Working from home – it’s the American Dream. No commute, no money wasted on gas, parking, no stress dealing with morning or afternoon traffic. Working from home has helped me in so many ways since I started working from home in 2003. Since I have a health problem that prohibits me from driving, having a driver’s license was not an option, so I was having to take a taxi to my job. However since I was getting very few hours at my job, the cost of cab fare to get to and from my job was eating up most of my pay. My husband was too busy with his work to take me himself, so I started researching legitimate work from home opportunities.
The first company I worked from home with was West Telemarketing. I started taking inbound calls for HSN with them, then quickly added other accounts, such as Direct Response and Pizza Hut. I loved working for West Telemarketing because I could schedule my shifts at times when I could work, and I could cancel shifts up to a day in advance (I think it was a day) if things came up. However, in June of 2004 my contract with them was terminated for reasons unknown to me.
The next company I started working from home with was Onsite Sourcing. I actually had been in the process of applying with them while I was still at West Telemarketing because I decided I wanted to try to find some data entry work – I was getting tired of phone work, especially since the only company I was taking calls for at the time was Direct Response. I received the email that I was approved to start working with Onsite the same day I found out my contract had been terminated with West. I was reviewing documents and putting information into a database in the format each client specified. Though I was paid at a piece rate of so many cents per document, documents were submitted in batches, so I could make quite a bit of money if there was a lot of work, which there was in the beginning. One big advantage of this company too, was that they took taxes out. At that time West Telemarketing didn’t although from what I understand from people I know who work for them, they do now. I did work for them sporadically for about 4 years, until they went bankrupt in 2008 and were bought by another company that did not hire people to work from home.
In Part Two, I will talk about my experiences working for Sterling Testing Systems, Westat, and Community Strategies. Stay tuned….