join your makeup club? Truthfully, if you want to work from home, it is absolutely possible. But not for everyone. If you want to work from home, you have to be extremely qualified. Here are a few things you can do:
1. SEO/Social Media Marketing. If you’ve worked in the industry, you can pick up your own clients by writing proposals and putting together internet marketing packages. You should have some sort of portfolio or references to put together for your prospective clients, but that can easily be accomplished by creating your own website and showcasing your work there. Before you start counting your eggs before they hatch, understand that getting clients and managing their accounts is a huge responsibility. Landing clients can be difficult – especially when you’re trying to juggle family life from home. However, if you’ve got the will and the skill, you can make this route work.
2. Content Writing. You hear a lot of horror stories about how writers don’t make any money and all the jobs are going to India. That’s true. Unless you’re the exception, not the rule. If you’ve spent years in the journalism industry (be it publishing, editing, copywriting, etc.), you can find jobs with prominent websites through avenues like Demand Media Studios. But, don’t kid yourself: if you don’t have the resume, you’re not going to “get lucky” with the job. This option is extremely competitive.
3. Starting Your Own Business. Yeah. The sky’s the limit. So is the frustration.
And, that’s about it. Unfortunately, the world hasn’t caught up with the fact that people need income but also need to be at home. If you work from home and do something other than the above mentioned options (and, sorry, but no one wants to hear about selling Avon/Mary Kay/Amway, etc.), I’m sure my readers would love to hear about it. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org