I want to let my readers know that every company I have profiled so far in the Legitimate Work From Home Jobs series has been FREE to access. The company I am profiling today works a little differently but they have been around for YEARS and definitely offer a legitimate opportunity.
Alpine Access (Sykes Home) is a company that hires people to work from the comfort of their homes taking “customer service” calls. What makes this company unique is that they hire their at-home workers as EMPLOYEES not Independent Contractors. This makes a huge difference with regards to taxes and benefits. They offer their employees health insurance and 401K access (after a certain time frame).
The reason I say that this is not a totally free job opportunity is this: once you meet their requirements and submit your application and they give you a job offer, you will need to pay a $45 fee for a background check. Once you pass the background check, you will also need to purchase two types of headsets for training and for working (in addition to the other items they require you to have to work at home).
Everyone has stuff lying around their house that they aren’t using. In these days of constantly evolving technology, people are getting newer gadgets all the time and leaving their older gadgets to sit in drawers collecting dust. Why not make some money off that stuff and free up some space at the same time? You can use this to help out friends and family you know who have stuff sitting around too! Offer to handle the sale for them in exchange for a percentage of the amount of money they get for their stuff!
Gazelle is a new service that pays you for the gadgets you aren’t using anymore. You find your phone, Ipad, MacBook, or Iphone on their website to see what they say it’s worth. If it is worth $1 or more, you can ship it to them for free and they will check it out. You can choose to receive payment via Amazon gift card, a check or even through Paypal!
It is really easy to use – you can start the process by clicking HERE: get your offer, ship it to Gazelle for free, and then get paid! Plus, because you’re reading my blog, Gazelle will add an additional $10 to the first gadget you trade-in. (Trade-in value of the item must be over $25.)
Ever heard of Squidoo? The Squidoo “Meet the Team” page states : “Our mission is to run an open, free platform that gives people a simple way to organize their interests online.” Basically Squidoo is a really cool online site that allows you to create pages (called Lenses) about the things that interest you. Love Barbies? Fascinated by Min Pins? Can’t get enough Star Wars into your life? No matter what your interests are (within the Terms of Service and the law, of course) , you can create a Squidoo page all about it to share with the world!
The great thing about it is that Squidoo allows you to “Monetize” your Lenses ! Yep! They encourage you to sell items thru your Lens pages! You can even link to outside sources. They make it very simple and user friendly. If you would like to see a sample Squidoo lens, you can click here to see one of my lenses.
Now, I could go into all the details on how to create lenses and how to make money off of them but I really don’t believe in reinventing the wheel. Right now the “Squidoo Queen” has a FREE Squidoo Guide that you can get that will walk you through this!
So, let’s sum this up:
Using Squidoo to create lenses: FREE
Monetizing Squidoo lenses: FREE
Getting the Squidoo guide from the Squidoo Queen: FREE
It has been a crazy and busy week here at my house and I am still trying to find a little Zen so I can get back on track. I do MUCH better when I am “on schedule” than when things go amuck! You would think that after having four children that I would have adapted to the kind of hectic lifestyle that I was bound to have, but my mind and body tend to protest chaos.
Here is a recap of this week’s legitimate work from home job posts:
Seems like everyone has some sort of android phone or iphone or tablet these days. There are apps for working, apps for fun, apps for reading, games, even dating apps! Apparently you can do just about anything on these mini “computer” (at least that’s how I think of them!). Now there is even “The App That Pays You Back”!
This new app is called CheckPoints. CheckPoints allows you to earn “rewards” for checking in at your favorite places, like places where you shop. Scanning products while you are out and about can get you extra points! You can also earn points for sharing tips, completing offers and referring your friends! You can redeem those points for prizes like gift cards, airline miles and electronics!
The app is FREE and CheckPoints is the #1 rewards app and is being used by over 2 million users! It has also been seen on CNN and NY Times.
There are so many scammers out there, wanting to take your money for information that should be free. I hate seeing people take advantage of others like that! One of the biggest topics for that kind of scam is “Mystery Shopping”. What is really ridiculous is that there are legitimate work from home jobsdoing mystery shopping work and it is FREE to sign up with these companies. That is the main reason I started this series of posts, because I know so many people out there are looking for the information and they should be able to get it without feeling like they have been ripped off! Earlier this year, I did a post about doing mystery shopping at theme parks (you can see the theme park mystery shopping post HERE) but today’s post is about a more traditional type of mystery shopping.
What do you get when you cross a teacher with a public speaker? A seminar leader of course! Seminar leaders are the individuals who teach all those classes that they hold at hotels. The topics are varied and range from Microsoft Excel to Communications to Team Building. The topics are based on business skills that benefit individuals in the workplace.
The leader in the seminar industry is Fred Pryor. They hold seminars all over the country. They hire “Contract Trainers” to conduct these seminars and it is my understanding that the Trainers get paid quite well. It looks like this would be a great job for someone who has excellent computer or business skills and is looking to expand their income opportunities!
Everyone likes money! With money comes the responsibility to keep track of it; what comes in and what goes out. Where it comes from and where it’s going. These are the type of responsibilities are best left to an accountant or bookkeeper.
BalanceYourBooks.com is a company that hires bookkeepers to help balance books. Their website states, “We offer a competitive salary, a family friendly environment, and an outstanding opportunity to telecommute.”
If you have experience as a bookkeeper and can meet their minimum qualifications, this might be a great opportunity for you to work from home and help others keep their finances straight and organized. You can see the minimum requirements and how to apply for a job at BalanceYourBooks.com HERE Subscribe in a reader
Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.
Painful words but very true. Most of the time when you feel like you just keep getting up and falling all over again is just when you are about to be able to make a breakthrough! It took Thomas Edison over 10,000 failed attempts before he came up with a lightbulb that worked! Keep this in mind as you browse through work at home opportunities. There is a lot of junk out there and then there are some real offers for you to be able to make some money! You just have to keep trying until you find the right fit for you!
Here is a recap of the postings this past week (just in case you missed one or two):
In my “former life” (before mommyhood) I worked in an office as a Paralegal and Administrator. I LOVED getting that weekly paycheck and being out in the world with adults. The issue is that once you are home in your jammies, putting on pantyhose and heels and a full face of makeup and worrying about my hair style (or lack thereof) just doesn’t seem like it’s worth all the effort. The missing paycheck is a little more difficult to compensate for.
Enter VOT (Virtual Office Temps): a cool website that offers a free service for people actively seeking virtual office work. They even send out free bi-weekly job updates. What I really like about the website is that they have a ” ZERO TOLERANCE for spammers and scammers.” That certainly makes it easier for people looking for legitimate work!