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Anyone know of any good companies doing work online? I have a friend who needs a part-time job to suppliment her income as she starts out as a professor. She is only an adjunct prof so she doesn't make much at all.


It's hard to sift through these online because so many look like scams. So I'd love to hear from anyone who has actually done an online job.


Or it can be an at-home job. Just something that would work well around making lesson plans & teaching. I've known people who typed up medical records from home. I just wouldn't know how you'd get into that.



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I know you can do medical coding and billing from home, but i think you have get certified. I knew a lady that used to stuff envelops- you know the junk mail you get with coupons- but I don't know how she got started in that.

If anyone finds something good share the wealth! My DH just put in his 2 week notice and is gonna need to do something!

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I don't know of any online companies...I work part time as an at home consultant for The Body Shop to supplement my income. I only do parties when I want to. Its fun but not a huge money maker, gotta have parties to make money after all. I do get alot of free stuff but if your friend is in need of money she may need something that is more of a sure thing. What about debt collection?

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My SIL has worked from home ever since her first child was born. I think she is now a virtual assistant for some company out of state. She gets paid well. Google the hell out of what you are looking for. There are legitimate opportunities but you'll probably find 1 for every 100 rip-offs.


She gave me the links to legit databases but I swore I wouldn't share with anyone...they have their own forums (lol) and are very protective of the info because the more people that know about the few good paying legit jobs, the less work for them. They even write in code on the forums so they don't easily come up in searches, it's no joke to them!

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I work from home, but I'm not going to be much help. Our company is a Niche company (financial public relations) and I knew my boss before he started the company. Also, there are only 3 of us in the company...


I used to do pampered chef. When I was doing parties on a regular basis I did very well! That might be somehting to look into

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I found this on slickdeals.net. From one of the websites i came across something called athomesignings. It's a company that matches notaries up with banks & mortgage brokers. my friend is a notary so I'm going to see if that company would be good. I know she wouldn't want strangers coming to her house though.



WAHM.com The Online Magazine for Work at Home Moms

forum for finding at home work




Here is an article from Good Morning America


Another article:


Tory Johnson's Tips to Make Money at Home

Advice and Web Links to Help You Find Home-Based Work


April 4, 2008 —



These days it seems like everyone is looking for recession-proof ways to make money at home. Here are some options:



Home-based customer service agents. Business is strong for home-based customer service providers. I talked with several companies that look for home-based customer service reps and they say they are looking to recruit at least 20,000 new agents through the end of this year. The reason? Some large companies are cutting back on staff positions to save on salary and benefits. One of the first departments they look to outsource -- because they can -- is customer service. From banks and retailers to infomercials, consumer-focused companies require people to answer calls from customers.

Among those now recruiting: LiveOps, West, Convergys, Alpine Access, Arise, VIPDesk and Working Solutions. Each company has a different business model, pay scale and criteria for certifying new agents, so visit their Web sites to determine what may be the best fit for you.



For example, LiveOps is actively looking for home-based workers interested in sales, as well as licensed insurance agents for both health and life. Arise is specifically looking for agents with specialized skills in language and sales because its high-tech and retail clients are currently demanding this expertise from home-based agents. More specifically, Arise is seeking to recruit hundreds of French or German bilingual professionals, as well as those with great sales aptitude. The company says former phone-based, car or real estate sales agents could find a good fit with Arise when putting their sales tactics to work.


TeamDoubleClickfocuses exclusively on virtual administrative assistants. The company says its client hours billed for 2005 were 8,840 and for 2008 they are on pace to exceed 80,000 client hours.


Freelance opportunities are growing. The work isn't downsized even though the work force is. So many companies are turning to freelancers to fill the void. Freelancing is very viable option for people facing job uncertainty either because they're out of work or need some extra money to make ends meet or create a safety net.


There are now a number of Web sites dedicated to connecting freelancers with companies of all sizes. Check out Elance, oDesk, Guru and SoloGig among others.


Elance, for example, says it has more than 40,000 active buyers (the companies looking to hire freelancers), which is an increase of 60 percent from a year ago. And the site has 4,000 new projects posted every week, totaling more than $2 million in value.


oDesk, which has nearly 7,000 job opportunities posted per month, is an online staffing marketplace that supports time-based work. The company supports the entire work relationship, and its solution includes software that tracks a provider's time and gives the buyer visibility into work as it is being done. The company says this approach enables people to build teams and work as if everyone were in the same office.


The most popular categories for freelance work tend to be clients looking for experts in various marketing and technology functions -- from coding and Web design to copywriting, customer service and more.


One word of caution: some (not all, by any means) of the jobs posted on the freelance sites offer relatively low fees for the work and expertise they're seeking, which can be an immediate turnoff -- for example, a project that will pay a few hundred dollars for something that perhaps is really worth a few thousand dollars.

Think of these sites as a way to get your foot in the door with a potential client. If they like your work, they'll hire you for more -- and over time, you'll be paid what you're worth. This is a very viable option for making hundreds -- and even thousands of dollars -- every month depending on the time you have to devote.



Find money around your house! An eBay/Nielsen survey found that the average U.S. household has 52 unused items lying around worth $3,100. It's a mix of clothing and accessories, toys and electronics, sporting goods and other stuff. It's one of the easiest ways to make money from home, and it's certainly savvy recycling because 83 percent of people believe that selling used items is a form of recycling.


If you don't have the time or tools to post your goodies online, there are official eBay eBay trading assistance stores in your area.


You can also email us if you'd like me to come to your home to help you find hidden treasures in your home to help you make money at home. Need a computer? For just about all work at home opportunities, you must have an up-to-date computer, which has been an obstacle for some viewers who've written to us. Click here for resources to help you identify organizations that provide free or low-cost computers to people based on financial need.


Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. Visit National Career Fairs, Diversity Recruitment & Career Resources for Women - Women For Hire.


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Tory Johnson Tells You Where to Look for Virtual Customer Service Jobs

March 12, 2008 —



Forget data entry. The most common question I get about work at home options is from people seeking data entry work. They imagine a company sending them files of papers to be input to a computer system. The assumption is that must only know how to type; no other skills required. That type of work simply doesn't exist in any legitimate form from home.


A popular category for legitimate home-based work is virtual customer service. The companies that provide such opportunities operate virtual call centers by managing the systems, technology, certification and training to handle incoming customer calls and inquiries for large clients such as airlines, financial institutions, retailers, catalog companies, infomercials and more.


These calls are answered by certified virtual agents from the privacy of their home offices in the United States. With only a few exceptions, these people are paid as independent contractors, not employees. Some require individuals to incorporate, others don't. Demand for specific skills varies with each company, but almost all require individuals to have a dedicated phone line, relatively new computer with high speed Internet access and a quiet work space.


Kids playing, doorbells ringing and other ongoing distractions can be heard through the phone and are the basis for termination of service agreements. Compensation ranges from $8 to $20 an hour depending on skill level and performance. Most companies calculate pay based on actual time spent taking calls. Some people make a full-time living in this line of work; others use it as supplemental income.


The most frequent complaint I receive about this line of work is that there are no opportunities in a particular state. Each company has different needs at any given time. They may recruit more in one time zone during certain months than others. They might not have the ability to do business in some states. I can't recommend one over another because every company is different.


That means if you're interested in this type of work, you must do your research to decide which, if any, company is best for you, based on its eligibility requirements, clients, available shifts, required skills, contractor status and pay range. Just about all of them require that applicants pay for a background and credit check as part of the application process.


These are just some of the companies that offer credible home-based opportunities, each of which differ from the other. Keep in mind, only you can decide whether the opportunity is right for you, so do your research by carefully reviewing the company Web sites, talking to their representatives and understanding the requirements, performance and pay models.


LiveOps.com Alpine Access (AlpineAccess.com WorkingSolutions.com West WestatHome.com Arise.com ConvergysWorkatHome.com HirePoint.com VIPDesk.com TeamDoubleClick.com


Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor on ABC's "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire. Click here to visit her Web site at National Career Fairs, Diversity Recruitment & Career Resources for Women - Women For Hire




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