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7 Steps to Finding Work At Home Jobs

Mar 20, 2008
Are you interested in working from home? A lot of people are. However, a lot of people never end up working from home.

Why is that? Is it just too much of a dream to be able to work from the comfort of your own home? No, absolutely not. Working from home is possible. It is realistic. You just need to know how to find the jobs and put forth the effort to do what is necessary to get one.

That is why many people who want to work from home never do. They do not put forth the effort to learn how to find work at home. If they do learn how, they don't take the necessary actions.

So, be your own person and go after what you want. Start by following these 7 steps:

1. Determine how much money you need or want to make from home. Knowing this will help you focus on the right types of jobs, versus wasting your time looking at job for which you are either over qualified or under qualified.

2. Update your resume and list of references. If necessary, get help with your resume. Make sure you have a professional-looking resume. Avoid taking short cuts here.

3. Understand what telecommuting is and where the work at home jobs are posted.

4. Check out the company with:

* Your local Consumer Protection Agency
* Your State Attorney General and
* The Better Business Bureau - where the company is located and also where you live

Ask these organizations if they have received complaints about the company offering the work at home jobs that you are considering. Note that the absence of complaints doesn't necessarily mean the company is legitimate. Companies may settle complaints, change their names, or move to avoid detection.

5. Do thorough research on any job in which you're interested. Do a search on the internet for the company and also the names of anyone with whom you spoken at the company.

6. Do the math.

There are many of job postings that claim you can earn thousands a month, working 20 hours a week typing, performing data entry, or doing some other administrative work. However, when you crunch the numbers it's clear the claim is bogus.

For example: Say a company claims that they will all of your clients for you. They also claim that you will only work 4-5 hours a day and make $5000/month.

Let's look at the math:

5 hours a day, Monday to Friday, is 25 hours a week, which is 100 hours a month. $5000 a month divided by 100 hours a month means you would be making $50 an hour to type.

This is not going to happen - the company could hire someone locally and pay that person a monthly salary that's a lot less than $50 an hour, even if benefits are included, and have him/her working 40 hours a week. Even if that person puts in over time at time and a half the hourly rate will still be a lot less than $50 an hour.

7. Report any scams that you come across.

If you encounter a scam, report it to your local Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission.
About the Author
Kimberly Anne is a seasoned businessperson with over 20 years of marketing experience. With a BA and a MBA, she has helped thousands of people start home businesses and achieve success. For more information on telecommuting visit Kimberly's site www.all-about-home-businesses.com.
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