Monday, January 26, 2009

Thinking About Working From Home?

During my online travels I find many moms who are very interesting in working from home. Whether you are a mom looking to witness your children's first milestones or a mom who wishes to teach your children to live by your standards, making the decision to work at home is a hard one. The first step in choosing to work from home is researching your options. I recommend to first start by reading WAHM Forum. This is a great forum full of support and opportunties to work from home.

What is the difference between a home business and a home job?

A home business usually requires an investment, as would any business. The investment can be anything from one time fee to monthly fees and range in price from $10 up and beyond $500. It all depends upon which home business you are looking into starting. A home business will require time to start making a profit and could require additional investments to move forward towards making a profit. A home job normally does not require any upfront fees, and you would be hired as an independent contractor, and receive a 1099 form at end of year based on your earnings.

A home job is the best way to start, but the hardest type of work at home to find. Many companies who outsource their work to people from home require references, varrious skills and sometimes a college education. Telemarketing is the first at home job I have ever worked, and I found this is the easiest at home job to find. Telemarketing often pays on commissions, not an hourly rate, but most other home jobs do have a per project rate or hourly rate. A great resource to find at home jobs is Lisa Mills' blog Work at Home Mom Revolution. Lisa provides daily posts on various work at home positions that she has found in her research and shares all the details on her blog.

How will I know which work at home opportunity is best for me?

This is a question that should be discussed between you and your significant other. If you do not have money to invest, but have a lot of time to invest, I would recommend looking into some work at home jobs that will help you build a work at home resume. If you decide your are passionate about selling products and wish to invest some money into a home business that could one day flourish into a full time income on part time effort, then a home business would be best for you.

Be sure that you research whichever job or business you wish to do from home thoroughly. Make sure to check the Better Business Bureau to research any company before investing or working for them. Even if a company is not a member of the BBB, you may still find complaints or feedback on the company within their state listing on the BBB.

A great way to help you make the decision to work from home is to start networking and talking online to other moms who have made the leap from work outside of home to work at home, such as myself. You can find me on Twitter daily and there is a great group called Twitter Moms where you can find other moms who network on twitter and work from home.

Leaving you with the wish for success in whatever you choose to do from home.