Have you ever thought about working from home? Have you ever dreamed about it. Like many other people you definitely have. Now you have to to see how you can make this dream come true. If you have dreamed of working at home, you know that the majority of the so called "work at home" jobs are scams. Very sad, but its true. They are really out to get your money from you. After being laid off from my telecommuting job I found myself looking for another work at home job to replace it. After you've worked from home for a while, it's hard to go back to the corporate 9-5. In my experience, most of the work at home jobs out there appeared to be scams. They wanted you to pay them for training, pay for a start up kit or pay for more information. These are all red flags. You shouldn't have to pay and employer to work from home.
I thought I'd be smart and sign up with a website that specialized in work at home jobs. I Googled a website that promised to give you leads from employers who were looking specifically for people to work from home. The home page listed a lot of national companies (Bank of America, American Express, etc.). It appeared that these companies routinely posted jobs on the web site. All I had to do was buy a yearly membership and I'd have access to those awesome jobs. Those national companies may have been known to hire people to work from home but I quickly found out that they did NOT post any jobs on this website. The membership was a total waste of my money. To sum it up, it was a scam. Were there jobs posted on the web site? Yes, but the jobs were for telemarketers and sales. Nothing for a computer professional. It bugged me that the same stale jobs would be listed each day as if they were fresh!
If you are looking for a legitimate work from home job, consider Web Site Design. The beauty of this business is that it requires low start up costs. The only office equipment you would need would be a good computer, an Internet connection and website design software. The web design software I recommend are Macromedia Dreamweaver (html editor) and Macromedia Fireworks (graphics editor). Microsoft Front Page and Adobe Photoshop are also excellent choices. If you lack web site design skills, don't fret. The Internet is jam packed with free tutorials and advice on everything you would need to know about web site design and development. You would only be limited by your desire to learn. You can also purchase professional website templates to give you a jump start on designing web sites for your customers.
That being said, web site design is a very exciting field to be in. The technology rapidly changes so there is always something new and exciting to learn, it's a great outlet to release your creativity, you can make a lot of money quickly, and the best reason of all is that you can work from any location including at home in your PJs.
Given all of these reasons, many people wonder how to get started designing web sites for profit. As I said before, it takes very little money to start a successful online business. Once you learn how to design professional web sites (or use web templates ), your only obstacle will be to market your business and win jobs. Sounds easy, but it's not. The website design field is very competitive. There are many web site development firms out there who never win bids on projects. You could search the Internet for advice on winning web site design jobs. You can search for advice from business owners who are out there running successful web site design companies. This is a good approach but it does take time. When you start a business you want to start making money right away. You just have to be patient and keep at it. Don't give up. Successful people do not give up...they keep trying. Many people who start websites quit after a year if they aren't making any money. The best way to do it is to do it as a side job, in addition to your regular job (the job that pays the bills). That way you are not so concerned about making money right away. You can work on the web design business in your spare time. Hopefully one day it will be successful and then..only then...you can quit your full-time job. That is what I did and it worked for me. Here it is 15 years later and I am still my own boss.
©2004-2014 Gina Hoover. The Author, Gina Hoover can be reached for questions about this article at http://www.hooverwebdesign.com . Gina's company Hoover Web Design specializes in professional website design , web templates , and flash photo galleries .