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How to Figure Out What Work at Home Job is Right for You

How to Figure Out What Work at Home Job is Right for YouBy Holly Reisem Hanna

When I started looking for a work at home job – I didn’t care what the job entailed. I just knew that I needed to make some money and I wanted to be at home with my daughter.

I searched online, checked out the wants ads, and even asked past employers if there was ANYTHING that I could do for them. I was willing to do data entry, make phone calls, complete research, run errands, anything … I was desperate! Unfortunately, desperation is often what leads to scams. And I came across a ton of them.

When you’re looking for a work at home job you need to be clear in your intent; meaning you need to slow down and take inventory before you begin your search. What are your passions, skills, and prior experience? Do you need health insurance? Do you need a flexible schedule or can you commit to regular day-time hours? When you cast your net too wide, you fail to find the right job for you, because your search is not targeted.

To assist you on your work at home journey, here are 7 common work at home themes, companies, jobs, and ideas that will fast-track your search.

I Need a Work at Home Gig with Zero Startup Fees

You hear this all the time — you should never have to pay for a work at home job. And for the most part this is true … however many companies that hire remote workers, do require potential employees to pay for things like criminal background checks, drug screens, credit checks, and training manuals. (more…)

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How You Can Prepare For Working at Home

How You Can Prepare For Working at HomeBy Kimi Clark

You’ve thought about it, dreamt about it, and are finally ready to make the leap to a work at home job or home based business. But how can you prepare for working at home?

Here are a few things you might want to consider before taking the plunge.

Pay Off Debt

The lighter your debt load, the less pressure you’ll feel. Building up a career at home can take time, whether you’re a freelancer, in direct sales, or starting your own business. Being able to survive by only having your monthly living expenses to pay will give you time to get the money coming in without fear of unpaid bills.

Establish a Savings Account

Having a savings account is essential before starting to work at home. Not only do unexpected things come up that you might need extra money for, but this will allow you to focus more on your work and less on the money since you have a little back up already.

Having money in savings also means that you won’t have the desperate feeling of having to take any job, assignment, client or customer that comes your way just because you need the money. (more…)

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Make $50 – $150 an Hour Participating in Focus Groups

Make $50 - $150 an Hour Participating in Focus GroupsBy Holly Reisem Hanna

I remember the first time I got called to participate in a focus group. I was a sophomore in college and money was tight. It was for a radio station that had gathered my name from a sweepstakes that I had previously entered. The 2 hour segment required me to sit a room and listen to snippets of music and rate each song on a scale of 1 to 10. After the session was over, I was handed an envelope with $100 in cash — not bad for a couple of hours of easy listening.

Over the years I’ve participated in a many different focus groups where I have earned cash and/or gift cards. Interestingly, I never sought out any of these opportunities, they came long because I had either tried out a free class, used the product, purchased a membership, or entered into a giveaway.

However, if you’re looking to make some extra cash by participating in focus groups — there are lots of places to get connected. Best of all, these opportunities pay well. Usually between $50 – $150 for an hour or two with some gigs paying as much as $200, $300, and even $400 for a couple of hours of your time. Often you’ll get free products to sample too; a nice little perk! For short online and telephonic surveys expect to make between $5 – $20 for 15 to minutes.

Are you ready to cash in?! Here are 15 places to get started. (more…)

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Do You Have What It Takes to Work From Home?

Do You Have What It Takes to Work From Home?By Kimi Clark

So you want to work from home. Maybe you think about things like waking up at your leisure, taking time off whenever you want to, and being able to work in your PJ’s. While some of those things ring true, there are many other things to consider.

Here are some questions you might want to think about when considering if you have what it takes to work from home.

Do I Have What It Takes To Work From Home?

1. Can You Set Clear Boundaries?

Ah, let’s start with a tough one. That whole work/life balance that we are ever seeking is partially defined by the boundaries you set. This is a hard one to enforce when you work at home as there are countless tasks, chores, and sometimes people around you that need tending to, and you have to have the ability to essentially ‘turn off’ at home issues while you’re working.

Granted, we can’t ‘turn off’ children, but we can make sure that kids and family know that when you’re working, you’re working! (Except for emergencies, of course!) Turn off outside noise also such as phone calls from friends, texting, TV, and even answering the door. (more…)

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4 Reasons Working from Home is Perfect for Empty Nesters

4 Reasons Working from Home is Perfect for Empty NestersBy Christy Schutz

In the past, I have written about the changes that take place as our children leave the house and we transition to that “Empty Nester” status. I have one more child at home who is entering her sophomore year of high school, so, it is something I think about quite often. As I ponder the who, what, where, when, how and why of this particular transition, I am realizing that my work-at-home lifestyle is actually going to be ideal for the empty nest stage of my life, too.

Maybe you are imagining a morose scene, with me taking brief breaks in between work to visit my children’s empty bedrooms and sob over past memories, but, that definitely isn’t what I am picturing.

Here are four Empty Nester scenarios I am imagining that fit in perfectly with my telecommuting lifestyle.

Travel and Make Money

I have always loved travel. I love visiting new places, particularly historical places, and imagining the wonderful things people accomplished and the cultures in which they lived. Once we become Empty Nesters, my husband and I have plans to pick up and start exploring as much as possible. (more…)

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