Nothing gets a morning sickness-riddled tummy churning like a hot bus crowded with people–particularly the guy who’s breathing in your direction with garlic on his breath. As you fight back the urge to vomit, you can’t help but wonder what the heck he ate for breakfast.

The thought of enduring nine months of beastly bus rides is enough to dampen even the most soaring of spirits. But, you need the income and have no choice. Or do you? What if you could stay home and make money doing it?

pregnant-at-homeYes, you could kiss that cursed commute goodbye and launch your very own home-based business.

Find Your Fit

The first thing you will need to do is determine what type of home-based business fits your skill sets, your interests, and the amount of time that you wish to work each day. Do you want to continue in your current field or are you hoping to try something new? Once you have determined what skills, interests, or passions you’d like to use in your at-home career, you are ready to move on to the next step–finding an at-home business that will allow you to do exactly that.

Thankfully, there seems to be a home-based business idea to match practically every skill set or interest one could possibly imagine. Just a few of these potential paths include bookkeeping, daycare, medical billing, tech support, writing, direct sales, esthetics, teaching music, graphic or web design, data entry, or serving as a virtual assistant. You could even choose to start your own online business.

Set Your Schedule

The nice thing about working for yourself is that you have greater control over when you work, how long you work, and how much you work. Is morning sickness still causing you to spend most of your mornings praying to the gods of porcelain? No worries. You can conduct your business later in the day. As an added bonus, after your child is born, you can work around nap times and feedings, enabling you to better balance motherhood and your career.

Added Savings

If switching to a home-based business requires you to take a salary-cut, there are savings that you must bear in mind. Working from the comfort of your humble abode means you will no longer have to spend money on dressy clothing, commuting to and fro, and buying lunches out. Plus, you will likely also be eligible for tax deductions related to your home-based enterprise. And, as “Work At Home Opportunities When You’re Pregnant or a New Mom” offers, all you will require for most home businesses is a “halfway-decent computer, a smartphone, and a business-specific voicemail account.”

A Viable Solution

If you are a single mom who can’t afford daycare or you are struggling with your ability to financially provide for your child, working from home may prove a viable solution. As “Should I Keep My Baby?,” warns, financial difficulties are frequently temporary and if you are thinking of putting your baby up for adoption simply because of money issues right now, adoption may not be right for you. A work-at-home career may solve both your childcare and financial needs.

Watch Out for Scams

When looking for an at-home or telecommuting job, keep an eye out for scams. According to Forbes‘ “Become a Work-At-Home Mom,” avoid listings that promise easy money for easy work, don’t have the hiring company’s name identified, use public email domains such as hotmail, gmail, or anonymous Craig’s List accounts, or overuse exclamation marks or dollar signs. Don’t fall for any ad that promises you wads of cash or asks you to fork over money in exchange for a starter kit or marketing materials. And, if they don’t pay you on time, cut your losses and discontinue providing services for them.

200319596-001Yes, you can put an end to commutes from hell and remain in the comfort of your own home–while making money. By starting your own home-based business, you can take back control of your life and make Mr. Chronic Halitosis someone else’s problem.

Having difficulties deciding what at-home business best suits your personality type? Check out “How to Find the Best Opportunity for Your Personality” and begin a journey of self-exploration.

Kimberley Laws is a freelance writer, avid blogger and Certified Career Counselor who loves being her own boss as she is very easy to work for. You can follow her at The Embiggens Project.

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The healthcare industry is one of the few these days that continues to provide job opportunities to qualified individuals, and that number only looks to increase in the coming years as the massive baby boomer population grows older and the number of doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals shrinks (as it is slated to over the next several years).

Add to that the growth of people looking for alternatives to daily commutes and traditional jobs and what you have is a growing menu of positions in which healthcare professionals may work from the comfort of their own homes. So if you harbor the twin goals of working in a healthcare profession and running a home based business, here are just a few occupations that may fit the bill.

1. Medical Billing and Coding

This type of work-at-home position is already fairly common, and you can even take online courses to learn how to do it. The more difficult proposition is finding medical offices in your area willing to send you files, so you might have to spend some amount of time working in an office setting before you can begin operating from home. But it won’t be long before you’re submitting medical claims to insurance companies on behalf of your employers and following up for payment while sipping your coffee in your living room.

2. Medical Transcription

As you might have guessed, this job requires you to transcribe medical notes from an audible medium (tapes, digital files, etc.) to a textual format. It might sound simple, but you will have to get some credentials under your belt in order to secure work, mainly because you need to understand medical jargon, including abbreviations and the like, before you can be successful in such a position. And like billing and coding, you may be required to do some in-office work before you can move to the home sphere.

3. Virtual Assistance

This isn’t technically a healthcare profession, but you could specialize in catering to clients in healthcare fields. For the most part, you’ll act as an answering service, screening calls, emails, and correspondence for your clients. But you may also be asked to do any number of clerical tasks such as data entry, scheduling, and so on. Luckily, you can do it all remotely.

4. Acupuncture

Since this health service is not technically considered medical in nature, there’s no reason you can’t operate your business out of a portion of your home (although you should certainly contact the Chamber of Commerce or Zoning Commission to make sure that you are allowed to do this in your area and that you have the proper permits in hand).

As more and more westerners seek out alternatives to a system that relies heavily on medication, holistic healers have enjoyed a surge in popularity. So if you’ve studied acupuncture and you hold the appropriate credentials (as required by your state of residence and/or practice), there’s no reason you can’t set up a home-based clinic and start adjusting Chi.

5. In-Home Nursing

Technically, this may not be considered a home based business since you’ll be working in someone else’s home, but it’s a po-tay-to, po-tah-to kind of situation. Online insurance providers like medicalinsurance.net may not be as popular as Blue Cross, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still insurance companies. In any case, home care in the field of nursing has become quite popular, both with patients and practitioners. So if you’re looking for an occupation that lets you be at home all day (even if it is someone else’s home) this could be a good option.

Similarities are bountiful between the internet and the universe; in the way they happen to exist and present themselves. Infinitely vast and glittering with potentially unlimited resources, they are both immensely powerful entities. There is, however, one aspect that uniquely separates the web from the cosmos; accessibility!

While the universe is justly prodigious and abundant, it’s not exactly at our personal disposal, at least not yet anyway. The internet, on the other hand, is power literally at the end of our fingertips! If utilized at maximum aptitudes, the internet may earn you fortunes! This is not exactly an exaggeration; just take a look at Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, the youngest billionaire in the world.

Most of us aren’t really looking to be billionaires, but hey, who says we normal chaps can’t make the Internet an alternative source of income, right?

Take a peek at these 5 awesome online trades that can earn you some serious cash!

1. Selling Stuff Online

sell stuff

This is the basics of online money-making professions. Sounds simple enough, but the returns can be huge if you do it right! Selling online takes many shapes and forms; methods also vary significantly.

There are many ways to enter the online selling business. You can sell personal items, such as old hardware you have no use for anymore, gadgets you’ve grown out of love for, your old car or even your house! Websites such as eBay let you post your ad online for the whole world to see, at the cost of… nothing (well, almost)! Isn’t that just great?!

Selling online goes way beyond personal stuff; its reach goes as far as real estate deals, automotive sales, technical services and so much more.

2. Blogging – Earn Through Advertisements

You’ve probably heard of the latest news; that bloggers are soon to rule the entire solar system. No? Well… I guess not everyone is like me, born with apocalyptic dreams of world domination (evil laugh)! But, blogging is still awesome nonetheless! What is blogging anyway? Derived from the word weblog, there really is no exact definition of what blogging means.

In a nutshell, it’s like an online journal where you can write personal, opinionated statements, commentaries and the likes, and your audience is the whole world. So how does one make money from personal opinions? Advertising is the answer! Many bloggers have a large fan base, and this attracts advertisers. A blogger can get paid for the advertisements posted on his page, per click or per view. And as always, advertising usually involves a considerable amount of cash.

3. Freelancing

If you’re good at something, never do it for free. Yes, I stole that quote from The Joker (The Dark Knight movie). There are countless money making opportunities out there for those who have some skill with the computer. Content writers, editors, and bloggers always have a high demand rate. So, if you’ve got some skill with a QWERTY keyboard, paired with not-so-shabby vocabulary, you’re in for a treat,

Programmers, photo and video editors, webpage designers are also in demand nowadays. So if you have skills for this sort of job, chances are you’ll never have to do anything for free again!

Tutor4. Tutoring

The English language, being our native dialect, is taken for granted by most who can speak it fluently. There are those, however, who are not very familiar with the speech, but are very interested in learning!

There are countless Japanese, Korean and Chinese nationals with an interest in learning the English language. If tutoring or teaching is your calling, then this is a good place to start. As long as you have an internet connection, a webcam and a headset, getting a job in this field will be a piece of cake. It is pretty fun, and though extremely challenging, has good returns (money-wise).

Tutoring is not limited to just that, though; you can also be of assistance to kids who are looking for help in their studies. Math, science and history are only some of the subjects I needed help in when I was in school, and I refuse to believe any of those have gotten any easier nowadays! Thankfully, there were tutors who were willing to help me out then, though online connectivity wasn’t really in the groove yet. So, if teaching or tutoring is one of your passions, why not enjoy the technological advantages that the internet provides and make some money along the way, right?

5. Affiliate Marketing

This is one of the more complicated ways to earn money online. Affiliate marketing works between two entities: a website owner and a merchant. A website owner (you) basically allots slots for advertisements on their site for the merchant’s product or service. Remember we discussed selling advertising on your blog? Same idea here. This grants the merchant a greater market reach. In exchange for helping sell the products, the merchant shares profits with the host. You get paid a commission for each sale. Kind of a win-win for both.

So there you have it, 5 great ways to make money on the internet! In my personal belief, the internet that we know of and utilize today is only the tip of the iceberg. The internet is a resource so powerful yet untapped! There is so much more that the future holds in store for the web and its constituents. It’s always best to stay informed and be updated on online advancements, because you never know, you might just make your first million off it!

About the Author

+Tony Evans is a freelance web designer, an alumna of Upskilled Australia and a mother of a beautiful daughter, Athena. She has a passion in Aerobics and cooking healthy recipes.

There are many reasons that someone would want to work from home. However, there are not very many opportunities to do this for most people. For every legitimate job there are at least 50 scams which make it hard to know if an opening is a real opportunity or if it’s something you want to steer clear of entirely.

Here are some great jobs that really do exist, just to get you thinking.

1. Customer Service Representative

This is a great job because it allows you as an employee to be in your own home and only work as calls come in. All you usually need to complete this job is a computer with an internet connection and a phone. Sometimes training in an office is required.

If you can, look into getting Vonage or Skype as your main means of making and answering calls. Rates are low, and the call quality from my experience is excellent. I would recommend getting a nice headset with a built-in microphone if your budget allows.

2. Writer/Editor

Marketing companies are not the only ones who write material for companies. There is no reason that a writer needs to be in an office when all communications can take place through emails or phone calls. The reverse also works in that articles can be emailed to you to edit and read over for any sort of problems.

There are many freelance sites where you can pick up clients to write for. You could also get connected with local companies and clients who want to use your writing expertise but allow you to work from your home. Either scenario is a win for you.

3. Medical Transcriptionist

Generally, certification is required for this job, but there are plenty of at-home programs that can be done to earn it. Just make sure that if you go the at-home program route, that your credits earned will count and be recognized by institutions that are looking for medical transcriptionists.

While this job is not easy, it is a job that makes money. There is plenty of work available, but be sure to get on with a school and employer who recognizes the right accreditation. There are many scams in this area, so do your research first before you get training and start applying for jobs.

4. Tech Support

With the technology that is available, using certain programs allow you to view the desktop and files of a computer of someone who is not in the same location as you. This is helpful for tech support to be able to know what is going on while being able to fix it. The person working tech support can take full control of a person’s computer to solve the problem.

While the above is the best option if you’re looking to get into this type of work, you can also provide tech support over the phone as well. Or, if you prefer, you could provide this service to your local community where you actually go on site to help with computer troubleshooting and other issues.

5. Web Developer

Building websites and providing web developer services is a common route these days for those accustomed to this type of work. There are plenty of people who are in need of these types of services, and since website development and creation is done at a computer, this job can easily be done from home.

You can find clients all over the internet, but start with tech and web forums as these will be your best bet. Freelance sites are also full of people looking to hire those who are knowledgeable in this type of work.

6. Translator

Obviously this job has a pre-requisite of being fluent in another language. If you know how to not only speak another language, but also write and read it, this job could be a dream come true.

There are many jobs that require translators. Some may require that you provide your services on-site, like your local hospitals, but some jobs are available to do at home. One at-home option is to provide transcriptionist services for those who need an article written in one language re-written into another language.

7. Tutor

Online schools are a popular form of education. Not only do students need to take their lessons online, but they also need tutors. Knowing the subject in which you wish to tutor is a great qualification for this job. A bachelors or associates degree will be required for the subject in which you want to teach. Less formal education may be allowed depending on the subject matter.

My fiance is currently acting as a tutor for online French students at a nearby high school. I can tell you that while it’s convenient to work at home tutoring students, it can be a bit challenging as it’s hard to teach without any face-to-face interaction. More than likely you will have to at some point meet with students in person to give them the direction they need to help them advance through the course.

8. Concierge

With the internet you can do this job from anywhere. This job is perfect for those who have a lot of knowledge about local attractions, restaurants, etc. Other than a computer and internet connection, it would be helpful to have a telephone as well. Again, look into getting Vonage or Skype. Or if you prefer, a cellphone would suffice. There is no college education required, just a knowledge of how to make reservations and answer questions.

Concierge services can be provided in just about any field. Any of you a fan of the show Royal Pains that airs on the USA network? Hank was an extremely talented doctor with a lot of potential, until one day hospital politics decided he was no longer fit to serve there any longer. Hank found his new calling by offering concierge medicine to the wealthy.

Any Home Alone fans? I’m sure you remember the idiotic staff of the hotel concierge service in Home Alone 2.

You get the idea, right? Obviously not every field will allow you to work from home. But either way, you’ll get to be your own boss!

9. Virtual Assistant

This is a pretty ambiguous job just because so many different responsibilities can fall under “assistant.” Basically, you will do whatever your boss wants you to do, but in a realm that takes place over the internet. This requires a lot of know-how when it comes to using the internet to get jobs done, and using programs like Word and Excel, just to name a few.

There are many internet marketers and online business owners who employ virtual assistants to handle their affiliate programs and customer inquiries. Virtual Assistants I have dealt with in the past were responsible for website management, including adding files, databases, images, text, etc. They also moderated forums, answering questions from other members, providing helpful advice, and keeping the peace among members.

A lot of knowledge and experience will go a long way in this area.

10. Blogger

Even though many believe that blogs are dying, they are still a very big virtual community. Finding the right thing to write about on your blog is the biggest obstacle. Once your blog gains popularity, sponsors are anxious to advertise on your blog and possibly send products to be tested and reviewed.

Granted, this is if everything goes right. The first point as mentioned above is to find a topic, or niche, that you want to blog about. This is crucial to your success as a blogger. The next step is providing high quality and valuable content that people are looking for. Obviously, it helps to be knowledgeable about the niche you’re going to be blogging about.

The next step is getting traffic. Targeted traffic. Marketing on the internet has changed within the past couple of years. A lot. It’s important to stay up to date with all the new trends, including social media.

Resources

I realize there a lot of options out there, and there are many different places you can go to find jobs, depending on what area you want to get into.

A lot of “jobs” and work you may find by being a freelancer. Freelancing isn’t hard… you just have to know where to get work. Check out a previous post on where to find freelance jobs. Don’t let the title fool you. You can find more than just writing jobs at those sites, but some are specifically for writing only.

Some other freelance sites to consider are sites like Fiverr and TenBux. If those don’t meet your needs, there are similar sites to those. In fact, there are A LOT of similar sites. Check out these posts:

Phone Service

For reliable and affordable phone service, check out Vonage and Skype.

Blogging

For bloggers, or wanna-be bloggers, I recommend getting some sort of coaching or training that can teach you exactly what you need to know about choosing a niche, building traffic and authority, and monetizing your blog. Alan has a couple of posts on the topic I recommend you checking out:

  • For information on coaching and training on building a successful blog, click here.
  • For information on choosing a profitable niche, click here.

Job Forums

Forums can be a great places to find work, depending on what area of expertise you’re in. Whether you’re a writer, web designer, blogger or virtual assistant, there’s a forum for just about every topic you can think of.

Here are a few forums I recommend looking into if you’re looking to find freelance type jobs:

  • http://www.warriorforum.com/warriors-hire/
  • http://www.talkfreelance.com/forumdisplay.php?s=33b8b53a9c57a725468306e489e6b6bc&f=82
  • http://www.thefreelanceforum.com/forumdisplay.php?s=af3aca2514578ea99cef69bc85c3f25f&f=138
  • http://jobs.freelanceswitch.com/jobs
  • http://forums.digitalpoint.com/forumdisplay.php?f=60

Job Sites

If forums aren’t your thing, here are some straight-up freelance sites to help you start getting work from home jobs:

About the Author

Kevin Schweizer is the Online Marketing Manager for Phone.com, an internet-based company specializing in home and business phone systems, virtual office, and virtual number services. When Kevin isn’t writing, he can be found researching medieval castles.

“Work from home, earn thousands a week, and never change out of your pajamas – it sounds too good to be true, and that’s because it probably isn’t.”

This type of job advertisement is one of the most common of the scams online. With the current situation in the job market, it’s likely an even more popular and successful scheme. That doesn’t mean that every work-from-home offer isn’t legitimate, but it does mean that you should be wary! Many opportunities sound very enticing, but with a little further investigation you can ferret out the fakes.

Here are 10 of the most convincing home-based online business offers to help you narrow down the field:

1. Assembly Jobs

The offer is simple: you assemble a toy, doll, or other craft using their kits. The company even offers to buy the completed item and sell it for you. So where’s the downside? You have to “meet their specifications” in terms of assembly, and not surprisingly, no matter how well you do, you won’t. In the end, you’ve spent money on the starter kit – and are simply stuck with a bunch of completed crafts.

I remember seeing such offers like this in my local newspaper since I was a little kid. It was known way back then that this type of advertisement was a complete fake, but for some reason you always saw it in the paper.

2. Medical Billing

With a small one-time investment of $400 to $1,000 for software, you can start a medical billing service from your own home. They even throw in a list of potential clients near you. Sounds great, right? Unfortunately, most medical clients process their own bills, and when they do decide to outsource, they hire companies – not individuals. And if you ever do get a hold of that “client list,” you’ll find that the information is outdated or incorrect.

The best thing to do if you want to get into medical billing is to go to school or get some formal training. From there, get hired by a company where you’ll be coding full-time. After a while, it may be possible that you can start working out of your home and telecommuting.

3. Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) Offers

There are some MLM opportunities that are legitimate, such as Amway and SFI, but most are simply pyramid schemes that focus more on climbing the ladder than selling the product or service. These offers are even more dangerous than your average scam, because besides being out the money you spent to start up, if the Federal Trade Commission finds that the business is more focused on recruiting than selling, it can be considered fraud. If you participate, you could be charged!

Do your research and focus on companies that offer a tangible product or service. While there is nothing wrong with recruiting new members on your own (which can be profitable), there should also be viable products to sell as well.

4. Envelope Stuffer

This scam is so effective that it’s been around since the Great Depression, and it’s also illegal. The promise is simple: you can stuff up to 1,000 envelopes per week – postage and address already included – at $1 to $2 a pop. How does it work? You’ll be instructed to post a flyer around town advertising a work-at-home opportunity. When someone sees the flyer, they send you $1 to $2 and a pre-addressed, pre-paid envelope – and you send back another flyer with information on how they can do the same thing.

Again, I’ve seen this around as well since a little kid. Don’t waste your time!

5. Typist

If you run across these ads on job websites, it’s likely you can type, so you already know you qualify. But unfortunately, it works similarly to the envelope stuffing scheme. You simply receive instruction on how to type up an ad (yep, that’s how your typing skills are involved!) and that suckers someone else into the same scheme.

6. Call 1-900…

The ad promises that if you call this number, you’ll get more details about great, guaranteed work-from-home opportunities. The problem? That’s not a toll-free number. Instead you’ll simply rack up a phone bill as the scammer rakes in the cash.

7. Google Money Tree

This is just one of several scams that promises to turn your computer into a money-making machine, but because they include the word “Google,” it’s particularly effective at luring people in. Like many other scams, they start by asking for a few dollars for a start-up kit – and then they charge you for a much more expensive “membership” – $50 to $70 – without your permission.

You can cancel the membership, but most people are unaware of any recurring costs, so you’re already out the $50 or more before you can call. You’re actually just paying for information you can get for free on the Google Adwords platform and how to use it to make money, or quite possibly, lose even more money.

8. Email Processing

The envelope stuffing scam has grown up and entered the digital realm with this scam. Again, you’re offered a kit to get started, but this job simply doesn’t exist anywhere. Instead, you are given instruction on how to scam others.

9. Secret Shopper

We’ve all heard about this dream job opportunity: just visit stores and get paid. All you need to do is share information on your experience afterwards. But here’s the deal: while these opportunities do actually exist, they are most often scams. They will either ask you to pay for a “start-up kit” upfront or offer you the opportunity to pay for a list of companies that need shoppers – but the information won’t be legit. Some scammers have even taken to offering a money-back guarantee to try to assuage any doubts you (correctly) have, but if you try to actually get a refund, you’ll have no luck.

Do due diligence and proper research first before getting involved in any secret shopper program.

10. Link Poster

All you need to do is post links, and you’ll make a ton of cash! This has been circulating as an email, often falsely associating the deal with Google or Yahoo. Like “Google Money Tree,” you’ll be asked to pay a nominal fee to start-up, but in the fine print of those terms and conditions, you’re actually agreeing to a much higher price for a membership. And good luck trying to get any of your money back since the numbers on the website won’t work.

Same deal again… posting ads via Google Adwords, where you have the potential to make money, or lose a lot of money.

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The poor state of the economy has been felt across almost all industries in the U.S. and worldwide. And educators are not immune. The American educational system has been under fire for years, as we continue to lag behind other developed countries in key areas of performance, while fewer and fewer resources are handed down to schools from the government on the federal, state and local levels.

Due to these issues, many school districts are forced to get by with larger classes and fewer teachers, which means many educators now find themselves without a job. If you’ve been burned by such a situation, you might be looking for a change. But instead of switching industries, consider changing the way you work.

There are a great deal of educational opportunities online these days, both for students and teachers, and many professionals are thinking about working from home as a viable alternative to heading back to school.

Here are 5 of the best work from home jobs in education.

1. Online Tutoring

First of all, consider becoming an online tutor. Instead of leaving the house for a private tutoring session, you can take on many more students by tutoring from home. There are several applications that allow you to design and share lesson plans, which you can tailor as need be for the particular student. You’ll be able to work with a wide range of kids in your subject of specialization, but also in any subject matter if you’re a strong teacher. Hop online and do a quick search, and you’ll find tons of opportunities for tutoring.

2. Standardized Test Tutoring

You could also work helping students prepare for particular standardized tests. High school students spend a ton of money on classes and resources to help them pass their AP, SAT, ACT or GED exams, and you can make a good living helping them succeed. If you have one or more graduate degrees, you can assist college students with their GRE, LSAT or GMAT preparation. The best part is that all of these tests are given year round, so you’ll never be short on work.

3. Online University Teaching

Another great opportunity can be found working for one of the several accredited online universities. These schools are a great alternative to traditional college for many students, offering a similar level of education at a vastly reduced price. You’ll teach classes broken into semesters, just as you would at a traditional university, but almost all of the work can be done from home.

4. Online Education Program Designing

If lesson planning and test creation are your favorite elements of teaching, you can actually do that full-time for a wide range of organizations. All of the online schools need programs developed, as do traditional schools, both universities and K-12 programs that are increasingly adding online resources to their offerings. You can work with a district or university designing their online programs, creating tests, planning out lessons or even whole degree programs. And the work you do now will be used for years to come.

5. Corporate Education Development

Finally, you could work in development for corporations. More and more companies are employing virtual staff, or have segments of their workforce that telecommute. And many of those extra employees are international, far from the corporate office. They all need training, which means textbooks, exams and exercises need to be created. If you’re an experienced teacher with a certificate iv training and assessment you can interview for this work, and probably make far more money than you used to as a traditional educator.

As we age, our ability to keep up with a fast-paced office environment fades. But that doesn’t mean every senior must give up work entirely and relax into retirement. In today’s day and age, many people enjoy more than one career, and work much later in life.

The ability to telecommute or work from home allows many seniors to keep active and prolong their careers. And that can make a big difference in quality of life. Not everyone wants to spend their days on the golf course. Some people really don’t feel right unless they’re using their minds and earning a living.

Luckily, there are many work at home opportunities seniors can use to continue earning well into their twilight years. Here are just a few of the best work at home opportunities for the elderly.

Tutoring Services

For seniors who have spent decades excelling at a career, the logical step may be teaching the next generation how to succeed. Although technology has changed how we do business, there are still many fields where a lifetime of experience certainly comes in handy. So, consider starting a part-time business tutoring younger adults, sharing your expertise to help others gain traction in their careers. The great thing about tutoring is that you really don’t have to travel. The majority of the work can be done over the phone or online, so if you have physical limitations, that won’t keep you from success as a tutor.

Gift Basket Services

There are other online-based businesses that can be a lot of fun to run, while also bringing home a good living. If you like design and have an entrepreneurial spirit, consider starting a gift basket business. Gifting is a huge industry, and office managers at companies everywhere regularly take advantage of online gift basket services for their gifting needs. Every birthday, anniversary or big success needs to be acknowledged, and a senior can use his preexisting contacts to become the go-to service for a couple of companies.

You basically set up an internet storefront and process all of the orders and billing. If you want to do the design yourself you can, but you can also connect with other brands that handle it for you. It’s a great way to build a small business from the comforts of home.

Party Planning Services

Another great online-based enterprise is party planning. If you’ve got solid organizational skills and a love of celebrations, become a party planner in your community. You’ll coordinate everything necessary to enjoy a special event, and much of it you can run with a telephone and internet connection. It’s a challenging business, but it’s also a great deal of fun.

Pet Sitting Services

If you’d rather not get involved with the internet, and want something a bit simpler you can handle from home, consider working as a pet sitter. With no requirement but a love of animals and a bit of patience, you can make a living looking out for the community’s pets. You’ll have the added benefit of great company from those little bundles of love, and consistent income as well. Even diligent pet owners need a sitter every now and again, so with a couple of recommendations you can get steady work in this industry.

Tailoring Services

Finally, if you enjoyed a career in the garment world but now want to work part-time, think about starting a tailoring or sewing service. Of course, if you’re on Medicare due to arthritis this may not work for you. But if your health and eyesight are good, you can advertise to handle both small and large jobs for a fee. You’ll do everything from mending blankets to altering dresses, and if you show some skill at it, you’ll always be able to find work.

Plenty of people would love to work in the video game industry. After all, what could be more fun than helping to create the very games that you spend all of your free time playing (much to the chagrin of your significant other)?

But you won’t find jobs in too many cities. Although there are small developers scattered here and there (like Volition, Inc. over in Champagne, Illinois, for example), the industry seems to gather in small collectives in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and inexplicably, Redmond, Washington. So unless you want to make a move in order to pursue your desire to create video games, you might be looking for some work-from-home opportunities within the industry.

Here are a few possibilities…

1. Virtual Assistance

It may not be sexy, but it’s a foot in the door. The only other real entry-level positions in the video game industry are in the testing arena, and you cannot do this from home (for proprietary reasons, at the very least). However, there are plenty of execs that could use a little help when it comes to clerical pursuits (even in this tech-savvy industry) and hiring from the virtual workforce helps the company to cut costs.

2. Writing

Like nearly every faction in the entertainment industry, video game companies always have need for talent in creative fields. You might not pay much attention to the dialogue and cut scenes when you’re playing a game, but a professional writer pens every line. And in most cases these people do contract work for gaming companies rather than hiring on to permanent, full-time positions. This means that as a writer for video games you can work from home as a freelancer.

3. Graphics

The call for graphics in the gaming industry is high (although traditional artists may also be needed for the purposes of storyboarding and concept art, just for example). Graphic artists create every visual detail of a game universe, from landscaping to characters to lighting and texture. They are also responsible for modeling and movement, as well as creating motion graphics (like cut scenes).

If you have a home studio and secure storage and transfer capabilities, you may be able to work from home (although if a company wants you for more than short contracts they may demand that you work on-site eventually).

4. Marketing

Whether you’re interacting with media outlets, collecting and analyzing data, designing ad campaigns, or actually creating online game trailers, many aspects of marketing are now done in the online arena anyway. So telecommuting is definitely an option when you work in marketing.

5. Engineering

Whether you specialize in MMO, FPS, or RTS games, or you’ve already got a big title like Need for Speed or Nemesis of the Roman Empire on your résumé, you may be able to submit code for games while working out of your home base. Qualified engineers are in high demand where game creation is concerned, and while most companies would probably prefer to have you on site, you may be able to arrange a work-from-home situation if your talents are in high demand.

Of course, this could require you to pay your dues as a coding grunt for a while (or create your own hit game to become known in the industry). But the result is a high-paying job in the gaming industry that allows you to work from your own home studio.

 

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I know what you’re thinking, and no, this does not have to do with dating. Unless of course you’re looking to date a work from home opportunity, then you’re in luck.

All kidding aside, I’m always on the lookout for new ways and opportunities to make money online. Well, sometimes they end up finding me instead. This one came in the form of an email that introduced me to LucrativeMinds.com. A little bashful I never heard of the site before, I had to inquire more and find out what it’s all about.

What is LucrativeMinds.com?

Probably one of the most notable features on the site is the work from home compatibility match. Yep, you read that right. Basically, you spend about 5 minutes to fill out a questionnaire, and at the end, their proprietary technology will match you with the make money opportunities that you have the best chance of succeeding with.

Sounds pretty cool, right?

Here’s more, straight from the site:

This Lucrative MindsSM patent pending technology is a unique aggregation of labor intensive manual research and the world’s most trusted web and business research data sources.

They offer management tools so you can mange the opportunities you’re matched with using their Lucrative ScoreSM. Combined with a Compatibility EngineSM, these opportunities are ranked so that you can pick and choose which ones you want to go with, assuring you a higher success rate, since they’re based on the information you entered into the questionnaire.

Their main goal, which is parallel to mine, is to help people avoid scams and common internet fraud. That’s been my primary goal since the first day I launched this site. There are numerous scams and thieves out there today, so whatever we can do as a whole to make people aware of them is a good thing.

What You Can Expect To Find

LucrativeMinds.com is also a huge work from home resource, not to mention they dub themselves the ‘Work From Home Research Professionals.’ Here’s just a little of what you’ll also find on the site:

  • List of Work From Home Opportunities
  • Blog
  • Forum (Must be a subscriber to gain access)
  • Resources Page
  • FAQs
  • LM Investigator Page (Goes more into detail about what the site is about and their stance on scams)
  • Articles and Education
  • And More

You’ll also want to read the Why Trust Us page, which fortifies a lot of what I’ve stated already. There’s also a short video clip with President and Co-Founder Greg Carter, who I had the pleasure of emailing back and forth about the site.

Advantages Over Other Sites

LucatriveMinds has many advantages over other work from home sites, most notably the innovative technology they use to match people to specific opportunities. But, there are some other distinct features that set them apart from the crowd.

From the words of Greg, they:

  • have APIs that go out and gather data, most on a daily basis.
  • let the community chime in and provide ratings.
  • provide an unbiased score to each one of their opportunities.
  • are 100% free.

The ratings system is what stands out to me. Members can rate every opportunity and resource they come across. By offering member ratings, this provides assurance among members that the opportunities are reliable and that members had a positive experience (assuming the rating is positive, of course).

I could go on and on, but honestly, just go to the site and see for yourself. There’s nothing to lose but 5 minutes of your time. You may just find the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, that is, if you haven’t found it here first. 😉

Disclaimer: This post was written in agreement that Greg will showcase my site on LucrativeMinds.com’s blog in exchange for my positive review of his site. With that said, I fully believe that LM is a credible and reliable resource for money making opportunities.

If the grind of the daily commute to your workplace and back is sapping you of all your energy; if you are finding it difficult to balance school with your current job; if you want more time for yourself and your family; if the thought of going back to work leaving your baby behind is traumatizing you – it’s time to say goodbye to the office and hello to your new home-based career!

Yes, the work from home concept has taken off in a big way, so much so that its growth has left many industry experts dumbfounded.

According to telecommuting statistics published by the consulting and research organization Telework Research Network, about 3 million people work out of their homes full time. And, with a little flexibility and openness from employees, this number has the potential to grow because 40% of U.S. employees hold jobs that can be easily performed from home.

If you’ve already started your work from home career, then kudos to you! But, if you are on the lookout for serious and legitimate work at home options, here are a few hand-picked professions you can consider.

1. Medical Transcription

If you thought that the job of a medical transcriptionist is to blindly transcribe doctor dictations into ready-to-use text, then you are wrong. And, you’ve obviously never heard a doctor give dictations. Not only does it involve understanding sometimes illegible and sometimes accented recordings, but you should also be able to interpret the very complex medical jargon so casually used by physicians. Given this context, it’s obvious that the job is no walk in the park. That’s why there’s plenty of medical transcription training sites all over the internet. A formal training program or prior clinical experience may be necessary for a medical transcription career.

2. Virtual Administrative Assistant

This is a fairly recent home-based career and involves providing administrative assistance to clients from a remote location, in most cases the assistant’s home. Virtual assistants are usually sought after by small or home-based businesses that don’t have the resources to hire a permanent employee. Those interested in virtual administrative assistant careers must be trained in performing the same office tasks that an in-house assistant typically would do.

3. Translation

The world has become a global village. As geographical boundaries begin to disappear in the sphere of business and culture, the need for linguistic experts who can translate important technical, legal, marketing, research and other types of documentation into different languages is increasing. Many such translators work out of their homes on a contract or project to project basis. Firms that offer translation services may also allow their employees to telecommute as long as the information being translated is not sensitive.

4. Medical Billing & Coding

The U.S. Department of Labor has projected a much faster than average growth for the medical billing and coding career. The job these specialists perform forms the basis on which healthcare practitioners are paid for their services. With the increase in the use of technology for charging health insurance companies, the demand for professionals trained in the latest medical billing and coding techniques is also increasing. This demand has made room for small, part-time, home-based medical billers and coders to co-exist with full-time professionals who work for big enterprises.

5. Freelance Writing

While freelance writing is by no means a new career, the evolution of technology has given it a fresh spin. In addition to writing for magazines, journals, newspapers, etc., writers now have newer and more exciting vistas to explore. From blogging and corporate copy writing, to web content and technical documentation – the choices are many for freelance content writers. The more time you spend working on different projects and adding different types of content writing skills to your repertoire, the more value your services are bound to fetch!

Sources:

  1. http://www.teleworkresearchnetwork.com/telecommuting-statistics