I recently read an article in Woman’s World (Nov. 16 2009) that outlined some great sites to help the “stay-at-home” mom or pop make a little extra money. I researched the sites they listed and discovered they were in fact legitimate, mainly because none of these ask for money upfront. I’ve also added a few sites that are proven “extra money makers.”
The following are a few legitimate at-home work you can do in your spare time or whenever you wish.
Customer Service Representative
If you like talking on the phone, consider becoming a Customer Service Representative. Companies will pay $8-$14 per hour to answer calls from customers who want to make reservations, hear about product information, or buy merchandise. There are two companies in particular who recruit people to work from their homes. The phone calls are automatically routed from the company to your phone at home.
To get started you can go to: Alpine Access . This company provides customer service solutions using employees who work from home. The provide both part-time and fulltime positions and shifts may vary. But their goal is to handle customer inquires about products and other services and turn some prospective clients into paying customers. The pay is $7.50 to $10 an hour.
You can also double your money here if you are bilingual in any language. For a site who uses only bilingual or multilingual customer service reps, check out. Language Line
Another site to look into that handles customer service is West At Home . You can become an at home agent and set your own hours. Customer service for this company requires a knowledge of chat, email and phone work. It provides training and an hourly wage. Check out the website to see if they are hiring in your state.
If you have secretarial or organizational skills this could be the job for you. You can make anywhere from $12 to $25 an hour working from home. You can make appointments, take calls and messages, type letters and doing a bit of bookkeeping.
Team double Click, virtual assistant , has a great website that recruits smart people to assist companies or individuals of small businesses. The short video introduction explains how they work. On this site you work as an independent contractor (you pay your own taxes, self employed). You need to be internet savvy and know how to market on the internet and how to manage email lists, but you set your own hours and matched up with a company who can use your skills. AND if you have fast fingers you can also do some transcribing. If you can type at least 75 words per minute you could make a few hundred a month by turning weekly audio versions of interviews and speeches into text. Check out GMRTranscription.com . The website doesn’t explain how much it pays but it stands to reason that the faster you can type and produce the more you would make.
Artist or Crafty person
If you are good at making crafts and enjoy it, you can actually sell your work online at more places than Ebay. One really good site that caters strictly to artists and crafty folk is. www.Etsy.com This site charges 20 cents per listing and takes 3.5% of the sales. Sign up is free and you can launch your own online craft store in minutes! There is also money in making “custom” projects. You can bid on requests from buyers who need handmade items for a wedding or party or purse or collection. You can also sell these things on Ebay following the usual Ebay rules and commission, but this site is quickly growing so it may be worth listing your things there as well as Ebay.
Get paid to blog
You can write about current events in your local community, state or just write about who you are and what you are doing. Blogging can bring in anywhere from a few hundred a month to more than $75k a year! To get started you have to set up a blog either at WordPress or Blogger.com. Then you can place ads on your site from Google AdSense (Google.com/adsense). They pay a few pennies to up to $3 per click.
You can also visit Commission Junction and pick companies you want to work with like Petco or Zappos, and then link to those stores on your blog. When someone clicks on the links and buys an item from that story you could get a 2-5 percentage of the sale. You can also make extra cash writing on Associated Content or writing for other sites, like Trinod and Helium . These pay fractions of pennies per click.
Get paid for your expertise
If you are an expert at anything from crafts to beauty or counseling, you may also want to check out LivePerson.com Check out the site and sign up free for your category. www.liveperson.com or try a new site www.livecounseling.com or www.bitwine.com
Avoid the scams
Since the late 80s I’ve been dreaming about working from home using my computer. With the Internet growing and evolving every day, ways to work from home have become easier and easier. However with this growth comes a lot of scams out there.
Get-rich-quick scams not only have buried many a budding entrepreneur, but have discouraged the “work -at-home” hopeful. But you can avoid all that by being watchful before you spend any money.
Legitimate companies will NEVER ask you to….
1. Shell out large sums of your own money upfront.
2. Transfer funds re-ship products or handle exchanges
3. Cash checks and wire part of the funds elsewhere
4. Provide your band information before you get the job.
Remember working at home is never easy and it won’t make you rich quick. But if you are consistent with good self discipline you could pull in an few extra hundred or even thousands a month.