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Where to find work-at-home jobs online

Finding a work-at-home job can be a daunting task if you begin by using a basic search online. The first results to appear will usually be peppered (or littered–whichever term you prefer) with sites promoting scams in the work-at-home business. “Make thousands of dollars a week simply by sitting at home in your bathrobe, doing almost nothing!” Of course, we all know these too-good-to-be-true claims are just that, and they're not worth your time…and aren't going to make you much, if any, money. You'll probably end up spending more money on perpetrating (and perpetuating) these schemes than you ultimately make.

After having winnowed down the list of legitimate companies for which you can work, you'll end up with the major names in the business of working from home: LiveOps, Elance, oDesk, Guru, and Amazon's Mechanical Turk.

The first of the five, LiveOps, is probably the most stable of the bunch, if you're looking for more regular work, where you can set your own hours while operating your own single-person call center from home. Most of the calls you'll receive, depending on your qualifications, will be for taking orders from infomercials.

If you're not as experienced in the sales field and would rather bid on freelance work, the best sites for that are the next three companies: Elance, oDesk, and Guru. These sites offer many more potentially lucrative jobs, but the flow of incoming jobs may not be as stable as that which you'd get from LiveOps. These sites also offer many more options in terms of type of work–ranging from ghostwriting to editing to programming to graphic design, and the list goes on.

Finally, if you're looking for some small, potentially more fun jobs to do and aren't looking to make much money, you can look into Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk. It offers a number of HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) that you can accept, provided you meet certain qualifications. Again, the jobs here don't take long and won't add up to monthly pay at even a part-time job, but you may have some fun doing some of the jobs posted.

Good luck in your search, and enjoy making your money from home!

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 19:20:04 +0000

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