Working from home has been all the rage for the past few years, but where do you start? How do you avoid being scammed out of your hard earned money? What job is right for you? These are the questions you should ask yourself before you jump through a ring of fire, because with all the Internet scams out there; chances are you might get burned.
The most important thing to remember is that you should never, under any circumstances, have to pay anyone to work for them. Imagine walking into a large office building for a job interview, and a security guard walks up to you and says that there is a $250.00 fee to enter the building. Sounds absurd doesn’t it? The only time paying a fee would be acceptable is if you are applying at a financial institution that requires a credit report. At which point, you can offer to obtain the credit report yourself.
Now you must perform a personal assessment. Ask yourself these questions, “Am I willing to dedicate to my ‘work at home’ career”? Working from home sounds great, but it is a job. Therefor you will be confined to your home for the hours you commit to. Although working from home is very rewarding, it is like any job, there will be times that you become sick of seeing the inside of your home office or workspace.
Is working at home right for you? Does your lifestyle allow you to maintain proper working environment? Most companies that allow you to work from home require that you have a noise free environment, and you must be absolutely free from distractions. These are large, well known companies that do not disclose the fact that they outsource. So they ask that there is no background noise when speaking to clients. You will also be working for several hours, so you must have a clean, comfortable workspace. The proper seating is the key to being able to sit in one place for hours at a time.
What type of work are you interested in? There many opportunities out there. Which one is right for you?
Customer Service Technical Support
Accounting Web site Development
Graphic Design Freelance Writing
Internet Research Virtual Tutoring
Quality Assurance & more
Where do you start? Large outsourcing companies such as Alpine Access, LiveOps, Arise, WestAtHome, Working Solutions, and Custom Loyal hire work from home reps for several different positions. Some of these positions include Technical Support, Customer Service, Quality Assurance, and Billing. While these are positions are entry level, there are also opportunities for advancement once you have your foot in the door.
Other places like Sylvan, TutorVista, and eTutor allow you to work from home tutoring children. Working with children requires extensive background and credit checks. The application process for these jobs can take up to 3 weeks to a month. It is a very rewarding career and it pays extremely well.
Freelancing companies such as oDesk and VipDesk hire freelance web developers and graphic designers. With these companies you are not an employee, you are considered a freelancer. One of the great perks of become a freelancer is that you work if, and when you want.
Finally, becoming a freelance writer is all the rage. One of the top rated freelance writing companies is Demand Studios. They hire freelance writers to complete writing assignments. They are one of the top paying companies and they accept only the best.
Remember to stay dedicated to your work from home job. It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to do what you love, from the comfort of your own home. Stay focused the world is yours.