Doing home computer work can be a great way to get back on your feet after losing your job. In fact, you may find that you enjoy self employment so much that you never want to go back to being an employee again.
At the beginning, it can be difficult to know what kind of legitimate work at home jobs you can get or where to find those jobs.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
One way to use the computer skills you already have is to work as a virtual assistant. There are many people who have no time or no wish to do their own computer work. They need someone who will type up documents, work on spreadsheets, prepare presentations and do many of the other tasks that an office personal assistant would normally do. This can be a lucrative form of home computer work.
Another way to use your computer when working from home is to offer transcription services. This means that you listen to audio files and type out what you hear. This can be a stand-alone service or part of a package offered by a virtual assistant. Technical services such as medical transcription are particularly well paid and there are many work at home professionals who specialize in this area.
Are you the kind of person who can spot a grammatical error at a thousand paces? If so, then perhaps editing and proofreading would be a good way for you to earn a living working from home with your computer. If you can use the reviewing tools in MS Word or another word processing program, then this is one area to consider.
Translation is another option for those who speak a foreign language.
There are many other jobs that you can do while working from home. Data entry, bookkeeping and programming are other self employment ideas that can help you to earn a good income.
Once you know the kind of work you want to do, visit a freelance marketplace such as Elance to find a wide range of home computer work.
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