This is a guest post by reader Marie.
Is working at home possible – orjust a dream many of us have? Here are tips to capitalize on your own special interests and talents, and avoid home-based work scams.
How do you separate the true work opportunities from the scams? The biggest indication of a scam is that bogus opportunities will ALWAYS ask for some type of money upfront. A genuine work opportunity will never require you to cough up a fee for information.
Some years ago, a hard-up friend responded to a newspaper advertisement asking for a $25 check for information on profitable home-based work. After her check cleared from her account, she received the promised information. The letter instructed her to place the identical newspaper advertisement and collect checks sent to her!
Most good home-based jobs require a high-speed Internet connection and a dedicated land line. Home-based word processing or tutoring jobs require strong word processing skills or in-depth knowledge to tutor a language or skill.
Don’t hesitate to put out your own feelers. Contact temporary agencies to apply for word processing jobs. Want to tutor math to college students? Call the math department of your local college and ask them to put your offer on their notice board. If that fails to get results, you can call the college newspaper and insert a paid advertisement for your tutoring services. Persistence usually pays off.
Many companies, like 1-800-flowers begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-800-flowers end_of_the_skype_highlighting, hire home-based workers to take calls and orders. To apply for home-based work, go to . Pay is usually about $9 an hour, but ask about incentives and benefits too.
There are also home-based jobs you can apply for directly from your neighbors. Create a flyer to drop off at your neighbors’ homes advertising pet-sitting or home-sitting services. Rates vary, but $25/day is common for pet-sitting services. And once you get the first pet-sitting job, referrals can bring in many more.
In short, home-based jobs are as close as your creativity and imagination. Pluck up your courage and away you go!