Most of us love the idea of earning extra income or quitting our full-time jobs altogether and working from home. If you thought work-from-home companies were just running scams, it turns out there are plenty of authentic and reliable ways to make money by working from home. There is currently a 61-to-1 scam ratio among work-at-home job leads on the internet, that is, for every legitimate job, there are 61 scams. But, there are a lot of opportunities for a “real job.” The secret is knowing how to separate the scams from what’s legit.
Here’s a hint: Legitimate jobs will typically never require you to pay a fee to get more information, and they don’t come in unsolicited junk e-mail messages. Still, there’s plenty of earning potential in working from home because, now, many of the top-earning home-based positions are with big traditional companies like Xerox, Dell and IBM.
No matter what your area of interest or expertise, if you have the desire to work from home, someone, somewhere, has work for you that can use your skills and natural talents. If you remain diligent and flexible, you’ll find it. And you won’t have to spend money on gas or transportation to get to work.
Most women do better if they treat their at home job more like an occupation. Let everyone know you are working. Get dressed in the morning, stick to a routine that works for you and those around you and you’ll be on your way to earning substantially more than you thought you could.
Most of the jobs in this article require an up-to-date computer, a high-speed Internet connection, a phone with a dedicated land line and a quiet place to work.
Customer Service Representative
Many companies outsource customer-service operations to third-party companies who then hire home-based workers or “agents” to take calls and orders. When you call, you may be speaking to mom of 3 or a retired police officer. When you dialed the number, your call was automatically routed to their spare bedroom in Colorado.
Call Center Agencies currently employ thousands of work-at-home customer-service agents who take inbound calls (there’s no outbound or cold calling) for dozens of companies.
While the typical hourly rate is about $9, some agents who work more than 20 hours a week are eligible for benefits. Other companies hire virtual call agents too.
To do this job, you need a pleasant voice and personality, and really thick skin—you’re bound to encounter some hostility. Still, it’s a good way to earn income. Many large companies now outsource their cold-calling campaigns to third parties who hire home-based workers to place the calls. Telemarketers are typically paid by the hour, and they may earn incentives and commission based on performance.
Keep in mind that a legitimate company will typically not require you to pay a fee to get information or leads, and will explain how to apply, exactly what is required and what to expect.
A day trader holds positions in stocks for a very short period of time, often from minutes to hours, and makes numerous trades each day. In most cases, all open trades are closed before the end of the day. While this “job” does not offer a guaranteed salary or other benefits, it does provide those who are successful at it with potentially huge returns on capital.
Some traders can post returns of 300% or more in a year, while others will see much less. Being a successful day trader requires more than a lucky guess; day trading requires specific skills and tools, available capital and emotional stamina. In order to achieve success, day traders must have:
- A long-term trading strategy and access to up-to-the-minute market information, including for example, knowledge of the price of the Dow.
- The ability to correctly interpret the short-term movements of the markets.
- Continuous access to multiple live news sources, such as CNBC.
- Analytical software, which allows day traders to discover trading patterns much faster and reduce trade execution times.
- This life is not for everyone. Traders must have the stomach, and the cash reserves, to weather heavy, short-term losses and be able to keep going. Some traders focus chiefly on equities, while others speculate in derivatives or foreign currencies. While successful day traders can become quite wealthy, it is virtually impossible to quantify any kind of average compensation to them, as even the best traders will see substantial fluctuations in their respective returns, from one year to the next. If you need to know you’ll have a constant and steady income, this is not the career for you.
Being a medical transcriptionist is a demanding job, and nearly every company seeks applicants with experience and/or training from certain schools. The work involves listening to and typing up dictation from doctors – some of whom have thick accents, slur words, and even eat, drink, chew gum (and) talk to other people in the room while dictating, she says. But hearing about medical matters can be interesting, and good transcriptionists are in very high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ 2015 data, the median hourly rate for transcriptionists is $17.17.
Information technology is the sector where most of the home-based hiring is being done. Freelancers generally offer services such as custom website design, template modification and redesigns, code updates, hosting and usability reviews.. Out of the many new monthly work-from-home job postings Web developers are in high demand
Companies will pay you to sit on mock juries to give attorneys and other jury consultants feedback on cases they are currently handling. Think of these as focus groups. The cases are real, but your verdict will do little more than give those involved a prediction of how things might go. You can earn fees ranging from $5 to $60. Be sure to read all the disclaimers and details.
Writer, Blogger, Editor or Proofreader
Everyone says you’re a fantastic writer, so isn’t it about time you got paid? Good writing is still in demand says Durst, especially for online content. For the best sites try JournalismJobs.com, MediaBistro.com & problogger.net. Rates vary between $15 and $25 an hour.
If you’re a crafter in search of customers, the internet is your showcase, and not only at auction sites like eBay. Etsy.com‘s Craft Mall is an amazing place where more than 10,000 artisans and crafters offer their goods for sale. On offer are salvaged parts from old TVs and VCRs turned into artsy necklaces, earrings and figures or 3D printing necklaces called wearable planters.
Online Guide or Expert
Do your friends look to you for advice on things you’re passionate about, such as which car to buy, how to repair appliances or how to make a killer cheesecake? Whatever your area of expertise, if you are also a seasoned writer with an infectious enthusiasm for a particular topic, consider becoming an online expert guide. Guides are freelancers with an ability to communicate well and good grammar and spelling skills.
For example, About.com guides write articles or reviews in their area of expertise. They earn no less than $725 a month, but some make more than $100,000 a year depending on year-over-year, page-view growth. Go to beaguide.about.com, where you’ll find which areas of expertise are still open. (There are many!)
Many small-business owners and mid- to executive-level professionals need personal assistants, but can’t afford a permanent position on the payroll. The solution? Hire people from remote locations to do their administrative work.
Virtual assistants handle all kinds of administrative projects, including travel arrangements, event planning, correspondence and other support services that can be done remotely via e-mail and phone.
Rates for VAs run about $25 to $75 or more an hour, based on the types of services you provide. The startup costs are about $500 to $1,000, assuming you have an up-to-date computer and printer.
Scams abound in the travel industry — particularly organizations that charge for information on how to break into the field. But operating a home-based travel agency can be an excellent business. Real home-based travel agents have experienced robust growth over the last decade, and there are probably 40,000-plus of them and growing. A growing (although small) number of people earn $100,000 or more a year. A solid business concept and plan focused on profitability will take you a long way to achieving your monetary goals. There’s also the joy of helping others enjoy their leisure time.
Online Tutor or English As A Second Language Instructor
If you have a college degree and the skills to tutor students online in math, science, English or social studies, this job may fit you perfectly. Tutors who work for for this type of company and have passed their probationary period earn $10 to $14 an hour. Skype and other web interface tools are bringing English language instructors face-to-face with students from around the world.
Whichever role you choose be sure to protect yourself from online scams. A rule of thumb is if it seems too good to be true, it’s more than likely that it is. Do your research and never pay a signup fee.
So do your homework before you work from home!