9 Ways to Make Money From Home

Working from home has never been easier. Here is a list of 9 ways to make money from home.

1. Customer-service rep. Many companies, such as J. Crew, Express Jet, 1-800-flowers, and even the IRS, outsource customer-service operations to third-party companies who then hire home-based workers or “agents” to take calls and orders. When you call 1-800-flowers, you may be speaking with Rebecca Dooley, a retired police officer and employee of Alpine Access, a major call-center service.

Alpine Access currently employs more than 7,500 work-at-home customer-service agents who take in-bound calls (there’s no outbound or cold calling) for dozens of companies. “This works perfectly for me because I can set up my hours around my family’s busy lifestyle,” says Rebecca, who usually works 20 to 32 hours a week, depending on her schedule.

While the typical hourly rate is about $9, Alpine Access agents who work more than 20 hours a week are eligible for benefits plus a 401k program when they have worked for over 1,000 hours. (Some companies consider their staff independent contractors, so they don’t provide benefits.) Other companies that hire virtual call agents:

LiveOps.com
Arise.com
WestatHome.com
WorkingSolutions.com
ACDDirect.com

2. Telemarketer. To do this job, you need a pleasant voice and personality, and really thick skin– you’re bound to encounter some hostility. Still, it’s a good way to earn income. Many large companies now outsource their cold-calling campaigns to third parties who hire home-based workers to place the calls. Telemarketers are typically paid by the hour, and they may earn incentives and commission based on performance.

Companies hiring home-based workers include Telereach.com and Intrep.com. Apply on their websites. Keep in mind that a legitimate company will typically not require you to pay a fee to get information or leads, and will explain how to apply, exactly what is required and what to expect.

3. Online juror. Companies will pay you to sit on mock juries to give attorneys and other jury consultants feedback on cases they are currently handling. The cases are real, but your verdict will do little more than give those involved a prediction of how things might go.

eJury.com
OnlineVerdict.com

4. Survey Taking

I ‘d pretty much ruled out survey taking as a legitimate way to earn money from home, but then I heard from Bonnie Alcala. She and her daughter Andrea Spain, an elementary-school substitute teacher, take surveys online for fun and a little profit. They are careful to avoid any scams by refusing to pay an upfront fee or other charge. Bonnie and Andrea pocket around $100 a month for spending two hours a week taking surveys, which gives each of them extra pin money. In addition, they collect all kinds of gift cards and other prizes.

If you’ve got a little spare time and want to save up a stash of cash for holiday shopping or even a family vacation, here are Bonnie and Andrea’s favorite survey sites:

npdor.com
SurveySavvy.com
ACOP.com
ViewpointForum.com
ePoll.com
GreenfieldOnline.com
MySurvey.com

5. Writer, Blogger, Editor, Proofreader. Everyone says you’re a fantastic writer, so isn’t it about time you got paid? Good writing is still in demand says Durst, especially for online content. For the best sites try JournalismJobs.com, About.com seeks “Guides” in a broad area of topics, and MediaBistro.com. For blogging jobs, try problogger.net. If you have experience as a freelance copy editor, writer or proofreader, go to editfast.com. Rates vary between $15 and $25 an hour.

6. Cyber Crafter. If you’re a crafter in search of customers, the internet is your showcase, and not only at auction sites like eBay. DeWitt Young of ObviousFront.etsy.com Has had success turning her crafts into cash in cyberspace. She has a booth at Etsy.com’s Craft Mall, an amazing place where more than 10,000 artisans and crafters offer their goods for sale.

Colleen Jordan uses 3D printing to create her necklaces called wearable planters. Don’t be discouraged, Shapeways 3D printing company can get you started with their simple apps so you can easily customize your own designs with a click of a mouse, anything from a wedding band in rose gold, a vase in ceramic or your own bobble head printed in full color.

7. Online guide, expert. Whatever your area of expertise, if you are also a seasoned writer with an infectious enthusiasm for a particular topic, consider becoming an online expert guide.

They earn no less than $725 a month, but some make more than $100,000 a year depending on year-over-year, page-view growth. Go to beaguide.about.com, where you’ll find which areas of expertise are still open.

Try Chacha.com, a new search engine similar to Google and Yahoo, and click on “Become a Guide” for more information. At JustAnswer.com, users agree to pay for the answers to their questions. Guides are paid a percentage of the pre-negotiated price per answer and the number of accepted answers received. Go to Just Answer to find out how.

8. Virtual Assistant. Many small-business owners and mid- to executive-level professionals need personal assistants, but can’t afford a permanent position on the payroll. Hire people from remote locations to do their administrative work.

Virtual assistants handle all kinds of administrative projects, including travel arrangements, event planning, correspondence and other support services that can be done remotely via e-mail and phone.

Lynne Norris, who works out of her home in Pennsylvania (NorrisBusinessSolutions.com), says that rates for VAs run about $25 to $75 or more an hour, based on the types of services you provide. Check out the International Virtual Assistants Association (ivaa.org), or virtualassistantjobs.com  and teamdoubleclick.com for more.

9. Online tutor, English as a second language instructor. If you have a college degree and the skills to tutor students online in math, science, English or social studies, this job may fit you perfectly. Go to Tutor.com– tutors who work for the company and have passed their probationary period earn $10 to $14 an hour.

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