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WAHM: 1000’s of Work At Home Jobs – A Roundup Of Some Of The Best Work From Home Sites

WAHM Jobsite RoundupHey Mama, are you trying to find a job that you can do from home, but are a bit daunted by all the options? Are you unsure where to find quality jobs vs. getting caught up in garbage and scams? There are now tens of thousands of work from home jobs out there and there are dozens of great places to find them!

The following is a simple list of 4 sites that will give you 100s of listings each and that have a good reputation for providing decent job postings:

LinkedIn – If you are serious about getting a work from home / remote job, you need to create a way to legitimize yourself and get found. If you do not already have an account on LinkedIn, get one. Then setup your profile and resume. Lastly, start looking for jobs. Just go to the Jobs link and type in a search like – Remote Jobs, Work From Home Jobs, or Remote + the city you live in.

Rat Race Rebellion – Silly name, but these guys do a great job of vetting out most of the junk and finding jobs that you and I would want to do. I have already applied for a few jobs myself this past week (that pay $18 or more per hour).

The Penny Hoarder – A similar site to my own, but they have a whole load of people working for them, so they list hundreds of jobs throughout their posts.

Remote.com – Someone got smart with the name on this one! Mostly Tech and Professional level work.

Let me know if you find a great WAH Job!

I use these sites to pull out the best jobs each week to post onto my Work From Home Moms Group.

5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home – Part 3

Make $500 A Month Or More Working From Home - Part 3

Be encouraged, if you want to work from home, there are many, many opportunities out there. This is the 3rd post in the Ways To Make Money Working From Home series! Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you have not yet. Also, join my FB Group – Work At Home Moms Who Want More Than Spam – to network with other women, learn about more opportunities, or share your existing business with others.




Mystery Shopping

Last year, I made a couple hundred dollars a month Mystery Shopping. I really liked it and was able to generally find Shops that I could fit into the routine with my children and our usual outings. For example, one shop was at a grocery store that I shopped at a couple of times per month. So, with a little extra work and time, I was able to get my shopping done and complete a Mystery Shop – I got paid $25.00 for it.

There is one issue with Mystery Shopping: There are a lot of scams out there! Because I have personal experience with this, I wrote a post last year to help people find legitimate Mystery Shopping work.Also, Rat Race Rebellion has a great list of Mystery Shopping companies and I personally used a couple of them.

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Travel Agent

There are actually 3 ways to make a living as a Travel Agent, however, all require some training:

  1. Become an independent agent / run your own agency from home. Of the three options, this will take the most work. You have to get training, get licensed, join an association, get software to connect to all the available reservation systems, and then promote your business.
  2. Work for a Travel Agency from home / remotely. This can be a small, local agency or a large corporation like American Express or 1-800-Cruises. Some of the large agencies list jobs on Rat Race Rebellion. You may have to get some training first to get these jobs.
  3. There is a direct sales (MLM) business that sets you up as a travel agent, provides training, provides a web site, and gives support for a small start-up fee. I know a couple of people doing this, so contact me if you are interested. However, some in the Travel business do not consider these “real” travel businesses, so do your research before getting involved.

Up-cycle and Refurbish from garage sales and thrift stores

This idea came to me recently because I have a friend doing this. They peruse Craigslist and Facebook for stuff that people are giving away or selling really cheap (usually because it has a major issue, is broken, etc….). They then they fix the item(s), clean them up, paint them, etc… and then turn around and sell them at a profit. You can do this on a small scale (i.e. household items, toys, knickknacks, clothing) or a larger scale (furniture, automobiles, appliances).

You can also pickup stuff at Thrift Stores and garage sales and try to resell through Ebay and places like My Kids Threads.

Organizing people’s stuff / home

Another idea that came in the last week was from a friend who has started a personal organizing business. She posts ads on local FB groups (buy/sell or networking) and then helps people organize their “messes.” This could include: setting up or organizing a pantry, helping someone organize their home office, taking a pile of photos and making a scrapbook, organizing an old recipe collection, setting up shelving in a spare room to organize storage, and much more. If you are super organized and love to sort, color code, alphabetize, etc.. this could be  a great PT gig for you.

Organize It Kitchen Organization

House and/or Business Cleaning Service

I know a few people who have successfully started and worked for years doing their own cleaning service. Yes, it is hard work, but most find it easier to market, get and keep clients / customers than many of the other businesses I have mentioned to date. If you keep a clean home and have some great tricks that you use to make your house sparkle, you can make good money. I have known people to make anywhere from $10 an hour doing homes to $30 an hour cleaning offices and businesses.

If you do go the route of cleaning businesses, you will need to have more equipment than cleaning households.

5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home – Part 2

So many ways to work from home! Try one of these.

Last month I started a series that has become one of my most popular: 5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home. As it turns out, there are actually 100s of businesses and jobs that you can do from home in this technological age. Since I want to take time to write about each one, I am breaking the list down and writing about 5 at a time. The goal is to have a 100 great ideas for jobs and businesses by the end of the series. Subscribe now if you want to keep up and get all 20 posts!



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Freelance Writer – Freelance Writing has grown dramatically in the past decade with so many online sites wanting content. Plus, the classic magazine and book market is still there, along with the explosive growth of the eBook market.

If you are a beginner Writer, you may want to start out with what we call a “content mill.” Some people disagree with them, but if you don’t have any writing experience and you aren’t getting told regularly that your writing is great, then these are places to gain some experience and build up a portfolio. Two that I am familiar with are Textbroker and Demand Media Studios. Expect to earn $7 to $15 per hour.

If you are more seasoned in your writing, or if you have spent a couple of months writing for something like a content mill, you then may be ready to start looking for the quality freelance writing jobs. Blogs can pay anywhere from $25 to $100 per post and magazines can pay as high as $500 to $1000 for a large, quality article with a quality magazine. You can find writing jobs for the Christian Market with the Christian Writer’s Market Guide, writing jobs for the Secular Market with the Writer’s Guide, and some good blog / online leads through Rat Race Rebellion.

HireWriters.com

Virtual Assistant – Another work from home job that is seeing huge growth is the Virtual Assistant. According to Wikpedia: a Virtual Assistant (VA for short)  is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from a home office.

Many large blogs and websites use Virtual Assistants to manage day to day operations, do some writing, or manage their Social Media campaigns. There are a few books on the market to help you get started and a here are a few places to get started marketing your services: eLance, Upwork, and Freelancer. And there is my favorite site, Rat Race Rebellion with job listings (you have to subscribe to their site to get occasional listings in their newsletter)


Website Tester – Google how many websites are created each minute and you will find something like 500. Anyone who really wants to put a quality website out there should have someone else look the site over, give feedback for how usable it is, check for bad links, check spelling, etc… There are now business that hire the average person with some decent observation skills to look over websites and give feedback. Many people are calling this “crowd sourced web testing.Rat Race Rebellion has a list of businesses who hire for this kind of work. It isn’t high pay, maybe $10 per site reviewed (which should take nearly an hour for a good review), but for a little fill in cash here and there, it would be worth it.

Handcrafts / Etsy Shop – Do you make anything? Do you like to create, sew, paint, design, etc? Then one of the best ways to make money working from home is to open your own Etsy shop and start selling your goods. Etsy does not cost anything to setup and only 20 cents per item listed (you can have multiples of that one item type, however, for the same 20 cents). They have great tools to promote your shop, ship your goods, manage your shop, and tips and tricks to get more sales. There are 1000s of success stories on Etsy of people who have created their own, full or part time business from home. If you need a little more help getting started, here is a great book: Etsy Empire: Proven Tactics for Your Etsy Business Success, Including Etsy SEO, Etsy Shop Building, Social Media for Etsy and Etsy Pricing Tips (Almost Free Money).

Here are some great sites to get supplies:
Annies:


Dreamtime Creations:

Shop Dreamtime Creations

Farmer’s Markets – Staying in the same genera as the Etsy shop, if you make something, a Farmer’s Market is a great place to sell it to your local community, especially if it is food related. I have a friend and her two teen girls make a great little side wage every summer selling goodies at the local Farmer’s Market. Our family went in with them a few times and I sold loaves of homemade, Artisan bread. You can also sell handicrafts and art at a Market.

To find a local market, just Google your nearest city and the words Farmer’s Market.

Haven’t seen something that you want to do yet? Subscribe to my blog as I will be publishing more and more of these posts. Also, feel free to leave me a comment. I would love to chat with you and ask you some leading questions to help you find the work from home that is right for you.

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5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home

5 Ways To Earn $500 Or More Per Month Working Part Time From Home

Yes, you really can make money working from home. There are 1000’s of great online jobs, businesses and opportunities. Unfortunately, there are just as many scams and cons out there.

I started this series after spending time on some Work At Home Mom FB groups, seeing how much junk and scams there were, and wanted to provide a resource to give people looking for a job or a business from home, good, legitimate resources.

Subscribe to follow the series – I will be writing about 5 jobs and/or businesses per post for a total of 100. Or you can keep an eye on the landing page: Work At Home Mom.




Blogging – Yes, there are lots of people making money blogging. However, there are lots of people not making money blogging. It takes time, continual learning, and hard work to make it as a blogger. There are also a lot of flooded niches, so you need to find what is “you” and hasn’t been done 100s of times.

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If you really want to start blogging, don’t fall for the “get rich quick” blogging schemes out there. Take the time to really think about what you want to blog about and why. Get practice writing your first few posts and having friends and family critique them. Then start learning what it takes to grow your blog, gain followers, and make money from it. Two great starter books are: How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul & ProBlogger – Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income. I have also written two posts about blogging:

How To Start Blogging

What I Wish I Had Known When I Started Blogging and What You Can Learn From My Mistakes

 

iBlog Magazine for Professional Women Bloggers

Customer Service – While Blogging is a business, doing Customer Service is a job. You should NEVER have to pay to find the jobs, get the jobs, and get paid by the jobs. There are many companies that now hire virtual Customer Service Reps and most of these are reputable companies with real, paid by the hour, jobs. I even saw a post once from American Express Travel  – they were paying $16.00 an hour for virtual travel agents!

Your two best bets for finding these jobs are doing a Google search like: remote customer service jobs (but beware, this will also bring up some scam sites) or using Rat Race Rebellion’s comprehensive list of Customer Service companies that hire remote / virtual reps.

Direct Sales – You may have also heard these called MLM (Multi-level Marketing) Businesses. Businesses, instead of selling through a retail store like Walmart or Amazon, sell their products through individuals, like you or I.

When you start an MLM, you are starting your own business. And just like Blogging, you can make a lot of money or you can make very little or no money. It depends on hard work and learning from other people how to build your business. Usually you sign up for such a business under someone else and they teach you how. However, there are 100’s of sites, books, etc… out there on how to grow and build your business also.

Some companies include: Avon, Aribonne,  It Works, Scentsy, Posh, Thrive, Plexus, Young Living, Useborne Books, and MANY more. If you know of a business that you have been considering or would like to know more about, I probably know someone who is working that business. Contact me and I will connect you.

I run one MLM businesses: Gifts With A Cause – Fair Trade accessories and home decor . I only do it because it is also a charity and it helps to lift women out of poverty in 2nd and 3rd World Countries.

Online Tutoring – In college, part of my work-study funds came from tutoring students who were struggling in math, especially Algebra and 1st quarter Calculus. Today, millions of students from elementary through college can find a Tutor online, and therefore, you can find a job Tutoring online.

You will either be paid by the client or by the hour. Usually the Tutoring company is the one providing you clients, but you may get bonuses for bringing in your own clients. Your best bet is to Google online tutoring companies or look in your local phonebook.

Surveys, feedback, samples – If you are not specifically looking to make a full living working from home, but just need a little spending money, Swagbucks might be for you. You can earn Swagbucks for registering, taking surveys, shopping online, printing coupons, watching videos, and playing games. Redeem the Swagbucks for giftcards from most major retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Target and many more). There is currently a $5 bonus for signing up. Although folks used to make serious money from these sites, these days you will only be likely to make $25 or $50 per month.

Join my Work From Home Moms Who Want More Than Spam Facebook Group to learn more about working from home and the opportunities available.

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WAHM: How To Get A Few Things You Can’t Afford By Doing Mystery Shopping

WAHM: Legit Jobs

As a follow-up to last month’s article about finding legitimate, work from home jobs that weren’t MLMs / Sales jobs, I wanted to delve more into the world of Mystery Shopping, since this was something I had personal experience with.

I had heard about Mystery Shopping before, but did really grasp its legitimacy as paid work until I decided to do a little research.  It turns out that there are many professional shop companies out there, maybe even 100!  However, there are also scam companies out there. To be sure you have a legitimate company, you want one that is listed with the MSPA – Mystery Shopping Association and/or SASSI (Available shops through JobSlinger). You never need to pay anything to register or shop with a company. The MSPA does offer certification training for a small fee, but it is NOT required for most companies (they just give preference to certified shoppers).

It Takes Work

I need to make it clear that Mystery Shopping is work. You have to learn quickly, retain a list of facts, have good observational skills, and good writing skills. It takes me about 1/2 to 2 hours to prepare for a shop, depending on complexity. The actual shop can take 10 minutes or a couple of hours. The report after the shop takes 1/2 hour t0 2 hours. During the shop, unless you have a photographic memory (I do not), you have to find a way to take notes w/o being seen so that you remember all the important facts of the shop.  I did one shop for a major grocery store chain, which I was going to shop at anyway, and I had to visit every department in the store and: note the exact time, the name of the worker in the department, what they were wearing, how the department looked, and much more! I was sneaking notes on the back of my shopping list continually.  I was pretty tired by the end of the shop.

Many Reimburse vs. Pay

I actually decided to take Mystery Shopping seriously when, the first company I registered for happened to have a shop for a prescription reimbursement up to $50. Since the adults in our family do not have health insurance, this was a great find. This was a quick shop with 30 minute prep, the time it took to fill my prescription, and about 30 minutes to fill out the post shop form.  Our prescription was only for $20, but was still worth the work it took to get it reimbursed. I should note that most companies take about one month to pay and reimburse.

Getting What We Can’t Afford

That is how our family is now able to afford a few “small things” in life. Through mystery shopping I have:

  • Been paid anywhere from $20 – 75 for the shop
  • Been reimbursed for an oil change that we needed and some clothing that we didn’t so much need:-)

I will continue to do a few shops per month. I have seen shops to:

  • Get paid to test drive a car
  • Get reimbursed for a nice dinner or hotel
  • Get reimbursed and paid for a coffee shop and similar for fast food restaurants
  • Get paid to shop cell phones
  • Get reimbursed for beauty products

I would be happy to answer any questions I can about mystery shopping and I would love to hear your mystery shop stories.

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WAHM: Legit, Non-MLM Work At Home Jobs

WAHM: Legit Jobs
WAHM: Legit Jobs
100’s of jobs at Rat Race Rebellion

I have been blessed by a friend who passed me one simple link. A link to a site that has been vetting and making connections with real companies that provide real, work from home, in your PJs, with your children playing quietly type jobs. Companies like Amazon.com, American Express and LionBridge are just a few. For those that just want to move onto the jobs, here is the link: Rat Race Rebellion. I recommend signing up for the email newsletter.

For those that would like a little more information first, here is an overview of what is available on the site.

Types of jobs available include: Accounting, virtual admins, blogging, call center and customer service, teaching and education, healthcare, legal, medical transcription, mystery shopping, technical, translation, web testing, editing, and writing.

Companies include:  Pizza Hut, Amazon.com, LionBridge, American Express Travel, Intuit, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Airlines, Crushable, Apple, Best Western Hotels, CenturyLink, Cruise.com, Hilton, HSN, Blackboard, MySQL, About.com, Textbroker, and Yahoo. There are a few 100 more.

The two areas that interested me most when I went to the site is the listing of legitimate Mystery Shopping Companies and the listing for all the corporations that have work from home call centers. These I have looked into a little more than the other areas.

If you click on the link on the upper left corner – Today’s Screened Job Leads – you get exactly that (with some ads throughout the page as that is how they make their money).

Obviously, you still have to double-check anything you would apply to. These guys really appear to be doing their research, but they can make mistakes.

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