The Best Work From Home Opportunities

by on June 20, 2012

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.

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Ethan June 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

Very nicely written post. It is true that there are so many other opportunities to earn money right now. It is a great time to retire early from the corporate world if that is not your idea of fun. Thank you sharing so many options that are available. I really liked the one about creating a business from your hobby. Great point!

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Drew Yujs June 27, 2012 at 2:30 am

A great past time, hobby, earning opportunity as well as a great tool to socialize and make friends, few reasons we should consider Selling Crafts online and show the world our creative mind.

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chrisreed23 September 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I really love to read your blog as well as the examples that you’ve mention. Thank you so much for this helpful contents. I am looking forward to see more example contents like this.

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Donald Mills September 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

Found this to be informative. I am looking for new ways to make money from home, and this informative article has helped me. I will gladly fallow your future post. Thank you and keep up the good work.
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LaurasTa December 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I must to agree, find the suitable information for today is not easy. Very thankful for the information above. Cheers.

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Michael Ryan October 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

I like the list you composed here. We’ve already got a lot of growth in this sector, considering how a large part of the country’s workforce has been laid off and is unable to seek employment in private companies. May I suggest that you add other jobs here, like graphic designers and software developers. since the aforementioned growth has already granted the new work-at-home labor movement with tools they can use to get their jobs done.
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Lee November 19, 2012 at 7:53 am

Working from home as a tutor is a great opportunity for those with the skills. The combination of being home-based and knowing that you are helping children is a great combination.

Working from home as a virtual assistant is another great opportunity, both working for companies and starting your own business. Nice collection!
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Delaney Sanders January 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I am glad I stumbled upon your site…These are very different times that we’re living in…Women especially should use all resources available to earn extra money or replace a job they hate! I am a Realtor but also work as a consultant for 2 wonderful companies so all my eggs are not in one basket!
Thanks again for this site.
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Rada Francis January 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Great post. I get so tired of hearing that home opportunities are scams. I am a stay at home mom and I love working from home. Wish more people saw things this way, maybe they would be happier 🙂
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Mark July 31, 2013 at 12:32 am

I used to work online before just a part time but now it is my full time work. I work at home because I am more comfortable and more productive than working at any offices. I am more flexible. I could watch over my family and work at the same time. It’s not that easy as what they think. At first, Setting boundaries between friends, families and work is hard but now it’s easier. Thanks for posting this.
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Wayne Tanner June 4, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Great Information you have put together here! I do surveys. They can get repetitive but you can get great rewards and make a difference. Tip, do not pay your hard earned cash to join survey companies! I am a member of quite a few and didn’t pay 1 cent. I get paid by Paypal or redeem Amazon vouchers.
I am also building myself an email list or List building as it’s well known.
Offering a gift or value for somebody’s email address Is a very good way to start your online adventure.
Keep up the good posts!
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paktutor June 3, 2015 at 2:29 pm

You have talk about some new methods of online work at home. These are not easy to start. If you can post some videos to describe them very well then its too good for the newbies.

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Judith Boucher June 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Hello Chris,

Allow me to add “direct selling carreer” or Network Marketing. This profession is in high demand and can be very lucrative. You just have to chose something you like or passionate about and promote it via social sites.
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paktutor June 28, 2015 at 1:54 pm

I think blogging is the best way to earn money online, but no doubt this way require more hard work. You have to post some more article about this way in detail. That”s why newbies can easily understand this way and do their best in this field.

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