There are a few different possibilities for working at home. You may either find a job that allows you to work from home, get some contract work (1099) and pick up a small handful of clients to do work for, be a salesperson or start a business. Everyone is different, so what you choose to do is really up to how hard you want to work, how much you want to make and what you’re able to endure.
Obviously, starting a business is always risky. I think I’ve heard that only 30% make it past the first year. Of course, that all depends on what you want to start. Do you have an awesome idea that you’ll have to build from the ground up? Or, would you want to get into a business that’s franchised such as a Mary Kay business? Either way, expect to invest both time and money. Determine what your time limit is and what your expectations are. Don’t go into a business and give it three years to succeed while bleeding your savings and maxing out your credit cards. So, give yourself a drop dead limit that’s tolerable for you so you’ll know when it’s okay to let go.
Now, finding a job is possible but not easy. The best place to start is with your current employer or past employers. They know you best and will know if they can trust you to be disciplined while working from your home office. In some cases, you may arrange to work from home some days but still come into the office for days with which you have meetings scheduled.
Becoming a salesperson is also a good way to work from home. Most companies are flexible with their sales team as long as they meet their sales quota. Obviously this is not for everyone though, so unless you have experience in sales or aren’t afraid of failure, then be cautious about this route.
My favorite is contract work. There are a lot of companies out there who have work that needs to be done, but just don’t have the on staff manpower to get it all done. So, these companies are open to outsourcing some of their work. If you work from home, that’s a plus for them as well. They don’t want the liability or risk of a lawsuit from you claiming you should be treated as an employee. So, the more clients you pick up, the better for both of you. You can find contract work by contacting previous employers, through networking and word of mouth. You may also list your services and respond to bids on websites such as Freelancer and Elance.