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All work at home opportunities are not created equal

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Wouldn't it be nice if your commute to work consisted of stepping out of the kitchen for a cup of coffee into your home office? Thanks to the internet, more people are doing that every day, choosing to work from home.

Borden Black is living that life. "It saves on driving, saves on a lot of expense you have that are incurred with work."

Black has been working from her home for years as a writer, giving her flexibility and freedom.

"I enjoy being able to decide what jobs I'm going to take, how I'm going to do them. I set my own schedule," she explains.

There are real work from home jobs out there. Just ask Sara Sutton Fell, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs.com.

"I really didn't want to have a full-time job when I had my child," says Sutton. "I wanted to have some option for a better workplace balance to be both a fantastic mother as well as continue my professional career."

So four years ago, she created a website to help others find work-at-home jobs, from part-time, freelance, telecommuting, and alternative schedules.

If you're looking to work-from-home, consider these nine jobs, some rather traditional and others unexpected: Writer/editor, virtual assistant, translator, web developer/designer, call center representative, tech support specialist, travel agent, teacher and medical transcriptionist.

Stephanie Foster transitioned to the world of at-home jobs as a medical transcriptionist.

"It's still growing and you don't need to be there in the doctor's office to transcribe medical records. A lot of workers do that from home instead," says Foster.

Working from home gave her the idea to launch her website homewiththekids.com, a resource for stay-at-home parents like herself.

"I have three children and it saves a whole lot on daycare, that's part of the big one, but it's also the sheer flexibility of it," she adds.

Borden Black says with all the flexibility, it's important to note that you have to be disciplined to work from home.

"You get up at the same time very morning," Black advises. "You get dressed. You go into your set aside office and you start work at the same time."


And the very notion of being able to make a living without leaving the house is attracting all sorts of people.

Students, retirees looking to supplement income, military spouses, people with health or physical challenges where it makes more sense for them to work from home. From our measurements, there has been a greater than 400% increase in telecommuting jobs alone in the last three years.

But with that kind of explosive growth comes plenty of scams.

Scams are probably easier to find than the work at home jobs. So you have to be skeptical and do your research for any job you're looking at, even if it has good references.

According to a website that tracks at-home jobs, there are 57 scams for every real job. FlexJobs.com takes the guess work out of it. The website has a staff that screens jobs.

So here's what you can do to weed out those too-good-to-be-true jobs: go to Google and type in the company's name plus the word 'scam', check a company's record with your Better Business Bureau and check the Ripoff Report for the latest scams.

Whether it's writing or taking pictures for a project, for Borden Black, it's all in a day's work.

"A lot of my day is spent doing what I like to do," smiles Black. And she gets to do it right from her home.

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