5 Ways to Make a Living From Home

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Technology has taken us all by storm. We can shop, communicate with friends and family, play games, and educate ourselves, all from a PC. In the past 25 years alone, we have gone from the giant Zack Morris cell phone to the sleek and compact smartphone – communication devices are designed with convenience in mind. Technology has made significant changes in how we network, we can quickly make global business connections, and clients can see our faces without a face-to-face meeting. Companies can allow employees to access necessary systems from a home computer. This has opened up the door for a whole new way of doing business: telecommuting.

In efforts to reduce costs, many companies across many industries hire employees and contractors to work from home. Between 2005 and 2012, the commonality of telecommuting increased dramatically. According to a publication by Global Workforce Analytics, for-profit companies saw an increase of over 70 percent, and not-for-profit saw an increase of over 87 percent in the incidence of telecommuting during that seven-year time frame. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, when people heard about telecommuting jobs, they would often associate them with either mail-stuffing jobs in which the pay was minuscule or in some cases, with scams.

If you work in a field like information technology or accounting, where a computer is the primary tool of your trade, working from home, at least part-time, is fairly common within the industry. But even if you are not an IT guru, you can still make a living working from a home office in one of the following five common work-from-home job categories.

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