Legit "work from home" jobs?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by GanChan, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    I am currently working from home as a freelance copywriter. I like it a lot, but the income is somewhat unstable, particularly at holiday times and in the dead of summer. A secondary job would be all I need to stay secure, but most in-office part-time jobs require anywhere from 20 to 30 hours a week, and I need to keep my principal focus on building my writing business, which means I have to be flexible enough to meet with clients, etc. I'd consider delivering food or something, but I can't afford to trash my car.

    Is there another home-based job I could do that isn't a scam? So many of them seem to be of the "envelope stuffing" variety....

    I would be interested in hearing any stories from people who have had good experiences (or bad ones!) with these kinds of jobs, so I know what might be legit and what definitely isn't.
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If there are some home businesses in your area, helping out one of them on a part time basis may work.

    Though you may be operating in their home.
  3. Kashchei macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2002
    Meat Space
    If your typing skills are good, I think transcription jobs (autopsies and other unsavory things) are available and pay reasonably well.
  4. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
    Do you know another language? If so, you could offer translation services.
  5. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    didn't jet blue service people used to work from home?
  6. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    What do you look like? How flexible are your morals? the "webcam" buisness is booming :D:D
  7. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    "But what I really want to do is direct...." :)

    In terms of the web, sometimes I wonder about blogging. I know some people have turned blogs into successful income generators, but I don't quite grok that process. To misquote South Park:

    1. Popular topic, entertainingly presented
    2. ???
    3. Lots of readers
    4. Paid advertisers
    5. Profit!

    Is that how it goes?
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Go get a real job you hippie!

    LOL I'm kidding really. I would say that your best bet would be the transcribing as someone mentioned.
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    The man is a copywriter. He should put his writing skills to good use.

    Besides, "Porn Writer" sounds like a classier job.
  10. TimJim macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2007
    This is just a question not really a suggestion, but do the people on Apple.com, the customer service people, work at home or are they outsourced in like India or something?
  11. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    My idea of a work from home job is my current job.

    Work from home and make $XX,000 a year.

    Only catch is you also work 50-60 hours at the office and then another 10-20 from home, unpaid.:(
  12. shecky Guest


    May 24, 2003
    Obviously you're not a golfer.
    i think you would be wiser to spend the 20 hours you would work at another job developing your freelance business instead. take those 20 hours and do nothing but chase leads, develop marketing, send out RFP's etc.. ultimately it will be more rewarding and most likely much higher paying.

    in case you dont already, you should really be reading freelanceswitch.com every day.

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