Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Want to Make Money from Home?

It's the latest American dream: make money from home. But is it really possible to make money from home? Of course it is! There are tons of people doing it. If you, too, want to make money from home, you need to determine what exactly you want to do...do you want to start your own business? Do you want to get into retail? Or provide services?

Speaking generically, there are three ways to make money at home:

  1. Writing on various platforms;

  2. Start a home business;

  3. Join various money-making web sites.

Make Money From Home by Writing

The first way to make money from home is to write for various websites. There are many sites offering a chance to write articles and get paid for them. Most do not offer much money per article, but you can make money from home by writing for these sites. Associated Content, Helium and E-How are examples of sites that give you the chance to make money from home by writing articles. Constant Content is a site that allows you to sell your articles and set your own price.

These sites are free to join, and consist of an active writing community.

But, I do urge caution...if you want to make money from home, but aren't good at writing...this may not be the best way for you to make money from home. If you hate writing, I definitely wouldn't advise writing to make money from home!

On the flip side, you can also make money from home with your own blog or website. Have a passion? Start a blog or aa website, display ads and market yourself. This requires a huge time commitment, and takes a lot of work, but many people are making great money from home with their own blogs or websites!

Make Money From Home with Your Own Home Business

Another way to make money from home is by starting your own business. Companies such as Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef or Discovery Toys give moms the chance to make money at home by running their own business. These types of companies require an initial investment, but ultimately offer great freedom of schedule and income opportunities.

If you have marketable skills, you can open your own home business to make money at home. What skills? Well, almost anything...do you make crafts, such as woodworking, crocheting, knitting or scrapbooking? Start selling your crafts online, or at craft shows! Have great office skills? Consider starting a business as a virtual personal assistant...all from the comfort of your own home! Know how to design websites, or program applications? Consider freelancing as a web designer or a developer.

There are many different skills that can be converted into a business that will help you make money from home. If you choose this route, make a list of skills, talents and hobbies that you have. I'm sure you have something that you can market!

Make Money From Home Using Various Money-Making Websites

The final category of ways to make money at home is to sign up for websites that pay you for various activities. Some websites claim to pay you for reading emails; others for signing up for offers, and still others for participating in their community. Do any of these websites really pay? I honestly don't know...I've signed up for Inbox Dollars, but haven't reached the payout threshold yet, so I can't vouch for if they pay or not...

So do you want to make money from home? First you must decide what type of "job" you want. Once you figure out which category you want to be in, you can conduct research to decide the best option for you to make money from home.

I welcome comments, please leave thoughts or comments! :-)


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