Making extra money from home sounds like an excellent idea, does it not? After all, your own job may pay barely enough for you to “make ends meet;” or, alternatively, your spouse, or one or both of your parents may be in that situation, and you want to be an extra source of income. Then again, you may still live with a working parent and want to have money of your own to spend — this certainly describes me perfectly.
Whatever the case, you will be glad to know that there are plenty of money-making opportunities out there and that you no longer have to confine your job search to the area in which you can easily get around on foot or by car. Let us tell you some of the aspects of earning money from home — its benefits and drawbacks, the kinds of work that you can do and (no, sorry but we cannot skip this part, unpleasant though it is) the various scams of which you must beware if you are to avoid losing money instead of making it.
Benefits and drawbacks of making extra money from home
We will give you the drawbacks first and get it over with. When you work from home, you are working from a distance. Therefore, you have no hope of getting to know your employers or your customers face to face, which is really the only way in which you can know anybody intimately. What this means, more than anything else, is that the only thing that people can know about you is the quality of the work that you do, and if you fail in that area, you have nothing. The only hope for you, therefore, is to give nothing less than your absolute best.
Now for the good part. Unlike a job at a brick-and-mortar workplace, a long-distance job is not one that you have to give up should you move out. In fact, if you have an online job, you can work, not just from your own home, but from anywhere as long as there is Internet access and you have a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with which you can go online. Of course, if your work involves things that must be mailed to you, then you will have to notify your employer of your change of address so that the items can now be sent there. In essence, wherever you go, you can take your job with you!
How to make extra money from home — finding a position
To earn money from home, you naturally must first look for and find work. Many sites, including the one for which this article was written, have written work that people can do. These include Textbroker, HireWriter, iWriter and other “content farms” whose clients may specify one or more keywords to be used either a certain number of times or in a certain density (percentage of the text). They also include sites like Essaywriters, where people go to have their essays done for them; these assignments are typically more long-term, require a certain number of pages, do not require keyword density and deal with more complex subjects such as science, history and literature. Other online companies hire people to translate material or write reviews of music.
An older work arrangement involves sending bulk materials, such as envelopes and mailings to be placed in them, or pieces to be assembled into a final product, to the employee’s address. This is probably less common than it was in the past, and it is neither as rewarding nor as profitable — after all, the costs of mailing the items back and forth need to be paid by someone.
At last, we come to that part which you’ve been longing not to hear — that thing we said about scams? There is no shortage of people looking to make money in the dishonest way, and many are in the work-at-home business. A common scam of this type is to ask you to pay the costs of parts up front, then falsely tell you the customer rejected the finished product. You can lessen your chances of becoming a victim by looking out for telltale signs, such as lack of transparency.
There is one more important guideline. Do not take assignments that go against your moral principles, no matter how much you may be offered. For example, do not take a writing assignment that requires you to praise immoral, disgusting behavior such as homosexual activity or making pornographic webcams. Morality comes ahead of money, and besides, if you persevere, you can get a job that does not call for moral compromise.
Most important, long-distance work can also be another entry in your work history. You really can make extra money from home!