With so many businesses operating mostly, or even completely, online, it’s no wonder that many hire virtual assistants to help keep them organized and complete administrative tasks. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, these workers are “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”
How to Get It: Customer service is the biggest work-at-home field, with companies including Spiegel, Hilton, Best Western, HSN, 1-800-FLOWERS and many others using at-home reps. Fill out an application with staffing companies such as Arise, Alpine Access, VIPdesk, LiveOps, and Convergys, all of which vet the companies who are hiring through them. If you need benefits, search through a staffing company that will hire you as an employee (Alpine Access, VIPdesk and Convergys do this) rather than an independent contractor. If you're a contractor, you may be asked to pay a small fee (between $15 and $35) for a background check. While a fee can be a sign of a scam, independent contractors are responsible for their own expenses.
I am a health and safety coordinator, working full time in a 24 hour run facility, I am also a single mom. I have been living pay cheque by pay cheque for years even when I was working three jobs. Trying to pay off debts that I incurred while with my ex husband and ex boyfriend. I am exhausted and depressed that I am trying to help my children with their dreams, but don’t have enough funds to pay the rent, buy food or pay the bills. I am trying to pay off the credit cards and high interest rate loans that I feel stupid about. I would like to just earn the extra dollars when I am at home on weekends catching up with the household chores, and taking my son to his rep basketball games. I just want to be able to keep up on paying everything on time and to get out of debt quicker. If someone have something available to help me out I will be grateful. I was debt free once before and it felt great just keeping up and being able to take my kids out to dinner once a month as a treat. My dream is to buy my daughter her wedding dress, and to register my son into basketball camps, help my other son go back to school.
CTE Adjunct Teacher – Pearson/Connections Academy: “Support the instructional program with synchronous and asynchronous web conferencing sessions using Adobe® Connect™; complete all grading by providing prompt, high-quality, personalized feedback on assignments; communicate with students, and other teachers on a regular basis to update pacing plans/schedules for students as required.”

Social networks are a hot spot for work-at-home danger. One company called Easy Tweet Profits claims you can make up to $873/day online. They even claim one person earned $400,000/year using their method of tweeting your way to success. The catch? By signing up for their program you agree to be charged just under $50/month! There are a whole host of other companies with similar names (usually involving “make money” or “make profits”) that suggest social networking can be a cash cow. But their game is all the same. Whether you’re talking about something you see on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Twitter or whatever’s the next hot thing, you’ve got to be wary.


For some companies, working from home can be a matter of more hours in the day. This is especially true for small businesses and new companies where they can’t afford to waste even one minute of the workday. “Being a small startup, every hour of the day is important,” says Tim Segraves, co-founder and CTO of Revaluate, “If we all spent an hour of day commuting, that would be almost 20 hours a week that would go to commuting instead of building out our product and business.”
What It Is: What better way to alleviate your travel bug than to work as a remote travel agent or consultant? Whether part- or full-time, spend your working hours dreaming up itineraries, flight plans, hotels, and activities for clients looking to travel far and wide. Then, take advantage of your discounts (hey, perks of the job) and go wherever your heart desires, whenever your heart desires.
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