Looking for the best work from home jobs for moms?
There are many reasons why you might want to work from home. Working from home offers a greater flexibility than the traditional office-based job. You can pick and choose your own hours although, to be successful, you still have to manage your time and put the hours in.
A certain amount of discipline is required in order to avoid the distractions of the internet and daytime TV, but the freedom can be worth it. You'll spend less time stuck in the car or on the bus or train on an interminable commute.
If you're running a business from home you may be able to deduct certain tax expenses associated with using your home as an office and, if you have kids, you can fit your schedule around school or nursery hours or work with them in the room, depending on their ages.
With the job market the way it is, of course, it may simply be that no other type of employment is immediately forthcoming and you're working from home to temporarily ‘fill the gap'. Whatever the reason, there are now more opportunities than ever to successfully work from home – especially if you’re skilled with languages or the written word.
Best Work form Home Jobs Spotlight on: Translation and Copywriting
While there are work from home jobs available in fields such as sales, design, and project management, many of the freelance jobs available are to do with the written word – either copywriting or translation.
Translation seems an obvious choice for a language graduate and there are indeed opportunities to be had in this area. Companies constantly require their brochures, websites and other written or spoken content to be translated and many will use freelancers or agencies that use freelancers in their turn.
The same is true of copywriting. Press releases, newsletters, advertorials and website content all require writing and multilingual skills will yield even more opportunities. You may get paid less working via an agency as the agency takes its cut, but it makes the process of finding work easier.
Most of the major job listing sites will have a ‘work at home’ section, and full-time work from home jobs may be available. Agencies can be approached directly or you may wish to strike out on your own. Setting up your own translation or copywriting business involves a lot of hard work but can yield the greatest rewards.
A good quality website and the ability to sell yourself and your services is essential.
Testimonials and examples of past work certainly help but this puts you in a ‘Catch 22’ situation when first starting out, and it may be worth offering your services for free (or at least cut-price) or doing some work for a friend to build up your portfolio.
After that it's a case of legwork, following leads and approaching companies directly. Collaborate with as many clients as you can (without over-extending and finding yourself unable to honor commitments) and use social networking sites to advertise your services. And, even if you're determined to go it alone, taking extra agency or other temporary work can help tide you over during lean periods.
Identifying Work from Home Job Scams
- ‘Housewife earns £8,000 or $13,000 a month working from home'
- ‘Find out how to earn $$$$$$ or £££££s in your spare time'
One major pitfall of being a freelancer working from home is having to filter the genuine jobs from the scams. The simple rule is, if an ad or website sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Never part with money for any sort of start-up kit and never divulge financial information such as bank account details.
Some jobs may be legitimate but misleading or poorly-paid. Online data entry jobs, for example, rarely pay well, while multi-level marketing involves recruiting more and more new people to sell a product in a pyramid scheme that is almost guaranteed not to make you rich.
But while the threat of being scammed is one career hazard of being a freelance home worker, the benefits can balance out the downsides. There are many opportunities out the on sites such as Freelancer.com and PeoplePerHour.com – take a look and you may be pleasantly surprised!