You don't have to start your own business in order to work from home. Not everyone has the entrepreneurial itch! Take a moment to examine your skills: What do you like to do? What do you do best? What comes easily to you?
There are plenty of work-at-home opportunities in all sorts of fields. Not sure what you want to do? Here are a few ideas, as well as a few resources to help you get started:
1.) If your skill is writing or editing, you may want to consider freelance copy writing, editing, or problogging.
Freelance Switch offers advice, a job board, and a great forum for freelancers to trade ideas and combat stories, among other things. Be sure to check out their resource page (their rate calculator and tips on setting your rates are especially helpful).
Freelance Writing Jobs is part blog, part job board, part how-to adviser. Their articles on how to find the high-paying freelance jobs and where to look for freelance writing or blogging gigs are great resources.
If you want to focus on professional blogging, Problogger has information on how to get paid to blog for others, job postings, and tips on how to turn your own blog into a money-making machine. (Want more information? Check out Work It, Mom's list of online resources for freelance writers. )
2.) If your skill is selling or networking, you may want to consider affiliate marketing (multi-level marketing) or direct sales.
Work It, Mom! member Kara Jankowski offers a great article comparing affiliate marketing and direct sales. Not sure what affiliate or multi-level marketing is? Here's a primer on internet home businesses in general, and 5 Star Affiliate Programs has a lot of useful information on affiliate marketing in particular. Several Work It, Mom! members have shared their expertise in articles and in the Affiliate Marketing Moms discussion group and the Work at Home Directory.
Wondering about direct sales? Sparkplugging has a great run-down on it. Some of the most popular direct sales companies include Usborne Books, Avon, Arbonne International, The Pampered Chef, Melaleuca Inc., and Silpada Designs jewelry. You can learn more about these and other direct sales companies right here at Work It, Mom!
3.) If your skill is with business and money, you may want to consider becoming a financial consultant.