My father ran a business from an office next to my bedroom when I was growing up. I remember thinking how “cool” that was. He never missed an event. He coached softball. He would come and go as he pleased. He prepared meals in the middle of the day. I thought my life would be like that, and it kind of is—but it’s not. It’s way more exhausting than it looked as I viewed it from the outside.
What It Is: Inside sales representatives work with a portfolio of clients to build new business opportunities, as well as look for new sales leads via research, cold calls, and email. It's their job to generate interest in a company and close deals. "If [you're working in] telemarketing, you'll have a list of people to call and you can make your own schedule," says Wheatman.
This mismatch between what we need to earn and how much time we want to spend with our kids has led many parents to seek work-from-home opportunities—a chance to earn a living while being around for more of the milestones and special moments. When you take into account the high costs of daycare, some work-from-home parents find that they can work fewer hours for an equivalent paycheck.
In February 2000, Amazon announced that it had been granted a patent on components of an affiliate program. The patent application was submitted in June 1997, which predates most affiliate programs, but not PC Flowers & Gifts.com (October 1994), AutoWeb.com (October 1995), Kbkids.com/BrainPlay.com (January 1996), EPage (April 1996), and several others.