Happy New Year and good riddance to 2008! I am not going to torture you and re-live the events of 08. There are enough websites and TV shows that did that. 2009 is here and we need to move forward with a fresh start. As you can see by the new design of the blog, we're taking this very seriously. Out with the old and in with the new is our motto.
With this in mind, I want to give you my picks of what the top work at home career choices will be in 2009:
So how did I come up with this list? Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary. Actually, I've based this list on the hundreds of jobs we've posted on WorkAtHomeCareers.com this past year. They were consistently available in large numbers. Of course, most of them require specialized training. But that's just reality. If you want to work at home then you need to get the skills that are in demand. So if you are serious about working at home, at least now you know what the landscape may be like this year.
Bad Economy Equals More Work At Home Jobs
We all know the economy stinks more than a baby's diaper right now. So with that said, I just think there will be a larger number of work at home opportunities available this year because of the failing economy. Many companies are looking at ways to cut costs. Laying off people isn't always ideal. But allowing certain type of employees to telecommute just makes "cents". It will save the company money while increasing productivity. But before you start jumping for joy, keep in mind these positions will probably be given to existing employees. Telecommuting is still a touchy subject for many companies that have a traditional mindset. It's seen as a privilege rather than just another way of conducting business. So if you're currently working offline and your job can easily be done from home, you may want to approach your boss with a telecommuting proposal. You can argue that it would save them money and many other companies are doing it instead of laying off employees. If you want to sweeten the deal for them, offer taking a pay cut. After all, you're probably going to save yourself tons of money because you won't be spending it on commuting, meals and other expenses associated with offline work. If you present a good argument with articles to back your proposal and you're actually a good worker, then they may be willing to give it a try. Trust me when I say the timing couldn't be better. What do you have to lose at this point?
Scams To Watch Out For in 2009
Wouldn't it be great if 2009 was the end of work at home scams? But that's not going to happen so I have to cover the work at home scams that will continue to be big in the new year. Honestly, the scams won't vary much this year. I think many of the old scams will be just as prevalent in 2009. Scam artists like to label them with new names, but they all tend to follow a similar pattern. So just be aware of this in the new year. If it smells like an old scam, talks like an old scam, walks like an old scam but calls itself a new opportunity, it's still a scam. So here's a list of scams that will probably come up again:
5. Identity theft.
For the love of God, do yourself a favor in 2009 and AVOID paying for any survey, mystery shopping, typing or data entry work at home opportunity products. Most of the time, the sites that are selling this information are totally misleading you. Furthermore, you don't need to pay those middlemen. Most of the legitimate work at home websites provide this information for free. Check out our top list of free and legitimate work at home sites by clicking here.
And finally, be aware that generic typing and data entry jobs aren't going to make a huge comeback in 2009. They're pretty much extinct. I know you hate when I say this, but the truth hurts. There isn't a huge demand for these jobs because it's not really a specialized skill anymore. Your best chance at working at home is focusing on careers that require specialized training, running your own home business, multiple non-traditional work at home opportunities or becoming an affiliate.
So there you have it, my outlook on the work at home industry in 2009. Keep in mind that's just my two cents. I could be wrong about many of these things. So what do you think 2009 will bring for this industry or the world in general? And let me know what you think of our new design.