Growth Trends for Related Jobs
Work-at-home assembly jobs usually require a small fee in exchange for materials. These materials are then constructed into a craft or another type of product, then sent back to a company, and upon approval, the item is purchased at a higher price by the company. The assembler will get to pocket the profit, and may continue to purchase more materials, creating products for as long as agreed upon by the company.
Be Aware of Scams
Become familiar with scams associated with work-at-home and assembly jobs. Many assembly jobs that are advertised promise $300 or $500 a week or more as regular pay. Some won't give details unless you buy a package. Other issues are important to address. Check the Federal Trade Commission website, along with RatRaceRebellion.com and WAHM.com, for articles about scams to find out how to spot and avoid them.
Etsy and Other Online Craft Outlets
Check Etsy.com, ArtFire.com, CrowdSpring.com and other websites for more information about selling your own crafts online. Create your own designs and sell through online auction or direct sales. You could also offer the products wholesale to local or online craft shops. Selling the items on consignment at local or online craft and decor shops may also be an option. Or you could consider selling your crafts at local flea markets and fairs, or starting your own home craft show, inviting people over similar to a direct sales party.
Check Verified Online Lists
Log onto verified online lists of work-at-home assembly jobs. Many work at home forums have put together a list of legitimate crafting jobs and can offer insight on each company. Some great work at home forums are available on WAHM.com and WorkPlaceLikeHome.com. Remember, be prepared to do your own research and use your instincts. The most valuable advice is, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
Start with Legitimate Companies
Magical Gift Company and Disciple's Cross are two legitimate companies that have been around since the 1990s . Disciple's Cross offers crucifixes which you can sell yourself or resell back to the company. Magical Gift Company creates a variety of gifts; you buy an initial test kit, and after approval of a completed test piece, the company will then send additional materials to you in lots of 100 or more. According to the website, the average income is about $8 to $10 an hour.
Calissa Hatton has been writing since 1999, with a focus on business, health, organization and time-management topics. She has been published with "The Republic" newspaper in Columbus, Ind., and she runs her own blog. Hatton studies physics at the University of Louisiana.