For working parents, those who live far from their workplace and those who really love their home, the possibility of making money from home seems like a dream. As more people go online to find the goods and services they need, more people are able to earn income from their unique products and skills. The variety of work-from-home jobs is enormous. Here’s just a sampling:
If you have a landline and a spare phone, you could work from home as a customer service representative. Many companies are outsourcing their customer service operations to third-party companies. Employees of these third parties such as Alpine Access use their home phones to answer inbound customer calls. Pay averages about $9 per hour plus incentives and bonuses. If you are persistent and not easily discouraged, you could work at home as a telemarketer in the same manner. Some of these companies consider their employees independent contractors who are ineligible for benefits, so consider your entire compensation package before leaving your 9-5 job to work at home.
If you have a college degree and a degree of patience, consider tutoring. Today’s students are the first generation to grow up with the internet, so online learning is a natural fit for them. Tutor.com is a great source. After the application and qualification process, tutors earn $10-$14 an hour.
If you tend to tell every coworker and relative about your thriving tropical plant collection or your secret to the perfect crème brulée, consider writing online guides for sites like About.com or HowStuffWorks. Find more information at beaguide.about.com and get paid for the information that you keep giving all your friends for free!
If you’re looking for a little extra spending money each month and only for just a few hours of work, consider taking online surveys on a regular basis. Many sites will help you create a profile, find surveys that match you and then reward you for completing them. With the growth in the number of online survey sites comes the growth in the number of scams out there. Keep yourself safe from them by avoiding any site which requires advance fees or other charges.
The power of your creativity enabled by the internet can help you turn almost any hobby into a small-scale business. If you craft jewelry, knit socks or make any other unique product by hand, Etsy can help you sell it. The site functions as a massive craft shop featuring thousands of artists and their works, as well as a community with blogs, forums and other ways to connect. If your creativity shines as words on a page, you could turn your writing skills into a profit too. Editfast.com and CyberEdit.com hire writers, editors, and proofreaders.
If your talent lies in organizing and planning, you could be a personal/virtual assistant from home. As a virtual assistant you would handle travel arrangements, correspondence and event planning for a small-business owner or a midlevel executive. The International Virtual Assistants Association website provides a wealth of information and continuing support for virtual assistants.
The individual’s ability to market a product or service at little or no cost through social networking and sites like Craigslist has made entrepreneurship a part-time job or a hobby instead of a demanding and risky full-time commitment. You can now share any knowledge or talent you have with a wider audience and earn money in the process.