Some work-from home jobs are SCAMS! But there are plenty that aren’t either. I have tried out many, so I could offer you all a definitive list of LEGITIMATE opportunities to work from home. You could do what I do, which is number 1 on this list, and I will describe my quick journey to getting my voice out there, and I will follow that with plenty more opportunities. Some are general jobs and some are companies with lots of work-from home options. Some you may be qualified for, and others not, but knowing the right places to look is half the battle.
- Blogger- Anyone can be a blogger, but the profits generally come after a bit of time, and a little trial-and-error. I will have a course shortly to cut down on the latter. I would say, for starters, get a word press account and put up a blog-post-a-day. Write about something that actually interests you. If you can keep this up WITHOUT income, you’ll be able to maintain it and input even more once its monetized.
- Apple At-Home Chat Advisor- There are a bunch of these jobs, and Apple is a fantastic company. The pay is better than a lot of at-home gigs AND its typing not phone calls as far as the customers are concerned, which means you could still do your work even if you got sick and lost your voice. Sweet deal, but you will have a bit of competition for one of these coveted spots.
- UnitedHealth Group- The majority of these jobs ask for previous healthcare experience, however there are a bunch that do not. The company has been around a while and they have a good reputation. Watch out for similarly named companies when you are searching for careers. UnitedHealth Group, is a provider of actual at-home careers, so you can make real money with them.
- CyberCoders- Learn a language (and I don’t mean Spanish or French, though foreign languages can be fun). If you learn a coding language like Ruby on Rails, or Linux or really any, there is a job for you, if you can do web design using Drupal, you are in a winning position. You will need to build some experience to get in with a company like this, but these jobs can ALL be done freelance for between $40 and $100 an hour (working for yourself) and then you can go to them later so you will no longer need to hunt down your own clients.
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car- This is a good way to make a decent hourly wage without leaving your home. You need a setup for phone as well as a solid computer and internet connection, but this is a reputable company that will pay you regularly
- Amazon- For $40 a month, you can sell on Amazon. If you have a blog, you can add them as an affiliate (I will discuss this more in the future and in great detail for my course). There is also something called fulfillment by Amazon, which I will also go into in more detail at some point in the next couple of days. At the end of the day though, Amazon has a lot of opportunities to make money.
- Ebay Seller- Ebay allows you to list very inexpensively without having a store. Additionally, they regularly run promotions to “list fifty items for free”, which is a great opportunity to unload unwanted items and get some extra money (which could be used at a thrift store or swap meet to invest in new stuff to sell)
- Etsy Retailer- If you have a craft or even have a flair for finding cool vintage items, you can sell on Etsy. The site has a HUGE following and a lot of income potential. I will also spend some time digging further into making Etsy work at some point this week.
- Dog-Walker- Everyone with a dog (or even a cat) and a job that keeps them away long days, could use a dog walker. A little networking and perhaps a Craigslist ad, and you could be well on your way to making a really decent living dog-walking. This tends to be most lucrative in bigger cities, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find any city/ town where there was no one in need of this service… and what an awesome job. Doggie, Exercise and a paycheck!
- Child-care provider- If you have a home with a little space, this can be a great way to make money. You WILL need to check with local laws regarding number of children in a person’s care, but this is a great career. Especially, if you already have a wee one of your own at home. You get to hang out with your own kid… the kids get a play pal, AND you again, get a paycheck. If your state allows three children per adult and you have only one of your own at home, you could take on two additional kids… this could mean $1600-2200 a month, depending on your location and the child’s age.
- Online Tutor- There are legit sites and other less legit sites. I will go into online teaching and tutoring sites early next week.
- AIFS-Placement coordinator for Exchange Students- This is a legit program. You find homes for exchange students in your area to stay at, the company has a good track record, and the pay is decent, however not “full-time income”. I was do a call back, because I “signed up for a phone interview” and they NEVER called me… they also never responded to my follow-up email. The company checks out, but it may take some contact to get someone to let you through the front door.
- Local “makeup lady” you can substitute makeup for so many things, I’ll get into that. – Mary Kay, Avon, Tupperware, Pure Romance, even Cutco… these are companies that have been around a while. They have a pretty good reputation (though the last can have a bigger time commitment, and at the one I went to at age 18, was a little “cult-like” At the end of the day, all of these will pay you what you’re do, however, and the kit to start is a great value for the cost.
- Insurance Sales Person- This is another career where you need to be careful in selecting the company. Look up reviews for the company on a site like Glassdoor, and read the reviews thoroughly. I usually only look at the negative, not because I am being negative, but because I am looking for trends. These jobs tend to have an office component, but many allow at least some home-based work. Next, do NOT pay for insurance licensing. If the company is legit and feels you are worthy of working for them (ie, they’re not just doing a cattle call), they will pay for the licensing.
There are companies out there that are NOT legit too. If you are asked to buy ANYTHING, do not do it, unless its for something like Mary Kay or Avon or another selling gig where you’re at least getting bargain products even if you don’t enjoy the work.
- Pay for classes from a potential employer
- Pay for insurance licensing… a REPUTABLE company that is interested in you will PAY for the licensing themselves. There are a lot of SCAMS out there, and them asking for YOUR money is a HUGE… RED… FLAG!!!! They often will say something like “its how we tell if you’re serious about the work” or “we don’t want to waste money on someone who’s not staying” All of these things let you know that likely, people don’t want to stay with them.
- Give out your personal information to a company without having a job offer, and without checking to make sure the company is legit FIRST.
- Move for a new job without meeting someone from the employer or seeing a physical office in advance.