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Helping Clients To Have Work At Home Careers

Helen LaVan, PhD, LPC, NBCC

Professor of Management

DePaul University

1 E. Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL


  • Relevant possessed or acquirable skills
  • Possibility of financial investment, resources during start-up
  • Per cent of work week the work at home is
  • Per cent of time work is done at home
  • Home based business start up, franchise or other opportunity
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Rationale for Working at Home
  • Personal
    • Physical—accommodate persons differentially abled--obese, M.S., blind
    • Psychological--ADD, bipolar, conduct disordered
  • Family—child care, elder care
  • Financial need
  • Financial resources, supplements
  • Geographical
  • Homebound for other reasons
    • Coordinate with on-line education
  • Option for the unemployed?
  • In May 2004, 20.7 million persons usually did some work at home as part of their primary job, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. These workers, who reported working at home at least once per week, accounted for about 15 percent of total nonagricultural employment in May 2004, essentially the same percentage as in May 2001.
  • Work at home business annual revenue as a whole for work at home ventures is $427 Billion, that's more than General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler put together- Entreprenuer Magazine.
  • Also 70% of work at home business ventures last over a three year period compared to 29% of the other business start ups, according to The Home Based Business Institute.
percent of at home workers
Percent of At Home Workers

  • Work at home entrepreneurs number in the millions and it is reported that every 11 seconds someone starts a home based business that allows them to work at home. Also 20% of work at home businesses gross between 100k and 500k per year. -Money Magazine.
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Finding Opportunities

finding opportunities2
Finding Opportunities

finding opportunities3
Finding Opportunities

finding opportunities4
Finding Opportunities
  • - Free starter kit from QuickCash from Craigslist
  • - Free starter kit from EarnCash fast with Google
my favorite opportunities
On-line teaching

Customer service

Credit and collections

Manufacturers’ rep

Free lance media—writing

IT developers

Executive recruiters

Business development

Accountant and tax services


Personal trainer



Home repair

Home inspection

Data entry

Rebate processing

Loan processing

My Favorite Opportunities

Not all opportunities are 100 % at home. Some can require workers

to do actual services booked by the at home worker.

home business institute
Home Business Institute

home based working moms
Home Based Working Moms

  • Match for work content
  • Avoiding Scams
  • Setting and Collecting Fees
  • Safety Issues
  • Insurance issues—Health, Pensions and Property
  • Psychological Issues
  • Taxes
  • Deductions
internet resources
Internet Resources
  • West Corp. (, with 15,000 home agents, is undergoing "rapid expansion," says Dan Hicks, a senior vice president., which claims to have 20,000 home agents working at least a few hours a week, plans to bring on several thousand more this year, says Jon Temple, president, world-wide operations., with 8,000 home-business owners as agents, plans to add 4,000 more by year end, says Angie Selden, chief executive., with 7,500 home agents, will hire 2,500 more people by December, says CEO Christopher Carrington. Executives at, with 1,000 home agents, and, with 300, also say they're expanding. claims 4,000 active agents and plans to hire as many as 600 more by December. In a new twist, a few of these companies, including West, are making home agents permanent employees with access to group benefits. Convergys and Alpine Access subsidize the benefits.
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Internet Resources
  • If you like the idea of being a "virtual assistant" -- a jack-of-all-trades who performs online many of the same services as an administrative aide in a brick-and-mortar office -- offers links to clients. Pay is typically $10 to $20 an hour for taking calls, booking events or travel or other tasks. But entry barriers are high; some 80% of the site's 300 to 500 weekly applicants fail mandatory entry tests on typing, computer and phone skills. And only 10% of the site's 49,000 VAs are working, says co-founder Gayle Buske.
  • Other sites serve as job boards. says a sizable minority of the 8,000 screened free-lance opportunities it has posted can be done from anywhere. A smaller site,, offers access to screened postings for $14.95 a month. And and also charge a fee for access to screened work-at-home postings, which they collect from employers or elsewhere on the Web.
free lance
Free Lance



ideas for a home business
Ideas for a Home Business

  • You have to be a successful salesperson to be successful
  • Home based business aren't real businesses
  • Home based businesses are cheap
  • There’s no going back
  • If you’re at home, you must not be working
  • You can write off everything
  • You can run around in your pajamas all day long
franchise locators
Franchise Locators

work at home scams
Work At Home Scams
  • Work-at-home scams have always been around. They offer you a supposedly easy way to make loads of money in just a little time from the privacy of your own home, but they rarely ever turn out to be what they claim to be. The Internet is no stranger to the proliferation of scams, with employment schemes ranking #6 according to the Consumer Protection Agency. You need to be a smart consumer, particularly when it comes to work-at- home offerings. If anything says you must pay for information or supplies to get started, my advice is to run away fast.

Source: Rilyguide.

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Work At Home Scams
  • Information on Business Opportunities from the Federal Trade Commission
    •, not opportunities with them, but the latest information on their crackdown on fraudulent work-at-home and other business opportunities. They also have additional information on recognizing real opportunities and avoiding fraud at
  • Work-At-Home Schemes
    • ...this document from the Better Business Bureau's Consumer Information Publication Series looks at the growing trend of people working from home, alerting you to the many work-at-home scams which are robbing good people of thousands of dollars. "Work-at-home businesses consistently generate the most inquiries received by the Better Business Bureaus. Of complaints received on the Better Business Bureau's on-line complaint service, 20% relate to work-at-home schemes or business opportunity on-line promotions." Please read this over before you sign on the dotted line or commit any money to any work-at-home opportunity.
  • Work-at-Home Schemes
    • ...released in March 2001 by the Federal Trade Commission, this publication discusses several of the more popular "work at home" scams, including Medical Billing, Envelope Stuffing, and Assembly or Craft Work. It includes questions to ask of any work-at-home program sponsors and where to file complaints. This guide is available through the Federal Consumer Information Center (Pueblo, Colorado), and many other good free helpful guides can be reviewed online here along with links to many more resources.

Source: Rilyguide.

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Work At Home Scams
  • Medical billing: You send money for software to run a bill collection service from your home. The scam artists promise that the “market is wide open” and they have “lined up” clients for you. In reality, you stand to lose your entire $2,000 to $8,000 investment. The software is only an assortment of forms and collection letters that anyone could design. The names of companies they send you are not clients; they just got names and addresses from the phone book.
  • Envelope stuffing: This is the most common work-at-home scam, says the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You send money and the “business” will send you information about earning money by stuffing envelopes at home. What you actually get are instructions to sell this scheme to others by placing ads in newspapers to illegally entice new victims. You make nothing unless you recruit others to work for you.
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Work At Home Scams
  • Assemble or craft work: You send money for supplies to assemble into products such as aprons, baby clothes, jewelry, or Christmas decorations. Sometimes you must buy the equipment from the promoter. You’re told that there is a ready market for the products or that the company will buy the products from you. Your items never meet “quality standards” or you must sell the items yourself.
  • Business Opportunities: You send money for information about starting a business from your home. The details are vague but the promises are big and include claims that “we will provide all the training you need.” The fraudulent salespersons will constantly try to sell you more information about special “training and support systems” and “your personal coach.”