Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.
According to numerous studies and surveys, most of the stress-related problems that Americans are constantly afflicted with are as a result of work-related stress. In fact, the numbers are so high that as many as 40 percent of Americans admitted that their job was very, or extremely stressful, according to the information published by the American Institute of Stress.
Considering the problems related to work-stress, it’s little surprise then, that work-at-home jobs are becoming increasingly popular. Thanks to advancements in technology and the widespread use of the Internet, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have been given the chance to work-at-home.
The attraction that the masses seem to have for work-at-home jobs is for reasons that are quite obvious. With a work-at-home job, you can often make as much money as you do with your nine-to-five job — minus the evil boss, the corporate culture that you are forced to abide by, and the daily commute. What’s more, you can work in the comfort of your home — according to a work-schedule that you will be in total control of. As a work-at-home entrepreneur, you can also enjoy plenty of tax advantages! (Now you’re interested aren’t you?) Work-at-home jobs also mean that you can be more available for your family members — a prime reason why more and more mothers today have chosen to work-at-home.
Work-at-home jobs provide job security; especially with the looming threat of continued recession-related job cuts and layoffs. In fact, the recession is a reason for the sky-rocketing levels of stress that Americans today are suffering from.
Consider the following four popular work-at-home jobs. These jobs can be started up on very low investments — or no investments at all, though they do require a certain type and level of skill sets (which can all be easily learned or enhanced).
Freelance Writing Career
Writers probably get the best deals when it comes to work-at-home jobs because most writers’ jobs can be started off with little or just a basic investment — and the income you can earn off your low-investment work-at-home freelance-writing job can be quite lucrative.
To work-at-home as a freelance writer, all you really need as far as qualifications are concerned is the ability to write well, a good knowledge and command of the English language — and, of course, a dash of creativity. All the equipment you need for the set-up of your work-at-home business is a good computer and a reliable Internet connection.
A work-at-home writer also has the luxury of being able to work at two to three writing jobs if s/he wishes to do so. For instance, a freelance writer can offer his services as a magazine writer, an editor, and a copywriter because of the time-flexibility that most work-at-home writers enjoy.
A freelance writer’s job can be a lucrative one too. This factor will depend, to a large extent, on your performance and on how good you are at networking and pitching story ideas.
Graphic Designing Career
The advancements in technology have greatly increased the job potential for graphic designers. There will always be a need for graphic designers as businesses continually have a use for graphics — so recession or no recession, there’s going to be plenty of job security for good designers.
Looking for inspiration? Take a look at the story of work-at-home graphic designer and entrepreneur Rick Shaffer, who actually runs his business from the basement of his home in Ohio. Today, his company Shaffer Design Works is actually bringing in more than $85,000 a year.
Web Designing Career
Today, the Internet is certainly at the forefront of just about all businesses, which means that there will always be a reasonable demand for the services of good Web designers.
As a work-at-home web-designer, you may freelance and offer your services to several different clients, or work for a select company — all in the comfort of your own home.
Affiliate Marketing Career
Affiliate marketing is when an individual undertakes the task of promoting a business for either a percentage in sales profits, or a fixed amount for each lead that is generated. According to a study published in Wikipedia, total sales generated through affiliate networks in 2006 was 2.16 billion pounds in the United Kingdom alone. (No recent figures for U.S. sales.) Millions of businesses rely on affiliate programs that help them more effectively market their products.
To get started in affiliate marketing, of course, you’ll need to have a Website or blog that gets at least a decent level of site traffic. Then, simply register at one of the hundreds of affiliate-programs online — ideally ones that relate to your Website or blog’s content. [Editor’s Note: If you need to build your site’s traffic, consider some of the search-engine-optimization and marketing tools available on our sister site, EnhanceMyMarketing.com.]
Final Thoughts on Work-at-Home Jobs
Considering all the benefits that work-at-home jobs offer, it’s clear that as a work-at-home entrepreneur you will certainly be the boss of your own business. If you’re having your doubts, why not conduct a simple search online and you’ll see that an increasing number of people today are joining the work-at-home brigade. In fact, as many as 4.12 million Americans have chosen a work-at-home job instead of the traditional nine-to-five job.
Advancements in computer technology and the Internet have changed the way America works, learns and communicates. The Internet has become an integral part of America’s economic, political, and social life.
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