Monday, August 18, 2014

9 Real Ways to Make Money 

from Home

Part 1 of 5


Palm Springs and the greater Palm Springs area has an unemployment at more than 9%! That is terrible.

Times are tough. There are some job fairs in our area. For every job available there are many applicants.

The competition is fierce. Perhaps, there are other ways to earn a living...

This week I will list 9 real ways to make money from home. While I believe these to be legitimate job opportunities it is your responsibility to do perform due diligence when checking on these job opportunities or any other job opportunities.

Let's begin our five part report with these three ideas:

1. Customer-service rep. Many companies, such as J. Crew, Express Jet, 1-800-flowers, and even the IRS, outsource customer-service operations to third-party companies who then hire home-based workers or "agents" to take calls and orders. When you call 1-800-flowers, you may be speaking with Rebecca Dooley, a retired police officer and employee of Alpine Access, a major call-center service. When you dialed the number, your call was automatically routed to Rebecca’s spare bedroom in Colorado.

Alpine Access currently employs more than 7,500 work-at-home customer-service agents who take in-bound calls (there’s no outbound or cold calling) for dozens of companies. "This works perfectly for me because I can set up my hours around my family’s busy lifestyle," says Rebecca, who usually works 20 to 32 hours a week, depending on her schedule.

While the typical hourly rate is about $9, Alpine Access agents who work more than 20 hours a week are eligible for benefits plus a 401k program when they have worked for over 1,000 hours. (Some companies consider their staff independent contractors, so they don’t provide benefits.) Other companies that hire virtual call agents:


2. Telemarketer. To do this job, you need a pleasant voice and personality, and really thick skin—you’re bound to encounter some hostility. Still, it’s a good way to earn income. Many large companies now outsource their cold-calling campaigns to third parties who hire home-based workers to place the calls. Telemarketers are typically paid by the hour, and they may earn incentives and commission based on performance.

Companies hiring home-based workers include Telereach.com and Intrep.com. Apply on their websites. Keep in mind that a legitimate company will typically not require you to pay a fee to get information or leads, and will explain how to apply, exactly what is required and what to expect.


3. Online juror. Companies will pay you to sit on mock juries to give attorneys and other jury consultants feedback on cases they are currently handling. Think of these as focus groups. The cases are real, but your verdict will do little more than give those involved a prediction of how things might go. You can earn fees ranging from $5 to $60. Be sure to read all the disclaimers and details. Go to:


Beware of scams!

Read these tips on how to avoid work-at-home-scams. It's not always easy to figure out if a company is legitimate. Try these five essential tips from the Attorney General of the State of New York:
  1. Check with the Better Business Bureau in your area and the area in which the company is located.
  2. Ask questions, including: what specific tasks you'll have to perform; whether you will be paid by salary or commission; and who will pay you. Also, ask about the total cost to you, including supplies and equipment.
  3. Be wary of overstated claims of product effectiveness, exaggerated claims of potential earnings, and demands that you pay for something before instructions or products are provided.
  4. Be wary of personal testimonials that never actually identify the person so you can't investigate further.
  5. Contact your state Attorney General's consumer help line if you believe you've been victimized by a work-at-home scheme.

Thank you to Mary Hunt and Woman's Day Magazine for sharing important information: http://www.womansday.com

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