"Every client wants to know that they're special and getting your undivided attention," says Paul Edwards, coauthor of Working From Home (Tarcher/Putnam, 1999). "We live in a very competitive environment that's focused on customer service." So while your customers may tolerate the occasional tiny voice in the background, it's unreasonable to expect anyone to deal with constant interruptions.
Another scam that works nicely is becoming a re-shipper. Some companies advertise that you merely have to re-ship some goods for them, say, electronics. You get a box of electronics and all you have to do is slap new FedEx labels and send them out to the addresses indicated. However, you might be shipping stolen goods. This kind of activity is similar to helping illegal companies launder money. And that can get you in big trouble.
Are you a fast and accurate typist? Do you have excellent listening skills? Then consider working from home as a freelance transcriber. Transcribers listen to audio files and convert them into text documents. Of course, you'll need to have excellent spelling and grammar for this position. If you've never done transcription work before, a training course can be helpful —here is one I recommend.
Going away for a weekend? Have an extra bedroom you're not using? List it on Airbnb! To get started, list your entire home or room on the platform (include high-quality photos and a great description) and then go live. BTW, it's completely free to list your home on Airbnb! Once your home is listed, renters can view it online and book it for a certain amount of time. Guests are charged via the Airbnb platform before arrival, and the money (minus a 3 percent booking fee) is immediately deposited in your account, via PayPal, or international money wire. Some Airbnb hosts are earning thousands each month renting their home out via the platform.
You might be desperate for work, but don’t necessarily jump at an opportunity that sounds too good to be true. In my article about common Craigslist scams, I wrote about fake employers who “hire” new employees, then “accidentally” send them too much pay. They’ll ask their victims to wire back the difference, but a few weeks later, when the bank discovers that the initial check is a fraud, the “employee” is on the hook for hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars. If a job offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
To avoid any confusion, I want to make it clear first that virtual assistant work is not always non-phone, but it can be. Virtual assistants tend to do a little bit of everything, just depending on their skills/expertise. So if you are good at various non-phone tasks (social media marketing/moderation, writing, graphic design, research etc.), then you may be able to do work for some of the companies below putting those non-phone skills to work.
"I think that working mothers are a significant advantage to the workforce. This is my experience, and I think that remote work and its increased focus on measurable productivity and cultures that thrive on inclusive effectiveness can help show the impactful contributions working women make, regardless of whether they’re working from home or in the office. But it’s not just working mothers—flexible work options give all workers more agency, whether they need more control over their workdays because they have children or elderly parents to care for; or they’re also caring for their own mental or physical health issues; or they live in a rural or economically depressed area; or their careers require more flexibility for unexpected changes, as is the case with military spouses; or they simply believe strongly in work-life integration in balance. And that’s very exciting: Not only can remote work de-stigmatize the workforce for working mothers, it can help all people live more fulfilling, balanced, and manageable lives, all while accomplishing great things and being productive members of the workforce."
4. Clickworker – Clickworker allows you to sign up and become part of a pool of folks who complete tasks for Clickworkers’ clients. Data entry is one of those tasks, and others include proofreading, copy editing, web research, surveys, and more. Once you sign up (for free), you fill out your profile and complete short assessments to demonstrate your abilities. The number of jobs available to you depend on how well you perform, and providing excellent work means your earnings will increase. You work your own schedule, they take care of invoicing, and you’re paid either monthly or weekly through PayPal.
Have old electronics (smartphones, laptops, tablets, or computers) that you no longer use? Sell them on Gazelle. Search the site for the type of device you have and instantly receive an offer. Once accepted, they'll send you a pre-paid box so you can ship the device back to them. It will take a day or two to process and verify your device and then payment is issued via PayPal 3 – 5 business days later.
Before divorcing completely from the office, check with your corporate IT department and your manager to see if you are equipped with the programs and applications necessary to work remotely. Security first: If you connect to your company’s internal systems or email through a Virtual Private Network or other secure tunnel, make sure you’ve tested it and that it functions from where you plan to work. Also, have a backup plan in the event your connection experiences disruptions.
As an executive at a leading financial services and technology company with two young children, I’m often asked how I maintain a balanced personal and professional life. The answer is simple—I don’t. After many hours of self-reflection, conversations with friends and family, and debates with my husband, I’ve found a recipe for success with life-work integration rather than work-life balance. For me, it’s not about striving for a perfect balancing act but rather integrating across all aspects of life so you can bring your whole self to everything you do.
Are you a highly organized multitasker who’s good at meeting deadlines? Working as a virtual assistant may be a good way to put those skills to use to help you make money from home. You may be asked to use administrative skills to assist an executive or a team with managing schedules, travel, phone calls, email, and records and accounting maintenance. You’ll need top-notch communications skills to work in this fast-growing field, and related past experience as a virtual assistant helps.
Samples. You’ll need some samples before you can really begin marketing yourself. Figure out which market you want to approach first, and then find or create some related samples. For instance, if you want to try your hand at blogging, study some successful blogs, and then write a few posts of your own to use as samples. Do this for any and every market you’d want to write for.
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Aren’t remote workers distracted all the time? This is the crux of a large debate throughout the civilian work world about the efficiency of remote workers. Some people assume remote workers are all stay-at-home parents who squeeze work in between screaming kids and trips to the grocery store. Others argue that without office distractions, remote workers are way more efficient. If you choose to explore remote work, prepare to meet both types in your new job(s).
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But full-time jobs don’t suit everyone. Ms. Gassman, for example, has been offered a full-time job at SoulCycle, complete with full benefits, but she doesn’t want it. “I wouldn’t be able to go on auditions in the middle of the day,” she explained. “Of course, it stresses me out not to have health insurance, but what is my choice? Work in an office and be unhappy? Being happy is a superhigh value to me.”
At that point, you're supposed to deposit the check into your bank account. You're told to spend part of that money shopping at specific stores, then to wire back the leftover cash. Which you do. And then you find out from your bank that the initial check was a fraud. When the check bounces, you're responsible for whatever real money you wired back. Even worse, if you don't have enough in your account, you're now on the hook to the bank.
I have been a member on Inbox Dollars for over 2 years. It is legit and they do pay. Once you reach their payment limit ($30) you can request payment and they will send you a check, usually takes about 2-3 weeks because they cut the checks on certain days of the month. I use the app, the search engine, do the surveys and print the coupons and get compensation for all of that plus more.
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For people with diabetes, there are other advantages. To stay healthy, people with diabetes need to eat on a regular schedule. They need breaks to rest and sometimes to check blood sugars or inject insulin. They might need to snack if blood sugar is getting low. Managers do not always like these self-care actions or allow them, but at home they can’t stop you.
After a while of selling, you'll start to find your groove. You'll start to know what people want to buy, what they like, what you're selling well and just sell that. What do you like? What are you most knowledgeable in? You want to sell those types of things. For me, it's Littlest Pet Shops. They make over 3,000 different pets and they are considered collectors items, since you can't just go and buy what you want in the stores. Kids and parents alike go crazy over them and there's an entire underground world of LPS. Another great thing to sell on eBay that is highly sought after and profitable is Lalaloopsy. Lalaloopsy's are fairly new, so they could fade out in time, but the LPS have been selling since the 1990's, and well I might add. You can check out my complete guide on Littlest Pet Shops here.
Kanarek says if you’re not taken seriously, it’s important to let friends and family know that although you’re working from home, you’re still working. And if you’re feeling lonely or unmotivated, work from a coffee shop or a restaurant a few hours a week. “While you may not interact with anyone, being around others can motivate you to work,” Kanarek says.
“Working from home provides you great opportunities to connect with some of your core values, like family and community, while still providing quality service to your company,” says Shawn Mason Spence, an entrepreneur mentor, author, and life coach. “It requires discipline, focus and commitment, but the flexibility to define that yourself. You can create a work culture at home that represents you, not just the culture of your organization.”
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For his part, Bloom has heard all of your “shirking from home” jokes. “Of the funny pictures that came up, most of them were very negative—naked-people cartoons, people juggling babies, people eating cookies and drinking beer. The public perception from Google Images is pretty dire,” he quips. Sutton Fell says it’s simply a matter of being accustomed to the idea. “Most people, if they’re not working from home themselves, know someone who does it, but even as it becomes more common, there’s still a sense of the unknown about it.”
Companies need people with all different levels of technical ability to test out their websites, apps and social media offerings. Sign up with one of these website usability testing companies and take on quick jobs surfing the web and playing with new apps. It’s not a career, but it is an easy way to make extra money from home. The only thing to keep in mind is that this won't likely be a steady gig, just occasional. Learn more about website testing.
When you work in an office, you can ask your boss about the details of your upcoming presentation when you see her in the company kitchen. But if you telecommute, she’s just another email in your inbox. From letting her know if you’re going to miss a deadline or getting clarification on an email, you’ll have to be proactive about communicating all aspects of your job and any questions you might have with her.
The best part is that people who use bed and breakfasts are more likely to pay more for the experience. The challenge is that there’s a lot of competition in this field, so if you think earning money this way is right for you, you’ll have to set up your home in a way that makes for a memorable experience for guests. Here’s a checklist to get you started:
There are two avenues for this one: Consult on your own or with a company. Consultants who are also selling a product need to beware of scams. Trust vetted sites like ZipRecruiter for cosmetics and makeup opportunities. The same resource can be used for tech consultants or business consultants looking for a way to start their work-from-home career.
I really hope that the future of work culture embraces what is both best for the company and best for their workers—to look at longer-term, sustainable, healthy ways to support growth with good people. I strongly believe that flexible and remote work can, and should, play a significant part in this considering the technological platforms we have available nowadays. An important consideration for this as forward-thinking companies continue to make a key shift towards remote and flex work is that they formalize it as a policy rather than allowing it to be done casually, which often backfires. In doing so, it will help organizations move away from antiquated managerial practices to more modern ones, integrating current workplace technologies to focus on effective processes, results-oriented outcomes, and having best talent regardless of geography. My wish is that more organizations realize that, to be successful in the future, they will lean into this shift in a way that benefits workers, companies, and the bottom line."
Automattic’s employees design their own days, determining what hours work best for them. The key, Rosso says, is making sure they’re predictable and consistent. “We have some people who work the weekends,” she says, “But they set that expectation of when they’ll be available. Our teams can adjust to that.” As such, they’re used to asynchronous communication—the idea that your question might not be answered immediately.
Take breaks. When making your schedule, you might want to consider working in smaller spurts, and allowing yourself time to get up from the computer to stretch. “This will really help you both physically and mentally,” Spence says. “Without a water cooler and co-workers around, you may forget to take time away from your desk. When you take breaks, you'll be more productive,” Kanarek adds.