If I had a buck for everyone who asked me how to successfully work at home, I’d be a wealthy woman. Assuming you have the tenacity and temperament to structure your day and stay on top of projects, the main things you need are space, tools and gigs. These eight resources will point you towards a variety of work-at-home jobs. The rest is up to you. (See also: 10 Cheap Ways to Make a Standing Desk)
Many people assume you can only search for jobs in the television industry on Media Bistro, but the truth is there are a number of writing gigs that are up for grabs as well. Online blogging gigs, news stories and even magazine assignments make the listings from time to time. If writing’s how you make your living, this online resource may be your ticket to work-at-home success. [See also: How to Make Money as a Freelancer]
Granted, with this option you need to be willing to earn your cash through affiliate links and ad clicks, but many have found Hub Pages to be a great way to build passive income. It’s also a side gig you can start without having to front any cash whatsoever, provided you have internet access and already own your own computer. Since this option, like so many others requires you to spend a great deal of time writing, you will definitely want to research some fitness exercises you can do at your desk.
If English is your first language, then you may be able to pick up a part-time gig at ESL Café. Granted, many of the jobs are for overseas teaching opportunities, but a fair number are for online companies which let you teach from the comfort of your home, provided you have reasonably-fast internet services, a web camera and a headset.
Similar to ESL Café, Serious Teachers is a web site that lists employment opportunities in the field of international education. Again, there are many out-of-country positions but the database allows you to filter for online opportunities that may suit your needs. I’ve noticed that the online options listed here aren’t always the highest paying, but if you’re in a situation where you’ll be making the same as you would at a minimum wage McJob, why not work from home and use the saved time from your lack of a commute to start your own affordable small business or find other higher-paying clients?
A work-at-home blog started by a veteran personal finance blogger, 1099 Mom lists professional blogging gigs on a weekly basis, along with savvy solutions for invoicing, client interactions, balancing work with family and more.
Freelance Job Openings
Heavy on listings for media-related jobs like photography, blogging, design training and copy editing, Freelance Job Openings lists only those opportunities that pay. I’ve seen everything from well-known media corporations and magazines listed on this site, to smaller copy editing gigs. If you can type like the wind and have a reasonable way with words, chances are you have a good shot at securing paying work with this resource.
More on Working From Home
Anything from newborn photography to answering support calls from home shows up on Flex Jobs, along with many keyboard-related opportunities as well. Some of the jobs listed only allow telecommuting part of the time however, so it’s important to look at the fine print before responding to a listing.
Similar to Flex Jobs with more of a web-based focus, Virtual Vocations is a work-at-home job resource for those wishing to operate outside of traditional employment parameters. You’ll find consulting positions, field research gigs and even development and investigative contracts.
Comprehensive listings for at-home employment options can be cumbersome. This article was designed to provide a lengthy enough resource for newbies to sink their teeth into, while remaining short enough to avoid being overwhelming. Have you ever successfully landed a work-at-home job? What resources did you use?