Once you've surfed web, you can't help but notice all ads and websites meant to hook hordes of "work-at- home wannabes".
Understandably, there's no shortage of people who want to make their living from home. Many parents want to be able to stay at home with their children while contributing to household expenses. Others want to ditch world of long commutes and corporate politics. Still others have disabilities that may prevent them from working a 'regular' job.
Regardless of reasons, "work at home" is undeniably a hot topic. The International Telework Association and Council (ITAC) states that 19.6 million teleworked in Q3 1999. By 2003 that's projected to be a whopping 137 million worldwide!
Two ways to pursue a career from home are to either telecommute for an employer, or start your own home based business.
As editor of three newsletters, I regularly come into contact with people looking for at-home work. A large percentage of them prefer to work for an employer -- they like idea of having well-defined responsibilities and a regular pay cheque. They're not interested in ups and downs of building a business.
Thus many websites have sprung up claiming to offer telecommuting jobs. While it's possible to land one of these highly competitive positions, it's certainly not easy.
One of problems is simply oversaturation of market. Many people seeking at-home work are looking for clerical or administrative jobs; yet when I look through posted telecommuting jobs, I see primarily technical positions available. That said, would you be willing to go to school to get an education that may improve your chances of landing a work-at-home job?
Telecommuting positions are usually 'perks'; something offered (or hard-won) by employees with proven track records.