Work at Home Opportunities for Unskilled Workers
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve never worked a day in your life or you’re going to leave a long-term post, there are opportunities for unskilled workers out there that just about anyone can take advantage of. Working at home and being successful at it doesn’t mean you have to have a four-year degree, a ton of specialized skills, or a bank full of money. What you do need is a good idea and the drive to pull it off.
There are a variety of opportunities for unskilled or slightly skilled workers. Some of the options include such things as:
There are a variety of sales-related businesses you can explore that will enable you to base operations out of your home. Many companies that rely on at home moms to sell their products will provide the training you need to succeed. It’s also possible to buy into a franchise territory for certain products. Just make sure you can get behind a product before you try to jump into selling it. If you aren’t sold, clients won’t be either.
- Online sales
Many an at-home mom has made a successful living selling items through online storefronts or through virtual auction sites. Whether you create items personally or do a lot of garage and estate sale purchasing, this option is fairly easy to explore. It can pay off with a lucrative part or full-time income, too.
- Data entry
If you can use a computer and type with any degree of accuracy, you will find a bevy of opportunities available for the skills you do have. Even if you’re not the world’s greatest typist, there are ways to hone the skill enough to make this freelance opportunity pay off. As more companies outsource functions, such as data entry, many work-at-home moms are finding this niche suits them perfectly.
It is often possible to land freelance and even on-staff positions with telemarketing firms that rely on at-home workers. This type of job won’t require a highly specialized skill set. If you can talk on the phone clearly, get your message across and be pleasant in the process, you should be set.
- Personal product/service development
Many work-at-home mothers stumble into their own niche based on their own personal hobbies. Some businesses that are home-based and have sprung out of unique ideas or products include such things as crafting, online sales, customized clothing production with online storefronts, soap and candle making, and more. The options are limited only by imagination.
- Personal assistants
Some work at home moms run errands for others, work in a virtual setting to take the load off office staffers, and more. The personal assistant field can be very interesting to explore in either the local or online arenas. The potential here is growing as more businesses outsource and more employees fear taking time off to get personal projects accomplished.
In-home daycares are a popular choice for mothers who want their children in homey, nurturing environments. This option can be an excellent one for an in-home business. As a mother, you have many of the skills already required for the job.
If you can string sentences together with ease, there are opportunities available for freelance writers. While you may lack some of the skills for certain jobs, there are projects out there that can be had by beginners. Many blogging jobs, for example, require “everyday” people to do the writing. This means only a good writing voice and basic skills will be required.
- Online tutoring
You may need a degree or specialized training for this, but this field does present some unique opportunities. Reaching out to tutor students online can be an excellent way to earn a living and gain the benefits of at-home work at the same time.
- Customer service
Some companies are turning to virtual call centers to handle their customer service. In many cases, these call centers will hire home-based workers to handle shifts of incoming calls. While this type of job will require set hours, it can still provide the scheduling flexibility parents often require. Plus, some call centers might offer true full-time work with benefits to telecommuters. This can be a bonus if you don’t want to launch your own business to work at home.
- Review Products
Moms enjoy working at home and caring for their families while making some money. They work for clients that need bloggers on a daily basis or they design blogs for themselves while relying on Google AdSense and affiliate links to make money. Some people laugh when they hear how blogging moms make money, but the truth is that there is money to be made blogging for yourself. You do have to know how to attract traffic and how to present your affiliate links and Google ads to make money.
- Real estate
While short-term training and licensing are required for this field, many who enter this arena find they are able to work at home much of the time.
For those who do have a knack for the keyboard, this can be an incredible field to enter. With only a basic amount of training, standard transcription jobs can be tackled at home. With a more in-depth course of study, higher-paying medical transcription contracts can be obtained, as well.
The opportunities for working at home are virtually endless for unskilled workers. With jobs that range from those that never require you to leave the house to those that might have you out and about making sales calls on your own schedule, your choices are not limited even if your basic skill set happens to be so.
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