INDEX - WORK FROM HOME INFORMATION
Our Articles, Book Reviews, Q&As on Work at Home Jobs,
1999, when we founded our work at home training company Staffcentrix,
and in our roles as virtual-careers columnists at Military.com and
publishers of our home-based jobs bulletin, we’ve written
numerous articles, book reviews and other material on working from
home, telework, and related issues. These include such popular topics
as work at home typing, data entry and Virtual Assistants, mystery
shopping, scams, and much more.
for easy reference and to answer the questions that most commonly arise
among work at home job seekers, we’ll summarize and link to
of this extensive material.
at Home Typing Jobs
many people are interested in working from home as typists, or doing
work at home data entry, legitimate jobs are very hard to find, and
most of the related ads are either misleading or outright scams. We
often suggest that job seekers interested in work at home typing
approach smaller companies directly.
For more on
work at home typing jobs and home-based data entry work, see a column
we wrote for Military.com at http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,180967,00.html
Home Data Entry Scams
work from home data entry scams entice the job seeker with promises of
high pay for little work. Another favorite tactic is to offer an
“information kit” on work at home typing jobs or
jobs for a low fee, then bill the victim’s credit card with
recurring monthly charges.
For more on
spotting work at home jobs scams, see our Military.com article at http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,198437,00.html.
people seek jobs or projects as work from home mystery shoppers.
Because of the high demand for mystery shopping jobs, the scammers have
targeted this field, too. However, there are also many legitimate
mystery shopping jobs, so don’t be discouraged; just make
you do your homework!
For more on
finding legitimate work from home mystery shopping jobs, see our
Military.com column at http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,185594,00.html.
from home crafting can be quite profitable if (1) you’re good
what you do and (2) you market continually and effectively. Sites like
Etsy and others offer marketplaces and networking and other
opportunities for crafters.
For more on
working from home crafting, see our article, “Make Money with
Hobbies,” at http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,184887,00.html.
from Home as an Internet Researcher
at home researchers are common (after all, you don’t need to
sitting in an office cube to conduct research online), and companies
like Google, Lionbridge and others routinely hire work at home
popular Google home-based research position is Ads Quality Rater, which
often involves evaluating websites and advertising. For more on working
from home as an Ads Quality Rater, simply Google the term. Internet
researcher positions are also often posted at www.lionbridge.com.
Work at Home Companies
are thousands of companies large and small in the US, Canada, the UK
and beyond who hire work at home employees and freelancers. We feature
many of them here in our screened work at home jobs and in our
extensive lists of screened companies who hire home-based workers
regularly or on an as-needed basis.
of the best-known work at home companies in the US include Aetna (which
hires work at home call center agents, for example, but also hires
other work at home employees), Hilton (work at home customer service
agents), Best Buy (their work from anywhere program, aka ROWE, is
well-known), LiveOps (work at home call center agents and work at home
freelancers), Convergys (work at home customer service agents), Kelly
Services (home-based call center agents), MySQL (work at home
programmers and other IT personnel), SMARTHINKING (work at home
tutors), About.com (work at home writers), and many more.
also find many legitimate work at home companies profiled in our Rat
Race Rebellion Telework Jobs Bulletin and in our blog.
has provided work at home training to a wide variety of clients since
our founding in 1999. Our programs include Virtual Assistant training,
workshops to teach home-based entrepreneurship and how to launch and
grow home-based businesses, and workshops and webinars to help people
find work at home jobs and projects and avoid work at home scams.
the work at home jobs arena is rife with scams, proper training can
dramatically improve the odds of finding legitimate home-based jobs and
freelance projects, and avoiding the con artists. Many home-based
businesses are also perfectly legitimate (consider home-based
attorneys, consultants, web designers, freelance writers, and so many
more), and offer a chance to be self-employed with little additional