Working from home has become a necessity for many retirees. The economic downturn and its impact on savings income have led many to search for more creative ways to make money. For people who hoped that they'd already said 'adios' to corporate life, a work from home position, either as your own boss or working for someone else, is often appealing. But is it truly possible to find a well-paying job this way?
In a word – yes - it is possible to work from home and make money. If you're short of cash and need a retirement job but also want flexibility, there are definitely opportunities available to you, however, there are challenges associated with working from home that you need to think about whilst you're considering how to go about it.
Avoiding Becoming a Mark
For those who don’t know, a 'mark' is the target for scammers. These people make money by preying on the desperate. When you need money to feed your family or keep your house, even 'too-good-to-be-true' offers seem reasonable if they seem like they'll ease the financial burden. Unfortunately, they only serve to strip you of what's left of your hard-earned money.
Here are a few things to watch out for when looking for legitimate work-from-home positions.
Avoid requests for money – Any opportunity that asks for you to pay them for the privilege is a waste of time. Once you give them the money, they send you information about possible jobs or simply tell you what you already know. But, there's no job waiting for you.
Avoid getting rich quick – If there was a way to make thousands of pounds or dollars a week stuffing envelopes, everyone would be doing it. Consider the source. If it is just a phone number without any other kind of contact, that’s suspicious. Besides, who would pay that type of money for that kind of work? Think realistically before taking the plunge.
Check freelance sites – One way to always make money is to freelance. Website businesses are always looking for writers to provide content for their sites and blogs. If you are a website programmer, designer or an expert in copywriting, you can find opportunities at sites like Elance, Freelancer, Guru, iFreelance, HireWriters and LogoMyWay.
Look in local papers – Companies sometimes hire for customer service jobs that can be done from home. As long as you have a computer and access to the internet, you can have calls routed to you for answering. It may require you to visit the main facility for training but then you can conduct other business from home. In the U.S., medical offices hire freelance medical coders and transcriptionists. If you have the expertise, you can hire yourself out to a number of offices.
Use your creativity – Some work from home positions can stem from your talents and interests. If you can sew, set up shop as a seamstress. If you have a passion for gardening, you could provide your services to people who like to have a nice garden but don't have the time to keep it looking good. People have been setting up stores on eBay for years now. If you're into 'making things', sell your creations via an online store or auction.
It is possible to find ways to work from home and make money. Watch out for scams but be diligent in pursuing opportunities and gaining the knowledge to expand and take advantage of other lucrative propositions. You could discover you have entrepreneurial tendencies that you never dreamed existed!