If you’re just getting starting on your work at home journey, you may have already learned that some “classic” work at home jobs such as stuffing envelopes really don’t exist. If not, now is the time to learn that. But if you can’t stuff envelopes, what can you do? Plenty.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the kind of work you can do from home depends on your skills and interests. This may be broader than you think, especially if you don’t feel as though you have the skills for the work at home jobs you’ve heard of so far.

Work at home jobs aren’t all data entry and customer service – in fact, those jobs can be hard to come by because so many people want them. At home customer service jobs add the challenge of requiring a very, very quiet place to work. These jobs have experience and skill requirements which are fairly common, which is why so many people go for them.

Like many work at home sites, I list a lot of companies which hire people to work from home at least somewhat regularly. I always hope it’s a clean, scam free list, but I can’t guarantee it because companies and websites change ownership. You shouldn’t be limiting yourself to my lists or anyone else’s lists anyhow. There are a lot of opportunities out there which never make it onto any list because they don’t come about that often. You need to look at more options.

Job Boards

Job boards such as Indeed may have some work at home openings listed. You still have to be careful at such sites, even though employers have to pay to post jobs there.

Some people also have luck with work at home job paid membership sites such as Home Job Stop. You aren’t paying for job there, you’re paying for listings which may help you to find a job.

Freelance Job Websites

It’s also a good idea to check out freelance job websites such as eLance, oDesk (edit: now Upwork) and HireMyMom, as well as any of the many other Freelance websites out there.

Freelancing doesn’t sound appealing to everyone. You have to keep looking for clients rather than having a single employer, and that may be a pain. But it has advantages too. You may be able to get a small project or so while looking for more steady work. You can use it to build your resume.

It also may not be as different from working from an employer at home as you may think. Many home based jobs are considered contract positions… not always accurately according to the IRS, so be careful. That means you have a lot of freedom as to when and how you get your work done, so long as it gets done. It also means you need to understand your tax position so you get it right when they come due.

Start Your Own Business

It’s almost cliche, but not all work at home has to be a job. You can start a business, whether you join a network marketing opportunity, make and sell your own crafts, start a daycare, start a website or something else all together. Starting a business of any sort is risky, but it can be worth the risk.

Any business you start is going to require some new skills. It doesn’t matter how well you know the basics of whatever your business is or how much you love it all, you’ll be learning all kinds of new things too. It won’t always be easy or fun, but if you succeed, even the tough times will be worth it.