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6 Careers You Can Do From Home

Discussion in 'Sports' started by MziziMkavu, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. MziziMkavu

    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Working from home can be a great career option for people with all skillsets and lifestyles. You can set your own hours and even work in your pajamas - a pretty appealing alternative to the old nine-to-five in a cubicle. Here are six careers you can do from home, and how you can get started.

    1. Personal Chef

    If cooking is your passion, becoming a personal chef may just be the job for you. This job can mean that you cook a week's worth of meals in a client's home, for instance, or you can look at delivering gourmet meals - the alternative to the old pizza delivery. With today's high-pressure jobs and families where both parents work full time, this type of service is becoming more desirable, particularly in urban areas. Be sure to understand local regulations regarding the kitchen you prepare the food in; many states require you to have a kitchen separate from your home, and may inspect for health code adhesion.

    2. Birthday Party Planning

    If you talk to any parent, they'll tell you: planning a birthday party is hard work, and a challenge when you're busy. Where there's a need, there's a job, and birthday party planning can be a great career if you're creative, like kids and can work weekends when parties are often held. You can also plan retirement parties, promotions - any event you think you can handle. For the best changes at earning a good income, make sure you research local rates and competition and understand your liability, particularly if you'll be working with little ones.


    3. Home Staging

    It's a tough real estate market out there. To sell your house in this buyer's market, it needs to look its best, and home staging can make all the difference. If you have an eye for design, home staging may just be the career for you; there are no education requirements, and although there are many courses and professional organizations for home stagers, they're not required to be successful in the field. Take some time to research rates in your area and practice staging your home or a friend's. Think about what services you'll want to offer, and the startup costs you'll incur. Networking with realtors can be very helpful in generating business.

    4. Web Design

    Are you computer savvy, and do you have an eye for detail? A career in web design may be for you. Even if you don't have the skills, consider going back to school to learn; there are many online courses, and current education tax benefits can make the bottom-line expense very low. Before you hunt for jobs, think whether you'll be starting your own business or work as a freelancer - the two are very different tax and legal-wise. Check with the IRS on tax obligations, and with your local small business chapter.

    5. Virtual Assistant

    With today's uncertain economy, more businesses are looking to hire temporary or per-project help, sometimes in the form of a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant can handle anything from receptionist duties to bookkeeping, depending on your expertise and the client's needs. For work in this field, look to online job boards. Tell your friends and family you're looking for administrative-type work to do from home, and check with any old business contacts you may have. Virtual assistants are still a fairly new concept, so expect to have to explain what you do a few times before generating business.

    6. Tutoring Service

    These days, problems are increasingly solved with use of the internet, including tutoring services. Work as a tutor can be helping a child with homework, or teaching adults how to use a computer - if you have a specific skill, you can become a tutor. You can find work on job boards, or at online colleges. If you have a college degree in your expertise (like math, or English), your chances at building a successful career as a tutor will be even better.

    The Bottom Line

    These six careers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to at-home careers. For the best chance at success, look at your previous career for a start - you may be able to work as a consultant. At-home careers are a great way to explore your passion and make a living too. Earnings can vary greatly, depending on your expertise and experience, so take time to research before setting your rates. Make sure you understand your tax obligation, and whether you might be best off starting a small business to protect yourself legally. Your local small business organization or SCORE chapter is great place to get some help. Whether you're designing web pages or starting a small business as a party planner, working from home can be a great way to forge own your career path - and avoid the cubicle doldrums, too.


    Source: Yahoo! Finance - Financially Fit
     
  2. Kiranga

    Kiranga JF-Expert Member

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    I didn't know you could "do" careers from home. I didn't know you could "do" careers at all.

    I know you can "do" a job, or work, from home. But doing a career from home is something I may need to find out more about.

    I know you can have a career, or even careers, from home, but doing them is quite another matter.

    Birthday party planning is hard work my foot, Watanzania wangu wengine hata hawajui birthdays zao, na hawajui birthday ni nini. Unatuambia "Birthday Party Planning" is a career option.

    Posts like these tells me that this forum is losing its Tanzanian touch and it is becoming a cut and paste board.

    Take that Yahoo!
     
  3. Gaijin

    Gaijin JF-Expert Member

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    sasa 'take that yahoo' imewahusu nini? waliwaambia mkawa copy mje mpaste kwenye hizo forum zenu za kitanzania?

    kaa mnaona hizo careers tajwa haziwafai wabongo, si muandike zenu zinazowafaa.

    btw: mama wa nyumbani ni career pia kama analipwa mshahara?
     
  4. Kiranga

    Kiranga JF-Expert Member

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    Take that Yahoo kwa kusema unaweza ku "do" career, huyo Mzizimkavu aliye responsible kwa copy paste nisha deal naye, nikaona si fair kumlaumu kwa ku "do careers" kwa Yahoo.

    Do you do a career?
     
  5. Gaijin

    Gaijin JF-Expert Member

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    aaa kumbe unasema na Yahoo kwenye ku 'do career', ungeiandika baada tu ya kutoa maelezo yanayolingana, sio mwisho.

    mzizimkavu siku nyengine angalau basi ulete mlinganisho wa hizo career

    wazungu wanafanya birthday party, bongo ungesema wedding planner au shughuli za ofisini.

    wazungu wanataka personal chef, sie wabongo tunaweza kuwa wafanyakazi wa ndani.
     
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