I love working from home! But it took me quite awhile to figure out how to do it. I mean, every where you look there’s a post telling you to click here to earn a gazillion dollars doing nothing. Clearly, I understood that was never going to happen, but I did desperately want the convenience of working from home. So, I started digging around. What I found is that, although there are several ways to “make money” from home, there are basically 3 ways to actually WORK from home.
- The first is my personal favorite – network marketing! Building a business of your own centered around a product that you believe in. As a bonus, you can help others do the same. The first time I ever heard Zig Ziglar say, “you can have anything you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want”, I took it to heart. In the back of my mind at every job, there was that thought – is this helping other people get what they want. I could usually find some way to make that connection, but typically it was a stretch. When I found network marketing and essential oils, I felt as though I had hit the jackpot. Everyone wants effective approaches to improving their health and wellness and my products did that. They really make changes in people’s lives. Then I began growing my team and teaching other people how to take control of their financial future by building businesses of their own! Once again, I found myself in a place where the best way to get what I wanted was to help others get what they want. So, this first way of working at home really is near and dear to my heart. But, it did pose an interesting question. How do I pay the bills while I build my empire? Of course, I could keep my 9-5 and commute to the office every day but I really wanted the convenience of working from home. And that brought me to the next 2 ways to work from home.
- The second way to work from home is to work as a 1099 contractor. Many companies use independent contractors that work from home. The opportunities range from crowd sourcing, to data entry, to customer service. As a 1099 contractor you are not an actual employee of the company you are contracting for. This allows you the freedom to set your own hours (as long as you are fulfilling the requirements of the contract) and choose the contracts you would like to accept. Contracts vary in the amount of time required. Some, like crowd sourcing, surveys, or data entry, allow you to work as much or as little as you like. These positions typically pay per task. Others, like social media evaluation, may require a certain number of hours per week. Customer service positions usually have the least flexibility. You get to select the hours you work from a range of available hours, but the available times are determined by the company you’re contracting with. I’ve held several of these kinds of contracts and prefer them to working as a remote employee of a company because of the flexibility they allow. However, since it’s a contract basis you never know when that contract may end or not be renewed. If you prefer something with more security, working as a remote employee may be more your style.
- So, what’s the third way to work from home? You guessed it – as a remote employee for a company. Many companies are finding it more economical to hire employees to telecommute or work remotely from their homes. The most common type of remote employee positions are call center style jobs. They may be in sales, tech support, or customer service. The equipment required for these jobs usually include high-speed internet, a computer, and occasionally a phone line. A few companies will provide these things for you, but you should be prepared to provide them yourself. As a remote employee, your work schedule is determined by the company you are working for. (They may or not provide flexibility.) That’s the part I really dislike. I have never enjoyed being told what or when to do something. But that’s just me. There are a lot of benefits to being an employee as opposed to a contractor. Your training time will be paid. You are eligible for any benefits (vacation, insurance, etc.) that your company offers. And as long as you are performing your job duties, your job is secure. Well, as secure as they come these days. (Provided you’re not hired as a seasonal employee.)
Regardless of which style of employment you prefer, there are plenty of opportunities to work from your home. It make take a little patience to find the perfect fit for you, but if your patient it’s definitely possible. Start with some of these companies – Appen, Clickworker, Institute of Reading Development (seasonal), Paid View Point, and User Testing.