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Best options for working at home

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 choosing to work at home.

Borden Black has been working from her home for years as a writer, giving her flexibility and freedom. She says, "I enjoy being able to decide what jobs I'm going to take, how I'm going to do them."

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. She says, "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."

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

Foster adds, "I have three children and it saves a whole lot on daycare."

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. You get dressed. You go into your set aside office and you start work at the same time."

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

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

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.

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