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The Truth About Working From Home

Updated on November 25, 2016

Working from Home, the Reality

The purpose of this article is to give you the truth about working from home. The ups and downs, ins and outs, what it is really like and what type of work you will be doing. Some people often ask, “Are there really legitimate work-at-home jobs out there?” The answer to this question is: Yes there are. I have worked at brick and mortar jobs and have been a work-at-home employee as well. I remember when I vowed to find a “real” work-at-home job as an employee and how excited I was when I finally found one. I was surprised that there were so many that I never even knew existed. Yes, there are quite a few out there. The question was would I really be happy once I was hired. I had this fantasy in my head of working from the beach. It is most important to understand the distinction between being an employee and an independent contractor. Most people who decide to the employee route find that there is very little flexibility and are still required to work on a specific schedule. However, those that go the more flexible route of independent contractor find convenience in creating their own schedule. Find out more by clicking here and learning how to get started as a work-from-home call agent.

Most of the work-from-home jobs that you will find is customer service work, answering calls for companies, helping customers make payments on their accounts, and answering account-related questions. Generally, the requirements are a PC, a land-line phone, patience, and self-discipline. You will not always need to spend much money to start out, except sometimes to pay for your own credit report and/or background check. This is usually not a major issue. The hourly pay rate varies, you will be trained virtually, and everything is quite organized, really.

The part that I think most people run into an issue with is the concept that they cannot have crying babies, barking dogs, or street noises in the background during work hours, even at home. These jobs require a quiet environment, meaning no dogs barking, babies crying, small children playing loudly and no television or music going. Many people fail to grasp the concept that even though they are working from home, it is not truly freedom to come and go as you please and work in ANY environment they choose. You cannot get up and walk around with a headset on your ear, because you are sitting at a PC when the calls come in. Also, there are often, several, virtual meetings to attend and you are constantly rated on your work, the calls are recorded and graded. You will be given instruction on ways to improve and rewards and incentives for excellence and achievements. It is often an amazing experience for those looking for true flexibility.

For those that have self-discipline and are capable of working without constant instruction, the truth is that there is real and legitimate work from home opportunities. The pay is steady, via check or direct deposit. The work can be incredibly enjoyable for many. If you are an employee, however, the rules that apply at traditional jobs, apply for some virtual ones as well. Depending on the one you choose, you may still need to request time off as an employee, and only if you have been working long enough. However, for independent contractors, they can create their own schedule and do not need to request time off. They can schedule work around appointments, meetings, vacations, and more.

If you are trying to find a decent work from home job then don’t give up because something is out there for you and if you contact a company that is more than happy to assist you in this journey, they can you can get started working from home as soon as today. For more information please click here.

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      Niquel Cozart 4 years ago from New Jersey suburb

      Thanks for the positive feedback. This is very appreciated and I'm glad this article provided some good useful information. Best wishes.

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this very informative hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Kenzell 4 years ago

      This is a great article and the quiz had me peg dead right. I am already working from home and wanted to see if I was in the right business which I already knew I was. But thanks for the inspirational article, it has strengthened my determination to succeed.