At Home Work is Still Work

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At home work has always been much coveted. Who wouldn’t want to be able to set their own hours, cut out all of that miserable and costly commuting and not have a boss breathing down your neck. For many people, this is the holy grail when it comes to a career. I’m not excluded from this long list.

Perhaps the fact that it seems too good to be true leads most of us to believe that ‘at home work’ simply isn’t achievable, and that our 9 to 5 grind is destined to last until we can one day retire, old, grey and over the hill, is that when you want to finally be set free? No, me neither, but working at home is NOT too good to be true, and in this modern age of hi tech communication and that beautiful thing we call the world wide web, working from the comfort of your own home is finally a genuine career choice.

Let’s think about it for a second. How much money passes hands on the internet every day? What percentage of your money at some point sees an online transaction? There are loads of ways you can work at home now, most of them being online. Here are some of my ideas for making it happen.

  • eBay seller: eBay provides you with a huge shop window, and you dont even have to work for it or pay for it on a high street. Many people trade on eBay and make solid livings, whether you deal in wholesale items which you buy from somewhere such as Alibaba.com and then sell on, or go in search of antiques or collectables locally, you can run a simple buy/sell business on eBay and done right, this can be profitable. If you create a product yourself, whether it’s badges or fine art, eBay provides a platform to sell it. Super.
  • Squidoo or HubPages: The first of a few content creation options for working at home that I’ll mention. Squidoo and HubPages allow you to create tutorials, informative articles and interesting pieces of writing. Those of them that draw traffic are then entitled to a share of advertising revenue. I know of many people making four figure monthly incomes with Squidoo, but most who get to this stage decide to branch out, leading me to my next point nicely…
  • Blogging. You can check out my other blog, about, well, blogging, for tips on how to make a living online. What I will say is to try and ignore the skeptics. This really can be done, make no bones about it, blogging is a viable career choice, you just have to pick the right niche and make sure you write quality as well as utilising SEO.
  • Zazzle, RedBubble and the like. If you’re an artsy type, running your own shop selling items such as T Shirts and stickers might be an easy way to build up a portfolio of products to sell.
  • Stock Music or Photography: If you have a talent for either taking pictures or making music, there are some really cool sites out there that provide you with a platform to sell your creations. I have written about how to make money selling stock music too.
  • Stocks and Shares: I’m no expert here, so I’ll leave it to those who are experts. – All I know is that people do make some quite hefty sums of money trading on the stock market, even if the risks are bigger than all of the above!
The beauty of this list is that most of them don’t require a lot of money, just effort and knowledge acquired on your part. Most of these things can be done purely with time and effort and maybe a little bit of capital, and can quickly pay for themselves. They’re superb examples of at home work, you can do them in your own time and they can provide solid, residual income streams.

My writings here on Escape 9 to 5 are tilted towards working for yourself, and I strongly believe that it truly is the way forward, so working at home from others is something I don’t know a great deal about, but lets face it, in an economy which is struggling, it makes sense for bosses to give their employees a bit more leeway and perhaps save on expenses, though I’m sure also that you’d have to build up a lot of trust for an employer to let you do their work without them being able to keep an eye on you.

Do you work from home? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know if you agree with our points or have something to add to our list, leave us a comment or send over an email.

Related Reading:

The eBay Business Handbook
ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income
How Can I Make Money Online

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