Applying for freelance jobs is right for you if you're looking for work-at-home ideas that don't require you to start a business. You can get paid hourly or a flat fee for jobs that you do from home, with the security (in most cases) of a paycheck. Here are some freelance jobs to consider:
1. Freelance Writing
There are several websites that specialize in posting freelance writing jobs, such as Elance. Some allow you to bid on projects, while others give you the contact information to send in your resume and writing samples. You can also use Yahoo!, Google, or Bing to look for freelance writing jobs by typing the phrase "Write For Us". A list of online and offline publications looking for writers with links to their submission guidelines will come up. You can also purchase a copy of The Writer's Market for a list of publications that hire freelance writers, complete with their mailing addresses and pay information. Freelance writing is very competitive, and therefore you may consider applying for other freelance jobs as well until you can earn the income you need.
2. Freelance Journalism
Much of the news today is consumed on the Internet. Major news sites spend a lot of money on staff and website maintenance to break stories on their websites and blogs. Local media television stations are following the steps of the national media, and they too publish stories on their websites and blogs. Some news organizations outsource stories and editing jobs. As a freelance journalist you can write and submit news stories for these organizations and edit stories written by their staff for the web. You can look for employment on news corporate websites, or search websites like www.JournalismJobs.com for freelance opportunities.
3. Freelance Design
Outsourcing design related tasks is the most economical solution for many small business owners. You can find design jobs on websites such as IFreelance. Typical duties include logo, flyer, email, brochure and website design. You need to purchase software, such as Adobe Photoshop, or you can download and use free design software, such as Gimp. There's a wide range of design jobs available online. For example, you can find jobs for computer art illustrations, and you can even find jobs to design clothing. The key is to choose a market to work in for at least six months, so that you can build up a solid portfolio in case you do decide to start your own business.
4. Freelance Researcher
If you enjoy surfing the Internet and finding information, you can apply for online researching jobs. Entrepreneurs and small business owners want to concentrate their time delivering products and services. For many of them, the last thing they want to do is spend time trying to hunt down bits and pieces of information they need to complete a project or make a sale. They will often outsource the work and look online for researchers, like you. These jobs require you to collect data, check facts, find people and resources, and complete other research tasks. You can find work by visiting any of the websites discussed so far, and major job sites, such as Monster.
These are just a few work at home ideas for non-entrepreneurs. Although you're not starting your own business, you still need to market yourself to employers and do everything you can to beat out the competition. In the end, you'll need to treat finding freelance work like a business.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.