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Learn How to Work at Home and Be Your Own Boss

written by: phoenixwriter•edited by: John Garger•updated: 1/5/2011

Working from home is no longer a dream. Learn about two work-at-home opportunities that can launch you on your way to being your own boss.

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    I don’t know about you, but two years ago I realized that there is really nothing wrong or difficult about employing yourself and becoming your own boss. People who have talked to me regarding being a worker at home ask just one thing. “Isn’t it risky to have work-at-home jobs?” What I’ve always told them is that I don’t think you can consider it “risky” to make thousand of dollars doing tasks for only a few hours a day. It usually strikes them with awe that working from home can be so lucrative.

    Working at home can actually mean three things—you are permanently employed by a company, you are a freelancer, or you have your own business. For the mean time, let us concentrate on the first two types since we all know that running a personal business is much more risky and that you need more than a couple of dollars to start.

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    The Concept of Working from Home

    Previously, the concept of work-at-home jobs was simply an idea. I saw one episode of the Simpson’s when Homer was actually working at home in front of his computer doing some nuclear power plant monitoring stuff. Even though I was just about 12 years old back then, the idea of working at home struck me with amazement. I told myself that someday, I want to have that kind of a job and the good thing is, after graduating from college, I am just like Homer. Dream come true, huh!

    But where are we really right now when it comes to home-based jobs? Work-at-home setup developed because of the widespread use of the internet. Today, many companies have realized that setting up employment opportunities in cyberspace is far cheaper than hiring people. At the same time, people who are really eager to earn a living are very optimistic in getting this one of a kind career format. If you will ask me, most careers to earn that I have observed online are related to either Search Engine Optimization (SEO) or Academic Writing. In any case, you will not run out of opportunities among these branches since they are really very lucrative.

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    Examples of Work at Home Jobs


    The main purpose of SEO writing is to make a particular web page popular among search engines like Yahoo, Google and AOL. In order to do this, the weba pages must have relevant articles based on what people are searching for. Of course, there is a specific technique on how to initiate this pattern but let us reserve that information for a separate discussion. Usually, companies that hire SEO writers have their own sets of words and URLs that they want you to integrate into the articles that you write. They can pay you either per article or per word depending on the agreement.

    Academic Writing

    The field of Academic writing jobs concentrates on one thing, to help students who would like to avail themselves to writing services for their research papers, theses and essays. For some people, this may seem inappropriate since it refutes the very notion of learning. However, not all individuals have this mindset and there is a huge market for academic writing not only those coming from student populations but also from professionals. If you want to have this kind of a job, you must have the talents necessary for building research papers.

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    Getting Started with Being Your Own Boss

    That’s great, so how do I get started?

    There are only a few requirements to have a work-at-home job, specifically in the field of online freelance writing. First, try to clarify with yourself what aspects of writing you are capable of; can you write generic articles or are you better suited to scholarly writing? Second, it is important that you maintain a professional attitude if you want to have a regular work load. Submitting quality papers, beating deadlines, and having a good rapport with your clients are all essential. Lastly, make sure that you have a reliable work-at-home office. A decent computer system, fast broadband internet connection, and a working phone (in some cases you need this apart from e-mail accounts) are all essetial elements to your success as your own boss.

    Now that you know some details about working at home, why don’t you start looking for opportunities on the net? For sure, it won’t take a whole day to stumble upon those great paying home career opportunities.