Category Archives: At Home Jobs

Get a Work at Home Job as a Virtual Assistant

As more and more companies outsource, there are more opportunities in a wide range of fields for Virtual Assistants (VA). Virtual Assistants may make phone calls, answer emails, make travel arrangements, prepare reports, enter data…..any number of tasks. As a work at home VA, you complete the tasks from your the comfort of your home and can often pick your own hours instead of working the traditional 9-5.

If you like the idea of working from home as a Virtual Assistant begin by making a list of skills you have. Are you skilled in real estate or data entry? Do you have marketing or paralegal skills? Decide what area you are qualified for.

Pay scales for Virtual Assistants range, with averages being around $30.oo an hour for skilled assistants. When you price your services, keep in mind, that you will rarely be offered benefits, insurance, sick pay or other perks.

Set up a home office with the equipment you will need. This may included a secure landline, copy and fax machines, computer etc.
If you are going to be working on the phone, you will want to make sure you have a quiet environment.

The next step is to market yourself so you can get a work at home job as a Virtual Assistant. You can call local companies and offer your services, look on Craigslist and/or use forums such as the Wahm.com, Virtual Assistant Forums.com and VirtualAssistantNetworking.com sites for support and to help you find a work at home job as a Virtual Assistant.

Beause many Virtual Assistant postions are temporary, many Virtual Assistants develop their own website. Potential clients can visit the website to see work samples and references.  Check out my posts on how to build a website.

Once you have a job as a Virtual Assistant, ask for references and use these to get future jobs.

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Get a Call Center Job (the Facts)

Work at home call center jobs are very competitive.  One company states they had over one hundred and fifty thousand applicants in 2008 and  hired less than 10 percent of the applicants. But there are many different companies. Apply to as many as you can to increase your chances.

Here are some things you should know if you are applying for a call center job:

~ Call center employees are usually paid either by the minute on the phone or by the hour. Generally wages run about $10.00 per hour, with less paid for training.
~ Raises are infrequent and generally small.
~ You are expected to be on the phone, with minimal breaks during your shift.
~ A zero noise tolerance is expected by most call centers. No barking dogs or crying kids in the background.
~ Health insurance benefits are usually minimal and often not a good value.
~ You don’t have to pay to drive to work, or for work clothes. You do have to pay for electricity to run your computer and for your phone line. You also have to provide a headset.
~ You will often have to pass a credit check (usually at your expense) and if you do not pass, you are not refunded the money. This usually runs about $40.00.
~ Many call center jobs are tough and demanding with company computer systems not always working correctly thus making your job more difficult.
~ There are a wide variety of call center companies and they have different personalities. Explore your options.
~ Yes you can work in your pj’s!

Good luck and please post your experiences here.

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Work at Home as an Online Tutor

There are a number of companies that hire Online Tutors. Some of these are etutorworld.com, educate-online.com, tutor.com, growingstars.com and brainfuse.com. You will be required to have a computer and quiet environment. Some will supply you with a headset and others require that you purchase your own.

Tutoring companies usually require a college education. Some require a teaching certificate, but will often accept a teaching certificate if it expired but not if it was revoked.

Each company operates differently. Some hire employees and pay an hourly wage, usually around $10.00 to start. Others have you work as an independent contractor and you have to collect fees from your students yourself.

A number of companies have tests you will have to pass in order to qualify and be hired. For example, you may have to pass a math test Many have role playing telephone interviews, where you will be aske what you would do in certain situations.

Tutoring online can be a rewarding, experience. Check into each comany and see which one feels right for you.

Work at Home Call Center Jobs (Overview)

With the economy tanking, more and more businesses are outsourcing and hiring work at home call center employees either independenly or through a company that provides employees who work from home. Some of these companies include:

West At Home
Working Sol
Alpine Access
Live Ops

Click to See a LIST of WORK AT HOME CALL CENTER JOBS

It’s important to look over each work at home company carefully to determine if it may be the right solution for you. Some work at home call center employers pay an hourly wage. Others pay per minute you are on the telephone. Some consider you an employee, others view you as an indpendent contractor and you must pay your own taxes. You will also want to put in an application with more than one company as getting a work at home call center job is very competitve.

The first step is to examine each companies requirements. You will need a computer and a landline. Check the requirements in the FAQ section for each employer using the links above.

You can also google “Work at Home Employers” to find more ways to get a work at home job. Just remember that legitimate work at home company will not ask you for money except some will require that you pay for fingerprinting, a credit check and possibly drug testing.

Ready to apply? Here are some tips to help you with the application and interview process and more information on what you should know about working at home for a call center:

Get a Work at Home Call Center Job (the Application)

Get a Work at Home Call Center Job (the Interview)

Get a Work at Home Call Center Job (the Facts)

Get a Work at Home Call Center Job (List of Call Center Jobs)

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Get a Work at Home Job as a Transcriptionist

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A transcriptionist listens to dictation and types each word. This requires attention to detail, fast, accurate typing speeds, special equipment and often specialized training. There is a high demand for legal, medical and general transcriptionists and a number of opportunities to get a work at home job as a transcriptionist.

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If you want to get a work at home job as a transcriptionist read the article below.
To get a work at home job as a transcriptionist, you will want to make sure you have the proper training and skills. This will usually involve enrolling in a transcription training program.
Some programs are specific to certain fields such as medical or legal.

You will also need to have the proper equipment to get a work at home job as a transcriptionist. This will include software, a digital transcriber and access to a dictionary.

To get a work at home job as a transcriptionist you will want to work on your skills so you can transcribe accurately and quickly.

Different companies are looking for different skills. Click here to see a list of companies that hire transcriber.

Transcription Companies

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Get a Work at Home Call Center Job (the Interview)

Though each company is different a  live interview for one of the major call center employers lasts about an hour. During this time you will be asked questions like these:

~ What do you know about the company?
~ Why would you like to work with the company?
~ Why would you make a great customer service representative?
~ How would you handle customers? (You may be asked to role play  situations).

Some of the tasks you may be requested to do during the interview;

~ Browse on the computer and locate different sites. For example you may be asked to locate a flower shop, look for an item and give its item number and price.

~Explain a few basic function keys

~ Open several windows and line them up side by side.
~ A lot of attention is put on the computer. You will most likely need to share either during the live interview or before the interview, the type of processor, speed, amount of RAM, screen resolution, windows version, freespace and antivirus programs my computer has.
~ You will most likely discuss your telephone and if your line can call into the companies service at no charge for work. This company required a grounded landline.

At the end of the interview, if you pass all the requirements, certain companies will require that you pay for a credit/background check, which runs about $40.00. Certain positions will also require that you are fingerprinted and/or have a blood test done. Once you have passed this process, you will very likely be offered a position!

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List of Work at Home Transcription Companies

Updated 8/28/2012 (If you find a bad link please let me know).

These companies hire work at home transcriptionists.  Check each site to see the requirements. Keep in mind that some may requires specialized legal or medical transcription skills.

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Amphion Medical

e-Typist

Mulberry Studio

Neal R. Gross and Co.

Talk2Type

Tigerfish

Webmedx

Accurate Typing

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