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Turn Your Hobby Into a Work at Home Job

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Nearly 80% of the population has a hobby and many of these hobbies can make a good work at home job or extra income opportunity. A majority of people can use an extra income but don’t want to work a full-time job or can’t leave their homes for an extended period of time. Hobbies or extracurricular activities can be turned into great money making ventures that do not require you to leave the comfort of your home.

Assembly and Crafts
Assembly and craft making hobbies are the most popular hobbies for many people. Craft makers create thousands of different items that can be sold or resold in major stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft. These large corporations are always looking for new art and craft ideas. Small assembly firms allow workers to work from home to assemble small items such as toys or games by sending you a package of parts and tools needed to put the item together. Once the items are assembled, the worker sends the items back for inspection and payment. The home assembly and craft industry has been hit hard by scams and fraudulent activity so you must do your home work and check each company out before you decide to do business with them. You can find more information about a company using the Better Business Bureau, the company’s local Chamber of Commerce chapter or searching for the company online.

Seamstresses
Seamstresses are always in high demand and almost all of them can work from home. Since the products have to be picked up from the business, the worker is required to live in driving distance for pickups and returns. Seamstresses must be experienced and are usually paid by piece. Workers can work flexible and hours and days. If you are disabled or can’t stand for long periods, sewing and tailoring are excellent ways to make some extra money in your free time.

Internet Research
Internet research is done every day be millions of people are all over the world. We use the Internet on a daily basis to find all types of information or items. Small and large firms are looking for talented and experienced web searchers to find information for them. All you need is a device that connects to the Internet and you can begin working. Since most people already have everything they need to get started, all one has to do is find a company and get to work. Most online researchers are paid by the hour and can complete the job any time of the day or any day of the week.

Mystery Shopping
Shopping is another popular hobby that many people do in their spare time. Marketing firms need shoppers to visit local businesses and document their experiences to check for quality of service and products. Mystery shopping is a great choice to add funds to bank accounts by doing something that comes naturally. Online mystery shopping is also becoming more and more popular which means you may not even have to leave the home to earn money while shopping. The work is assigned on an as-needed basis and the pay is usually per assignment.

Many freelance writers and photographers can work from home or anywhere
Many writers and photographers can work from home

Freelance Writing
For those that love to write, there are many companies that are looking for talented writers and bloggers. Writers are needed to write on a host of different topics and subjects. Greeting cards companies are always looking for talented writers to create cards for their customers. Freelance writers are always in demand and are paid per article and can work entirely from home. Many employers do require a degree or prior experience so you will probably have to take a course at a local community college or online college to get started.

Photography
People who like to take pictures and have a good eye, can contact companies looking for photographers. Although many of the businesses prefer persons who have experience in photography, they do hire those with little or minimal experience if you can provide examples of your work. Photographers are paid per assignment and can submit their completed work online or by mail. A job in photography allows you the freedom to work from anywhere in the world.

Proofreading
If you are an avid reader and like to read lots of books, a proofreading job may be an option. Many companies employ proofreaders to download information from home and edit or proofread documents. Prior experience is desired and some employers allow applicants to apply completely online and take a test to verify their experience and qualifications. Proofreaders are paid by the hour and do not require any special equipment or software other than a PC or mobile device and basic text editing software.

To find any of the work at home jobs above, you can sign up for a job listing service and create job alerts to receive any new jobs posted in your email once they become available. The best places to find these type of work at home positions are on job boards that cater specifically to telecommuters and virtual assistants like HEA-Employment.com.

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