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Earning Extra Through Online Work

Aug 11, 2008
The advent of the internet has been a boon to people looking for extra work. The web has made it possible for people to make their abilities and skills available to a wider audience and what was once a geographical impossibility has now become a virtually unlimited technological opportunity.

Why get work online? Two words: why not? It's fast, it's convenient and your income possibilities is almost endless. Here are two reasons why you should give it a try:

1. You don't have to do it full time.

Most people who do work online are those who actually hold regular jobs. Online work is either just a way to augment income or as an offshoot of their present job or hobby. What's great about it is that you get to do it with or without permission from your boss.

2. No one's breathing on your neck.

Well, probably not literally. Online work means you'll be working by your lonesome, out of sight from your online employer. He won't know or care if you had a sandwich when you were working on that draft, not even if you slept midway through a project. His bottom line is that you submit the requirement on time and within spec.

Where and how to find online work.

Online work is of course, advertised online. Try typing the words freelances or online jobs and you'll get thousands of possibilities. Try narrowing it down by typing in your specialty or main interest like freelance graphic design or online jobs for transcription's for example.

Some of the most popular sites are recruiter sites, or those that offer freelancers and online employees access to ads posted by employers looking for a particular service. These sites are pretty organized and jobs are listed in categories for easy searches while employers are categorized by industry. Job specifications are provided and you also get a brief description and backgrounder on your potential employer.

There are also dedicated websites that cater to a particular group of individuals. For example, websites offering online work to work-at-home-moms or virtual assistants or coaching and training specialists. These are very convenient sites to hunt online work with because jobs are already filtered and most employers are already checked.

You can also find online work offered on blogs and discussion groups. Some professional bloggers actually provide links and post ads on their sites so their readers, who probably have the same interests as the bloggers have, are informed of potential online employment.

Some newspapers do carry an ad for online work but this is few and far between. These are also worth checking, though. You never know what they have in store.

A few reminders

As with everything on the internet, be careful. Some sites are operated by unscrupulous individuals who like to prey on surfers. Stick to the more established sites, or those you have read about. There's a better chance you'll find a legitimate employer through these sites than on sites you've never heard before. This isn't always the rule, but just in case, be sure to protect yourself.

Sometimes you pay, sometimes you don't. Some sites require a membership fee before they let you browse job openings. Some require nominal fees while others charge well over a hundred dollars. Some sites are established enough that you can confidently pay the fees, while you might want to be wary with other sites.

There are free sites, though and these could be your best bet if you don't want to pay anything. Also, there are sites who offer free membership, but you only get limited access. Only a subscription to their premium membership gives you access to more jobs or those with higher pay.
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