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Three Ways to Work from Home
Work from home jobs are everywhere now - I've been working from home for over 10 years, and I've seen a lot of new companies pop up during that time. Most of the work from home jobs I've had have fallen into one of three categories - phone work, transcription, and freelance writing. In this hub, I'll discuss these three different ways to earn money working from home.
There are many different work from home companies that hire people to do different types of phone work - phone work companies I've worked for in the past include West Telemarketing, which hires people to take inbound calls, mostly from people wanting to order products for different companies. I've also worked for Westat, which is a company that hires people to call people regarding surveys that are conducted by different government agencies and other companies, and I'm currently working for Apptical, which is a company that hires people to take calls from insurance agents who need to get their applicants approved for different life and health insurance products. Many of these companies hire employees, but some hire independent contractors - this means you're responsible for paying your own taxes, and you usually have more flexibility regarding when you work.
There are a lot of different ways you can earn money from home as a freelance writer. There are many sites that hire freelance writers - some of these include Textbroker, Demand Studios, and Yahoo! Voices. In addition, you can make money as a freelance writer by writing your own blog - in this case the money doesn't come from the writing itself, but from the revenue generated from different affiliate sites, and from putting Google Adsense ads on your blog. You can also apply for freelance writing jobs through freelance sites like Elance and Odesk, and you may also see freelance writing jobs posted in differet LinkedIn groups.
Transcription work involves listening to audio recordings and typing out what is said to the best of your ability. Many different fields hire transcriptionists - you can find work from home jobs in medical and legal transcription, and there are also many sites that hire general transcriptionists. If you have no experience as a transcriptionist, I recommend starting out doing general transcription work on sites like Mturk or TranscribeMe first, to see if you like the work. If you want to later, you can train to be a legal or medical transcriptionist, if either of those fields interest you. You'll want to have a good USB headset, and for longer transcriptions you may want to invest in a transcription foot pedal that plugs into a USB port, so you can stop and start the audio with your foot and leave your hands free for typing.
These are just three ways you can earn money from home - there are many others. To find out more about how to get started working from home in these three areas, as well as some of the things you need to consider before you start working from home, check out my ebook "Your Work from Home Journey - Three Paths You Can Take, and What You Need to Know Before You Go"