There are plenty of reasons to work at home: spending more time with your kids, enjoying greater flexibility in your schedule or getting away from office politics. While there are legitimate work-at-home opportunities, wading through the scams is a job on its own. By identifying the skills you can use to generate an income by working from home, you'll have an easier time navigating the many job postings to find one that earns you a real, honest income.
Identify your talents. A lot of people think that working from home means you have to be a computer guru, but there are work-at-home jobs for everyone from crafters to writers to salespeople. Think carefully about what you want to spend each day doing. Working from home means that you must motivate yourself to work every day, so it's vital to find work that you find interesting and challenging.
Learn how to tell the scams from the real job opportunities. As of July 2009, a company that monitors work-at-home postings called Rat Race Rebellion reported that only one out of every 57 work-at-home jobs was legitimate. Protect yourself by doing research on a company to make sure that it's established, and never sign up for anything for which you have to pay to be hired. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Apply to positions with companies that have worked with telecommuters before. Yahoo! Finance has a list of the top 10 work-at-home careers. Generally, if a company works regularly with telecommuters they will have developed communication styles and payment strategies so you don't have to worry about dicey dealings.
Start your own business. If you don't see something that appeals to you, find a niche and fill it. Many crafters now post their wares with online stores, while entrepreneurs start online franchises or perform freelance work through online bidding websites. By generating multiple streams of income through performing a handful of different tasks, your work may be more interesting and you may find more stability as a result of diversification.
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