There are a lot of people out there who want to work from home, and there are a lot of people who want to take advantage of that. Scam sites are rife, and be aware that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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There are a lot of people out there who want to work from home, and there are a lot of people who want to take advantage of that. Scam sites are rife, and be aware that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Having said that, there really are plenty of options for those hoping to work from home. Ten of the most popular are below.

1              Home sales, telesales

Telemarketing or direct marketing are great ideas, but the hours are set  – no working around that – and there is often a high level of commission.

2              Freelance writer – journalism or copywriting

For those with experience there is lots of work around. Many companies are outsourcing web writing, blogs, publications are always looking for great stories. Make sure you are qualified, have work guaranteed to start with, and have a good business plan.

3              Accountancy

Accountancy and bookkeeping are both fields where the work can easily be done by telecommuting. If you work in the field, see if there are flexible work options – you could be surprised. If you are looking to become qualified and branch out alone, be aware that you need a good client base and a reputation to precede you to be successful.

4              Graphic design

Graphic design is very popular and they seem a dime a dozen, but if you have a point of difference and a real skill, it’s a great business which is easy to run from a home office. All you need is the software and a good client base to get started.

5              Social media manager

If you have experience looking after social media marketing, you could find that this is a very lucrative field – if ever there was work made for telecommuting, this is it.

6              Personal Training

This is another very popular option. There are some excellent personal training courses, which can lead to good careers. However, you may need to start in a gym to gain a reputation and potential client base.

7              Event management

Weddings, corporate breakfasts, balls – they can all be arranged from home, and allow the flexibility for evening work too. For those with a background in events and corporate networking this is a popular – but competitive – option.

8              Photographer

With the growth of social media for marketing, many photographers are branching out by themselves, and being successful doing so. As it is a competitive field and your work is there for all to see, it is a good idea to have a point of difference which sets you apart from peers.

9              Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants are just that – offsite assistants who manage diaries, calendars, coordinate personal and business affairs. It’s an increasingly popular choice for busy people and for those who are super organised by nature and have corporate and admin experience it can be very satisfying and lucrative.

10           Teaching/tutoring

If you have been a teacher in the past, or just an area of expertise you are qualified in, tutoring is an extremely popular way to earn money from home. From guitar to pottery to massage to yoga – use your expertise to give you a great work-life balance.

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