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Work At Home Positions Are Becoming More Common Than Ever Before!

Updated on December 17, 2015

Working at home has become the new wave of the future, a future that just happens to be occurring right now.

If you've ever looked for work at home positions, chances are you've found many that aren't legitimate. That's the old news. In today's new, ever-changing world, companies are hiring people to work from home and they are getting paid. This new phenomenom is somewhat inspired by the fact that companies had a bad experience with overseas workers and got a lot of complaints and decided to bring those positions back to the US.

Customer Service Positions Are Among the Biggest Increase

"The biggest increase in remote, part-time jobs, by far, is in customer service," says Christine Durst, a staffing expert and founder of ratracerebellion, a site that helps workers find legitimate work-at-home jobs.

The increase in customer service jobs has to do with the problem that companies like 1800Flowers.com, JetBlue, and Pizza Hut were hiring workers from overseas, but got a lot of customer complaints so they had to rethink that strategy. Their solution has been to bring the jobs back to this country and create legitimate work at home positions. If you’re interested in other customer service jobs, then check this website out Contractworld.

Requirements

Working for large, regulated companies can generally bring a good amount of stability. The companies will often want you to work a set amount of hours at set times weekly. Some companies will let you flex those hours, while others won’t.

Getting the job is often the hardest part of these positions. The companies generally have a complicated myriad of hoops for its potential employees to jump through. Only a certain amount of recruits actually make it through the purposely somewhat difficult process. Those potential employees are generally monitored quite heavily during the first through weeks including recording of the phone calls.

Building Trust With Employers You May Never Meet!

I personally have worked at many, many work at home positions most of which have been phone related. Getting paid should be your number one priority. You have to hear a certain amount of goodwill coming from their tonal quality and they should make you confident that you will get paid. You might want to even Google the company before accepting the position to make sure they actually pay. Search words could include the company name and "didn't pay."

Most of the positions I’ve worked have been set up to pay through Paypal. Although the employers will try to get you to sign a great amount of paperwork, be careful. I’ve actually changed quite a bit of the wordage in many of the non-compete and privacy disclosures that I’ve been asked to sign. I don’t sign documents that make me uncomfortable. Employers have become downright stupid in non-competes stating that it will be in effect for 2 years or more.

What They Expect From You

The size of the companies hiring for work at home positions can range from small companies up to large corporations and the requirements can be just as vast. The larger corporations tend to have very specific criteria as to what they need from you and what your parameters are. Most will want you to have a private, quiet workspace with high speed Internet, unlimited call plan and a USB or similar headset. Smaller companies are often more flexible to work for simply because they can’t monitor you as much and you get to feel a bit of personal leeway in getting the job accomplished.


Freelance Work

Sometimes it’s just good to find a varied amount of companies where you can create a flexible schedule as you need. One of the more interesting companies actually looks for virtual jurors. The work isn’t necessarily steady and is limited to court cases that are happening in your area. Check them out at: ejury or another one at onlineverdict.

Mechanical Turk is a cool work from home website to help you make a small extra cash. It’s not a lot of money, but it is some.

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    • NikaWest profile imageAUTHOR

      NikaWest 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Love the input. Great insight into this growing change! Thanks.

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      Everyone works at home around here, and the artist that works for me lives in another country working from her home. Great article and it will become our future. Well done HUB as always. I have an associate who gets bored working at home and I set up an office ( in my home) so he can have a human around.

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