Provided that you have a computer and are a competent typist, it is more than possible to earn money by typing. Of all the work at home opportunities, this is perhaps the lowest risk and least stressful option. In this article we'll guide you through the stages needed to get involved in typing from home jobs.
Finding work online
Thanks to the internet there are lots of opportunities to work online at home. Avoid any systems that require you to pay, these are almost certainly scams. You should work from home for free, never make a payment to start working. Here are some common opportunities that can be found through a search engine or via the websites below: Crowd-sourcing opportunities - sites like fiverr.com allow users to take on typing work from strangers. Users pay up front so it is a safe system, though jobs are small and done for a low rate. You will need to take lots of these assignments to make living wage. Content generation networks - sites like wikio-experts.com allow users with specific subject knowledge to make money from typing about their areas of expertise. There is lots of work and it is very possible to make a living wage. Advertise on message boards - Sites like craigs-list and gumtree are a great place to showcase your skills. It is difficult to rely on this as your only source of work as jobs are sporadic.
Work from home careers aren't always dependent on the internet, sometimes it's worth taking a more traditional approach to your job seeking. Advertising in your local post office or in the newspaper is often an effective way to get work. In particular, try to advertise in student areas. Many university students would rather pay someone to retype their dissertation from notes than sacrifice their spare time which could be more productively spent at the bar! Avoid responding to advertisements found at traffic lights, these are almost always work from home scams which are either pyramid selling schemes or require "registration payment" to get work.
Getting the best rates
Secretarial work from home is usually charged by the number of words typed rather than the by the hour. As such, the faster you can type, the more money you can earn. Consider learning to touch type and use a typing tutor to improve both your accuracy and wpm. As a minimum you should be able to type at 45 words per minute, though 60+ wpm is much more desirable. Self employed jobs by their nature will have busy months and quiet months, try to plan your finances to take account of these peaks and troughs.