Anyone interested in working from home is encouraged to do so. Working from home gives single parents wage-earning opportunities without interfering with childcare, and offers competitive salaries with working in an office or other job. Anyone with a computer connected to the Internet can find many ways to make legitimate money online; all it takes is a little research, identifying your skills and goals, and putting a plan into action.
1: Theme and niche products
Set up a website and resell products that are available at wholesale prices. By having the manufacturer drop ship products directly to your customers, you save money on handling fees, and reduce your necessary overheads by eliminating the need to warehouse products. Sporting accessories, baby items, and collectable gifts are all possible ideas for this type of home-based business.
2: Call centre employment
Many large companies are outsourcing help desk and other call centre jobs. This allows you to perform regular call centre tasks from your home, including receptionist duties and verbal troubleshooting client problems.
3: Online auctions
Car boot sales and local events like craft fairs or flea markets are a wonderful source of antiques and collectibles that can be offered at online auction sites. Turning unwanted items into a profitable investment has proven to be a lucrative home-based business for many Brits.
4: Writing jobs
Writing blogs and articles for use in online publications is one of the fastest growing fields of online employment. Whether writing product reviews, health information, or articles that tell you how to accomplish specific tasks, opportunities are available for anyone with a talent at producing written material.
5: Advertisement-oriented sites
Using paid advertising programs can allow you to make money just by allowing commercial businesses to advertise on your website. No matter what the subject matter, it is likely there are dozens of businesses offering products in that particular niche, and your website gives those companies additional reach.
6: Consulting services
Consulting services of all types can be performed online. Not only can ideas be discussed, but designs can be transferred for approval and discussion. Architecture, building plans, and interior design are all fields which can be approached from an online perspective. Remember, consultants are selling the ideas, not providing the actual labour.
Many companies offer telecommuting jobs to their employees. Any job that is performed 100 percent at a desk has home-based possibilities. For the entrepreneur, businesses may have need of accounting or other services that do not require physical presence in the office, including handling company calls and telemarketing jobs.
8: Catering and planning
Planning large events, such as parties or weddings, can be performed easily online. Experienced caterers can schedule complete functions, including entertainment, refreshments, and the guest list, all without ever going to the location of the event.
9: Custom products
Wood products or other crafts can be made at home, then marketed online. Only your talent and imagination limit what is possible through operating your own products-based company. Be sure to learn about the legal requirements for online and distance selling (see Resources).
10: Internet marketing
Internet marketing is a broad field. It entails how web pages are worded for maximum exposure, but extends far beyond that. Internet marketing is in need of graphic design artists, but it also needs original photographs and videos, sound clips, and original documents of all types. In less than 20 years, Internet marketing has become one of the most powerful sales tools in world, and it continues to flourish even in the face of depressed economic times.