We’ve all received an email with urgent information about how we can make our living in a few hours a day by working from home. Although opportunities like this do exist, these unsolicited messages are often deemed as nothing more than spam sent by scammers trying to get your credit card information. So, how does one find legitimate Work From Home opportunities when the net is full of fakers and cheats? It’s relatively easy. You do your research. If you’re diligent about checking into opportunities you’ll find that you really can make money online or at home from anywhere.
I made the transition from full-time office employee to full-time freelancer and you can too. It takes some patience and determination to realign your lifestyle to fit your values but it is possible. Choose a career that can be done from the comfort of your own home office or take the plunge and ask your current employer if you can telecommute.
Examples of Work From Home Opportunities
Here are a few of the jobs you can do from home:
- Freelance Writer
- Freelance Editor
- Freelance Graphic Designer
- Party Planner
- Virtual Assistant
- Sales Representative
- Online Tutor
- Transcription and Translation Jobs
- Direct Selling
Finding Work That Pays
When it comes to finding work from home opportunities that actually pay, you must first consider the source. Does it list an hourly rate or state that you will be strictly working on commission? Does the position require special equipment? How often does it pay?
Once you’ve gotten those questions answers, it pays to investigate the company further. Read a few reviews of the business on the net. If possible, see what the Better Business Bureau has to say about the company. How high of rating does it have? Are there complaints about the business?
Knowing if an opportunity is legit or not can save you heartache in the long run. You should never have to pay to apply for the company or access its databases. For example, many posters on Craiglist advertise freelance writing jobs and ask you to click on a link. The website you are taken to requires credit card payment to access the information contained on it. Whatever you do, steer clear of these types of “opportunities”. You could go broke within a short amount of time by paying for monthly memberships to sites like these.
Places to Find Work From Home Opportunities
Here are a few of the places you can find legit work from home opportunities:
Not all that glitters is gold but there are a lot of legitimate sources of income to be found on the net. If you’re looking for an opportunity that gives you freedom over your schedule, more time to spend with your family members, and friends or a feeling of gratification that doesn’t require an extra grande coffee, a long commute, and a brand new outfit, working from home may be just what you are looking for in terms of part-time or full-time income.
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About the Author: Charissa Arsaoui is a freelance writer with a love for thrift. She contributes to many different personal finance blogs.