Are you struggling to figure out what the right job is for you? Then keep reading! We’ll help you figure out what remote career path you’re personality type is best suited for.

When I started looking for a work-at-home job, I didn’t care what the job entailed. I just knew that I wanted to make some money and be at home with my daughter.

I searched online, checked out the want ads (this was back in 2007), and even asked past employers if there was ANYTHING that I could do for them. Data entry, internet research, run errands, make appointments, anything, I was desperate! Unfortunately, desperation is often what leads to scams. Sadly, I came across a ton of them.

Ask Yourself the Following Questions

When you’re looking for a work-at-home job you need to be clear in your intent; meaning you need to slow down and take a personal inventory before you begin your job search. Otherwise, you’ll waste a lot of time applying for jobs that don’t meet your criteria both professionally and personally.

  • What are your passions, skills, and prior experience?
  • Do you need health insurance?
  • Do you need flexibility or can you commit to a regular daytime schedule?
  • Do you want to start a business?
  • Are you wanting to transition into a new career? If so, are you willing to take a course or go back to school?

Figuring Out What Your Dream Job Is

When you cast your net too wide, you fail to find the right work-at-home job for you, because your search isn’t targeted.

If you don’t know what you want to do, or you’re unhappy in your current career, there are lots of ways to uncover what your passion might be. Reading books, taking career quizzes, volunteering, completing internships, and conducting informational interviews can be extremely helpful in determining what the right career path is for you. 

To assist you in your work-at-home job search, here are some common work-at-home scenarios, companies, jobs, and ideas that can help fast-track your search.

1. I Need a Work-at-Home Job with Zero Startup Fees

You hear this all the time — you should never pay for a work-at-home job. And for the most part, this is statement is true, however, many companies that hire remote workers, do require potential employees to pay for things like criminal background checks, drug screens, credit checks, and training manuals.

Luckily, there are a lot of companies that don’t charge a penny!

Here are some to get you started:

If you need more suggestions, we have a big list of work-at-home jobs that don’t charge any fees here.

Work at Home Equipment

One additional note on fees.

Many companies do require you to have your own laptop, high-speed internet connection, and headset. If you need a company-provided computer, check out this post.

If you want to start your own business, but you’re short on cash, here are a couple of articles that talk about FREE home-based business opportunities:

2. I Need to Have a Flexible Work Schedule

When my daughter was a baby, there was no way that I could commit to regular office hours. Her nap schedule was all over the place (some days she napped for 3-4 hours, and other days not at all). Eventually, I ended up enrolling her in a mother’s day out program which gave me small bits of time to work uninterrupted. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are some companies that will let you work flexible hours and schedules. You can also try your hand at freelance work — which is what I did when I first started out.

Companies With Flexible Schedules

  • 24/7 Virtual Assistant