Are you a parent with vivid dreams of working at home? You know, the flexible hours, having the kids close by, no commute, working in a comfortable setting, and a boss you can live with—YOU! Your dream can become a reality if you prepare and educate yourself in the many jobs that can be done from a home office. Think about your marketable skills and research how you can use these skills to promote a successful business.
Working from home doesn't always mean starting your own business. There are many companies that are willing to provide work-from-home or flex-work opportunities to employees. Sometimes arrangements can be made for a few meetings at the office and the remaining duties at home.
Sound good to you? Now it's a matter of finding which job fits your style. Here are ten more occupations that are home-base friendly.
Massage is known to relieve stress and improve the quality of life. "I have been a licensed massage therapist for 16 years," explains LMT Lisa Kelly of Amazingbirths.com. "I do it simply because I love it, and it's so rewarding to do a job that helps people and really doesn't seem like work. My focus is with pregnant women or women who have just had babies doing pre- and postnatal massage therapy."
Kelly says that the heart of her business is run from her home and she sets her own hours. "I do house calls, getting to know my clients and their environments." Kelly adds that becoming a massage therapist consists of around 600 hours of class time and testing for a license, and that she has extra certification in pre- and perinatal massage therapy.
Customer Care Services
Many companies hire individuals who service inbound customer service/sales calls from clients to home-based offices. "I enjoy working at home because it allows me to be there for my children. I am able to earn extra income for my family without the expenses of travel and daycare," says Barbara, a customer service agent in the travel industry. "I have opportunities to work for different companies in travel and roadside assistance, getting paid by the call and sometimes by the minute. I am able to schedule my own hours and work around my family's needs." She adds that previous customer service and sales experience along with a computer were all that she needed to get started with her at-home job.