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What It Is: Do people ask you your secret to perfect pie crust or how you made that wreath? "Everyone knows how to do something, or has a hobby they enjoy," says Kimberly Lawson, owner of OohLaLuxe.net, who has created fashion and beauty tutorial videos. "These can easily be turned into profits." Simply sign up for a free YouTube account. Then use a smartphone or digital camera to record yourself explaining and demonstrating how you work your magic. (If you're more tech-savvy or have a burgeoning teenage filmmaker in your house, you can use desktop software, such as Windows Movie Maker, to create a slicker video.) "Once you upload the video to YouTube, enroll in its partner program," Lawson says. YouTube will then place ads inside or near your video, and you will earn money from the ads themselves, video views and click-throughs. "The key is to put a unique spin on your video," says Lawson, especially if there are lots of others on the same subject.
Many of my readers have started proofreading from their iPads, scanning legal documents for court reporters as a result of the Proofread Anywhere eCourse I recommend. You can read some of their testimonials in the comments on this post. They offer a 7-day intro course free so you can decide if that line of work is right for you before you pursue the training.
Telecommuting has long been promoted as a way to substantially increase employee productivity. A working-from-home-related experiment conducted using 242 employees of a large Chinese travel agency by professors at Stanford and Beijing University found that employees randomly assigned to work at home for 9 months increased their output by 13.5% versus the office-based control group. This improvement in output arose from working 9% more hours from saved commuting time and from 3.5% improved efficiency from quieter working conditions. The study also found that home-workers reported significantly higher job-satisfaction scores and their quit rates fell by almost 50%. However, home workers' promotion rates dropped by half due to apparent performance declines, indicating a potential career cost of home-working.
Williams-Sonoma is a specialty retailer of quality home products, including cookbooks, high-end gifts, furniture, and more. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Williams-Sonoma now operates nearly 600 retail stores throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia, in addition to being one of the largest ecommerce retailers in the U.S.
Pitches to be your own boss. Our Consumer Action Center is hearing from a lot of callers who go to help-wanted sites, find an opportunity that looks good and then contact the supposed employer. It turns out to be a pitch for owning your own business, with promises of huge money. Unfortunately, the only ones making money are the people pushing startup kits and related costs.
Work from Home Speech Language Pathology Assistant – Louisiana Virtual Charter Academy: Hiring from LA. “Associate of arts degree in speech-language pathology or communication disorders or graduation from a speech-language pathology assistant program; current registration as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) issued by the Louisiana Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board; prior SLPA experience in educational or clinical settings is preferred…”
ArborBridge offers personalized test prep tutoring and courses for the SAT, ACT, ISEE and SSAT, and the GRE and GMAT, as well as specialized subject tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Literature, Math Levels 1 and 2, U.S. History, and World History. ArborBridge requires tutors to have a bachelors degree and one year of experience. Tutors work part-time, flexible hours and earn $45 per hour, plus pay for administrative time.
Work from Home Concierges – Aspire Lifestyles: Still recruiting. Hiring from Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizona. Benefits, paid online training. Starting pay is $15.50 hourly. Full-time or part-time not mentioned, but the jobs come with benefits, so they may be full-time. “Earn up to $45,000 annually” depending on performance and hours worked. You’d be handling concierge calls from premium American Express card members.
Closed captioners add captions or subtitles to live and pre-recorded audio. They transcribe the words as spoken. To become a closed captioner you must be able to type fast and accurately. (Many captioners clock in at 200 wpm!) Those with stenography experience (such as court reporters and those who work in medical dictation) may want to explore this work-at-home role.
If you were not able to find luck with the list of jobs I have presented above, visit FlexJobs. This job site has been rated by the Better Business Bureau with an A+. They even provide a money-back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with how they deliver their service. FlexJobs assures that every single work posted is hand-screened to check its legitimacy. This is a fantastic method to find legit home-based jobs without the worries of handling scams.
What’s great about these part-time home-based jobs is the fact you can count on a certain amount of extra income each month — there’s no wondering if there will be any work available or guessing as to how much you might make by the end of the month. But part-time employee positions may also require you to have a proper home office setup that includes a landline, headset, and a quiet spot where you can do work — not always possible when you’re working in a busy household.
Are you a doctor? Got a business degree? Know your way around the legal system? Use your varied expertise to answer questions from the masses! Categories include health, cars, home improvement, law, tech, health, homework and “general.” Anyone can apply to be an expert—it’s up to the person who asks the question to decide whose answer gets the dough.
If you’ve ever been on one side of a “Help! My phone isn’t working!” conversation, you know it probably takes a lot of patience to deal with such complaints day after day. But if you’re up for the challenge and want a job with great benefits, Apple is looking for at-home advisors to help customers with its products and services via chat and phone. This is a full-time job, with Apple providing all the materials you’ll need (including an iMac). The job also comes with “competitive pay, great benefits, stock opportunities, time off, an employee discount, and dedicated resources to support your ongoing growth and development.”
Work-from-home writing jobs run the gamut from freelancing for consumer magazines to blogging to crowdsourcing editing jobs. Typically, work-from-home writers and editors work as freelancers. If you're already working for a company as a writer or editor, the first step may be to convince your boss to let you telecommute. Alternatively, you could always consider becoming a freelancer and look for home-based writing and editing jobs.
Remote Service Associate, Travel Customer Service – Allianz: “Training onsite at our Richmond, VA corporate headquarters for the first 3 1/2 weeks and working from home thereafter… If you dare to walk in the shoes of our customers, you might be just who we’re looking for! You’ll stay in-the-know on all products and policies so you can skillfully answer questions and offer customers the information and guidance they need. WHAT YOU’LL NEED: High school diploma or equivalent diploma; 1 to 2 years of experience in a customer service environment; PC skills: Microsoft Windows, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel.”
Although many medical transcriptionists work for hospitals or physician’s offices, most are able to work at home, and at a time or place of their choosing. Since their tasks involve transcribing recorded medical dictation, a computer, desk, and earpiece are generally the only requirements after completing a postsecondary medical transcriptionist program.
Very helpful article. I am searching for legitimate work from home jobs with flexibility. I have a full time job with the state and I am looking to increase my income. I can do couple hours in evenings a few hours on weekends. I know my way somewhat around the computer. I have health benefits so that is not a big issue to me. I live in Alabama what do you suggest that would be flexible.
Work from Home Director of Payments – Automattic: “The company behind WooCommerce, WordPress.com, and Jetpack, is looking for an extraordinary candidate to lead our work in payments and financial services. In this role, you will have the opportunity to dramatically expand on Automattic’s work in payments, and build new financial products to help our merchants grow their businesses… The ideal candidate: Has 8+ years of experience…”
I came a low income single mother home. I earned two bachelors degrees, but had no car and no job to afford one. That killed my chances of working in either desired field after college. I worked part time for twelve years locally at a company, then was downsized. Mom died and I had to get an apartment. Still not enough money to risk getting a car when it could take from a month’s rent or more… that much closer to being out on the street with my belongings gone. I am really hopeful I can find something legitimate.
If all Federal employees who are eligible to telework full-time were to do so, the Federal Government could realize $13.9 billion savings in commuting costs annually and eliminate 21.5 billion pounds (9,800,000 t; 9,600,000 long tons) of pollutants from the environment each year. Events in 2007 have pushed telework to the forefront as a critical measurement for the U.S. federal government. Telework relates to continuity of operations (COOP) and national pandemic preparedness planning, reducing dependence on foreign oil and the burden of rising gas prices, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC), and a focus on recruitment and retention. During a keynote address at the September 12, 2007 Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting, Lurita Doan, at that time the Administrator for the General Services Administration, announced an aggressive commitment goal to increase agency telework participation. Her challenge would enable 50 percent of eligible agency employees to telework one or more days per week by 2010. As of 2007, 10 percent of eligible GSA employees telework, compared to 4.2 percent for the overall Federal workforce. Her goals were to increase participation to 20 percent by the end of 2008, 40 percent by the end of 2009, and finally 50 percent by 2010.
Work at home transferring data from one source to another. Most of these companies do not require past experience, although with few exceptions the pay may not be enough to consider it a stable income. Before you begin applying to any of the companies below (many of which sadly are almost never hiring), you might want to read the post I wrote about data entry jobs from home. It explains what your expectations should be prior to pursuing a career in this industry.