Work in Home Businesses All Over America

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Or simply scroll down to see how easy it is to work at home in the state of Illinois.

Tired of demanding bosses and nosy coworkers?

Here are five ways to stay home and mind your own business. 

These tips are geared toward residents of Illinois, but are generally applicable to residents of any state. 


Five Workable Work in Home Business Ideas

1. Online Sales

Doing online sales is fairly easy, and does not require any special skills.

You can buy and sell products online through websites such as ebay, etsy, craigslist, Amazon, and other major retailers. You can also post ads on social networking websites, and also your own website.

You DO have a website, don't you? 

You can acquire new (or like new) merchandise, priced well below wholesale at thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, and statewide factory outlets. 

If you have the nerve, you can even look through trash containers in wealthy neighborhoods. As the saying goes: "One man's trash is another man's treasure." 

Here is a list of major wholesale distributors and factory outlets located throughout the state of Illinois:

  • Cosmetics Surplus in Swansea
  • H&J Liquidators in Franklin Park
  • Rock Bottom Deals in Chicago
  • A-1 Electronics in Bridgeview
  • Gurnee Mills in Gurnee (191 stores)
  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont (138 stores)
  • Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora (129 stores)
  • Huntley Outlet Center in Huntley (39 stores)
  • Bloomington-Normal Factory Stores in Normal (14 stores)

2. Scan Craigslist.

Many telecommuting professionals see landing gigs on craigslist as a legitimate Work in Home opportunity.

Click on your general area, then click on Jobs. Be sure to also check the Gigs section. There may even be a "Telecommute" function.

Apply for every work in home job you think you can do that pays what you need to make.

The key to success in landing gigs on craigslist is persistence, not to mention well crafted intro letters, and a Professional Resume. 

3. Contact Major Employers.

Large local businesses have numerous remote positions to fill, because this saves mega money on corporate rent and administrative costs. 

Contact a lot of these companies to see which work in home jobs are currently available. 

Here's a list of some of the 10 largest employers in the state of Illinois:

  • Abbott Laboratories in Abbott Park
  • Advocate Healthcare in Chicago
  • Allstate Insurance in Northbrook
  • Boeing is an aircraft manufacturer headquartered in Chicago
  • Chicago Shriners Hospital
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • State Farm Insurance

4. Build a Website.

It goes almost without saying that building your own website (as opposed to having one built) is a crucial Work in Home business strategy. 

A well constructed SEO website should cost no more than $300 a year to maintain, if you build it yourself. 

The best web building software packages will guide you through the entire process, with 24/7 tech support included. 

5. Become a Freelance Professional.

Here are a few examples of businesses you can start from home in the state of Illinois:

  • After School Programs
  • At-home Childcare
  • At-Home Elder care
  • Dog Walking / Pet Sitting
  • Guided Tours
  • Home Delivery
  • Housework 
  • Yard Work / Gardening
  • Snow Removal Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Tutoring

Here's the easy, step-by-step process for making it work:

Have business cards made (or make them yourself if you prefer). Your business card should include your name, your product or service, your contact information, and your web address (if you have one). Pass these business cards around to people you meet. 

Advertise your products and/or services online by posting ads on ebay, craigslist, and social networking websites, to name a few.

Send cover letters by email to all relevant businesses in your chosen service area.

All it takes is a bright idea and persistent hard work to enjoy the financial fruits of your home based labor.

In many cases, you may also need a cell phone, and a computer with a good wifi connection. 

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