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Many mums and dads are making the shift from on-site jobs to running a business from home. With the rising cost of petrol, massive layoffs, forced early retirements, corporate downsizing, and a general lack of viable options in the job market, many people have no choice but to seek out other income-producing opportunities.
Thanks to the internet, there are many ways to make money from home while saving on work clothes, lunches out, and business expenses at the same time. One of the biggest perks for work-at-home parents is being able to be home with the little ones while they're growing up.
Business opportunities on the web are varied and diverse. Thanks to affiliate marketing programs, it's possible to partner with others and take advantage of products and websites that are already in place. If you like to talk to others and find products and services you believe in, you can have all the advantages of your own corporation with none of the costs and headaches.
Starting a home-based business will require an initial investment in the product or service. All business can be conducted either by phone or online. Orders, shipping and product information are all handled by the company providing the service. Affiliates are paid by commission, and the only ongoing expense is the cost of obtaining leads.
There are other business opportunities online as well. Many companies hire customer service representatives who take calls and provide services to consumers. Order fulfillment, customer queries, resolving difficulties, and giving technical assistance are all being done from home by representatives with internet access to the company's website. These positions are generally salaried, with bonuses for handling large volumes of calls and providing excellent service.
If you like to write, there are many options for internet writers, ranging from writing reviews of goods and services to blog posting to professional article writing. Some writers are paid by the text, others earn according to the number of web clicks on their articles. There are also opportunities for online editors, proofreaders and translators.
Fast typists with a background in areas like medicine can get paid to do medical transcription work at home. Payment is based on the number of words transcribed, and a good service can provide as much (or as little) work as you like.
Extensive information about work-from-home business opportunities can be found on any of the many work-from-home job forums. You can check these forums to get a general idea about your options. Once you decide what you'd like to do, perform a search based on keywords related to things that interest you. As the saying goes, "one thing leads to another."