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Keep your skills fresh and your employability high during the years you spend at home as a full-time mother. Working from home offers mothers several benefits. You add to your family's income while controlling your working hours. Finding a legitimate work-at-home job can seem like searching for a needle in a haystack, but it can be done.
Online classified ads can be full of employment opportunities for stay at home moms. Some companies post open freelance or telecommute position on listings websites such as Craigslist. Certain job boards specialize in connecting freelancers or independent contractors with employers, according to Kim Komando in "USA Today." The employers post their projects and estimated budget and the workers bid on the projects. You can review the employer's payment history and feedback before bidding to confirm whether or not he has a history of paying. Some job boards also let you put payment in escrow before you begin working on a project.
Look for Referrals
Ask your friends who also stay at home if they have any recommendations for jobs. You might be able to find a legitimate opportunity through the referral of a friend or acquaintance. A referral can also help you steer clear of an offer that won't make you any money or might result in you losing money. If you are considering a specific company, look for people who have experience with the company. Ask them how long it took for them to earn money and what their overall experience with the company was.
Do It Yourself
Another way to find a legitimate job opportunity is to create that job opportunity yourself. For example, you might start a store on an online auction site or at a place such as Etsy. You can sell items you made or vintage items you've come across for a profit. Put any skills you have to use by starting a small business from home. If you formerly worked as a graphic designer, create a website showcasing your work and use it to find clients.
Be Aware of Scams
Work at home scams are a dime a dozen. Most scams are pretty easy to spot, though. One sure sign of a scam is a vague description of the work involved. Other red flags include asking you to pay a fee up front and promising you that you will earn a fortune with little effort. Scams try to rope you in by telling you to "act now" or by claiming that the offer expires in a week or a month. If you feel uneasy about a company, research it before proceeding.
Based in Pennsylvania, Emily Weller has been writing professionally since 2007, when she began writing theater reviews Off-Off Broadway productions. Since then, she has written for TheNest, ModernMom and Rhode Island Home and Design magazine, among others. Weller attended CUNY/Brooklyn college and Temple University.