These days, more and more women are beginning to work from home. There are several reasons why a woman may decide to start an online business or a home based business.
It may be the convenience of being able to work in the comfort of her own home, the desire to dictate her own hours, or of course not wanting to pay for a babysitter.
There are some downsides to working from home too. It can be lonely and you may at times feel isolated so you will need plenty of motivation and self-discipline not to mention excellent time management skills.
You also need to beware of the many unscrupulous companies that you may encounter on the Internet in your pursuit of the perfect home based business.
The Internet is a huge and valuable resource when it comes to finding online business ideas as well as being able to research the different companies behind them. Be discerning in your choice and watch out for scams.
When researching an online business opportunity, it is important that you research the company you are interested in thoroughly. Make sure you read reviews from employees and customers and also check out a company’s reputation before you sign up with them.
There are various online business ideas, depending on the type of work you are interested in doing, your budget to get you started, the amount of time you are willing to put into a certain project, and the results you are expecting.
These are some of the things you need to bear in mind when you are doing your research. But one business opportunity that is in high demand right now is online article writing.
Writing articles for money can be a quick and easy way to get started earning an income online. You can do this kind of work alongside a day job, whilst bringing up young children or in conjunction with many other commitments.
Freelance writing, article marketing, blogging, and writing ebooks are just a few ways that you can make money using your writing skills and they all entail writing content for people who need information for their websites or blogs.
Typically, you can earn from $3 to $10 per article depending on the word count and your writing skill. Your clients will usually be bloggers or internet marketers who require unique content that is often of high quality for which they will pay top dollar.
But don’t be surprised if from time to time you get asked to sacrifice quality over quantity and end up producing low-cost articles in bulk. This can be disheartening for the perfectionist.
Online article writing has become a very popular and demanding business opportunity and is a great small business idea, especially for moms.
As a freelance writer you may be given a brief to write an article on a specific topic. If you’re lucky, you’ll be provided with comprehensive details on what the article should be about, including the title, structure, subject matter, specific keywords and overall length.
But in other cases, you may be asked to create a 500 word article from scratch with just a couple of keywords as a guide. You therefore need to be flexible and prepared to do some research of your own.
Article marketing or “bum marketing” is another way to get paid to write. Instead of ghostwriting articles and selling your work to others, you can also publish your content directly on the web to promote products and get paid as an affiliate.
Your articles will bear your own name and will be posted on free article directories or social media sites.
There are several websites that offer article writing opportunities and registration is usually free. You also do not have to have a business license for this type of opportunity, and some sites offer daily payment either through direct deposit or a PayPal account. These websites may offer hourly jobs or fixed-rate jobs.
If you are a writer or even if you have never written before, but either enjoy writing or like the idea of creating content for others, then this may be a great career choice for you. You don’t have to be an English major or have a creative writing degree, in fact, a simple enjoyment of writing can go much further when creating content for cash. Online article writing is always in demand and there is a need for more authors.
Article writing can start out slow, and competition can be fierce while you build up your reputation and get some positive feedback under your belt.
But you can potentially make a lot of money depending on the type of experience you have as well as how much of a workload you can take on and your dedication.
A few sites worth mentioning are www.Elance.com, www.Freelancer.com, www.TextBroker.com and www.Constant-Content.com. They are all reputable freelancing sites to get you started but remember to treat this kind of work like a business.
A slight misunderstanding could affect your reputation or even get you banned, so do your homework first.
Remember to communicate with your client so that everything goes smoothly and to maintain a good relationship as this often leads to repeat work.
Do you enjoy writing your own content or outsourcing it to others? Have you had any experience of any of these sites either as a contractor or client? How did it work out for you? Please share your experiences in the comments box below.