How to Choose the Best Work from Home Job

by WorkFromHome on November 4, 2011

Five years ago, many interested in working from home were asking the question, “How do I find work from home jobs?” With the advancements in digital technology and the internet in recent years we have now stumbled onto an abundance of available and high-paying work from home jobs. Call centers have begun closing their offices and brick-and-mortar call centers and replaced them with qualified home-based candidates. Data entry specialists, coders, and medical transcriptionists have a never-ending supply of work as medical offices, hospitals, and law offices race to convert paper files to digital transcriptions.

With an abundance of available online jobs and opportunities, many are finding that they are now asking, “How do I choose the best work from home job?” Lifestyle, location, qualifications, background, income requirements, and availability all factor into finding the best job for your lifestyle. Here are some guidelines and suggestions on how to choose the best work from home job for you.

If you have young children or noisy pets in the home, you need to find a non-phone job. Jobs such as data entry, transcription, coding, and online surveys allow you to work any time. You can choose to work after the children are in bed and can work as much or as often as you prefer. Most of these types of jobs offer flexibility and do not require you to work a set schedule or minimum number of hours. A small percentage of data entry and transcription companies may require you to submit an allotted number of completed assignments, but there is typically a 24 or 48-hour turnaround time for completed assignments.

If you have a quiet home office, enjoy speaking to people and troubleshooting problems, enjoy assisting customers, and have a flexible schedule, you can make money from home as a customer service agent, chat specialist, or technical/IT specialist. Most CSRs or IT specialists receive inbound calls from customers and potential customers with inquiries about everything from products and services to bill-related questions, troubleshooting issues, and resolution inquiries. Agents utilize company-issued software programs and equipment to assist customers, log calls and notes, and dispatch or escalate calls to other departments. These jobs often offer numerous health benefits, bonuses, and advancement opportunities. Most shifts are pre-set per company need and you should expect to work a mix of weekends and weekdays or nights, along with the occasional holiday. Part-time and full-time shifts are typically available and some companies offer overtime or hire seasonal candidates to handle calls before and after the holidays.

If you would like to have control over your earnings and your schedule, a home business, online auction business, or freelance writing job may be perfect for you. These jobs do not offer a steady paycheck or guaranteed level of earning, but if you can afford the risk, these jobs can pay up to ten times more than hourly home-based jobs. You control most of the income opportunities and profits with these lucrative careers. If you enjoy creative writing, type and research quickly, and have a strong command of the English language, embarking on a new career as a freelance writer is perfect for you. You can work for established content generating sites, revenue sharing sites, online publications, news companies, and even professional blog sites. Online auction businesses and home businesses require solid ideas, extensive research, and possibly up-front capital to get started, but offer unlimited earning potential. All of these careers are also great for those with young children or limited schedule availability.

If you are looking for supplemental money, fun money, or extra spending money, mystery shopping is a wonderful way to earn money from home. Most of the paperwork is done online. You get to try new restaurants, stores, hotels, and movie theaters in your local area, provide market research companies with invaluable feedback, and get paid for your purchases, time, and experience. You must be thorough, have an impeccable eye for detail, and meet time-sensitive deadlines in order to be a successful mystery shopper. Those with young children or other work-related or volunteer obligations may have a hard time scheduling mystery shopping assignments into their busy days.

Whether you choose to work for an already-established company or start your own business, working from home affords more freedom, income, and time with your family. Take some time to sit down and make a list of pros and cons to each type of work from home job. If you have to sacrifice happiness or time with your family in order to work from home in a particular field or trade, the opportunity is not right for you. The right work from home job will be one that provides you with the income necessary to thrive and that you enjoy, while affording you ample time with your family.

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