9 Real Ways to Make Money from Home
Part 4 of 5
This the fourth of the five part Special Report. The information can be helpful if you live in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area or anywhere in the world. I'm hoping that you are getting some ideas as to how to work from home.
I'm sure that you are finding that there are legitimate ways make money from working at home. Here are two more ideas:
7. Online guide, expert. Do your friends look to you for advice on things you’re passionate about, such as which car to buy, how to repair appliances or how to make a killer cheesecake? Whatever your area of expertise, if you are also a seasoned writer with an infectious enthusiasm for a particular topic, consider becoming an online expert guide. Guides are freelancers with an ability to communicate well and good grammar and spelling skills.
For example, About.com guides write articles or reviews in their area of expertise. They earn no less than $725 a month, but some make more than $100,000 a year depending on year-over-year, page-view growth. Go to beaguide.about.com, where you’ll find which areas of expertise are still open.
Also try Chacha.com, a new search engine similar to Google and Yahoo, and click on "Become a Guide" for more information. At JustAnswer.com, users agree to pay for the answers to their questions. Guides are paid a percentage of the pre-negotiated price per answer and the number of accepted answers received. Go to Just Answer to find out how.
8. Virtual assistant. Many small-business owners and mid- to executive-level professionals need personal assistants, but can’t afford a permanent position on the payroll. The solution? Hire people from remote locations to do their administrative work.
Virtual assistants handle all kinds of administrative projects, including travel arrangements, event planning, correspondence and other support services that can be done remotely via e-mail and phone.
Lynne Norris, who works out of her home in Pennsylvania (NorrisBusinessSolutions.com), says that rates for VAs run about $25 to $75 or more an hour, based on the types of services you provide. The startup costs are about $500 to $1,000, assuming you have an up-to-date computer and printer. Lynne loves the flexibility. "My children are happy that I don’t miss the important things in their lives." Check out the International Virtual Assistants Association (ivaa.org), or virtualassistantjobs.com and teamdoubleclick.com for more.
The Palm Springs Guru wants you to REMEMBER!
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:
- Check with the Better Business Bureau in your area and the area in which the company is located.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be wary of personal testimonials that never actually identify the person so you can't investigate further.
- 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 providing this important information: http://www.womansday.com