There are two different kinds of jobs that you can do from home:
Let’s talk about each one in detail.
There can also be longer term projects. Back when I was doing work on oDesk, I saw a project asking someone to create an online video tutorial course for Quicken (accounting software). I didn’t really know Quicken that well, but thought the job was a good opportunity for me to make some money and learn Quicken at the same time. All in all, I spent around 20 hours making the course and earned $250. Not too shabby for someone in the Philippines.
You might also get hired for a part or full-time job - where a specific employer pays you like an employee to do things every day (or week). The most common type of jobs are virtual assistant jobs. Here, the owner of a company would need things done for them that they don’t have the time for. For example, answer emails/voicemails and forward important emails directly to the boss. Common jobs also include website maintenance, media editing, and sales. A lot of the time, your boss wouldn’t require you to work at specific hours of the day as long as you get your tasks done before the deadline. Other jobs may require shifting hours, such as answering emails/phone calls or anything that requires timely communication.
If you’re still currently working full-time, or aren’t 100% sure whether working from home is for you, I suggest you start looking at project based work. This way, your obligation to your clients is only until the end of the project (which may only be 10 minutes in some scenarios!) and you can get a feel of how it feels to work with different clients.