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Real Work from Home Jobs for College Students, Moms or Dads

Updated on July 15, 2015
Hundreds of people are searching for legitimate work at  home jobs
Hundreds of people are searching for legitimate work at home jobs

Evaluate Your Circumstances

Finding a legitimate work at home job can be frustrating. There are hundreds upon hundreds of ads and websites claiming that they can make you rich in one month, just pay them a small fee and watch the magic happen. Really? With all the scams floating around, you may wonder if there are any real jobs you can do from your home. Of course there is, however, when you are seeking a job from home, you want to make sure you pick one that suits your needs and circumstances.

What kind of job are you looking for? You should ask yourself some of the following questions to help determine what direction you want to go in:

  • Do I want to work a set schedule?
  • Is noise allowed in the background?
  • Am I looking for benefits?
  • Am I available to work weekends?
  • Am I willing and able to pay for a background check?
  • Can I work with little to no supervision?
  • Do I have a reliable internet service?

These are but a few evaluation questions to get you thinking about what type of work you can or cannot do. Each company will be different in what they require or offer. Customer service is one of the biggest fields in the world of working from home. Many of these companies that offer telephone positions require that you have proper equipment such as a headset, certain computer RAM, and some even require that your computer run at a certain speed. Thinking about these things ahead of time just gives you an idea of what you can expect.

Choose a Job that Fits Your Needs

Customer Service

Customer service positions usually require you to be on the phone providing some form of assistance to customers. This can range from taking orders for products to providing technical assistance. Having a professional mannerism with help you be a potential candidate for this type of work.

Some companies also look for at least one year of experience in a call center or in customer service. However, in many cases were there was a demand for workers, non-experience works had a good chance of getting hired despite the lack of experience. It just depends on the company and its needs.

Transcription or Data Entry

Usually in these fields, experience is required along with a typing test for speed and accuracy. If you can type fast with few errors, you have a good chance of being considered. However, the data entry field is one that is difficult to get into since these are jobs that workers who do get hired often don’t leave.

With transcription, you transcribe for financial, legal, or even medical companies.

Writing Jobs

Do you enjoy writing? Do you have a passion about something you would like to share with the world? Freelance writing is a great opportunity to do just that. Of course, you would want to be sure that your grammar skills are fresh and that you are knowledgeable concerning writing techniques. This would help to ensure your success.

Many like to refer to companies that hire hundreds of freelances to produce content in bulk as “content mills”. Some people are very successful at making money with these types of companies, will others find it nothing more than a way to earn pocket change.

Mystery Shopping

If you love to shop, why not shop and get it paid for what you love to do? Mystery shopping is one of those jobs that interest so many people, but scare so many at the same time because of a lot of hype and internet scams out there. When you find the right company, mystery shopping can be an exciting adventure.

Some of the places secret shoppers visit include: banks, restaurants, retail stores and even gas stations. In most cases, your job can include evaluating a business interactions with customers, reporting on the cleanliness of a store, or viewing what type of products or services are offered.

Research Potential Jobs

Customer Service
Transcription - Data Entry
Writing Jobs
Mystery Shopper
West at Home Agent
Constant Content
Live Ops
Promotion Network Inc
Great American Opportunties
Demand Studios
Apple at Home Advisor

Be Alert to Scams

It is best to do research on any potential job that you are interested in. The world wide web has an abundance of work at home scams out there. While some scams can be detected right off hand, other aren't so easy to detect. Therefore, doing your research and asking questions can help you to avoid any potential pitfalls.

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      Decades ago they said we would one day all be working from home. That certainly hasn't happened yet!


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