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Real Options for Working at Home

The job market continues to be difficult to crack for the millions of Americans that find themselves out of work. The economy is improving, but not quick enough to realign the glut of people vying for job openings. Highly qualified people find themselves going up against tons of candidates for every possibility, and recent college grads are struggling to compete against much more experienced applicants.

So what sorts of options are available?

Many people have turned towards ways to make money at home, either as the beginnings of a new small business or a stopgap to pay the bills before something more consistent comes along. People have been making a living from the comforts of home for years, and advances in technology have made it even easier.

The internet offers tons of opportunities, and mobile meeting communication services and the proliferation of smartphones give people the chance to make money without the need for a traditional office. But just because the opportunities exist doesn’t mean you can forgo some careful planning in advance of the transition to working from home.

Not every opportunity is real and consistent, and you don’t want to waste time getting involved in a scam, or working too hard for too little return.

With that in mind, here is a look at a couple of real options for making money while working at home.

Customer Service Representative

Companies large and small have begun outsourcing a lot of the work traditionally handled in their office. It saves the organization money while offering work opportunities for people who may not be geographically close to the company’s business address. The larger the business, the more customer service issues that need attention.

Many American companies outsourced these jobs across the world, to massive phone centers in India. But there has been significant backlash as the economy struggled, and these same companies are now looking to move these jobs back onto US soil. You don’t need a ton of education or experience to work as a customer service representative. In many cases, an associate’s degree in communications will suffice.

Starting salaries are around $30,000, so while it may not be an option if you have a large family, it is a consistent source of revenue for people just out of school.

Teacher

There are tons of opportunities for those that want to teach but don’t want to be stuck in a classroom all day. The popularity of online degree programs has soared in recent years, as people go back to school with an eye towards bettering their career while hanging on to their current job. If you have a bachelor’s degree in education, you can take advantage of this niche and teach an online course. The benefits of traditional teaching may not all be there, but the pay is more than decent.

Travel Agent

If you love to travel, you can certainly find work as a travel agent. All you need is a bachelor’s degree in business, and you can start your own travel agency online. People are always booking trips, regardless of the poor economy, and there is plenty of room to plant your own flag in the leisure industry. Since more and more people book their travel online, not needing to carry the expenses of a traditional office can actually work in your favor.

Writer

With millions upon millions of websites and blogs needing content, anyone with a degree in English, communications or journalism can get work writing copy. If you have a real talent for writing, you can even make a good living on it. You get to choose how much or how little work you take on, so it can work within any schedule. And if you’ve studied or have experience in technical writing, you’ll earn a very nice wage. Check out Craigslist to hunt down your initial leads.

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35 Comments to “Real Options for Working at Home”

Freelance writing getting more popular since the introduction of Google Panda, and I think this field has really great opportunity. One can work on their writing style and can take full advantage of content writing.

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I am looking for a work at home job, but I don’t have a degree. Do you also have job opportunities for non-degree people? Most of the jobs online are scams and boy do they ever try to suck the money out of you. I want something that is legit and honest. Please E-Mail me at gcleimbock@ymail.com if you know of something.

Thanks,
Ginny-Lynn

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Carla Easley@Online EmploymentNo Gravatar
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@Ginny-Lynn Leimbock, You can find many online customer service jobs and freelance job opportunities without a degree. A great way to find a legitimate work at home job is by utilizing job search engines such as Career Builder or networking with others on work at home forums.

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Personally I work as a freelancer for years. It has its pros and cons but there is a balance. Aasma your view of the Panda upgrade is very interesting, I haven’t thought about that. Ginny-Lynn there are tons of jobs you can do. You know how to write so you could write simple articles for blogs. You could either start designing logos for companies or become an accountant over the internet.

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Those are some very viable and realistic work from home options for sure and a lot of people are increasingly getting into those areas of employment both for convenience or out of need of work. Also, it’s opening up accessibility for the disabled or those with special needs that make it difficult to commute daily.

-Jean

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I have actually tried being a writer, a CSR (customer service representative) and a teacher. But I think being a travel agent can be a sweet money-earning opoortunity and I can get some free miles if I get a good agency or link. So I will definitely try that. Thanks for the idea.

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Good post. I agree with Aasma about opportunities with Panda update. I’m not sure is there any channels to offer those kind of services already.

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Alan MaterNo Gravatar
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@Henri @ Liikelahjat,

Try http://www.fiverr.com and http://www.tenbux.com. Both have people offering writing services, and you can sign up and offer your own.

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Thank you for this information. My husband and I are preparing to start a family and I would love the ability to stay at home and still earn an income. Coupled with my new passion for writing, I am more motivated to go back to school to study journalism. I am dreading my cubicle and pray that my dream of writing at home for pay will come true.

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great info!!

even i need many article writers for my blog!
we can easily make lots of money from home!

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These are some good options for extra work. I would mind trying to write articles, but my blog keeps pretty busy.

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I like the idea of online teaching. If you are a creative person you can easily find new ways of teaching in an interactive way. I think the most popular learning subjects are foreign languages and anything connected with IT & internet.

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Good post writing one is a very good tip every blog needs some good content and I can definitely see how someone could make a few bucks writing for a few blogs if they have decent writing skills.

I would like to add affiliate marketing mixed with blogging this is how I make my income online you can add that to your list also.

P.S. Dropshipping is another good option if your interested in Ebay etc…

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I think Freelancing is a great option and is becoming more and more popular, especially in internet marketing roles.

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odesk.com is also a really good site for finding all sorts of online jobs. It has been provided me with a steady income for two years now.

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There are many SEO companies who are looking for a serious article writing, you can send them some information about yourself, how many articles you can write a week and in which areas you want to write about. A friend of mine did it and you have no idea how many good answers he received.

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I would agree with Aasma that with the implement ion of Google Panda many firms are now seeking to hire creative writing experts to write their content. I too work as a Free Lancer and found that the need for genuine content writers are boosted. Free Lancers now having more opportunities to work from home with ease

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Almost everyone of us loves to work at home but the only real problem is that very few of us manage to cope with this idea of working at home. thanks Alan for showing us some of the options which can definitely make us work at home with comfort ! One thing which i want to make sure is that working at home requires much more concentration and discipline! Thanks once again!

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I think writing is the best option because demand for native writers increasing. Not many people who can write a good copy. Writing jobs are available online on many freelance websites and are highly paid.

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Excellent tips. I knew this woman who used to work for a travel agency. When she retired she started doing travel agency work from her home and seems to be happy with it.

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Having a home based job is very suitable for full time mothers. Being an online writer just requires a good skill in consistency and substance. I have tried it before after giving birth to my second son.

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I knew this woman who used to work for a travel agency. When she retired she started doing travel agency work from her home and seems to be happy with it.

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I think writing is a good way of earning for freelancers. Also online promotional jobs, web designing jobs and web researching jobs are the great ways of earning.

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What great tips! I have a friend who works from home as an internet marketing professor for a junior college and SHE was approached about the job! I’ve thought about teaching and I love it that online teaching is an avenue to not just people who want to work from home, but teachers who were laid off as well. Thanks so much!

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I think there are a lot of opportunities to complement our earnings and work from home. If we are able to write articles there is a large market. Nevertheless, there is also enough room for web designers, programmers or even bloggers.

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I have seen a lot of people making good money by writing content and press releases online. So if you are good at writing error-free English this can be a perfect option to earn good money from home.

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If we are able to write articles there is a large market. Nevertheless, there is also enough room for web designers, programmers or even bloggers.

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Lots of good options here. Anyone can work from home as long as you have the drive and most importantly passion for what you do. Be prepared to put in the hours and perhaps not find success straight away but you will reap the rewards in the long run!

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While this is a good list of work at home opportunities, it amazes me that no one ever mentions sales. My take is that people should find opportunities such as the ones mentioned here and find something to sell on the side. This is especially if one needs lots of money fast.

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I’m someone who makes a living at home as an online writer, so I definitely agree with your advice about it. But you need to pair it with Adsense or affiliate marketing to make good money from it.

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I would like to thank those who replied to my E-mail, now I have a good sense of where to go.
Again, Thank you.
Ginny-Lynn Leimbock

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i found this blog really helpful,full of some good options. the drive and self motivation is needed to work from home, coupled with passion for what you do, although the hours are longer and its harder work i would recommend working for yourself everytime, it far outweighs working for an employer as far as i´m concerned

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I agree with Neil. Sales is where it is at. I write for a living, however have a part time business that will make me money without affecting my daily schedule. I really do not understand why people don’t look at sales as an option.

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Sales is a good option but there will be times when it may not be effective especially before and after a recession. Sales is dependent on the consumption habit of the market. Hence, it is good to look for some other options during these trying times.

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I think everybody is willing to become online writers. However, they forgot to also take note the income potential in teaching. Distance learning is now becoming a trend.

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