Guest Post by Alice Seba
Being able to work at home is a dream for many women. However, sometimes they’re not sure what options they have. They wonder, is it really possible to work at home? Yes it is possible, and there are many ideas you can choose from.
Here are some easy work at home ideas for WAHMs.
Find a telecommuting job.
One way you can work at home is to find a telecommuting job. This is where you apply for a job and a company will hire you. You might do data entry or answer phone calls. This is appealing to many moms because you don’t have to run a business or find your own customers. You are an employee, but you work at home.
If you are interested in finding a telecommuting job, you can look in your local paper or in online communities to find places that are hiring.
To protect yourself from scams, research the companies you apply to and remember that you shouldn’t have to pay to get a work at home telecommuting job.
Another easy option to start working at home is to join a direct sales opportunity. This is where the company provides the product and you sell it through home parties or other means. This is usually easier than starting your own business because good direct sales companies will have a proven business model you can follow.
If you are interested in entering direct sales, look for a company that offers a product you are really interested in. That will make it easier to sell. Also, you can expect some costs with joining a direct sales company. You will probably need to pay for any samples you get, along with marketing materials.
Some WAHMs work at home taking surveys. Companies pay people like you to give them your opinion on new products and packaging. This type of work is easy to get into, you just need to find some legitimate survey companies. It’s also very flexible since you can do it at any time of day.
If you want to earn money taking surveys, though, don’t expect your income to be consistent. You won’t qualify for every survey you find. As well, sometimes you need to earn a certain amount before the survey company will send you a check.
Start your own business
If you have a talent or skill, perhaps you can turn that into a business you can do from home. For crafty people, starting a craft business might be a good idea. There are many people who admire crafts but aren’t talented enough to make them themselves. If you have a skill that others can benefit from, such as writing or design, perhaps you can start a service business.
If you decide to start your own business, you will need a website and probably some business cards or other marketing materials to advertise. Then start looking for people who can benefit from the product or service you provide.
If you want to work at home, there are many options to choose from. You can work for someone else, join a direct sales company, and much more. It’s just a matter of finding an option that suits you best.
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Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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