Legitimate Ways to Work from Home

Working from home is one of the fastest growing trends in employment. Home employment allows you to perform many of the same job tasks found in a traditional office setting, but from the comfort and privacy of your own home. It is especially popular among stay-at-home parents.

Among the sea of work-from-home opportunities circling the Internet, there are many home employment scams that promise you will earn $100,000 a month or more. However, there is real money to be made while working from home. If you are looking for legitimate ways to work from home, try these ideas.

Freelance Writer/Blogger

This is a great home employment opportunity for anyone with excellent language, grammar, and communication skills. Most freelance writers find work on freelance job boards and websites like The Freelance Writing Jobs Network. Typically, writers and bloggers are paid word count, or paid per article or blog post. For example, 500-word articles are usually worth $5 to $10 depending on the writer’s experience and skill level.

Working from home as a freelance writer does not only include writing for websites. Another great tip is to contact your local newspaper to see if they ever hire any freelance writers. Most newspapers are always looking for extra help with their feature articles about interesting events or people in the area. If you have specific skills or expertise you could also pitch your own column.

Internet Search Guide

Texting services like ChaCha and KGB have exponentially grown in popularity over the last year. These companies hire search guides to answer questions that their customers send via text. Questions can range in subject matter from dating advice, to the starting lineup of the Yankees.

Once a guide receives a question, he or she searches the Internet in order to find the answer to the customer’s question. Guides are paid per question searched, and typically earn around $.10 to $.15 per question answered. Some Internet search guides work full time, while others perform guided searches as a means of supplemental income.

Virtual Administrative Assistant

If you have ever worked in an office as a secretary or an administrative assistant, then this could be the perfect job for you. Virtual administrative assistants perform traditional office tasks like word processing, transcribing, and appointment setting, from the comfort of their own home office. Assistants can be hired on a temporary, contractual, or full-time basis.

You can find work as a virtual assistant on numerous websites including Virtual Office Temps, and VirtualAssistants.com.

Avon eRepresentative

Avon is a world renowned, reputable company that has provided beauty and wellness products for over 100 years. You are probably familiar with the phrase “Ding! Dong! Avon calling!” which refers to the company’s door-to-door sales of the past. These days, this direct sales company has revamped their image and selling style to fit the needs of modern individuals who want to work from home.

In addition to traditional brochure selling, Avon now gives its Independent Sales Representatives the opportunity to become eRepresentatives, and manage their own online store. Women and men (yes, men) can now operate their own Avon store online, and earn 20% commission on all orders.

Despite an endless parade of home employment scams, it is possible to earn a legitimate living working from home. If you are interested in a work-from-home career, try your hand at becoming a freelance writer/blogger, Internet search guide, virtual administrative assistant, or Avon eRepresentative.


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