So You Want to Work At Home?

A few weeks ago, I had a request from a Facebook Follower for me to highlight some of the greatest Work At Home opportunities.  I went straight to the expert on all things Work At Home, Holly Reisem Hanna from The Work At Home Woman.  

Holly is a fabulous resource for women interested in working at home (and VERY approachable which is clutch), and she was super nice to write an amazing post on how to first start thinking about working from home:

Women everywhere are looking to create their own financial freedom, better work-life balance and overall career satisfaction. For many women, being able to work at home is the solution to this equation.

But what work at home opportunities are available?

How do you go about finding these opportunities?

And mostly importantly, how do you avoid those dreaded work at home scams?

Well I have some good news for you, there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of, you just need to be willing to put in the hard work up front.

Take a look below at the different career paths for working at home and the top jobs in each category.

Become an Online Entrepreneur:

With the explosion of the internet, starting your own home-based business is easier and more convenient than ever. Best of all it doesn’t take a lot of money to get started; a computer, internet connection and a website and you’re basically set! The biggest challenge that most aspiring entrepreneurs encounter is finding that perfect business idea, but with a little brainstorming and inventory taking you can find the perfect fit.

Here are some hot trends right now…

  • Blogger, Freelance Writer
  • Social Media Manager
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Life Coach, Business Coach, Consultant
  • Graphic Designer, Web Programmer

Become a Direct Sales Consultant:

The direct sales industry has come a long way in the past 20 years; now offering products from major designers and well-known corporations – the opportunities are endless. Here’s how it works, for a small start up fee the direct sales company gives you everything that you need to start selling their products, from training and promotional items to a website and more. And for every product that you sell you’ll earn a commission.

Here are a few companies that have unique opportunities…

  • Jewelry – Stella and Dot, Origami Owl, Silpada
  • Skin Care – Rodan and Fields, Votre Vu, Mia Mariu
  • Fashion – CAbi, fibi and clo, Vault Denim, Hybrid Her
  • For the Home – Scentsy, Biltmore Inspirations, Willow House
  • Food – Dove Chocolate, Traveling Vineyard, Tastefully Simple

Start Working Remotely:

Looking for a telecommuting position can be intimidating, especially with all of those scams and internet marketing schemes floating around. But if you’re willing to take your time and do the research, you will find numerous opportunities available to you.

Check out these places first…

FlexJobs – They hand screen all of their opportunities before posting them, so you can rest assured that you’re dealing with legit jobs and companies. They do charge a small membership fee, but it is well worth it for peace of mind and time saved.

The Work at Home Woman – Full disclosure, this is my site. On the Work at Home Job Page, there is a list of companies that regularly hires home-based workers. Some are full-time, others part-time and some are just small gigs to put a few extra dollars in your pocket.

Simply Hired and Indeed – Are aggregated job board sites that pull your specific keywords and location from all of the major job board sites and deliver them to you in one easy to read search. Try searching for terms like telecommuting, remote, virtual, home-based and work at home.

A Word on Scams:

  • Make sure to take your time and research the company or opportunity extensively. An easy way to do this is, simply type in the company or program into Google and see what comes up. If someone has been burned in the past by the company they may have written a negative review.
  • Use the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website to research the company, see if they have any positive or negative reviews. Some companies claim to be members of the BBB, and they’ll post a BBB membership symbol. Don’t just assume they are a member, try to click on the symbol, it should link to their review and rating on the BBB site.
  • See if the company has any contact information listed; an email address, phone number and physical address. Try to contact them and get some additional information on their company or product. Individuals who are promoting scams don’t want to be found and often use P.O. Boxes and recorded telephone messages.Holly Reisem Hanna is the Founder and Publisher of The Work at Home Woman, an award-winning, online business resource for women who work at home. If you’re looking to get started working from home, The Work at Home Woman can help.

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  • Haralee May 19, 2012, 9:50 AM

    This is a great blog post, list and share!

  • Scott May 21, 2012, 11:00 AM

    I work from home and have for nearly 10 years. In my case, the employers I have worked for over the past decade are very comfortable with remote employees. This is common now even with large companies.

    However, not sure if Rachel agrees, but I will tell you that if you think that working from home will automatically result in a utopian environment of professional bliss, you need to adjust your expecatations! To be sure, working remotely is fantastic. It can also be lonely, frustrating, isolating and challenging. If you have kids/spouse around, they can be distracting, even if they don’t mean to be. Motivation can be a problem for some people. I find that home officing works well for me, even in an executive role. But, I often find myself wishing I had the option of going to lunch with the crew, or even just being around other folks in an office environment. Know these things, and others, going in so you don’t set yourself up for disappointment.

    Working remotely is one of the best examples of the old adage, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the road”…..

    • Rachel Blaufeld May 21, 2012, 11:05 AM

      Scott … Thanks for the great points!
      Yes – loneliness is a factor. Sometimes it is hard not to have anyone around to laugh, joke, or complain with — ha!
      Also – many do not realize the discipline needed to work from home where everything from your puppy to the laundry is there to distract you!


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