Work From Home – Scam or Solution?


Working from home is a dream for many. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people take advantage of this dream, and many people are duped into scams. The good news, is that there are legitimate, well-paying job opportunities if you desire to work from home. It is important to recognize potential scams. In that vein, NEVER pay upfront for any leads or programs that offer work from home opportunities. You do not have to pay to get a job – ever.

So where do you find legitimate work from home opportunities? It depends – do you want to own your own business, be a freelancer, or be an employee? If you want to start a business, it is important that you meet with an accountant and attorney to get the proper documentation filed, including any certificates and licenses. The accountant can help you to set up your business accounts, help with financial planning, and recommend best financial practices.

If you would prefer to be a freelancer, there are several reliable websites that allow you to post your skills, background and experience, and search for jobs posted by businesses. This can be a great way to build your clientele, and start working from home. Just like with starting your own business, it is important to consult with an accountant to help you properly prepare for your finances, including your personal taxes. Some popular freelancing websites include Elance, Freelancer, Guru, PeoplePerHour, and many others.

Perhaps you want a salaried position that allows you to work from home. That is doable too. Start by looking at the companies you do business with. Many major corporations offer virtual jobs – at all levels – working from home is not just for clerks and transcriptionists. From entry level to executive, corporations including IBM, Apple, American Express and literally hundreds of others offer great positions, that allow you to work from the comfort of your own home. Go directly to corporate websites, and in the career search section, and look for “virtual” positions. You will be amazed at the number of companies that are seeking work at home professionals.

There are many benefits working from home. First, it can give you the flexibility you need to handle caregiving responsibilities. Flexibility is the big reason that many people want to work from home; they desire a life that allows them to schedule their work around the hours that are most convenient. In addition, you will have more autonomy, and won’t have a boss watching your every move. But remember, whether you are employed, a freelancer, or own and operate your own business, you will still actually have to be productive and get the job done.

One of the greatest challenges work from home folks face is balancing work life and personal life. The fact is – you never leave your office – and that can be a problem for many individuals. It is vital that you have a set number of hours, in a dedicated space, and at the end of the day, you are done. It is easy to get wrapped into a 24 hour schedule, especially for freelancers and small business owners, who know there is always something more that can be done. Respect your time, and remember, you chose to work out of your home for flexibility.

Whether you want to own and operate your own business, be a freelancer, or an employee that works from home, it is imperative that you consult with a personal accountant. Learn about the tax deductions that you are eligible for, and the best way to manage your personal and professional income when working from home.

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