With all the convenience that technologies (and the Internet in particular) offer, working at home is now made even easier. There are a number of legitimate and competitively paying jobs available for the enterprising student, working mother, or the homebound professional. Read this article for the option that would suit you best.
Work At Home as a Market Research Respondent
Companies spend millions of dollars on advertising and marketing. With such a large amount at stake, companies are aware of the importance of market research in planning out market strategy. You can work from home as a market research respondent by filling out online surveys. Usually, companies will send questionnaires through email, or provide you with access to a website where the surveys are posted. This can be a very easy way to make money, although this is by no means a get-rich-quick scheme. Companies value honesty and truthfulness in the responses, because there are considered as representative of the social class or economic stratum you belong in.
Work at Home as a Web Content Writer
Web content writing can be a lucrative job, depending on your skills, aptitude and quality of work. Content writing is one of those jobs that have very flexible work hours. Usually, content writers get paid by the hour or per project completed. If you write well in English, can produce quick and easy to read copy, and can tackle a lot of topics, you are apt to do well in this job. While it is also an advantage to have a subject field or two in which you are an expert, the ability to research and write on unfamiliar topics are even stronger advantages. As a content writer, it will be your responsibility to produce original content, as plagiarism and duplication from other writers are a no-no. Clients often have access to duplication content software that can detect if the content has already been published somewhere else on the Internet. Also, once a piece has already been paid for by a client, it is a major breach to re-sell it to another.
Finding clients may not be easy at the start, but continue to practice a good working attitude towards all writing assignments and you will soon build a creditable reputation for yourself. While publishing and reselling previous work is prohibited, keep copies for inclusion in your portfolio.
Work at Home as a Blogger
Blogging gigs can be through your own personal website or through blogging for a corporate website. If you are blogging on your own website, income would come from affiliate programs that pay to have their advertisements posted on your site. If you are a blogger for a company website, you will be getting paid for the content you have written.
Work at Home as a Web Designer and Developer
This requires all technical skills and know-how. It is one of the most lucrative and in-demand jobs on the Internet, as there are literally thousands of websites created every day. It may be worthwhile to invest on technical schooling for this kind of job.
Work at Home doing Data Entry Jobs
If you do not have any other skills other than typing and a working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, then this would be your best entry level position. Data entry can range from simple encoding of articles to formatting spreadsheets and multimedia presentations. Data entry jobs have been around even during the olden days before the Internet.
Work at Home Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is one who performs personal assistant duties online. The duties and responsibilities depend mostly on the field that your employer is involved in. If you are working for an online service company, it might involve handling online job orders, coordinating with clients through Skype or similar programs, and handling correspondence. A virtual assistant can work for an employer anywhere in the world; you will only need to be available during working hours in his time zone.
Working at home and through online facilities will require you to have a means of accepting payment for your job. Pay is usually in dollars. Paypal, and Payoneer are two popular choices, as they are available in most territories. Be wary of work at home opportunities that do not seem to have credibility, and whose legitimacy is suspect. Most legitimate websites like oDesk have measures to protect both employers and employees from being scammed.
Joana Chrystal Ventura-Moises is a work-at-home blogger, with particular expertise on plumbing and vessel sinks. She contributes mostly to the Plumbing Point and the Hubpages.
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