Monday, October 31, 2016

Work From Home: It is Possible! Websites with Work From Home Jobs

I know so many parents who dream of working from home but just don't know where to start. Many blogs and articles talk about finding WAH jobs in very vague terms: "Search the job boards," "Read WAH forums," "Keep your eyes peeled."  Let's be real.  That advice isn't very helpful.  Most people need to know specifically WHERE to look.

I work from home as a freelance writer/editor.  I know this isn't for everyone (Freelance is a constant hustle -- Going from project to project.)  I also know many moms who work in network marketing (It Works!, Jamberry, lularoe, etc.) and it works for them.  And, again, that's not for everyone. But there are many more options out there for those looking to work at home or just make a little extra money for that family vacation coming up or the holiday season.  If you're looking for regular hours that work around your schedule and a job that doesn't require a commute outside of the home, you may want to check out the sites below.

Amazon Virtual Locations

Amazon is a business based online.  So, it makes sense that they would have virtual employees.  They are seasonally busy.  Meaning, you will find more virtual job openings posted before the holiday season.  Most jobs offered are customer service related and require you to have a phone and internet connection.  Different shifts are available.

Leapforce by Google

I realize looking at this homepage, it definitely looks like this could possibly not be...well...legitimate. But I have done work with Leapforce and I can tell you it is real.  The job is basically rating different websites, search results, and apps for Google.  You will be rating for accuracy and quality according to Google's terms.  You keep track of your hours and invoice Leapforce through their system.  The pay was around $13.50/hr last time I checked.

This one does, however, take a little bit of patience and work.  First, before you even can begin working, you have to go through and pass three phases of training.  I, personally, liked the training.  I feel like, unless you've done this before, it would be extremely difficult to succeed at this job without the training.  The tests aren't hard IF you pay attention and really take the training seriously.  After that you will work on your own schedule.  There are no set hours.

There are only two things I didn't like about Leapforce.

1. You have to be able to keep up with their "estimated time" for each job. They pretty much tell you how long a job should take for you to complete (to avoid paying people for spending a lot of time and not completing much work).  This can be hard if you're trying to take care of your kids and work at the same time.  If you invoice for more time than their estimate, the invoice will get bounced back asking you to double check and "confirm" your time invoiced.  They let you know that if this continues, you could be terminated. Why not just pay per project completed then?

2. You are asked to complete unpaid evaluations/studies once hired. This affects your overall "score," which is how they determine if they will renew your contract after 6 months.

Overall, I did like Leapforce and learned A LOT.  I left Leapforce once my writing work picked back up, but it is a good place to go if you're looking to make a little extra money on your own time. And they train you so you don't need any experience to join.

Rev

I've never used Rev so I can't personally attest to what it's like working for them.  But I constantly see them listed on freelancer boards. This is another job that does not have a set schedule.  You work on your time, when you want.  The job is transcription.  So basically, listening to audio and typing the dialog transcript.  It pays $.40-.60/ transcribed minute.  Simple and something you don't need experience in before applying. (They also have freelance captioner and translator jobs. Check it out here)


Work at Home Mom Revolution

This is a blog that seems to find work-at-home job listings faster than anyone else.  Check here often to find miscellaneous virtual job postings from smaller or lesser known companies.

 WFH.io

A job board dedicated exclusively to work-at-home jobs.  I like this job board because it is FREE! Most freelancer/WAH/Telecommute job boards charge a monthly fee for full access to job listings.  But not WFH.

VIPDesk Connect

These are mostly virtual customer service related jobs. They normally have several jobs listed at a time.

American Express

Yes, the credit card company uses virtual employees for their customer care.

U-Haul

U-Haul normally has virtual reservation/sales agent positions open.  Basically, you help people reserve a truck over the phone.  If you don't see anything listed now, keep checking back.

EAHelp

EAHelp hires Virtual Assistants. To be honest, I don't know much about this company or the hours required.  Only that the positions are remote.

Balance Your Books

If you're a bookkeeping expert or accountant, this may be the site for you.  They hire virtual bookkeepers to help clients with their bookkeeping needs.

LiveOps Agent

These are mainly customer service jobs divided into different fields including sales, insurance claims, roadside service, and healthcare.

SKYES

More customer service work-from-home jobs.


Aim4A Tutoring

Virtual tutoring positions.  Perfect for current or former teachers.  They accept tutors of all subjects.

Appen

Appen is Leapforce's competitor.  They also hire search engine evaluators and social media agents. You'll need to be able to commit one to four hours per day, five days a week. You'll also need a computer with Windows.

Connections Academy 

Connections Academy hires home-based teachers of all specialties.  Teachers can apply to teach grades Kindergarten through 12 from home.

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