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8 Work-at-Home Jobs for Fast and Accurate Typists

8 Work-at-Home Jobs for Fast and Accurate TypistsBy Holly Reisem Hanna

There is one job that people always ask about, and that’s data entry. The reason I don’t cover data entry gigs on the website is most straight data entry jobs only pay pennies per document, which is by no means a fair wage. And often these companies have substantial account threshold requirements, so you won’t get paid until you reach that amount (which could take months).

In fact, Ashlee over at Work at Home Happiness tried one of these straight data entry gigs and had this to say, “I felt like I had keyed and keyed and keyed some more but only managed to bank $8.72. Even today when I login, I can still see the $8.72 in my account. I never was paid because I didn’t meet the $30.00 threshold.”

However, if you’re a fast typist and you’re looking for data entry type gigs, there are other options available that you may not have considered, and best of all they pay well.

Here are eight work-at-home careers to consider if you’re a fast and accurate typist.

Online Chat Agents.

Along with the Internet and online shopping, came a new breed of customer service, and that’s the live chat agent. Live chat agents answer customer’s questions and queries on the spot via online text chat platforms. Some chat positions require background knowledge of a particular area (such as tech support), but many others are more general in nature and don’t require any specialized skills (except for quick and accurate typing).  (more…)

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Six Tips for an Organized Home Office

Six Tips for an Organized Home OfficeBy Christy Schutz

As I sit down to write this week’s post, I’m looking around and noticing that my office is a hot mess. Really. Papers everywhere, supplies scattered about, piles of work and things to follow up on placed haphazardly about, with my keyboard and mouse peeking out from all the madness. Suffice it to say, it is a bit overwhelming. In fact, there have been several studies that have shown that there is a direct connection between productivity and the amount of chaos and clutter in your workspace. More clutter usually equates to wasted time looking for things, trouble focusing, and ultimately less productivity.

So, I’ve decided to get my act together and share the following six tips for organizing your home office.

1. Have a place for everything.

If you want help keeping your desk clear of clutter, make a point to designate a home for everything. Paperwork can go in binders or file cabinets, supplies can be stored in a drawer or basket, projects you are currently working on can go in file folders or labeled “inboxes,” etc. If you have a place for everything, you will know where to put things away when you are done with them and will be able to find them again easily when you need them.

2. Manage what comes into your office. 

For whatever reason, my office becomes the storage place of the house, and things get tossed in there that don’t have anything to do with my work or managing the household. (more…)

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Why Being a Work-at-Home Mom is the Best of Both Worlds

Why Being a Work-at-Home Mom is the Best of Both WorldsBy Holly Reisem Hanna

From a very young age, I knew I wanted to be a mom. In fact, every year in my School Days Keepsake Album, it would ask the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And while I had no clue what I wanted to do professionally, I did know that I wanted to be a mom.

As I got older and thought more about becoming a parent, I knew that I wanted to be my child’s primary caregiver. Maybe it was because my mom had stayed at home with my siblings and me. Or maybe it was the fact that I didn’t like working as a nurse. Whatever the case when I got pregnant, I started planning for my transition out of the workforce.

During my last nine months working as a nurse, I saved as much money as I could so that we wouldn’t feel the financial loss. But my savings dwindled much quicker than I had anticipated. Having been a parent for nine months, I knew there was no way I could put my daughter in daycare; it would have broken my heart. So I started looking for work-at-home jobs.

After searching for a few months, I secured a part-time, freelance, marketing position which gave me a steady paycheck and the idea for this website. I worked approximately 10 to 15 hours a week while my daughter napped; it was perfect. I had money coming in, and I was able to witness all of my little girl’s special milestones. (more…)

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A HUGE List of Free Resources to Help Run Your Home-Based Business

A HUGE List of Free Resources to Help Run Your Home-Based BusinessBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Leaving the security of a steady paying job to launch a new business can be a scary endeavor. Even if you’ve planned and saved six months worth of living expenses, often it takes months to start generating income from your business.

And guess what?

Even if you don’t have money coming in, your business still incurs expenses to run smoothly. But don’t despair, there are tons of free tools, resources, and printables, so you don’t have break the bank.

Here’s a huge list of free business resources so you can focus on making money instead of spending it.

Your Website. 

Since you won’t have a brick-and-mortar location the heart of your home-based business is your website. Having a website allows people to window shop your services and products, it helps them find you via the web, and it conveys valuable information. Personally, I think it’s in your best interest to own your website (purchase your domain name and hosting), but if you can’t afford a website right off the bat, I suggest using a free option until you can afford to switch to a more robust platform.

A few things to note about free platforms. Usually you’re limited to small number of web pages, you’ll have limited bandwidth and storage, and often you’ll have a sub-domain. If you can spare $3.95 a month, I highly recommend setting up your own website with WordPress. Not only is it affordable, it’s extremely easy to setup and use and it will give you a professional looking website. (more…)

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Establish Credibility for Your Work-from-home Business

Sponsored by The UPS StoreEstablish credibility for your work-from-home business

Running a business from home is a great way to cut costs and keep your schedule flexible, but it can present some unique challenges. One of the biggest challenges is establishing business credibility.

Fortunately, there are a number of actions you can take to legitimize your home-based small business.

Establish a mailing address that isn’t your house.

Just because you work from home, that doesn’t mean you should receive your business mail there. There are a couple of compelling reasons for using a mailbox service for your business mail.

First, using mailbox services like those from The UPS Store means you don’t have to stress about being out of town when an important document arrives. With a mailing service, you can always be confident your mail is received and secure.

Second, a street address other than your house or a P.O. Box establishes your credibility as a business to potential customers. (Plus, do you really want your customers scoping out your house on Google Maps?)

Don’t undervalue quality printing.

In today’s digital world, it can be easy to forget the importance of quality printing – especially for marketing materials and business cards. One of the most affordable ways to make your small business look big is using a professional printing service.

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