I know a few women who do call center/customer service work from home. Most companies that do this, do it on a basis where you're an independant contractor & you get paid for only the time you are actually on the phone. Alipine Access (www.alpineaccess.com
) is the only one I have come across where you are actually an employee of the company & get paid just like you would if you were sitting in a building somewhere. Which is to say, whether you get calls or not, you get paid for working. The catch with them is they're only available in a few states, and I'd bet it's harder to get on with them than with a lot of places.
I am also quite fond of WAHM.com; they seem to make an effort for most job postings to be legit.
Other things you can consider doing are surveys & mystery shopper. Google "mystery shopper jobs" and ignore all the ones that want you to pay to get a listing of companies to work for. They're scams, and you can find the info on your own with a little effort at the keyboard. Sign up with as many of the companies as you can, since not all of the shops will be appealing (and some of them will be impossible; when I was in Norfolk I kept getting listings for shops in Richmond).
Both of those things have the slight disadvantage of needing some
money up front, but they're legit, and fairly simple for anyone to get into, especially the mystery shopping.
There are also paid surveys, but I don't think too highly of them. Keep an eye out for Pinecone Research ads. They're 100% legitimate, all the surveys they give you you're qualified for (something which seems to be pretty rare), and they pay $5 each. I was doing them years ago until my computer died and I had to stop. I really miss them. Five bucks isn't a whole heck of a lot, but I was getting surveys and checks on a regular basis, and it adds up.
There are other things out there like Treasure Troopers and assorted pay-to-read e-mail programs. A few women I know OL have had success, but I haven't, probably because I refuse to sign up for the "trial offers" that pay the most (and seeing the difficulty a lot of mamas are having cancelling the offers, I'm glad).