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Become familiar with various resources to determine if an opportunity is legitimate. Some good ones are http://www.wahm.com, http://www.homewiththekids.com, http://www.ripoffreport.com, http://www.bbb.org, and http://www.ftc.gov.
Find out if you need to take any special classes for your job. Once again using medical transcription as an example, I had to study for months in order to be qualified for this job. Good medical transcription courses can run from several hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Talk to your family about your plans. Make sure you will have their support. A lack of support is an easy way to fail.
If you choose a business, you will have to decide whether to strike out on your own or join an existing one. There are many excellent opportunities either way. You can join a party plan and have regular time away from your family, which many work from home parents need or sell products or services online.
Be aware of any legal issues facing your home job or business. Some cities still do not allow home businesses, and you may have to ask for a variance. Many will require some sort of license, depending on kind of business you are starting. Check with your local city hall.
Whatever you decide to do in end, whether work a home job or a business, make sure to network with other work at home parents. They will understand issues you are dealing with even if what they are doing is different.
Stephanie Foster is the owner of Home with the Kids, a resource that knows that there's more to staying home with your family than just business. From money saving tips to parenting and marriage tips, to work at home jobs and businesses, you can get information and support here. You can visit the site at http://www.homewiththekids.com.