Much of the working class gets up early in the morning to drive to an office where they spend most of their day sitting in a cubicle. Imagine being able to skip all of this and simply get up when you want and work in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home every day. For an increasing number of Americans, this option is becoming a reality. According to one study, one in five Americans currently works from home. Additionally, 30 million people work from a home office at least once a week. In the next five years, this number is expected to jump by 63%.
There are all kinds of benefits to working from home, including the luxury of setting your own hours, avoiding long commutes, saving money, and staying more productive. So how are people doing it? While there are many ways to work from home, the following are some of the most common. Get Creative
Many people have creative talents. Why not turn your creative outlet into a small business? It doesn’t have to be anything complex. It can range from artwork to clothing items. Sites such as Etsy allow people with unique talents to build an audience of customers who will be willing to pay for what you can make. Some people have also found success in setting up a home-based bakery. All you really need is a food license to get started and you can begin selling goods from home. You can even consider partnering with local restaurants and catering companies.
There are many opportunities for internet-based writing. Many companies and websites need part time writers who can contribute to a blog or write other types of copy. Certain websites such as Examiner.com pay people to write reviews on restaurants, shops and other services. If you are a skilled writer, it is likely that you will be able to find a niche topic that interests you and that someone needs articles for. While it may be difficult to get this freelancing approach to work as a full time job, it can provide significant income.
Join an MLM
Certain types of companies don’t require employees to work from an office. The most common is perhaps MLM companies. An MLM works by selling products through a wide network of distributors. These companies grow as distributors recruit and hire more people to sell the product. Employees make most of their money by selling or distributing the products themselves. While working for an MLM may require a little bit more initiative, many have been highly successful with them. Some of the most successful MLM’s have been Tupperware, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and NuSkin.
Become an Assistant
If you are an extremely organized person, there may be opportunities to use this skill at home. Companies often look to hire independent administrative assistants because they are cheaper. They may ask for help in things such as data entry, or scheduling that can be done online or over the phone.
If you have a degree or certificate in a subject that makes you an expert, you can use your knowledge to help others. You can focus on any age or skill level from kindergarten to college. If you are doing the tutoring online, you will need strong Internet communication skills as well as the necessary eligibility requirements. The market is huge for parents and students looking for a little extra help.
If you are great with kids, this is a great way to make money while never leaving home. Of course it’s important to remember that childcare is no small thing. It requires serious time commitment and effort. You will be responsible for children’s health and safety as well as preparing activities and lesson plans. Some important questions to ask are whether or not you have the room in your home, whether or not you can cover start up costs, and whether or not you can dedicate the time necessary.