By Holly Reisem Hanna
Every week I receive numerous emails from readers asking me …
How can I work from home?
They will give me a little information about their past jobs, experience and skills, but without knowing the whole picture it’s difficult to direct them down a specific path.
Many questions need to be answered, such as… do you need to make money right now? Are you currently employed? Do you want to start your own business? Do you need benefits? What are your passions?
And the list of questions goes on and on…
To get you steered in the right direction here are 5 different work-at-home career paths to consider.
Do you love your current job?
If you already have a job that you adore, perhaps you can take it home by writing and submitting a telecommuting proposal. Start by checking your companies telecommuting policy and then do your research and write up a flex time or work-at-home proposal. Make sure your proposal includes all of the benefits to the company – including the cost to recruit and hire a new employee to replace you if you decide to leave. Work Options is a great site that offers advice, templates and resources to get you started with your telecommuting proposal.
Do you want to be your own boss?
Entrepreneur: With the explosion of the internet, starting your own home-based business easier and more convenient than ever. One of the biggest challenges for many aspiring entrepreneurs is finding the perfect business idea, but with a little brainstorming and inventory taking you can find the perfect fit. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.
- Do you have a way with words – explore copywriting
- Are you professional and organized – become a virtual assistant
- Are you a social butterfly – become a social media manager
Do you need to make money ASAP?
To find a company that hires home-based employees, start by searching the major job board sites using the terms: “work at home”, “work from home”, “home-based”, “remote”, “virtual”, “telecommute”, and “telework”. If you have a little money to spare, a FlexJobs membership is well worth the price. Not only are they a member of the Better Business Bureau but they hand screen all of the jobs before posting you can rest assured that you’re dealing with reputable companies.
Are you a natural seller?
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. And for every product that you sell you’ll earn a commission – here’s a list of just some of the direct sales companies that you can work with.
Make sure to check out the best products to sell from home!
Do you have money to invest?
If you have money to invest or you’re willing to take out a loan, a franchise can be a low-risk and lucrative way to work-at-home. The nice thing about a franchise is that all the hard work has been done for you; you basically pay for the franchise and fees and you’re given a detailed road map on how to replicate the business exactly. Many franchises also have well known and established brand names, so you spend less money on marketing and advertising your business.
By asking yourself the right questions you’ll be able to find the perfect work at home career path for you.
What does your perfect work at home career look like?
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