This guest post on work at home jobs is by Anna Thurman.

Are you a mom looking for a work at home job? You probably know you are not alone. In fact, once upon a time I was where you are — desperately searching for some way to make money via the Internet so I would not have to work outside the home and leave my little ones in another person’s care.

While there are lots of scams floating around in cyberspace, there are also plenty of legitimate opportunities. Many moms are currently working from home doing jobs like the ones listed below:

1. Virtual Call Centers

You can apply to become a home call center agent helping out with customer and/or tech support and sales with a variety of different companies from your own home office. You may or may not need prior experience depending on the company.

2. Transcription

Don’t want a phone job? Transcription is an excellent alternative. It involves listening to an audio file and accurately typing out what you hear. Many companies do require prior experience, particularly in the legal and medical fields, but it’s occasionally possible to find general transcription work requiring no past experience.

3. Freelance Writing

Do you have a way with words? Freelance writers are in very high demand right now. You can choose to either work solely for private clients and set your own rates or apply with a larger company, such as Demand Media, and get paid a set amount per article completed.

4. Education

There are a lot of home jobs available in the educational field. You could work online as a tutor, teacher, or even score tests from home for companies like ETS and Pearson. There are also content sites like Shmoop that will pay you to create written educational content.

5. Virtual Assisting

A virtual assistant is like a “Jill” of all trades. You are essentially a cyber secretary who completes whatever tasks her client needs done virtually. You might be writing, placing calls, or even doing simple data entry tasks depending on your client’s needs.

6. Bookkeeping & Accounting

Do you have a background in bookkeeping or accounting? This is another job you can do from home. Options here include going into business for yourself or working for larger companies like Balance Your Books and BookMinders.

7. Search Engine Evaluation

This is also known as being a “Google Rater.” Search engine evaluators work from home evaluating search engine results. Two companies that are often hiring for these positions are Leapforce and Lionbridge.

8. Proofreading & Editing

You can work from home doing editing and proofreading for many different companies, although most of them do require some past experience as a prerequisite to offering you employment. This is also a field where many people do well going into business for themselves.

9. Data Entry

You have to step very carefully with home data entry work. It’s out there, but the vast majority of companies advertising for it are scam operations. The legit opportunities will typically pay on the low end and may require some past experience.

10. Social Media Expert

Are you comfortable using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking sites? Fortunately for you, many people don’t and are more than willing to hire outside help to handle the social media end of their businesses. And yes, it is often possible to do this work from your home.

The idea of working at home can seem intimidating at first, but don’t be afraid to try it!  To be on the safe side, make sure you thoroughly “test the waters” before giving up your existing day job (if you have one).

Anna Thurman is a work at home mom and blogger. She researches legitimate home job opportunities daily and publishes her findings via her website, Real Ways to Earn Money Online.