But you could group some common, legitimate work from home businesses together into similar types and get an idea of what would be more typical.
When unemployment is on the rise, you find more people looking to these sorts of jobs, so it is very important to know what you are getting into and what to expect.
One common group is the independent home contractor.
This could be anything from the construction business like your plumbers, electricians, and carpenters, to your day care providers, local insurance agent and lawn care specialists.
This group is your traditional self-employed workforce.
You have a skill, you do most of your work traveling to peoples homes who have hired you to do your thing (in the case of day care they come to you).
It is pretty easy to tell legitimate work from home businesses because they need to be licensed, and that can be easily verified.
A second group you could call the telecommuters.
They generally work for one company, and are able to do their work from home these are jobs that can be done with a computer and a phone.
It could be that a telecommuter will sometimes go into the office and other times work at home.
Others are totally set only do the work at home.
This is much easier these days with how connected we are in cyberspace.
Your boss could be in one state and you could be across the country in an entirely different time zone.
Examples of these kinds of jobs would be virtual call center people and medical transcription.
One group that is growing in popularity is with affiliate marketing.
This is where businesses with a presence online depend on the affiliate marketers to do all their advertising for them.
If a sale results, then you get a commission.
All this work is done at home from a computer where you create websites and write articles and blogs and when people read what you have to say, may-be they will click on a link that ends up on a website where you buy something.
The problem with this, is there have been a lot of less than legitimate work from home businesses pop up making outrageous claims and selling all kind of get rich quick schemes that have given this a bad name.
If you find the right training, and choose reputable products to promote, it can be one of your self-employed options.
These are three typical scenarios of your more legitimate work from home businesses.
Whichever you end up doing, you must also be aware of licensing, taxes, and keeping track of your business expense.
You must treat it like a business, it can't just be a lark.