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Can I Work From Home For Free?

Jan 12, 2008
When people look for a way to work from home, most often the first opportunities they encounter cost money. In fact, they probably first encounter scams, and an awful lot of people fall for them. Which makes them wonder...

Isn't there any way to work from home for free?

Of course there is. But it's not going to be as easy as one might hope. Lots of people want to find these opportunities.

The first thing to remember is that a business will eventually cost you some money, in almost all cases. You can get a free blog and just start writing, commenting and posting articles to get free traffic, but in most cases your best way to get things moving is to spend a little money. It decreases the learning curve and opens up new possibilities.

If you come to realize that a home business is for you, figure out what you can spend and what it is you would like to do. Research the opportunities that interest you and do not plunge in without any thought or give up because you didn't succeed your first month. Despite all too many claims to the contrary, it rarely comes that easily.

But work from home jobs, as a rule, should be free. There are very occasional exceptions to this, such as some companies requiring a background check, but this is highly unusual.

In all cases of a company wanting money for anything related to a work at home job, ask around before giving them your money. Someone will know if it is legitimate. This is where work at home forums come in very handy.

Of course, free is assuming you have certain things already, such as a computer and high speed internet access. These are the two most basic supplies for most work at home jobs.

You can start your search with a quick look around at the possibilities, but the most important things to look at are your own skills. What will make an employer want to hire you?

Typing skills are very important to most work at home jobs. They matter in data entry, transcription, customer service... just about every work at home job involves typing. If you can't type well at all, find a free online typing tutor site and start working on your skills.

Treat your hunt for a real work at home job just as you would any other job hunt. Employers want to know what you can do for them. They don't need to know your personal situation. They need to know that you can do the job they're hiring for and the hours you're willing to work. When you write your resume, focus on what the employer is looking for.

I always warn people that it takes time to land a job in almost all cases, just as with jobs outside the home. Few people land their dream job right away.

Yes, dear readers, you can work from home for free. But forget the ideas of instant wealth. If it were that easy we'd all be doing it. Keep a realistic attitude, do your research and don't give up. I really believe that the benefits of working at home make the challenges worth it.
About the Author
Stephanie Foster runs http://www.homewiththekids.com/ as a free work from home resource. She lists free work from home jobs on her site.
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