How to Make a Living From Home

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You're sick of your day job and are always dreaming of working for yourself, or at least of calling the shots on how and when you work each day. With a little patience and diligence, you can learn how to earn money from home. A work-at-home job is not just a pipe dream; with the Internet at your disposal and a few skills, it is a real possibility. You can make it happen pretty easily.

Set up a home office. You will need a comfortable desk and chair, a filing cabinet and possibly a book shelf. Ikea provides all of these items affordably.

Decide what you are going to do. Do you want to work from home as a bookkeeper, an accountant, a writer or editor, a graphic designer, a virtual assistant, a customer service representative or something else? Whatever your skills, there is sure to be a job that you can do as a telecommuter to help you earn money from home. Explore all possibilities. Perhaps you'll be able to combine one or more for a full-service business.

Market yourself for your work-at-home business. If you have the funds, it is worth it to create business cards, a website and possibly even a brochure. The secret to success when you go into business for yourself is to let people know who you are and what you can do for them.

Search the job and career boards using keywords, such as "telecommute," "work from home," "work at home," "WAHM," "WAHD" or "home business."

Don't be afraid to fail. If your first work-from-home business venture doesn't work, try, try again. There is something out there that you were made to do. You just have to find your niche. Practice and patience are virtues here.

If you need money to start, take out a small business loan. Many banks and business entities will offer small business loans to the credit worthy and to those who have good ideas for small businesses. Most small businesses don't make a lot of income in the first year or two. A small business loan may help you close the gap between when you start your business and when you begin making a profit. If you decide to pursue this option, you will need to create a business plan.


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