This is a question I often I get here at WorkAtHomeNoScams.com. There are also many variations of it as well. What work at home job can help me earn $1000 per month? Or I need to earn X amount of money I did off line at home, what jobs can do that?
I understand the motivation behind these questions but I can't help but shake my head. It's not because I'm a cold hearted bastard. It's more because there is an inherit implication that the regular rules of engagement don't apply in this work at home industry.
Let's say I respond that the highest paying work at home job is a nude web cam model performing sexual acts in front of strangers? Do you think you qualify for this job? Or better still, would you want this work at home job? I'm not really that great at math (or spelling and grammar for that matter) but I'm pretty certain that 95% of you would pass on such a job. Lord knows I would and I have a pretty high opinion of my sex appeal! Just kidding but you get the picture. My point is what difference would it make informing you that position is the highest paying job in the industry?
Hard Questions To Ask…
Your line of questioning needs to change if you want to be successful. Here are some of the real questions you need to ask yourself.
1. What are the highest paying work at home jobs for my skill set and experience?
2. Are there even work at home jobs available that fit my skills?
These are important questions to grapple with because too many new work at home jobs seekers are under the misconception that normal qualities like hard work, experience, training, references and interviews don't apply in this industry to land a high paying work at home job.
The Bad News…
Well I don't want to be the bearer of bad news. But the reality is that most of the qualifications that are necessary offline to get a high paying job are applicable online. So if you wouldn't apply to be a CEO offline, don't think of trying it as a work at home job either regardless if it is the highest paying job!
As I alluded in the questions earlier, if you want to be successful at landing ANY work at home job, let alone one that pays you what ever magical figure you have in mind, first and foremost determine if your skills even apply online. Again, it's time for another reality check. Some skills just aren't applicable online. If your job was to pack groceries at your local super market, or being a brain surgeon, how pray tell do you see this happening online? Common sense would dictate it's not a feasible skill for working from home. So like many of the scams I warn you about, it's a matter of using that grey matter in your skull to think this through logically.
I would argue that most jobs online require one or more of the following; computer and/or telephone skills. If you're lacking these skills, it's really going to be hard for you to land any work at home job. To that end, most of the jobs that do pay the highest tend to require more experience and a higher level skill set. This really should come as no surprise to any one that has looked for a job offline. In general people with more education, experience and higher specialized skills tend to get paid the most. Although right now we're living in a bazaar o economy where people with these requirements can't get basic jobs let alone the ones that pay them more. But all things equal, usually that's what determines how much money you earn offline and again ONLINE. So ultimately it doesn't matter what the highest paying work at home job is! If you don't have the desire, experience, skills or willingness to invest the training that will provide you these assets, an employer is not wasting their time on you.
The Good News…
My suggestion is "get in where you fit in". Focus first on jobs that are related to your given experience and skills if it applies online. To increase your income, later you should acquire the experience and skills that "pay the bills". In other words, focus on the industries that seem to be in demand from a work from home stand point by taking offline or online courses. If you have no clue which employment industries to focus on, you're in luck! We've already identified some work at home careers that we have found to be in demand based on the frequency of availability across our various job boards. You can check them out by clicking here.
Or you can do what I did and say to hell with a job all together, I'll just start my own business. My calling as it turns out was affiliate marketing. I had a passion for helping people and finding ways to make money at home. So I built a site around it. Then I learned skills that helped me monetize this passion. But that doesn't necessarily have to be your path. There are a lot of legitimate businesses out there many of which we have reviewed here. Most are going to involve some type of sales but I have quickly learned that sales isn't a dirty word. When done properly sales should be more like customer service. Your job is getting in front of people that have a certain need and providing them products you sell that meet their needs. People love folks that solve their problems. They don't view them as nuisances. Think about how many of you feel about me and this site. It is very different than trying to sell ice to an eskimo. Too often people end up doing just that when they have be trained the wrong way. So starting or getting involved in a business may be a better option for you if you find that none of the available in demand jobs meet your financial needs or interest.
It's all about being flexible and making adjustments in this industry to succeed. Too many of you are trying to force a square peg into a round hole. What you should be doing is finding a square hole that you fit in. Make "cents"? It will if you think logically.
In any event, I hope this little rant proves useful. Consider it some tough love. At the end of the day I want all of you to succeed. But at the same time you need to understand that working at home pretty much requires a lot of the same qualifications and expectations necessary to succeed offline. Don't let all the hype that is pervasive in this industry cloud your judgement. Ultimately I believe that's a big part of the reason why so many folks are misinformed about this industry and end up approaching their job search in the wrong way. Hopefully now you have a better leg to stand on in your work at home job search.
Let me know what you guys think. Am I off base? Does this make sense? Was it helpful? Chime in below.