"WORK FROM HOME! $50,000/month! No start-up fees!"
Those kind of ads are all over the web and the Classifieds section of the newspaper.
But - beware - there are tons of scams out there. Jobs that promise huge dividends without hard work are almost always dead ends.
To find a legitimate work-at-home opportunity, I encourage you to consider these four tips:
If you are currently working outside of the home, it is important to give your best and to go the extra mile. Stand out in your company by exceeding expectations, by being a positive and important part of the team, by dressing to match the upper level executives, and by working hard to create strong interpersonal relationships with colleagues and supervisors.
If you are good at what you do and you are a valuable part of your company's success (see #1), the company won't want to lose you. So, if you would like to work from home...ask. Create a proposal and make a request. Outline how you will stay in touch, how often (or if...) you will come into the office, etc. Get your thoughts out on the table and see what happens.
Granted, this doesn't work in every field. If you're a police officer or a nurse or a park ranger, you can't exactly do that from home. But many office-y-type jobs are well-suited for a virtual and/or telecommuting arrangement.
If you're not currently working, this tip still applies. For example, perhaps you are a website designer and you notice that a local business has a shabby website...why not approach them with a portfolio and see if they would like to hire you? Or perhaps you are a whiz with numbers and have accounting experience...stop in at a few local businesses and ask if your services might be needed. The only risk is being told "no."
There are a handful of these to choose from, but - essentially - these companies locate work-from-home, part-time, and flexible job opportunities FOR YOU. From there, you can select those that are in your area of expertise and apply.
FlexJobs : FlexJobs is a site "where you'll find the best telecommuting and online jobs, from freelance to fulltime, all hand-screened and legitimate. Guaranteed." The site has over 2,000 active, current telecommuting jobs in over 50 professional categories. Subscriptions are $14.95/month or $49.95/year. [Read my previous post about FlexJobs, published 6-14-2009].
HireMyMom.com : HireMyMom.com exists “To provide businesses with top talent for temporary and permanent projects while enabling mom professionals to capitalize on the freedom and flexibility to do top-rated work from home.” At any given time, there are typically 200+ opportunities available. Most of the positions pay between $10-30/hour, but there are also positions that are contract and/or commission-based. Some of the positions are permanent; others are temporary. A quarterly membership is $29.95; an annual membership is $99.95. [Read my previous post about HireMyMom.com, published 3-12-2009.].
Jobs and Moms Career Center : The Jobs and Moms Career Center is a site that seeks to present professional women with ideas and resources around finding a better way to blend work and family. The site includes a Job Board, where moms can post their resume for FREE. [Read my previous post about the Jobs and Moms Career Center, published 2-13-2008].
Mom Corps : Mom Corps works to match professionals with flexible job opportunities suited to candidates' qualifications and scheduling needs. Candidates fill out a detailed profile, specifying their professional experience and needs for flexibility. Once registered, candidates can search and apply directly to active jobs. In turn, employers search the database for candidates matching their qualifications and notify the select candidates they wish to have apply. Membership is FREE! To register (upload your resume, search, and apply for active jobs) - it costs you nothing. You can add a premium "Featured Listing" service to your account for $9.99/month. [Read my previous post about Mom Corps, published 3-19-2008.].
Needlestack Jobs : Needlestack Jobs is a site that allows job seekers to search for “professional flextime jobs” (any job that is NOT Monday to Friday from 8 until 5). There are both full and part time options; there are also both permanent and temporary options. Membership is FREE for the job seeker. NJ covers 13 different areas of focus: accounting, education, finance, government, health care, human resources, IT, legal, marketng, non-profit, pharmaceuticals, and sales. [Read my previous post about Needlestack Jobs, published 2-20-2008].
If you'd rather be your own boss and create your own success, you can always do "the American thing" and start your own business. Be an entrepreneuer. Identify your passion and move ahead. It might be a bumpy road, but you'll learn a lot and there's endless potential for monetary gain.
Best wishes to you as you search for the best job situation for you and your family!