Maybe you have just retired or perhaps you have just been laid off from your company. Now you have lots of time to pursue other activities and you are wondering if you should look for another job or try to develop something at home. There are thousands of work at home ideas, yet many people have difficulty coming up with ideas. We cover a few approaches you can try in this article. Anyone who has just retired or been laid off goes through a transition of emotions which can include shock at not having somewhere to go in the morning to boredom to significant concern about how they are going to pay the bills for their themselves and their families. If you have decided to look for a job, there are specific approaches that people use to find work, which include developing a resume, sorting through job openings and most important networking to let people know they are available as well as hear about openings that may be available. These same skills and approaches can be used in the quest for finding ideas for work from home ideas. Although you will not need to have a resume, it is still important to develop an inventory of your skills, which you can use to assess any idea that you may consider. It is also useful to assist in deciding what additional skills you may need to make your work at home endeavor successful. Networking with people who are already in the work at home area is very useful. Not only will you obtain ideas, there are many useful hints and tips that can be picked up that may assist you in developing and starting a work from home business. Networking with people in person as well as online can be equally important. However in both cases care must be taken to protect your privacy as well as find legitimate ideas. There are many scams on the Internet and usually if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is so consider each one carefully. Successful entrepreneurs in every field usually start by asking what problem does my solution solve for the customer. Many people are willing to spend their money on solutions that solve problems for them and your trick is to find the one that does this for a large number of people. The key acid test for considering any work at home business idea is to ask yourself, what problem do I solve for my customer and how much is it worth to him. Lastly carry pen and paper with you at all times and jot down ideas as they come to you for consideration at a later time. Sometimes the most amazing ideas will come to you as you are sitting enjoying a coffee in your local coffee shop.