Financial Planner or Advisor
A trader at the Chicago Board of Trade watches as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and NASDAQ Composite Index all fall upon news of soaring gas prices in July 2008.

If you know how to help people feel like this despite the economy's downturn, share the wealth as a financial advisor.

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If you're interested in learning how investments, tax laws and other financial decisions impact the bottom line, working as a financial planner or advisor could be a great way to help others while avoiding a daily corporate commute. Because financial planners can meet with clients in a variety of settings, from the local coffee shop to the client's own home, it's a simple matter to run this enterprise as a home-based business. And, with salaries in this field exceeding $100,000, you could afford to make a few smart investments of your own [source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics].

In addition, telecommuting could increase your job satisfaction. A July 2011 survey of telecommuters found that more than 85 percent reported higher productivity and happiness when working from home instead of a corporate office. For financial planners, the ability to work at home without interruption can result in less stress, too [source: McConville].

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