Stay at home jobs seem particularly tempting on a day the boss is not in the best mood, the traffic jam is exceptionally bad or your sick child really needs you at home. They are tempting because of the flexible hours, the time you can save on commuting and the money you can make if you choose the right job.
For all of the above mentioned reasons these jobs mostly target stay at home moms or students but are available to anyone interested in an alternative income source. Stay at home jobs come in many shapes and forms from candle making at home to mystery shopping to writing blogs. The most common ones however are those that offer work that involves using the internet. All you will need is a computer and a good internet connection and you can already start filling out surveys, writing articles, making link exchange or reading emails for money.
There are however many pitfalls to stay at home jobs that you must pay attention to and try to avoid. First of all you have to consider whether or not you want to invest money in your home based business. If you decide that investing is an option then you have to carefully analyze how much you are investing and what you are investing in as many job offers that require initial investment often turn out to be scams. Make sure that you always have the necessary contact information and check if the company is not a made up operation. However if you decide that you do not want to invest or cannot afford to invest there are numerous free online resources for finding jobs, freelancer.com being one of the best of them.
A legitimate home based job can generate great long term income as well as provide financial freedom and some of them may even be a lot of fun. One of the most entertaining freelance jobs is definitely being a mystery shopper as it involves shopping sprees, fancy dinners and movie theaters with a substantial income, as certain ads offer up to $7,000 per month for such a service. On the other hand if you do not have an outgoing personality a quieter job, done online from the comfort of your own home, will most likely suit you better. Internet marketers, freelance article writers or transcriptionists can also make an attractive income. In all cases however being cautious about the legitimacy of the work offer is the golden rule.