For people who are struggling to find employment in the current economy, maybe now is the perfect time to consider how you can work from home. There are many work from home ideas out there; the trick is finding the best one for you. Unless you are planning a home based business, which is different from working out of your house, you usually do not need to meet any zoning requirements. As long as you do not plan to have employees or customers coming to your house, no special permits are usually required.
Before you plunge into options, it is important to set aside a specific area to use as your office. Separating living areas from work, especially when under the same roof, is important for your sanity.
To narrow down the best options for you, it is a good idea to pick something you think you will enjoy. Avoid the ads you see for easy money, such as assembling products at home, as these are usually scams. You may see ads for secret shoppers, and while reputable companies paying people to ‘shop’ undercover do exist, most are not. Never send money in exchange for lists of companies that hire secret shoppers. That information is free on the internet.
If you are good at writing, there are many Web sites that pay writers. Do not sell yourself short, however. Check around before signing up. Some writing sites only pay per page view, some pay a few dollars or less upfront and others pay much more. If you are knowledgeable in a particular subject and also have decent writing skills, you can probably sell your articles for around $15 each, plus profit sharing. If proofreading is your forte, there are many Web sites paying for editors on a per page basis.
Other ways to work from home are the good old standbys such as Avon or Tupperware. These companies are still hanging in there and looking for consultants.