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For a variety of reasons, people sometimes find that they are unable to work outside the home in a regular job. Working from home can provide an ideal solution for those who cannot physically cope with normal work or for those with other responsibilities like caring for their family. There are a number of different ways in which you can make money from home but these opportunities may not be suited to everyone. In most cases you will need to at least have a certain amount of undisturbed time in which to work. However, some jobs are simpler and can be picked up and left off as and when - though it is worth remembering that the more time and effort you put into any work from home job, the more you will get out of it.
Taking part in online surveys is a simple way to boost your income. There are many different websites that offer this type of work and it is usually open to everyone, although some may recruit specifically for people who fit a certain profile. Doing surveys could be good for you if you are looking for something that you can dip in and out of alongside other responsibilities. You will not have to commit yourself to working a set amount of time and you can usually select surveys as you wish from whichever website you are using. Some companies also send out emails whenever a new survey is available.
Pay rates for surveys vary considerably. Some websites offer short surveys taking a minute or two, earning ten to twenty pence each. Longer surveys usually take between ten and thirty minutes and will pay between fifty pence and several pounds each. Most survey companies require you to have a certain amount in your account before they pay you by cheque, bank transfer or Paypal.
Paid to click sites allow the user to earn points by performing certain tasks on their website. Once a certain number of points has been accrued, the user can then swap the points for a Paypal transfer or shopping vouchers. Tasks can involve watching videos, playing games, taking surveys, completing special offers and referring friends. The company makes its money from the advertising it shows you while you are using the site. There are several sites of this kind operating and whilst you can't really earn enough to live on, you can certainly build up enough points to earn yourself a few treats each month. The amount you can earn is unlimited and really depends on how much time you can put in.
In a similar way to earning through taking surveys, it is also possible to make money by taking part in online focus groups. These usually involve using special software to meet online with a group of other people. These groups are used by companies wanting to gain consumers' opinions on their products and websites, among other things. There are not as many of these opportunities available, however they are much better paid than normal surveys. Focus group members are often recruited from reliable members of survey sites.
If you are looking to make more of an income for yourself than the above options allow, you could have a look at online selling. This is a particularly good option if you have a good knowledge of a certain product that you could specialise in. There are many different options for selling online including using auction sites, local advertising sites or even setting up your own business website and advertising it yourself. It is best to start with one or two products until you are used to the process and the earning potential is unlimited providing you have enough time to dedicate to your venture. You will need more free time for this kind of work and you will also need some start up capital to buy your first lot of stock.
The best way to find online jobs is to spend some time searching on the internet. Most of these type of opportunities will not be listed on regular job search websites. Try using search terms like 'online surveys', 'paid to click websites' and 'online focus groups'. There are also a number of forums dedicated to this topic. These can provide a good resource for advice and recommendations of the companies to look at and the ones to avoid.
It is unlikely that every opportunity you come across on the internet will be genuine. Many people use this media as a way of exploiting others in a bid to improve their own get rich schemes. Remember that none of these opportunities are going to make you rich and if a company is telling you otherwise they should be avoided. Equally, you should avoid any opportunity that asks you to pay upfront for information or their working materials. A decent company that requires a start up fee would arrange for it to be deducted from your pay instead. Search online for reviews of any potential companies and make sure that their business is properly registered.