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3 Companies That Offer Legitimate Work At Home Positions

Updated on March 2, 2016

Working at home is one of the biggest transitions that companies are making all across the nation. As a work at home employee, I can say that it has its perks. A couple of things that I’ve learned over the years have helped me to really zero in on the companies to figure out if the position will work for me. Listed below are either companies that I’ve personally worked for or ones that I’ve tried to get the position and failed. I've given you a little insight as to why I failed so maybe you will be able to get the job! :)

A couple of things that you should think about when it comes to working at home are how many hours do you want to put in and does the position need to be flexible. Some companies are very flexible with the hours while others aren’t. So, decide what will work for you. Do you need to work around a spouses schedule or are you in a time zone that will let you work in the evenings? I live in the Eastern Time Zone so I can call California, which is three hours behind me into the evening hours.

Most companies will ask for some kind of regular schedule. That can vary as to how strict or flexible it is depending on the company and its needs. When I worked for a company taking surveys, they wanted a commitment of 4 hours a day. I could pick the hours I worked, but they wanted to make sure you worked at least that amount of hours. This company pays $15 an hour and pays once a month. For the most part, they are usually hiring. If you’re interested in this position visit this website: The jobs aren't posted on the website, but just send an email inquiring about the "work at home survey" position to see if it's available. The surveys are about computers, software and programming so it helps if you can feign being technical or are techy. One of the questions that was asked during the interview is "Can you install your own printer?"

Just like in the real world, the way a company pays can vary. Some pay through Paypal, while others want to direct deposit the funds to your bank and still there are a few that simply send a check. You might be paid ever week, bi-weekly or even monthly. The survey job I mentioned above payed month. When I first got the job, I wondered for the first 5 weeks if it was a legitimate company and if I was going to be paid or not.

If you’re good at transcribing (or not), you might be interested in working as a transcriptionist. The rate of pay ranges from .40 cents to .70 cents a minute. Keep in mind that a minute might be longer than a minute since the amount of time you take to type what you've just heard is typically longer than a minute for minute kind of thing. To get this job, you’ll have to take a test before being hired where you’ll have to actually transcribe a conversation. I personally took the test and didn’t pass it. I'm not a transcriptionist and have done little of it before. The great thing about this position is that it can be done at all hours, day or night. The test is given online. Go here to find out more about this position:

The Institute of Reading is a more traditional work from home position. This company hires every year. They say that they have positions that last all year long, but the first step into the company is into a temporary, position that is about 3 to 6 months long. They want you to work 40 hours a week and say that you can earn $500 to $1000 a week. Basically, you’ll be answering incoming phone calls from parents who want to help their children to read. There is a base pay along with bonuses. The company will put you through a very stringent series of interviews before they hire you. You have to be calm, professional and not reactive in the least bit to pass these. I was on my third interview and was doing really well when the interviewer asked if I had any questions. I did and I asked the question. From what I remember, I believe I was just too combative for them. I felt like they wanted a more passive personality to get this job. I'd suggest that you need to be more complacent and just plain happy and you'll go far. Go here to check out this position:

Thanks for looking and good luck in your job search!


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    • NikaWest profile image

      NikaWest 21 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Finding legitimate work at home jobs is quite a challenge. I've had my share of not worth its and downright scammy jobs. The jobs listed in this article are good ones. Cheers1

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      NikaWest 21 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Working at home has its advantages. Cheers!