Desiring to work from home as a single parent is a noble calling. For me, I wanted to avoid having to put my son in daycare, and that’s how my quest to find legitimate work that I could do from home began. My son was very young at the time, which limited my options somewhat, since I did not have a block of time every day in which he would be in school. Therefore, opportunities involving any kind of phone-based customer service work were not a viable option for me, although such positions have proven to be satisfying and rewarding careers for those able to take on that type of work.
Given my circumstances, I decided to focus on jobs involving typing, which I have gotten to be quite adept at. If you have a decent typing speed and above-average to exceptional grammar skills, doing transcription from home might be a good fit for you, as I have found it to be for myself. Even without formal transcription experience, there are several companies that can be located on the internet that will hire “newbies” with adequate typing speeds and grammar skills.
Though doing transcription from home proved to be an ideal job for me, I had also heard from others with experience working from home that it is always best to have multiple eggs in your basket, so to speak, just so that you’re not completely dependent on a single source of income while working from home. With that in mind, I began seeking out additional work-from-home opportunities to supplement my transcription work, of which I ultimately found two with which I have had success.
One of these opportunities is blogging. There are a multitude of blogs and blogging-related websites in existence, which can be overwhelming to someone new to blogging. One can generally choose from a vast number of subjects to write about, and bloggers are either paid per entry, or through the revenue of advertisements placed on the pages of their blog. For those who enjoy writing and feel adept at it, blogging can be a great egg to add to your work-at-home basket.
The other way I have found to make money from home is as an EBay seller. Granted, this is not a steady stream of income, but it is a nice extra egg for my basket. Generally, I will look at local garage sales on the weekends for unique or valuable items that I know are priced much lower than their worth, and then put them up for sale on EBay. This can take some time to get the hang of, but I find it to be a worthwhile pursuit, especially since I’m able to take my son along with me while I’m hunting at garage sales.
In addition to the opportunities mentioned above, many websites exist that are dedicated solely to working at home, which can offer you even more ideas and opportunities. Above all, a persistent and positive attitude will help you a great deal in determining what kind of work-at-home position is right for you and then finding such a position.