Some scams might involve asking you to pay for a “training” book or CD that explains how to make money in a certain business. Others charge for supposedly “exclusive” products that you’re supposed to sell at a premium. Avoid both of these scenarios. Remember, you should never have to pay to get a job. And if someone asks you to, you can be sure that it’s a scam.

Are You Able to Create Boundaries? One of the most attractive elements of a home-based business can also be the most challenging: the lack of clear physical and psychological boundaries between your work life and your home life. If you don't clarify those boundaries, you're likely to sell yourself short in both camps. "You have to think of yourself as a businesswoman, even though you may be sitting in your kitchen in your sweatpants and sneakers," Parlapiano says. "Be protective of your work time, and be able to tell people no."
Yard sales are great to find things, especially books and jeans. I'd get lucky and find a pair of Lucky Brand jeans for $1. Sell on eBay for $100. Keep your eyes peeled, and do your research. After a while, you'll know exactly what goes and for what. If you keep your cell phone with you, never let them see you looking up something and then try to buy the item. You just told them it's worth something, and you'll never score it for a good deal now.
In lieu of coworkers, whose packing up and leaving the office reminds you to do the same, set an alarm at the end of the day to indicate your normal work day is coming to an end. You don't have to stop at exactly that time, but knowing the work day is technically over can help you start the process of saving your work and calling it quits for the evening.

For some people, work just has to be in an office, factory, store, or any other environment that’s separate from home. Even a second job would have to be in a separate place. For others, a home office is a welcome place for a secondary or even a primary job. If you’re one of those people, you have some unique opportunities, but you also have some very particular challenges of working from home.

Some of the “gotcha” job offers from the past include check-cashing schemes, mystery shopping, medical billing “jobs” that require you to purchase expensive computer software, and craft-making jobs that ask you to pony up the cash for materials before you get started. And let’s not forget about the famous envelope-stuffing scam that was nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed to siphon money from as many people as possible.
Did you ever guess that your obsession with Twitter or Pinterest could become a key employability skill? I know! You first start Pinterest, you think it’ll be a little harmless fun, and then you’ve got hundreds of boards with thousands of pins on DIY projects you’re never going to do and recipes you’re never going to make (sorry, real talk) – but you also understand all the lingo, know who the influencers are, and have an experienced eye for what makes an enticing Pinterest post. Maybe this same story applies, except with Facebook (you know the power of groups and how FB ads work), Twitter (you’re always up on the latest trending hashtags), or Instagram (you follow all the influencers in your niche).
How can your organization support better work-life integration? Barbara Palmer, Founder of Your 4th Trimester, a program for parents returning to work after welcoming a child says, "We need to invest in employees and support them through the transitions they face throughout their careers, including becoming working parents.” She offers these tips for employers:
Display. Just as in any retail operation, the way you display your wares will greatly impact your sales. Produce should be placed underneath a cover to protect it from the sun, but be sure to allow at least seven feet of head room. Display your prices prominently, and clearly identify the things that make your product special. Personalize your stand with signs to inform your customers.
There are so many articles out there that focus on increasing productivity while working from home. A lot of them are fantastic and chock-full of applicable tips. But some I’ve seen focus on how to set up your home office to achieve feng shui and feature a picture of a woman smiling, holding her baby in one arm, and taking a conference call with the other. Um, no, unless you have the world’s quietest baby. That’s just not how it is.
It’s often your manager’s job to point out where you’re excelling, and where you need to improve. You might even get that from a co-worker or two. When you’re at home, your cat can’t tell you when you’re missing the mark. You might not be much of a big-picture type of person, but every now and then you need to be able to self-evaluate your progress. What are your strengths and weaknesses, and how can you continue to grow in your role?
Are you a number's person? Have you managed the books for your family's business or your daughter's Girl Scout Troop (those cookies are big business) then you may be the perfect fit for an at-home bookkeeping position. Most freelance positions will require you to have knowledge of Quickbooks and some hands-on experience. If you don't currently have those skills, but would still like to pursue bookkeeping as an at-home career, an online course can teach you skills to get started in this field — here's one to check out.

For people with diabetes, there are other advantages. To stay healthy, people with diabetes need to eat on a regular schedule. They need breaks to rest and sometimes to check blood sugars or inject insulin. They might need to snack if blood sugar is getting low. Managers do not always like these self-care actions or allow them, but at home they can’t stop you.
Most of us love the idea of earning extra income or quitting our full-time jobs altogether and working from home. If you thought work-from-home companies were just running scams, it turns out there are plenty of authentic and reliable ways to make money by working from home. Christine Durst, cofounder of RatRaceRebellion.com and consultant to the FBI on internet scam issues tells us, "There is currently a 61-to-1 scam ratio among work-at-home job leads on the internet—that is, for every legitimate job, there are 61 scams." But, there are a lot of opportunities for a "real job." The secret is knowing how to separate the scams from what's legit.
What It Is: Companies like Google and Yahoo give you information to search for, and you tell them how closely their results matched what you were looking for. Does a search for Lady Antebellum turn up sites about the music group or links to pre-Civil War period information? If you are Latina, for example, you might be asked to search the way a Spanish speaker might perform a search in English.
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Once you have decided on your hours of operation, post the times and stick to them. If you are a stay at home Mom or Dad, decide whether childcare arrangements are needed so your day can be devoted to work. If you have older children, be sure to explain to them your work hours. Granted, flexibility may be one of the reasons you are working from home or have established a home based business, but you must decide how many hours it takes to make the business a success or you are sure not to keep those hours and your business could fast become a hobby. Remember to build in frequent breaks in your day. Also important - schedule vacations. Working from home does not mean no vacation.
Before the evolution of work-at-home, call center employees had to drive to a brick-and-mortar site each day to sit at a desk and provide service to customers. Today, companies like Alpine Access, Convergys, and Asurion hire employees to answer customer service calls for their clients, who range from cable television service providers to healthcare companies. Employees are paid a starting rate of around $9 per hour, depending on the company. Although this hourly pay is below the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ reported median rate of $14.70 per hour for a customer service representative, work-from-home call center agents do not face commuting, clothing, meals, and other costs associated with working at a brick-and-mortar center. Some of these call centers also offer opportunities for advancement. Supervisory, managerial, training, and human resources positions are also available as telecommuting positions.
Socialize. Especially when you’re getting started, you need to establish contacts who are already immersed in the business. They can act as mentors, keep you up to date on industry changes, and even help you land your first or subsequent job. Look for the local chapter of the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) in your area and join.

Goood tips here! I tried the "work at home" thing and the two biggest things that made me go back to work? Loneliness and discipline. I'm a pretty focused person, but with a "wide open" schedule, two things happened: I'd check FB too much AND I had no boundaries on my time. I'd answer emails at midnight, wake up late, "show up" in my pajamas. But you know, when I went back to work, it actually made my freelance writing fall into a more natural schedule. Now, I'm content: I still freelance, but it's because I have my work schedule to contend with. Slightly ironic, I know, but I found out that I'm not so good at the work-at-home thing - so great advice because discipline is the most important thing!


There are two avenues for this one: Consult on your own or with a company. Consultants who are also selling a product need to beware of scams. Trust vetted sites like ZipRecruiter for cosmetics and makeup opportunities. The same resource can be used for tech consultants or business consultants looking for a way to start their work-from-home career.
With so many businesses operating mostly, or even completely, online, it’s no wonder that many hire virtual assistants to help keep them organized and complete administrative tasks. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, these workers are “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”

Hi Cyndi! Haha. Yes, now, I can do it for the pure enjoyment of it rather than the intense pressure to write, write, write to survive. :) I definitely like it much better that way. I'm the same way with my art, actually. When I have to make art for money, it's no fun. When I create it out of love, it's such a thrilling process. I DO plan on doing a 30/30 hub challenge in July. :)


I’m always happy to tell my readers that making money online takes time and a lot of hard work. I think this post excellently sums up the difficulties of making it online, but also the benefits if you can stick with it and make a success of it. I know from experience that the hard work is needed, but I’m now starting to see the fruits of my effort.
I find approaches to making online money interesting. Some multi-millionaires tell you it’s easy, and really, someone’s buying in, a lot of people are, because these people become multi-millionaires. Yes, they are right. It is easy, but the point which is left out, is that you must follow simple steps every day, and most people don’t follow the steps. Most people give up. Most people throw in the towel after a few days, or weeks, or months.
Are You Financially Prepared for Self-Employment? If you're currently working outside the home, many experts recommend that you have a year's worth of living expenses squirreled away before starting a business. Of course, not every entrepreneur follows that advice, but most experts agree that at the very least, you need to plan for a few lean months if you're giving up a regular paycheck. "One of the biggest mistakes that people make is not having enough money to get them through the first years," says Beverley Williams, president of the American Association of Home-Based Businesses. "You have to look at your finances and spending habits and then ask how long you can go before you feel the pinch."

Zeitcaster is a location-based service that delivers local event data. They frequently hire part-time data entry clerks to input time and location data, as well as categorize each event. Data Entry clerks are assigned to different types of events based on employee interest, for example: Art, Children & Family, Nature & Outdoors, etc. Pay is around $15/hour, likely dependent on location.
Want to do more than type words but instead create? Consider a career in writing. There are so many ways to be a writer (think blogging,  fiction writing, and children’s books), and most of them can be done from home either as a telecommuter and a freelancer. The great thing about writing is you can start small with very little experience. You won't make a lot at first but as you build your portfolio you can expand into more lucrative types of writing.
Share your car on Getaround when you're not using it. Simply apply online, and then once approved, start sharing your car via the Getaround smartphone app. Every time someone uses your car, Getaround provides insurance and roadside assistance. The average car owner earns $10,000 per year! While payments are only issued once a month, Getaround could be a great way to build up your bank account.
How can your organization support better work-life integration? Barbara Palmer, Founder of Your 4th Trimester, a program for parents returning to work after welcoming a child says, "We need to invest in employees and support them through the transitions they face throughout their careers, including becoming working parents.” She offers these tips for employers:
Drawing on the experiences of many home-based workers, this book helps solve the problems of self-discipline, financial insecurity, isolation, and interruptions. It also offers valuable advice on dealing with the vulnerabilities that inevitably come with self-employment-creating a professional image, maintaining a positive attitude, nurturing the capacity to persist against obstacles, and developing the flexibility to deal with a variety of clients or customers.
BabyQuip helps you make extra income renting out your own baby gear to traveling families. BabyQuip, the leading national baby equipment rental marketplace in almost 300 markets around North America, is looking for new, independent Quality Providers to start their own baby gear rental business today. Work from home, earn extra income, join the collaborative economy, and bring joy to traveling families while serving a rapidly growing market. Our Quality Providers delight traveling families by providing all the baby equipment and gear they may need on vacation. This means renting and delivering items like cribs, car seats, strollers, high chairs, toys, books and more. You keep 81.5% of your rental and delivery fees. BabyQuip gets the other 18.5%. You keep 100% of your tips.

Maintain a well equipped home office with all the necessities. Be sure to have your computer, phone, printer, and so on, down to files and paper clips, etc. Keep all of the necessities stocked and in working order. Be sure to check your inventory often, reviewing your needs weekly and restocking. Order from the Internet. It's more efficient and saves gas. Nothing interrupts a work day (or eats up valuable time) like running to the store for printer ink!
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