Today, it is much different. There are millions of successful work at home entrepreneurs all over the world, and many of them make their money in their pajamas before lunch each day, then take the rest of the day to do what they like. Even if they work all day, they're still working from the comfort of their own homes and calling all the shots. Wouldn't you like to have a lifestyle like that? Well, you can. There are literally thousands of ways to start working from home using the Internet. However, the following three suggestions are some of the easiest, quickest, and most profitable ways to get started. You can make a full-time business out of any of them, or use them as a starting point to get funds to build the home business of your dreams.
1. Freelance Writing
This is a tried and true stand-by of many people who want to start working from home. If you have any kind of writing ability at all and time on your hands to do it, you can find a multitude of places online that will hire you to write for them. Websites always need content, and as long as there is a need for content, there is a need for writers to write it. You can apply to companies directly if you know they are hiring. You can also write for private clients, such as individual website owners who need content for their sites but who don't want to do the writing themselves. You can find private clients on webmaster forums, Craigslist, and even by contacting the website owner directly through their site's contact page. You can find companies that need writers in many different places online, such as http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com, http://www.freelancewriting.com, and http://www.writersweekly.com.
If you've got something to say, why not say it to the whole world and get paid for it, too? Blogging is an excellent opportunity to earn a good living online while being totally in control of every aspect of your business. You may think that blogging is just a hobby for people with nothing better to do, but it is far more than that if you know what you're doing and approach it with a business mind-set. If your chosen topic is something you are passionate about and can write about regularly (at least a few times a week, but the more, the better), and other people are interested in it, too, you can make good money as a blogger. All you have to do is build up a following of readers....which won't be hard to do if you're blogging on a popular topic....and then monetize your blog. You can do this in a variety of ways, such as using Google Adsense ads on the blog, selling ad space on it, using contextual link ads, or by promoting other people's products as an affiliate. With Adsense and contextual link ads, you get paid every time someone clicks on one of the ads. Selling ad space on your blog gets you money up front from the merchant who is buying the space. Selling products as an affiliate will get you a commission each time someone buys that product through the links you place to it on your blog. The more people who read your blog, the greater chance you have of getting clicks and sales. Some people make six figures a year with their blogs, so why not you?
3. Selling on eBay
Yes, it's an old standy-by, but it still works. You can sell just about anything on eBay to anyone in the world. Like with the rest of the Internet, you've got a global marketplace you're dealing with, so your potential for customers is huge. Plus, eBay gets lots of traffic, so you don't have to work for it as hard as with some other ventures, like blogging. You can sell things you already have around the house, or get into drop-shipping products from other suppliers directly to your customers. You can also sell services on there like writing, website design, and other internet-related things if you have a skill you'd like to market. The possibilities and potential for income with eBay are pretty much limitless.
So if you're looking to start working from home, these are your three best options for getting started quickly and putting some money in your pocket right away. You may branch out into other things later and just use these three methods as seed money for your passion projects, or you may make one or all of them your full-time income. It's certainly possible. Just get out there and get started!