Exploring the good and the bad side of the work at home world..
Maybe you are a stay at home mom who's looking for a little extra income.
Perhaps you are looking for full time work but with the flexibility that working from home will afford you.
There are many different varieties of home based work in the U.S. Many are legitimate, others... not so much.
The problem is how to distinguish the legitimate opportunities from the scams and how to find out whether you will be making enough money to make ends meet or whether it will be a big waste of your time.
Explore some of the work at home niches below. They range from call center work to work at home nursing, transcription work, home-based jobs for teachers... and the list goes on and on.
I will do my best to give you a description of the job itself, the requirements and pay and, for what it's worth, my take on whether it's something that might be worth your time and energy... or not.
Being a work at home mom myself for the past nine years, I have just about seen and heard it all when it comes to home-based jobs. Many of these companies I have either worked for or gone through the application process with. (And many of you have written in to me privately to give me the scoop on these companies, thank you for that!)
So, let's explore some of these work opportunities and lets's start
Finding work at home jobs!
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When you're first starting out in the work at home world, you may not have much experience under your belt.
However, to get looked at by companies that offer you good money, you will need to get that experience somehow.
That's where these jobs come in. I consider them stepping stones to where you want to get to. They help you get your foot in the door, help you get another reference on your resume, and more money in your pocketbook.
Home-based call center work involves taking incoming calls (either sales based calls or customer service calls) from your own home office.
Many of these jobs are flexible, paying anywhere from $8-$30 an hour based on experience. Many of these companies hire virtual workers as independent contractors ( which basically means you are self employed and responsible for setting aside your own taxes) however, there are some who do hire representatives to work as employees. You will find that all companies require a quiet working space, a reliable PC with high speed internet access and a corded phone and phone headset.
There are many stay at home moms and dads, not to mention those who are retired, who have a background in education.
There is quite a need for professionals who have a background in education to work at home as tutors.
Some companies require little experience ( though they may require that you have a degree or are currently obtaining your degree) and other companies are looking for highly educated professionals who can teach specific subject matter.
The question is whether this type of home based work pays well enough for a professional to make a secondary income from home.
Find out more below:
If you can type very quickly and accurately, if you have a good ear for different accents and dialects and enjoy working from the comfort of home, you may be interested in work at home jobs in the area of transcription.
It is said that there are opportunities for many, whether you are an entry level transcriber or you have experience in specialized transcription such as legal or medical transcription, but is that really the case?
For more information:
While working as a courthouse researcher may not officially be classified as a "work at home" opportunity, it can allow for a very flexible schedule, since theoretically you can choose the hours you wish to work (but within the regular courthouse hours of 9-5 Monday-Friday).
Most companies do not have an hourly requirement that you must fulfill, instead, the job mostly involves getting a set number of records documented (and it is to your benefit that you get them recorded as quickly as possible for a better paycheck).
Pay varies from minimum wage to upwards of $15 + per hour, again, depending on how fast you type.
Sounds good but how easy is it to find work with these companies or is this niche already saturated with courthouse researchers?
I go over all of that and more below:
In the same vein, take a look at my page on Legal Transcript Proofreading by clicking on the link below:
Did you know that there is even a work at home niche available for nurses? There are companies who hire nurses to work in what is called "telephonic triage" whether for private clinics, doctor's offices or other companies.
McKesson is one such company and United Health Group is another. As well, there are many other companies that are on the hunt for highly skilled and experienced nurses to work in managerial areas such as clinical case management.
However, what are the requirements, how much experience do you need to have and how much do these types of jobs pay?
It would have never crossed my mind before I worked from home how many jobs can be done from home. While not all jobs are suited for virtual work, there are some that fit in the virtual world quite nicely.
Take for example, the work that an accountant performs. Is it typically performed in an office setting?
Yes.... but... as long as the appropriate equipment is available in your home, can this be a viable work at home opportunity?
I also take a look at other obscure work at home opportunities such as working as a translator:
There are job boards out there that are simply teeming with available home-based work for people with the right qualifications.
So where can you find these job boards?
Well via the link below of course:
Maybe you don't want to spend a whole lot of time searching the free job boards for the perfect project but you would still like to make a little extra money on the side... no problem.
Check out my list of 14 ideas that can get you some extra cash in your pocket:
I always thought Mystery Shopping was one big scam. Then I saw that my local community college was offering a Mystery Shopping course and I just had to check it out.
What I found out really surprised me:
Yes, I admit it, online surveys are low paying and perhaps not worth anyone's time .
But there are some companies that are legitimate and I show you which ones are legitimate here.
For those of you who are interested in working from home in customer service but would prefer not to do it over the phone I get it, I really do.
There are a lot of great benefits to not having to be on the phone while working.
#1 is the fact that you don't have to worry about your children.. being children. Background noise is no problem with a non-phone based job.
Interested in finding out more?
I have many stay at home moms and dads reach out to me for some low cost startup home-based business ideas.
The truth is that there are very few home based business ideas that fir that criteria, in fact most are scams. But there are a few things that you can do that might work out well. Here they are below, in varying degrees of difficulty:
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So, grab a cup of coffee or your favorite cup of tea and have a look around there's lots of information to discover and you'll want to know as much as you can to save you time and to be able to find the perfect home based work opportunity for you.
Speaking of which, this website is a work in progress so make sure to check back in from time to time for all the newest updates!
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After my years of research into finding the perfect work at home job for me (and many friends asking me to direct them to the legitimate work at home companies out there) I decided to put together a simple and easy list of legitimate work at home opportunities and post it in one easy location.
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