Work From Home Careers: An Overview

By: Shannon Kietzman


The number of work from home careers available today is outstanding. If you are looking to add a little residual income to your pocketbook or dream of being your own boss, work from home careers may be the answer you’re looking for.

Types of Work from home careers

The sheer variety of work from home careers can seem a bit overwhelming at first. Sorting through all of the opportunities and determining which ones are legitimate and which ones are scams is the first priority. As the old adage goes, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” This is not to say, however, that there are not plenty of legitimate work from home careers available.

Basically, work from home careers fall under two categories: your own business that you have started in response to a need you have recognized and working for someone else’s business by telecommuting.

Starting Your Own Business

If you wish to start your own business, there are several areas an entrepreneur can explore, such as:

  • Freelance data entry
  • Freelance writing
  • Freelance graphic artist
  • Window washing business
  • Candle making business
  • Notary
  • Inkjet refilling
  • Home typing
  • Car washing
If you choose to be an entrepreneur, you will be responsible for providing the goods or service of your business, as well as for taking care of the business aspects of the business. These aspects include marketing, customer relations, and accounting.

Working for Someone Else

Similarly, there are work from home careers that will allow you to stay at home while letting someone else remain in control of the business aspects. If you are uncomfortable with having control of the direction and ultimate success or failure of the business, this might be the right path for you.

Many of the same businesses already discussed can offer work from home careers for you without you having to be responsible for the overall business. For example, you may not be comfortable seeking out freelance writing, data entry, or graphic artist work. Instead, you might choose to work beneath someone who has successfully started one of these businesses. Often, individuals who have built a successful career in one of these areas subcontract work to those who prefer to provide the service but not deal with the business side of the job.

Other work from home careers that can bring in some residual income that do not require you to be business savvy include taking surveys and working as a secret shopper. Neither of these work from home careers is likely to make you rich, but, believe it or not, companies are willing to pay people for taking surveys. Often, these surveys are about a potential upcoming product or service and the company wants to get an idea of whether or not it will be well received by consumers. Therefore, there is often a screening process beforehand to ensure you fit within the demographic the company is targeting.

Secret shoppers are called upon to visit places of business to assess the provided service. Again, these particular work from home careers are not high paying, but they do provide a small stipend and you can often get a free meal or products for free by working as a secret shopper.

© 2006 Shannon Kietzman. All rights reserved.

Shannon Kietzman is a work from home careers expert. Shannon's views and ideas are published regularly on http://www.employment911.com