There is a big difference between a work-at-home job and a work-at-home business. Employees do not have any capital at risk. Online
employees (i.e., those who have online jobs and work at home) get paid a set amount by the hour or by the completed task. On the other hand, a person who has a work-at-home business does have capital at risk. The only way he gets paid is to earn the money from his business. He is not an employee.
Starting a work-at-home business is just as risky as, and maybe more risky than, starting a real brick-and-mortar business. There is an investment to be made, and there is no guarantee that you will make that investment back or that you will ever make a profit. Don't let anybody tell you that you do not need capital to invest into an online business. You do! You may already own your computer and your printer and scanner, and you may have an Internet connection, but that is not all you need to start a work-at-home business.
The first thing that you must do if you are planning on starting a work-at-home business online is to determine what kind of business you want. There are lots of different kinds of Internet businesses. For example, there are businesses that have storefronts on eBay. There are businesses that are built on drop shipping, there are affiliate marketing businesses, and there are businesses that sell original products online among others like consulting services, professional services, and the like.
The second thing that you must do if you are planning on starting a work-at-home business online is to do your research to find out if your idea is viable. Then you must make a workable business plan, build a website (or have one built) and advertise your online business.