The Best Jobs if You Want to Work at Home

Posted on 03/20/2013

In the past many of Yahoo's 14,500 employees enjoyed working from home-- no commuting, no cubicles, and no packed lunches. But starting in June, all employees on Yahoo's payroll will have to come to the office every day, or face being fired. While Yahoo is axing telecommuting, it's still a very desirable way of life for many people. If your dream is to commute to another room rather than another zip code, here are the best work-at-home jobs.

Tax Preparer
Just as the holiday season is slammed for retailers, spring is gangbusters for tax preparers. While firms like H&R Block hire and train thousands of tax professionals you could do this job from home. The hours are flexible and the off-season is much more relaxed.

Graphic Designers
Freelance graphic designers can work from anywhere including the local coffee shop or their dining room table. Check out graphic design job listings on sites like or You'll find a mix of full-time and freelance work.

Copywriters are often hired as freelancers rather than full-time staff members. If you've got a way with words this is another great work-from-home job option. Check out websites like or to find available work.

Childcare Provider
While there are pretty strict rules about operating a full-blown daycare in your house, babysitting can be a great service to run out of your home. In North Carolina for instance, if you care for more than two children who aren't related to you for more than four hours a day, you might need to be licensed.

Virtual Call Center Agent
Not all call centers exist in foreign countries. Some call center employees work virtually from the comfort of home. Check out SYKES Home, a company with a long history of hiring thousands of retirees, military spouses, parents, disabled workers or those who need some extra income.

By Alison Storm

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