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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
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
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
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."