Being able to work from home has obvious advantages especially if you are a mum with young children. Working from home means that you can continue to bring in an additional income into the home without having the expense of the costs associated with working a 9 to 5 job such as childcare and commuting.
There are several options that you can consider with work from home jobs UK based where you can use a computer and your typing skills to earn money. The obvious choice for many is to apply for one of the home based positions listed at one of the many job portals. There are becoming more and more positions where you are able to work for an employer based at home. The types of jobs available vary from ones that do require some travelling although you will essentially be working from your own home to those that are entirely home based.
Whilst working for a single employer has it's advantages you still face the risk of losing your job at any time. The company you work for may go under or they may simply downsize or more likely with a home based job outsource it to somewhere like India where the employer can get the work done a whole lot cheaper. Luckily for the moment with smaller employers it is not so common to outsource work although many of the larger employers are doing so
So an alternative is to freelance, this means that rather than working for a single employer you work for many different employers. Some you may only ever do one job or project for whilst others may send regular work your way once you have built up a trusted relationship with them. Trust and building a relationship on the internet is important as you never meet the person you are working for face to face and most contact is usually through email or occasionally by voice.
Being a freelancer essentially means that you are being self employed, don't worry it is not as daunting as it sounds. There are many advantages to being self employed and the only main difference is that you have to file your taxes each year online. As long as you keep a good record of what you have earned and what your allowable expenses are you should be fine. You can always hire an accountant to do your taxes for you.
There are many freelance project available on many of the freelance sites such as oDesk, Freelancer, GetAFreelancer and many others. You can use these sites to bid on projects, the employer will choose you based on the price you are willing to job for, your experience and your previous history. The more projects that you have under your belt the more likely you are to be chosen for other jobs as you will have a proven track record.