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From the Email Bag -- "Which Jobs Don't Have Background Checks?"
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
March 22, 2012
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I got into a little scrape with the law a few
years ago and am having trouble finding work. Are there any
work-at-home jobs that don’t require a background check? –
Jacob in Buffalo, N.Y.
Dear Jacob: Yes, there are quite a few, actually. As a rule, jobs that
involve employee status often require background checks, while
independent contractor or “freelance” jobs do not.
There are exceptions, of course. But the “no background
check” category includes freelance writers, bloggers, website
testers, search-engine evaluators, graphic artists, and programmers,
just to name a few.
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I’d like to earn some extra money as a
mystery shopper, but it seems like all the jobs I see are scams.
Aren’t there any legitimate mystery shopping jobs? –
Christie in Tampa, Fla.
Dear Christie: Although the mystery shopping field has more than its
share of con games, there are indeed legitimate jobs. Many of them are
offered by Market Force Information, for example (Marketforce.com), which recruits across the U.S. and in Canada, too.
You’ll find others advertised on the site of the National Association for Retail Marketing Services, or NARMs.
Elsewhere, however, keep your guard up for scams. In particular, watch
out for “jobs” that ask you to wire money somewhere, or
cash a cashier’s check. Also beware of mystery shopping jobs that
offer to pay high sums of money. Most mystery shopping jobs pay a
modest amount. They can be combined to generate a worthwhile monthly
income, but they are not intended to substitute for a conventional job
Dear Rat Race Rebellion: I launched a Virtual Assistant business a few
months ago but am having trouble finding clients. Do you have any
suggestions that wouldn’t require a lot of investment? I am on a
tight budget. – Desiree in Waterford, Va.
Dear Desiree: There are several low-cost ways to get some black ink
flowing. For example, you might volunteer a few hours of your services
at a fundraiser, as one of the prizes or promotional offers. If you do
an exceptional job for the client, you’ll often generate
referrals to paying customers.
Also consider approaching a local or regional radio station or
newspaper for an interview. Pick some aspect of your personal or
business story that would engage the public’s interest. (For
example, hardships overcome, or unusual services you might offer.)
Another option might be to offer one month’s free services to a
local celebrity or politician, or some other well-connected person.
Depending on your branding goals, you might also consider a
public-relations initiative, such as offering to blog the experience of
living in a hotel or some local venue for a week or two. Such
“live blogging experiences” have been quite effective in
generating media coverage, aka free marketing.
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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