Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.
There's so much information out these days about work at home jobs. Some jobs are considered work at home jobs, but most of the work is done not in the home but in the community. So, what's the difference between a work at home job and a work from home job? The difference is simply where you do most of your work. A work at home job means you most often find yourself at your home, or in your home office doing the work you are paid to do. A work from home job means you probably have a home office as your base, but most of your work is done outside the home.
Below is a list of 15 examples of work you can do from a home-based office which will allow you more time to spend with your family.
Work at Home Jobs
1) Home Daycare Provider: The word home is even included in the title of this job. It means you spend most of your time working at home and caring for other people's children in your own home. Although you may take your charges on field trips periodically, you are home-based. And parents will bring their children to you at your home, and pick them up from there as well.
2) Writer: If you are a writer, there's a good chance you have a work at home job. Although some writers have separate offices that they go to every day, many of those offices are in their homes, or on the property, such as a spare room above the garage, etc. A popular work at home job today is an online writer. All an online writer needs is a computer, and the writing can be done anywhere there's access to electricity to plug it in and an internet connection. Although online writers sometimes head out to Panera Bread or Starbucks for a change of pace, most of them write from home.
Online writers can write for websites such as HubPages, Textbroker, Blogmutt and Constant Content. They can also start a blog and earn money through books they sell online through their blog, or affiliate programs.
They can also be copywriters and write copy for companies who hire them to work remotely from their homes.
3) Medical Transcriptionist: Although this job can be done at home, or in an office, it can be classified as an at-home job if you pick up work from a doctor's office, bring it to your home, do all the typing (transcribing from tapes) there, and bring it back to deliver to the office to be filed, and pick up more work to bring back home. Many medical transcription workers do this because it allows them to be home with their families and they can type when the kids are in school, or at night after they go to bed.
4) Web Page Developer: Many people choose to develop web pages from their home, on their home computers, and get paid for it. They never have to leave their home computers to do their work elsewhere.
5) Call Center Reps: Call Center reps have calls from a business routed to their phones, and as long as they are home during the hours they are officially working, they take calls from people on the outside and answer questions for a company's customers.
6) Hairdresser/Barber: Some people choose to build a salon or barbershop in their home so people can come to them to get hair care. They don't have to leave their home. Most people who do this job have a separate room attached to their home that is set up as a hairdressing facility or barber shop. This separate area keeps customers out of their home and can be a tax write-off as well.
7) College Consultant: To be a college consultant one needs to have reference books and a computer readily available as references to help their clients find the college that is right for them. Clients can come to their home office to get all the information they need to plan their future. To do it right, though, they will need to visit colleges around the nation to better help match their clients with the right colleges.
Work From Home Jobs
8) Home Party Sales: This involves signing on with a company, and although having an office at your home, you would need to go out to people's homes, or in the community for your business to succeed. There are two avenues to make money with this business. The most successful home party representatives are working out of their homes to not only put on parties for their customers and their friends, showing their wares and taking orders, etc. But they also sign new representatives onto their teams to train and support them. Examples of these types of businesses which are work from home are Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, Amway, Pampered Chef, Usborne Books, Silpada Jewelry, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Tastefully Simple, Pick a Pearl parties, and Creative Memories for scrapbooking. Many mothers choose these companies because they can do work from home, but it also helps them to get out of the house and socialize periodically.
9) Photographer: Photographers can have an office in their homes, and sometimes a studio as well, but they have to go outside their homes to take pictures for the most part. Weddings, commercial photography, newspaper photojournalists all have to leave home to get the photos they need for their business.
10) Tutor: Tutors for elementary through college students usually go out to the students they help and work with them in libraries, coffee shops or at their homes.
11) Personal Chef: A personal chef shops for needed food, and then goes to their client's homes and prepares meals in their kitchens which can be served, or frozen right there.
12) Professional Organizer: A professional organizer needs to go to client's homes to help them see what needs to be organized. They do most of their work at the client's house as that's where they are needed.
13) Errand Service: Someone who runs an errand service will need to be out and about running errands for other people. Although they may have a home office, they need to leave their home to do their work for their clients.
14) Pet Sitter/House Sitter: A person running this business would spend the majority of their time going out to other people's homes to care for their pets daily, or possibly stay overnight in the case of house sitting.
There are also two companies who will hire you to walk dogs. Similar to Uber in term of the way dog walkers find jobs, dog owners post on the apps when they need someone to walk their dogs, and then when they get a message about a dog that needs to be walked, the dog walkers can choose to accept the job when and if it's convenient for them. They are also able to get tips at the end of each walk.
If you want more information, check out these jobs at Wag and Rover.
A Third Option
15) Telecommuting: Telecommuting happens when a worker makes arrangements with the company they work for to do part or most of their work from home. They are still connected to their company but work at a home office part or most of their working hours. It can't go into either category above specifically because whether a person works at home most of their time, or from home, while going out to client's homes or returning to the company for meetings, will all depend on the company they work for, and the nature of the work they do.
If you are thinking about working at home, or from home, I hope the above-mentioned ideas gave you some food for thought regarding what would work best for your personal situation.
Personally, I have been working from home at least part-time for the past ten years. When I wasn't sure what type of work I wanted to do from home to earn money, I found a great book that gave me lots of ideas. The name of the book is Making a Living Without a Job by Barbara Winter. My favorite part of the book is where she shares stories of real people who have started to work from home, and what they do for work.
Copyright by Karen Hellier, 2012
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© 2012 Karen Hellier
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Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on May 02, 2020:
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Samuel Paulx from United States on May 07, 2018:
I just read your article and it's really nice that you recently updated it. I am working at home also and everything is really good but i don't have time to spend with my family. :(
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on April 23, 2018:
Thank you for this informative hub. I learned a new occupation, errand runner. While it is something Im not interested in, it sounds like a creative way to earn a few extra bucks. All the information had great dynamics.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on February 22, 2018:
I totally agree with you. I think kids need their moms at home and there are lots of opportunities for mothers to work from home. You can find lots of great blogs and websites that will give you suggestions and encouragement as a work-at-home mom.
Amy from East Coast on February 19, 2018:
This is a great article. As a mom with small children I am coming to the reality that working from home is the best option to keep my skills up, make money, and be there for my kids.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on August 02, 2015:
Thank you smcopywrite and I wrote this because I wanted to help people understand there are a lot of ways to earn money from home.
smcopywrite from all over the web on August 01, 2015:
This is a great way to look at folks working out of the home( is this another one). Great hub.
Karen Hellier (author) from Georgia on May 16, 2012:
Well, I loved working from home. I was pretty active and out in the community for both my jobs and through my children, but enjoyed having my office in my home so I could work at night or in the wee hours of the morning if I wanted to. Thanks for reading and commenting.
Judy on May 16, 2012:
I worked from home and it's soooo boring and depressive :-(