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Self-Employment and Work From Home Jobs

Updated on May 2, 2016
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A professional career coach, Marcy has helped hundreds refine their resumes, improve their interviewing skills, and advance their careers.

Home-Based Jobs Require Space to Work

Create a quiet workspace for your home-based job.
Create a quiet workspace for your home-based job.
Call Center employees often work from home.
Call Center employees often work from home.

How Stay-at-Home Moms Can Work From Home

Best tips to find work-from-home jobs and avoid scams.
Best tips to find work-from-home jobs and avoid scams.

How to Find Home-Based Jobs

It’s like a fantasy to some people – they want to earn more money, and they want to work from home. This is especially a daydream of stay-at-home moms who, understandably, don’t want to give up their precious time with the kids.

Often, the thought of working from home comes to mind, but there’s little information available to help transform the goal into a reality. Where do you start, how do you find a stay-at-home job, and (most importantly to many people), how much can you earn.

Another question you should ask, though, when you’re considering a home-based job, is what it’s actually like to have your office in your living room, the spare bedroom, or a corner of the kitchen (I’ve actually used all of those at one point or another, plus a few additional cubbyholes in various places where I’ve lived).

You should also ask yourself whether you can juggle the responsibilities of your house, family, kids at school and work, all from the same location.

Here are some tips and pointers to help you decide what’s best for you:

How Can I Make Money Working From Home?

There are indeed some legitimate companies that hire people to work from home. I’m not talking about telephone sales, or stuffing envelopes. Some people also start their own business – but this can take a lot of time to grow and develop, and can require a head for managing and marketing a business.

Here are a few types of home-based jobs and places that will pay you while you work from home:

Call Centers: One big sector that often hires homebound workers is the call center industry. In recent years, major firms have realized they can save money by putting a computer in your home (yes, really – but you can only use it for work), and paying you to sit at your own house and answer calls. The pay is not huge – but when you consider you’re offsetting the expense of travel, lunch and a wardrobe for work, the pay may not sound so bad. In Austin, such jobs go for about $10-$12 an hour, with increases based on productivity. You will likely need to be on duty for regular hours, and the computer will be equipped to monitor your online activity and phone time.

Customer Service: I recently had to call a publisher for a textbook I ordered for one of the classes I teach. The very polite customer service rep was working from her home! The only reason I knew this was that she mentioned it (she had to call me back, and she apologized profusely). The pay is likely in the range quoted above for call centers, but it may vary.

Insurance Enrollment: Some firms pay individuals to contact physicians’ offices and gather enrollment data for various insurance or government programs. The last I researched this, pay started out around $10 to $12 per hour and eventually transitioned to pay-for-productivity.

Research Firms: Some research firms pay for making calls from a remote location. Pay can be either hourly or per contact.

Medical Coding: These people are usually self-employed, but it can be a lucrative field. Coders translate diagnostic information on medical forms to standard billing codes. Have you ever seen a list of procedures on your insurance statements? Each one has a number, and insurance firms pay doctors based on the code number of the procedure. You will need to take some training to do this, but it can be a long-term career and can go with you if you move to another city. You can also somewhat set your own hours with this field (more so than with call centers). You will need some hours to be available by phone during the working day, but can probably do the coding at whatever time best suits your household schedule. You can either be on the staff or self-employed in this field. Most who work from home are freelancers.

Start Your Own Business From Home

Cake decorators work from home.  You can build your own customer base for cakes from referrals.
Cake decorators work from home. You can build your own customer base for cakes from referrals.
Moms who work from home spend more time with their children.
Moms who work from home spend more time with their children.
Some legitimate phone sales representatives take orders from home.
Some legitimate phone sales representatives take orders from home.

Self-Employment Ideas

Cake Decorating: Are you good at cake decorating or baking? I know many women who run their own business doing cakes for special occasions, or even cupcakes and other desserts (for which they create interesting decorations and presentations). It will take time to develop a stable of clients, but people tend to keep using their favorite cake maker once they discover someone talented and reasonable. If you undercut expensive bakeries in price but offer a beautifully done product, delivered on time, your business will eventually grow through word-of-mouth (not to make a pun!).

Childcare: This may be one of the most accessible jobs you can do, and the one that most readily fits your daily home schedule, especially if you have children at home. If you are already watching a toddler or two, adding one more (or even two more) to the mix will be hectic, but it will also blend well with doing laundry, dishes, cleaning a few things and spending time with your children. Many new moms would prefer leaving their baby in a home near where they live (or near their job). Create flyers, with your picture on them, and distribute them in your neighborhood, place an ad in your subdivision newsletter and check out any major businesses nearby. If you have a college degree (especially in education), mention it on the flyer, and mention if you have other special skills, such as familiarity with another language.

Be sure to research guidelines in your city or state for providing home-based daycare. Often, you can watch one or two children without a license, but you will need to be registered to take on more clients. Daycare centers are very expensive, and you might find a good client base by charging a bit less, but offering a loving, attentive atmosphere for a child.

Writing and Blogging: If you’re on this site, chances are its crossed your mind to support yourself through writing. Just as a word of warning, it takes a lot of time to break into this field, and it does take skills. See the links below for tips on making money as a writer.

House Cleaning: Yes, really. Many busy career women are stressed for time and can’t even look for a good housekeeper. If you’re in a subdivision, you might even find clients in your own neighborhood. Research small local papers to see what the going rate is, and create a flyer. Then drop by the houses near where you live and introduce yourself, along with your flyer. If possible, put a photo on the flyer to show you look clean, trustworthy and friendly. If you have pet allergies, you may want to consider whether you’ll be in homes with cats, dogs, or other special friends. Otherwise, this can be a good way to earn extra money, and you can determine the days and hours when you’ll take clients. Tip: It’s often a plus if you offer to bring your own supplies and vacuum cleaner.

Part-time Office Duties: Some small businesses need help with office duties, but can’t afford a fulltime employee or the space to set up an office. Ask around and see if someone would like a smart person to answer phones and schedule appointments (you can have the line transferred to your home), and to do invoices, billing and other paperwork. You will need to be on duty for certain hours, but you can also be home when your kids leave for school and when they arrive home.

Self-Employment Tip | Learn to Prioritize Your Time

Working from home pays well, but requires good self-discipline.
Working from home pays well, but requires good self-discipline.

Facts About Working From Home | Home Based Jobs

Here are some important things to consider when you explore working from home.

You will indeed work! Many people who haven’t been in the career world for a while mentally go from step A to step C (I want to ‘work from home,’ and I want to get paid) without considering the all-important Step B. You will be working. Nobody will pay you just to stay home with an uninterrupted schedule. Often you will need to keep specific hours, which means you won’t be able to go to the kids’ schools at the drop of the hat, or run down to the grocery store. Yes, they will indeed find out if you’re AWOL.

You May Get Interviewed: Even though you'll be working from your own home, if you're on a payroll, you'll go through an application and interview process. Practice your interview skills so you'll be prepared to score high on an interview when the time comes.

Things will change: Life at home will not be the same once you start working. Even though it sounds like you can get all your housework done and maybe check the computer now and then, that’s not how it works. You will have responsibilities, deadlines, paperwork and other diversions that keep you out of the kitchen and away from the unmade beds and dirty laundry. Yes, you won’t be leaving your house (unless you opt for one of the self-employment ideas that will take you elsewhere), but you also won’t have the hours you now have to tend to household chores.

Your schedule will change: I often hear people say, when discussing a job opportunity, “I can’t, because . . . (fill in the blank).” Usually, the barriers they mention are volunteer hours at school or perhaps church, or maybe the hours they try to see friends or spend with family members. In the career world, we adjust the rest of our life to fit what’s left after we put in 40 hours a week (or whatever the position demands). Even work-from-home positions will require some sacrifices in the schedule you currently have.

The noise factor: If you’re looking at a position that has phone duties (call centers, insurance enrollment, etc.), what sort of background noise will callers hear? Do you have a baby who might wake up and cry? Are there noisy kids and a TV blasting after school lets out? Will the dog bark? What about your home phone? Even though you’re working from home, companies want to know you’ll present a professional image to callers. These things will come out in an interview, and you'd be surprised at what interviewers say about job applicants afterward!

Avoid Work From Home Scams

Examine job opportunities carefully to make certain they are legitimate and that all details are clearly explained.
Examine job opportunities carefully to make certain they are legitimate and that all details are clearly explained.

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Where Can I Get a Job That Let's Me Work From Home?

Here’s the good news – once you know where to look, you can find the openings in your town. Here’s where to start:

Staffing Firms: These are the agencies that recruit people for call centers and other home-based corporate work. In bigger cities, they can hire hundreds of people at a time. They may give you a test to see how accurate you are with spelling and data entry (you’ll be entering names and numbers in the computer, and they need to be entered correctly). Then you’ll have a training period, which can be 90 days, give or take. Then, if the position allows, you can work from home. Some companies will provide you with a computer, and most will require you to have high-speed Internet, and perhaps a landline. Even though these are staffing agencies, the positions can sometimes include benefits, by the way. You generally do NOT pay a fee to be placed through these firms.

Major Corporations: Check your city’s industries and look for major corporations with call centers, then see if they hire people to work from home.

Craig’s List: Some firms will place ads on Craig’s List – watch the language of the postings to make certain it’s not multilevel marketing or other risky work.

Websites: Check Indeed.com, Monster.com and others for jobs that might be suitable for home workers.

Government Job Banks: Most states will have a job bank as part of their back-to-work agency programs. Private sector firms as well as governmental agencies place postings on these sites.

Word-of-mouth: Ask around to see what your friends are doing or who they might know who works from home. Then see if there are openings you can apply for.

Community Colleges: If you take a course to gain skills for medical coding or even cake decorating, see if your community college has an office to help place people who complete the program.

Local Businesses: Find small businesses in your area and see if they need some part-time work that can be done off-site.

Home Offices in Small Spaces

Convert a small corner to a cozy office space at home.
Convert a small corner to a cozy office space at home.

How to Furnish a Home-Based Office

Once you decide what you want to do, you'll need a few things to get started. Depending on what your work is, you may need:

A workspace: A corner of the kitchen or dining area can be all you need. If you have a spare room, clear out a spot where you can work in peace.

A desk: Many work-from-home opportunities will require desk space. You can always use a spare table until you can afford a regular desk, if you don't already have one in the home.

Phones: You might be able to use a cell phone, but it's not the best idea, especially if your work requires telephone contact. A land-line gives better reception for you and for the caller. Some companies that pay home workers require a land-line. You might get adequate phone service through a computer-based phone service, but check the quality.

High-speed Internet: Many firms that pay for home workers require you to have high-speed Internet. This investment will likely pay off, but it's one to factor in if you don't already have that expense budgeted.

Equipment: You may need more equipment or extra items in your house for your new job. If you're offering child care, look for cribs and highchairs in garage sales. Cake decorators may need a few extra icing tips or special pans beyond what they already have on hand. If you don't already have a printer or an answering device for your phone, you may need to invest in those things.

A good lamp: If you'll be at a desk for many hours, be sure you have adequate lighting. You can find lamps on sale at various places.

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Shop Garage Sales or Office Surplus Stores: There's no need to spend a ton of money on your home office. You can find sturdy, usable furniture and fixtures almost any weekend at neighborhood garage sales. If your town or city has an office surplus store, that's a good place to check as well. You'll furnish your office at a fraction of the cost of buying things new.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Best of luck in your search for work - whether it's at home or commuting. There are few things more stressful than trying to find employment! I will be thinking of you, alifeofdesign! Thank you for reading and commenting here!

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    Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

    Currently looking for work in this down economy, I have considered and searched for home-based work. I have not secured anything yet. It is difficult to determine the scams sometimes. It still surprises me how so many companies fail to offer telecommuting options. Working from home can very often produce far more results. I'mm continue my search. Thank you for sharing.......

    Best Regards,

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Steph - I can't imagine how busy you are, trying to do all of that, with several children! One thing I think we all notice is that between working at home and having email and cell phones, we're never not working. It's easy to be at it 24 hours a day.

    Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    This is a really excellent resource for anyone considering professional/paid work while staying at home caring for a family! There are many considerations, both pros and cons, that factor in. I am now working as a freelance attorney, billing hours from home, but the lack of an office and clear boundaries between personal and professional time has been a challenge, indeed.

    Rated up, bookmarking and sharing!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Good luck on all that, davenstan - please let me know what comes of it? I'm curious about some of the other online outlets such as that one.

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    Katina Davenport 5 years ago

    I have started with elance. I landed my first job last week. I am waiting for some others.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, that is so true, Business Info! I've worked from home in varying degrees for many years, and it's been full-time in recent years. I sometimes miss the camaraderie of my former coworkers and the pace of the regular office. The distractions, though, can be a real hassle. Thank for reading and commenting!

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    Business Info 5 years ago from The Interwebz

    as a long time "work from homer" you got a lot of this right. I am constantly told by my friends and family its not a real job if you can do it in your pajamas :)

    its also interesting how after a long time doing it, you sometimes long for the professionalism and organization of a real office where you wont be interrupted by annoying neighbors, talkative spouses kids and pets.

    "the grass is always greener" is a cliché for a reason I suppose.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for reading and commenting, albertsj - I agree; it takes a while for some people to associate the 'at home' thing with real work. I do enjoy it, though, and I think others will when they adapt to it.

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    jacy albertson 5 years ago from Lake Mary, Fl

    Hi Marcy,

    This is really helpful info. Many people think; "home" "I don't have to work" but it's true, if you want to make substantial income,or any income, for that matter, do it the right way, and don't get scammed. Very useful. Voting up, and useful

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Jackie - Thanks for your comments. You should write a hub about home schooling and doing your own business; that was a lot to juggle! I think many readers would be interested in that story!

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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I can vouch for it not being that easy. I didn't work at home but had my own business I had started and took my two children out of school to teach them myself which meant I had to take them with me and it was a real challenge, but it all worked out for the best.

    Great informative hub and lots of options.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Best of luck on your goal of working from home, savanahl - and thank you for your comments!

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    savanahl 5 years ago

    Very nice hub. I'm a stay at home mom and have been toying around the idea of working from home. This gave me some really good ideas. Thank you.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Oh, I well know that struggle, Cyndi! One thing that has worked for me is to plan a reward of some sort (not calorie-laden). For sample, if I have another task i enjoy waiting for me, I tell myself I 'get' to do it after I tackle the less-interesting task. Or I plan to read a book, watch a movie, go someplace briefly - whatever might be a doable incentive to get me over that hump. Hope thus helps!

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    Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

    This was a very useful hub. Thank you so much for the tips. Now give me a dose of discipline! I love writing and it's definitely the way I want to "work" but I'm still struggling with the discipline of tackling writing that may not be particularly interesting to me. So I'm still developing that discipline.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Sunshine! Your comments always brighten my day - glad you like the hub!

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Lots of useful information! I'll be sure and share this and I hope to find others that it could help!:)

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Mmargie - let me know how that goes. Best of luck to you!

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    Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

    Great ideas! Thanks...I'll be checking into some of these.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Nell - I feel sure you can work your way into a career you can do from home. It doesn't happen fast, nut it does happen!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi, I would love to work from home, I obviously try to get as many hubs written but that's just a small amount of money at the moment, but as you mentioned, a very strong and quick internet connection is a must, and that's where I fall flat! lol! if mine got any slower it would stop! great list though, and very helpful, rated up! cheers nell

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    I agree, Tams - I've met many people who want extra cash, but are not ready to decide if getting out of the house is a good choice for them.

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    Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

    Excellent hub! I think a lot of people get caught up in the idea that working from home will suddenly make life easier. It takes tonnes of organization to make that a reality, but it can be done. Planning ahead is the key to not getting discouraged.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Carter - we really have to adapt as we move up and into new things, don't we?

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    Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

    Great hub Marcy, thanks for putting it together, it's good to have options and try them out but it does take time but it's good practice as we mature as writers and become better at it. Voted up!

    Cheers

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Sis - it's good to see you back home! I like the points you made about setting guidelines and limits. It is far too easy to be working 24-hours a day once you start having your home as your office. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

    Great and informative Hub, Marcy -- hats off to you. I work at home and the point you made is very good -- it is work and if you don't approach it on the same basis you would in someone else's office -- zilch! I work in the music business and finally had to limit my phone calls from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. as other than that it would be around the clock. Setting guidelines and limits on the work you do and when you do it is imperative to sustainability -- and having a life other than work! Just excellent writing and invaluable information. Voted UP! Best/Sis

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, Austinstar - Thsnks for stopping by and commenting! I appreciate your kind words. We need to get together soon!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, Caramellatte! I'm glad you found it helpful!

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    Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    You are coming right along, Marcy. 220 followers in just a few weeks! And a 96 hub score already. That's amazing. It is probably due to your great writing and interesting topics. Keep up the good work. I am following some of your tips too.

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    caramellatte 5 years ago

    Great hub with a lot of useful info!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    That's an excellent suggestion, Ruchira - and it's perfect for SAHMs who have a degree. Thank you for mentioning it!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Colleen - I know it takes a while to build up your HubPages revenues - but we certain,y are fortunate to have this site as a venue, aren't we? I will watch for your hubs!

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    Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

    I started writing in Hubpages to create a home-based income for myself, but as you said, it isn’t that easy, it takes a good lot of effort, time and patience to get there.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, cclitgirl - I appreciate your feedback! I know you are an expert at this!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Excellent point, GClark! Thank you for mentioning that! You definitely need to be a self-starter to make it happen.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, adjkp25 - it can take a lot of effort to concentrate in the middle of chaos, that's for sure. I first did writing in a newsroom, and I'm thankful for that experience. It helped me learn to tune out a lot of noise.

    Thank you for your comments!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thank you, Vinaya - I think quite a few on this site have been able to live the dream!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    I so know what you mean about distractions, Cloverleaf! All those annoying things like food and clean clothes - sigh - what a pain! Thanks for your comments!

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    Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

    Marcy,

    Well written with full of required information.

    Another stay at home option is become a tutor.

    voted up and sharing!

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    Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

    Great info, Marcy. This is well-researched. Thanks for compiling this. :)

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    GClark 5 years ago from United States

    Voted Up on this timely hub with great ideas on working from home. I would like to add that anyone wanting to work from home should be a well-organized person who is internally motivated in order to be successful at this. GClark

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    David 5 years ago from Northern California

    Great information about working from home. My wife is the acne guide at About.com and she does struggle with carving out time to write her articles and to respond to emails from readers. With the normal everyday school schedules for our two kids, animal feedings, phone ringing, etc. she is limited in how much time she can sit down with her laptop and actually “work”. From what she has told me the biggest frustration is being able to finish something without being distracted because it can interrupt her thought process. Anytime one of the kids asks her something she kind of has to take a step back, or two, to re-establish where she was in her article.

    Very good job on reminding people that working from home is not as easy as those spam emails pretend it to be.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

    I'm a freelance writer and I work from home. Working from home is fun because you can have time to enjoy your life. But then you could also earn less.

    In this hub you have covered some advantages and disadvantages. I enjoyed reading your views.

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    Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Hi Marcy! I am working from home myself now; it's always been a dream of mine and it's quite a change considering I was working a full-time job just a month ago. I have found a couple of freelance writing opportunities and am looking forward to setting up my own couponing website in the near future! The worst thing about working at home is being distracted...especially by things that need to be done around the house. But I have to say that it's great to work my own hours, be flexible, and be my own boss!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    It's easy - there are many hubs on how to do it. One of the capsules you can insert is for links. Good luck!

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    William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Ok I will. I'll follow you and when I write it maybe you can tell me how to do the link to each other's Hubs things. Sorry still learning all this. I apologize.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, William - you absolutely should do a hub on Call Centers. Let me know when it's up and we can link to each other's hubs! I do not use Flikr, but I do find photos on Google Images. I'm also working on posting more of my own photography. Thanks for commenting!

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    William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Thanks Marcy I do have a few Hubs up on the topic. I should do one about the Work At Home Call Center Job I have. I briefly touched on it in my one Hub. Tell me Marcy do you ever use Flixr to upload your picture. Sorry to bother you with this but I'm trying to this Hub on Classroom Management but I'm having difficulty getting the pictures to upload. Again great Hub dear.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Hi, im28beyond - I think that's a good approach to transitioning to working from home. If you plan well, there will be less stress in switching over to home-based work. Thanks for your comments!

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Those are good points, alocsin - it may take w while to find your true niche. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Jazmine Llaguno 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    I've read about this article so many times but I can't give up my current job just yet. That's partly the reason why I started with Hubpages so I can practice on my writing/blogging skills and hopefully build up a great portfolio for my future virtual employers.

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Excellent hub for those considering this option. I think when you're first starting out, it might be best to work at several small jobs, so you can decide which one is best for you. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

    Thanks, William! I hope you'll share your tips with us, too - it can be a challenging thing when someone decides to work from home.

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    William Gerace 5 years ago from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Interesting Hub. I work from home too and got a few great ideas from this. Thanks again. I also write from you thanks again. Great article.