Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where to Get Products for My Store

OK, so you may have already seen my article on starting an online store. Now you are wondering what to sell. If you are selling your own creations (scrapbooks, woodwork, crochet, etc, etc...) then you probably won't be interested in this article.

If you don't know what you want to sell, or aren't sure what you should sell, then you are in the right spot!

The best thing you can do is to buy U.S. Wholesale directory and drop shipping Guide. This is a great book, with lots of resources for getting products to sell in your online store.

The book has products listed in categories, so you can pick and choose which category and which company to order your products from.

So What is Dropshipping, and How Can it Help Me?

Just in case you have no idea what dropshipping is, I figured I'd give you a definition. Dropshipping simply means you don't keep any product on hand; when you receive an order from your customer, you order it from your dropshipper, who will then ship it directly to your customer. Usually, the packaging is free of all branding, and some dropshippers even provide labeling with your company name.

Dropshipping makes you money, and saves you the hassle of carrying an inventory. This means you don't have to come up with the initial investment for stock, nor do you have to find room (or pay for room!) to store inventory that may or may not sell.

How & Where to Locate the Merchandise to Sell on eBay: Insider Information You Need to Know from the Experts Who Do It Every Day is another book that will help you find dropshipper information.

The bonus about this book is not only does it tell you where to find dropshippers and wholesalers, but also other places you can find stuff to sell! The book is geared towards E-Bay, mostly because that's the hot topic...but with the sources listed in the book, you can find a dropshipper for whatever products you want to sell.

Friday, October 30, 2009

8 Resources for Starting an Online Store

Do you want to start an online store, but don't know where to start? Here I will list several resources to help you start an online store.

Books About Starting an Online Store

There are many, many books available to help you start an online business. Here I list a few of my favorite books on how to start an online store.

This book tells you step-by-step how to start an online store. The author, Jeremy Shepherd, provides real life examples, making his lessons on how to start an online store easy to follow and understand. Shepherd starts at the beginning (choosing what to sell in your online store), through advertising and making sure your online store stays in the green.
This is one of the popular "For Dummies" series...so far, every "For Dummies" book I have read to date has been awesome, and Web Stores Do It Yourself For Dummies is no exception. I recommend this book if you want to learn how to start an online store.

Last but not least, I recommend Starting A Yahoo! Business For Dummies. I told you I like these "For Dummies" books! Anyway, this book will teach you how to start, manage, advertise and market your Yahoo! online store. This book tells you step by step how to create a Yahoo online store, then includes how to advertise and how to use the best images to sell more products in your online store.

Online Resources on How To Start An Online Store

I have compiled a list of websites that have valuable information on starting an online store. Here's some great websites to help you on your journey of opening your own online store:

Here is a video from E-how on how to create an online store:

How to Start an Online Store -- powered by eHow.com

Work at Home with LiveOps!

This is part 5 in the Companies that Hire Work at Home Employees Series. Please check out earlier articles:

  1. Part 1 - Work at Home With Alpine Access

  2. Part 2 - Work at Home With Convergys

  3. Part 3 - Work at Home With Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

Work at Home With LiveOps!

LiveOps offers work at home opportunities in the following areas:

  • Inbound Sales Calls

  • Casual Dining

  • Customer Service

  • Insurance Sales

  • Outbound Sales Calls

  • Spanish & French Phone Services

If you have any of the above skills, then a work at home position with LiveOps might be right for you. It is important to note that if you get a work at home job with LiveOps, you are considered an independent contractor, or freelancer. They do not count their work at home workers as employees.

What does this mean for you? Basically, other than getting paid, a work at home position with LiveOps does not have any benefits. LiveOps work at home people do not get health insurance, 401k coverage or vacation time.

LiveOp Wants Work at Home Licensed Insurance Agents

If you are a licensed insurance agent, you should definitely check out a work at home position with LiveOps. A work at home licensed insurance agent with LiveOps takes inbound sales calls. There are several reasons a licensed insurance agent should consider a work at home position with LiveOps:

  • First of all, the licensed insurance agent work at home position has the largest earning potential out of all LiveOps work at home positions.

  • The second benefit a licensed insurance agent has is the network available on LiveOps. Share tips and tricks, and just chat with other licensed insurance agents.

  • All calls from LiveOps' insurance clients must be taken by a licensed insurance agent. This means more time for the work at home licensed insurance agents to take phone calls.

  • Because licensed insurance agents that work at home for LiveOps are considered freelancers, you will be free to take other work at home positions.

How Do LiveOps Work at Home Freelancers Make Money?

How much you make as a work at home freelancer for LiveOps depends...some of LiveOps' clients pay 0.25 per minute of phone talk time, others pay a base rate plus a commission, and still others pay straight commission.

If you choose to work at home for LiveOps, you are a freelancer; you will be responsible for your own invoicing, taxes, insurance, and the quality you choose to present to your clients. As in any business venture, the more you put into your work, the more you will make.

Requirements to Work at Home for LiveOps

Well, first of all to work at home for LiveOps, you must be at least 18 years old. You must also take at least one call every 42 days to retain your Independent Contractor status. You can work at home with LiveOps if you live within the 48 contiguous states.

When you apply to work at home with LiveOps, LiveOps will perform a credit and background check, so you must be able to pass both of those.

Work at Home with LiveOps Technical Requirements

Obviously, if you want to work at home with LiveOps, you have to have a computer, and the Internet. But specifically, what does LiveOps require their work at home freelancers to have?

  • at least 1 GHz processor

  • fast internet service; either DSL or Cable

  • a minimum of 1 GB of RAM

  • Windows XP or Vista

  • Internet Explorer 7

  • Java 2 Version 1.5

  • at least 1 USB port

  • the following Microsoft recommended system configuration settings:

    • Windows Update should be set to automatically update

    • Windows Firefall must be enabled

    • active ant-virus software, also set to update automatically

    • anti-spyware and Ad-Aware software

  • a 1024 x 728 pixel capable monitor

  • a soundcard & speakers or headphones

  • printer

To work at home with LiveOps, you must also have a landline phone line separate from your home phone, and a corded headset. They support standard corded telephone service, as well as digital phone service offered by AT&T UVerse, Verizon FIOS and ComCast Digital Voice. All extra services, such as voicemail and call waiting, must not be on the phone line.

Work at Home with LiveOps Application Process

It is simple to apply for a work at home position as a freelancer with LiveOps.

First, you fill out their basic application. This includes some skill tests and a voice audition.

Next, LiveOps will review your work at home application. If your skills match those of LiveOps' current clients, you may be extended an invitation.

If you receive an invitation, you will be given some paperwork to fill out. LiveOps also performs credit and background checks on all work at home applicants. They will run these checks now.

After you send your paperwork to LiveOps, and they verify your credit and background checks, you will be added to the LiveOps Home business platform.

You will then need to complete online certifications before beginning work.

One downside with applying for work at home positions with LiveOps is that they do charge $50 for the background and credit check. Another is that you do not get paid during your certification times.

But, I encourage you to check out the work at home opportunity offered by LiveOps for yourself.


Do you, or have you in the past, held a work at home position with LiveOps? Or perhaps you have applied for a work at home position with LiveOps? Leave a comment and let me know your experiences! Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Homeschooling DoFollow Blog List

OK, here's a list of homeschooling dofollow blogs. Hope this helps y'all with your homeschooling blog SEO! :-)

Homeschooling DOFOLLOW Blog List

  1. Loving Learning in the Home

  2. Parenting Homeschooling

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday!

Part 4 in a series of 10 companies that hire at home workers.

  1. Part 1: Work at Home with Alpine Access

  2. Part 2: Work at Home with Convergys

  3. Part 3: Work at Home with Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

What is Internet Girl Friday?

Internet Girl Friday is a group of virtual assistants. If you have good office skills, you may just fit in at Internet Girl Friday. The Internet Girl Friday group does work such as setting up blogs, sending press releases, bookkeeping, making travel arrangements, appointment setting...pretty much the same as an in-house personal assistant, just...virtually!

Services Offered by Internet Girl Friday

Internet Girl Friday offers services in 4 different categories: Social Marketing Services, Web & Graphic Design, Traditional Marketing Services and Administrative Services.

Social Marketing Services

Internet Girl Friday's social marketing services consist of profile creation on sites such as Facebook, Myspace or LinkedIn. They provide network creation, keyword optimization and more.

Internet Girl Friday will also maintain these social profiles, and employ viral marketing techniques like tweeting & blog commenting.

Web & Graphic Design Services

If you know how to do any kind of web design or graphic design, including CSS, Wordpress, Joomla...you get the idea...then Internet Girl Friday may be looking for you! There isn't much to say to describe this category, I think the category name says it all!

Traditional Marketing Services

Tried and true marketing techniques such as press releases, lead generation and more are also provided by the team at Internet Girl Friday.

Administration Services

Internet Girl Friday offers the more traditional personal assistant services as well. This category covers all different types of bookkeeping, typing, Internet research, data entry, business communication...and let's face it, there are a lot of us out there with these skills!

Internet Girl Friday Application Process

Here's the link to apply for a position with Internet Girl Friday. According to their site, Internet Girl Friday is rather selective with the employment process; only 1 or 2 people are invited to work for Internet Girl Friday per week. There are tests that you have to take AFTER you are invited to join the Internet Girl Friday team.

The application to work for Internet Girl Friday consists of the normal information: name, SSN, address, phone number, etc. Then you choose your top skills from the checklist. The final question is how much you want to be paid an hour, and how many hours you are available to work per week.

Learn To Work Online

Internet Girl Friday also teaches you how to start your own virtual business. Click here to visit the Internet Girl Friday work at home training site.

Do you have experience with Internet Girl Friday? Let us know!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

How to Make Your Blogger Blog a "DoFollow" Blog

Many people want to comment on blogs that will lend page rank to their site or blog. Therefore, they are looking for links without the "nofollow" tag (also known as "dofollow" links).

One way to attract comments to your site is to make your blog a "dofollow" blog. However, if you have a blog on Blogger, you may not know how...

Here's a YouTube Video I found on how to make your Blogger Blog a "dofollow" blog:

Book Review: ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income

Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett have combined their blogging for money expertise in the book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.

If you are serious about blogging for money, then you have got to buy this book ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income.

ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income will tell you everything you need to know about blogging for money.

The following chapters have a wealth of information that will help you succeed at blogging for money:

  • Chapter 1 - Blogging for Money

  • Chapter 2 - Niche Blogging

  • Chapter 3 - Setting Up Your Blog

  • Chapter 4 - Blog Writing

  • Chapter 5 - Blog Income and Earning Strategies

  • Chapter 6 - Buying and Selling Blogs

  • Chapter 7 - Blog Networks

  • Chapter 8 - Blog Promotion and Marketing

  • Chapter 9 - Secrets of Successful Blogs

  • Chapter 10 - Creating Something Worthwhile

Chapter 1 - Blogging for Money

Chapter 1 - Blogging for Money covers the blogging basics: what a blog is, benefits to blogging, and the variety of ways you can make money blogging. You will learn how to measure a blog's success and how to add interaction to your blog.

Chapter 2 - Niche Blogging

If you want to be successful at blogging for money, there are a number of questions on niche blogging every blogger should ask. What is niche blogging? Why is a niche blog a better choice than a generic blog? How do I choose my niche?

Rowse and Garrett answer all these questions in Chapter 2 - Niche Blogging.

Chapter 3 - Setting Up Your Blog

Chapter 3 of Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income discusses different blogging platforms. You will learn valuable information to help you make an educated decision on which blogging platform to use.

Chapter 4 - Blog Writing

This is one of my favorite chapters. Find out valuable tips for writing your content, such as varying your types of post, how often to write blog entries...even some advice on how to write series to keep your readers coming back for more!

Chapter 5 - Blog Income and Earning Strategies

This chapter discusses different ways your blog can make you money, from PPC advertising to selling ads on your site, and even some affiliate discussion & hiring your writing skills to other bloggers.

Chapter 6 - Buying and Selling Blogs

If you're looking to buy an established blog, this chapter tells you how. You can learn how to work up your blog to sell, or purchase an inexpensive blog, fix it up & sell it again.

Chapter 7 - Blog Networks

Ever wonder what a blog network is? This chapter will tell you!

Chapter 8 - Blog Promotion and Marketing

And here's perhaps the most important chapter of all (but that's just my opinion). Find out the best & most effective ways to get visitors to your blog!

Chapter 9 - Secrets of Successful Blogs

Hmmmm....I think the title of this chapter speaks for itself! This chapter analyzes the top 100 Technorati blogs.

Chapter 10 - Creating Something Worthwhile

Make your blog stand out, and lend value that will entice readers to your blog.

If you're serious about making money blogging, then you cannot live without this book.

Monday, October 19, 2009

How to Get Quality Backlinks Part 2

Looking for How to Get Quality Backlinks Part 1?

Now you know how to find sites to put your backlinks on. Find sites within your niche with a high page rank. Now we'll discuss exactly how you go about getting your quality backlinks.

First, set up a spreadsheet to keep track of where you put your backlinks. You can set it up like this:

NumberDateWebsite NameWebsite URLGoogle PageRank

Now you're ready to go!

Checking Google PageRank

First you must know how to check a page's pagerank. If you've found a blog or website that you want to put your backlink on, check their pagerank. This PageRank Checker is a priceless tool. All you do is type in a web address, type in the captcha code, and hit enter.

How to Create Your Backlinks

Now you want to find dofollow sites to post your backlink. One way to do this is by commenting on blogs, another is to join forums, and yet another way to get quality backlinks is to join community sites.

Remember from How to Get Quality Backlinks Part 1 that you have to find sites within your niche to get high quality backlinks. These sites have to be "dofollow" sites...so how do you find sites within your niche without "nofollow" tags?

Finding DoFollow Blogs in Your Niche

There are a few free tools you can use. First, find dofollow blogs. All you have to do is type in your niche keyword. For example, if your blog is on crocheting blankets, type in "crochet blankets". The results will be dofollow blogs in your niche.

I'm currently testing out a few other tools for finding dofollow blogs, and I will be creating another post about the good ones I find. :-)

Get Backlinks by Blog Commenting

So, now you have your list of blogs within your niche that are dofollow blogs. Now, you read some entries that interest you and post a comment on them. IMPORTANT!!! DO NOT leave spam comments merely to get your link out there. All of us want some meaningful comments that give feedback or conversation about what the post is about.

So what, exactly, constitutes a spammy comment? Simple...basically just remember that you shouldn't put simple posts like "Thanks" or "Great post"...these comments are not helpful, do not contribute to the overall value of the post, and therefore should be avoided.

The type of post you want to leave is simple. Basically, if there's something in the post you have experienced, share it. If you disagree with something in the post, say why and give supporting facts that support your opinion. Only post if you have something constructive to say!

Get Quality Backlinks by Joining Forums

You can get quality backlinks by joining forums as well. Like the blogs, you will want to remember to find forums in your niche and do not spam. Most forum owners will delete inactive or spammy accounts. This is why Angela & Paul's Backlinks isn't a good idea.

If you find a forum that is interesting, and that you will be active on, go ahead and put your link on it. This is a great way to get a quality backlink to your blog or website.

But joining forums also has other benefits that you may not realize...you can discover new things about your niche, which will give you more topics to write about, and let you learn new things. You can also meet new people that share the same interests.

Bottom line, don't join a forum merely to post a link. If you join and post your backlink, make sure you are somewhat active so that you can glean the other benefits from joining!

Get Quality Backlinks By Joining Community Sites

The final way to get quality backlinks to your site is by joining a community site. Again, make sure you aren't spamming the site. If you join a community, be part of the community. Take the time to create a profile, create your backlinks, and be an active member of the community.

I am working on getting lists of dofollow blogs for you. Here is my list of dofollow blogs for making money online. This list will continue to grow as I find more dofollow blogs, and I will be posting other categories of dofollow blogs in the very near future.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

How to Get Quality Backlinks

What's all the hype about backlinks? What IS a backlink? I'm sure you have a lot of questions, and are dying to find out, once and for all, how to get quality backlinks. I've done a lot of research in the last couple of weeks, experimenting with backlinks, and what it does...so I thought I'd share my findings, and tell y'all how to get quality backlinks.

What is a Backlink?

A backlink is simply a one-way link to your blog or website that is on another site. Knowing how to get quality backlinks will help raise your rankings in the search engines. Having quality backlinks shows the search engines that your site is important enough to link to, so it raises your worth in their "eyes".

What is a "Quality" Backlink?

You must take into consideration the pagerank of the site, the quality of your link, the niche of your website or blog and dofollow/nofollow.

A Site's Pagerank

A quality backlink is one that is on a site the search engines see as important. In other words, get quality backlinks by putting your backlinks on sites that the search engines have a high regard for; i.e., high pagerank sites. When you are placing your backlinks, you want higher page rank websites. You can check the pagerank of the website before placing your backlink.

Your Link Quality

When I say link quality, I mean the content of your link. For example, if you're posting comments to get backlinks, don't just post "Great post!" or "Thanks for the post"...you want to actually read what you're commenting on, and contribute to a discussion about what you read. Make it meaningful, so people will want to clink on your link to see what else you have to say!

If you're posting to forums or community sites, don't just set up a "fake" (also known as spammy) account that you're never going to visit again. You want to become a somewhat active member of the forum/community. From experience, I can tell you that just setting up accounts to put your link on community sites and forums is NOT going to give you quality backlinks. Read more here.

Your Niche

The best way to get quality backlinks is to stay within your niche. If your blog or website is on photography, why would you post a backlink to a rape crisis center?? (sorry, speaking from experience with Angela and Paul's backlinks again) Read other blogs about the same topic as your website/blog. Post MEANINGFUL comments. Join community sites on photography, pictures, whatever part of photography you are interested in. This will also benefit you, as you will find others who share your passion, and discussions on these sites will help give you topics for your blog!

The point of trying to get quality backlinks is to raise your reputation; the best way is to have other sites in the same topic link to you. Therefore, when working on building your backlinks, concentrate on sites with high pagerank in the same niche as your blog/website.

DoFollow vs NoFollow

There's a lot of hullaballoo right now about "dofollow" and "nofollow". Let's first discuss what exactly they mean.

"DoFollow" means that the page tells the search engine to "follow" that link. This means that if you post your backlink on a site with "dofollow" tags, the search engines WILL count it as a backlink to your site.

"NoFollow" tags are for links a site/blog owner does NOT want the search engines to follow. If you post your backlink on sites with "nofollow" tags, then they won't help you at all in your quest for quality backlinks.

The hardest part is trying to find blogs & websites with "dofollow" tags. Here's a list of Dofollow blogs in the making money online category. I am continuously updating this list, and will be adding other categories in the near future.

Well, that's all I have time for tonight...tomorrow I will give instructions on how to find "dofollow" blogs, and how exactly to create your high quality backlinks. I have told you what you need to look for, and tomorrow will tell you HOW to do it. Have a great night!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Expert SEO Consultant

The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk

So, in another post, I told y'all about oDesk, the site where freelancers can find work. I'm not doing too shabby...got a few jobs going on oDesk, and I'm making pretty good money!

Anyway, I think my entry mentioned that oDesk offers assessment tests; this way, freelancers can provide proof that they have the skills companies are looking for. I took the SEO oDesk assessment test, and scored in the top 10%!!

The test merely makes me look good in the eyes of potential employers. But, if you are looking to do some freelance work, I definitely recommend you head over to oDesk!!

Do any of you do freelance work on oDesk? Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Make Money Online DoFollow Blog List

My blog is a dofollow blog! So leaving your comment here will give you a quality backlink. Check through my blog to see what you have to say to me and my other readers!

It's hard to find a list of DoFollow Blogs. Therefore, I am making my own list of DoFollow Blogs! This list has DoFollow Blogs in the topic of "Making Money Online".

I will update this list as I find new Make Money DoFollow Blogs, so be sure to check back!

Making Money DoFollow Blogs

  1. Toast & Egg & Me

  2. Conversation Marketing

  3. Can I Make Big Money Online?

  4. Wordpress How To Spotter

  5. EZ Online Money

  6. The Digerati Life

  7. Template Panic

  8. Sly Visions

  9. Andy Beard

  10. Spark Plugging

  11. It Can Happen For You Too

  12. Best Real Income

  13. Making Money Working From Home Blogging

  14. Work at Home Wealth

  15. WebStyle

Want to add your blog to my list? Leave me a comment! ;-)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Angela and Paul's Backlinks

Angela and Paul's Backlinks

If you are looking for quality backlinks, then I do NOT recommend using Angela and Paul's backlinks program. Why? Well, it's obvious that they have done a lot of work on their program. BUT I don't think Angela and Paul's backlinks provide you with good backlinks.

What makes a good backlink?

A good backlink should come from a high PR, "dofollow" website that contains content related to your niche. While Angela and Paul's backlinking program does provide you with "dofollow", high PR websites, most of them have NOTHING to do with your niche. They are just taking advantage of community sites...community sites that people have spent a lot of time and effort working up to their high PR.

Don't get me wrong, community sites are a great way to get backlinks to your blog or website. But they should be community sites that you are going to participate in, and be an active member in. The sites that Angela and Paul's backlinking program provides you with are too wide of a variety; and many of the community sites do not allow you to have links until you have made a certain amount of posts. And most will delete your profile for inactivity, which will delete any backlinks you had.

Problems with Angela and Paul's Backlinks

There are problems with the types of backlinks that Angela and Paul's backlink program provides you. Here's a list:

  • First of all, the sites provided by Angela and Paul's backlinks are too wide and varied to apply to the niche of one blog. One of the sites Angela and Paul's backlinking program provides is a rape crisis center community; how does that help your blog??

  • The type of backlinks that Angela and Paul's backlinking program gives you are considered "spamming".

  • Using Angela and Paul's backlinks is a form of "shady SEO tactics". This means that you're trying to piggy bank off someone else's work, without adding any quality back to their site.

If you're thinking about using Angela and Paul's backlinks, I definitely recommend against it. Yes, you will get backlinks, but they are on sites that aren't going to give any quality to your blog. I recommend getting quality backlinks your own way.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Freelance with ODesk!

freelance with ODesk

If you're looking to do freelance work, check out The On Demand Global Workforce - oDesk. There are many freelance job listing sites out there, but all of the ones I've found charge you money to bid on freelance jobs. ODesk doesn't.

How Freelancing with ODesk Works

When you sign up for a free freelancing account with ODesk, you fill out a profile which includes your resume, skills, and portfolio (if you have one). Odesk offers freelance workers the chance to take assessment tests to add to your profile. The other freelance websites I've been to do not offer this to their freelance members. I'll tell you more about ODesk's freelancer assessment tests in a minute.

Once you have completed your freelancer profile on ODesk, it's time to start searching for freelance work! ODesk has freelance jobs in the following categories:

  • Web Development

  • Writing & Translation

  • Customer Service

  • Software Development

  • Administrative Support

  • Sales & Marketing

  • Networking & Information Systems

  • Design & Multimedia

  • Business Services

Applying to Freelance Jobs at ODesk

Each freelance job posting on ODesk will have a Qualifications list. If you meet all the qualifications, you can apply for the freelance job by clicking "Apply". All freelance jobs you apply for on ODesk must have a cover letter attached; describe your freelance qualifications as they apply to the freelance job description. Odesk includes good and bad examples of a cover letter right under the application, so it's easy to apply to a freelance position on ODesk!

The second ODesk application screen is where you will enter your bid for the freelance job. Make sure you look at the budget, and average bid for the freelance position, and bid accordingly.

Working on ODesk

ODesk offers a payment guarantee for hourly freelance positions. How can ODesk guarantee payment? When you receive a freelance position on ODesk, you download an application that tracks your online work hours. The program takes 6 screenshots an hour of your screen, so the freelance buyer can see that you are really working. When you login to the ODesk program, your time is logged; in essence, the program is your time clock.

ODesk Assessment Tests for Freelancers

Sometimes it can be hard to get started freelancing because you have no portfolio or references to show. It's the same on ODesk. Once you have completed a few freelance jobs on ODesk, you have some feedback from the buyers; but how do you get started on ODesk? You need to prove your skills, and establish your expertise to get freelance positions.

This is where the freelancer assessment tests come in. Can you see why the assessment tests offered to freelancers by ODesk are such a great idea? Having high test scores will show potential clients that you know what you're talking about! ODesk offers tests in the following categories:

  • .Net Technology

  • Computer Hardware

  • Computer Skills

  • Databases

  • Electronics

  • English Language Skills

  • Finance & Accounting

  • General Management

  • General Programming

  • Graphics Design

  • International Languages

  • Internet Concepts

  • Internet Programming

  • Java Technologies

  • Microsoft Technologies

  • Miscellaneous Certifications

  • Networking

  • Office Skills

  • Open Source Tools & Technologies

  • Operating Systems

  • Sales & Marketing

  • Software Testing

  • Translation Skills

  • Web Designing

  • ODesk

The very first assessment test you should take on ODesk is the "ODesk Readiness Test". Until you complete this test, the number of jobs you can apply to is limited.

Now I am new to ODesk, I only signed up 2 days ago. But I am already working my first freelance job on ODesk, and have applied for several others. If you want to freelance, I really urge you to check out freelancing with ODesk!

Do any of you already work for ODesk? What are your experiences?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Want to Make Money from Home?

It's the latest American dream: make money from home. But is it really possible to make money from home? Of course it is! There are tons of people doing it. If you, too, want to make money from home, you need to determine what exactly you want to do...do you want to start your own business? Do you want to get into retail? Or provide services?

Speaking generically, there are three ways to make money at home:

  1. Writing on various platforms;

  2. Start a home business;

  3. Join various money-making web sites.

Make Money From Home by Writing

The first way to make money from home is to write for various websites. There are many sites offering a chance to write articles and get paid for them. Most do not offer much money per article, but you can make money from home by writing for these sites. Associated Content, Helium and E-How are examples of sites that give you the chance to make money from home by writing articles. Constant Content is a site that allows you to sell your articles and set your own price.

These sites are free to join, and consist of an active writing community.

But, I do urge caution...if you want to make money from home, but aren't good at writing...this may not be the best way for you to make money from home. If you hate writing, I definitely wouldn't advise writing to make money from home!

On the flip side, you can also make money from home with your own blog or website. Have a passion? Start a blog or aa website, display ads and market yourself. This requires a huge time commitment, and takes a lot of work, but many people are making great money from home with their own blogs or websites!

Make Money From Home with Your Own Home Business

Another way to make money from home is by starting your own business. Companies such as Avon, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef or Discovery Toys give moms the chance to make money at home by running their own business. These types of companies require an initial investment, but ultimately offer great freedom of schedule and income opportunities.

If you have marketable skills, you can open your own home business to make money at home. What skills? Well, almost anything...do you make crafts, such as woodworking, crocheting, knitting or scrapbooking? Start selling your crafts online, or at craft shows! Have great office skills? Consider starting a business as a virtual personal assistant...all from the comfort of your own home! Know how to design websites, or program applications? Consider freelancing as a web designer or a developer.

There are many different skills that can be converted into a business that will help you make money from home. If you choose this route, make a list of skills, talents and hobbies that you have. I'm sure you have something that you can market!

Make Money From Home Using Various Money-Making Websites

The final category of ways to make money at home is to sign up for websites that pay you for various activities. Some websites claim to pay you for reading emails; others for signing up for offers, and still others for participating in their community. Do any of these websites really pay? I honestly don't know...I've signed up for Inbox Dollars, but haven't reached the payout threshold yet, so I can't vouch for if they pay or not...

So do you want to make money from home? First you must decide what type of "job" you want. Once you figure out which category you want to be in, you can conduct research to decide the best option for you to make money from home.

I welcome comments, please leave thoughts or comments! :-)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Google Blogger Templates

If you have a blog on blogger, you may have noticed that the templates are somewhat plain. If you would like to get something a little more classy, or personal, you will need a new Blogger template. Where can you find Blogger templates? Well, there are websites providing free blogger templates that give your blog a beautiful appearance. You can also learn how to create your own Blogger templates.

Create Your Own Blogger Template

If you have some CSS or HTML knowledge, it will be quite simple for you to create your own Blogger template. Google actually offers a Blogger template walkthrough to help you learn how to create your own Blogger template. If you don't understand everything in that Blogger template walkthrough, you can either purchase a book (the ones listed above are great) that explains CSS and HTML, or just stick to the pre-made Blogger templates that are available.

Creating your own Blogger template is simple once you know how. It's basically CSS code, and what are known as "tags" specific to Google Blogger content. If you're familiar with CSS and HTML, you shouldn't have a problem creating your new Blogger template.

Free Blogger Templates

My favorite place for free Blogger templates is B Templates. They offer a huge collection of free Blogger templates. Their selection is eclectic and beautiful. The free Blogger templates they offer are put in many different categories, from colors, to style, to layout. I strongly suggest that if you are looking for a free Blogger template to jazz up your blog, you check out B Templates.

The Free Templates Blog offers a nice selection of free Blogger templates as well. If you can't find what you're looking for, I suggest subscribing to the RSS feed on the free template blog.

Changing Your Blogger Template

Once you have found your new Blogger template, downloaded it to your computer and unzipped the files, you are ready to upload it to Blogger! Please note that when uploading a new XML Blogger template, you will lose any gadgets and widgets you have on your blog. When I changed my Blogger template, I first copied all the code from each widget so I could replace it after the change.

Go to your Blogger account, click the "Layout" tab and click on "Edit HTML". There is a place there for you to upload a new template to your blog. Click the "Browse" button, find the file on your hard drive, and click upload. See how easy it is to upload a new Blogger template?

Do you have a favorite website that you get free Blogger templates? Or perhaps some tips on creating your own Blogger template? Please share! I love comments!

Work at Home Scams

work at home scams

I'm sure y'all have read my post on profitstudiolearning.com, and how they are a scam. But how did so many people get taken in on this work at home scam? How can you prevent being taken in by a work at home scam? Well, I'm going to give you some tips on how to spot a work at home scam.

Work at Home Scams Cost Money

If you find a website that charges you money to work at home with them, it's a scam. Keep in mind I'm not talking about work at home business opportunities, I'm talking about actual work at home jobs. For obvious reasons, home business opportunities will require an initial investment, just like any business start-up; work at home opportunities should NOT cost any money. If you get a job at an office, do you have to pay the employer? Of course not! So whether it's stuffing envelopes, or a data entry work at home job, if they charge you money, it's a work at home scam.

Another work at home type of site that does not fall into the work at home scam category is the service sites. These sites offer freelance job listings for a subscription fee, or a membership fee. Paying the fee allows you to bid on freelance jobs listed on the site.

Research Work At Home Jobs

The first thing you should do when discovering a new work at home job is research it. Don't get taken by a work at home scam! Take the company's name, or website, type it into Google and hit Enter. The results will range from the company's website to blog entries of people who have tried it before. Read what other people have to say about it; is it a work at home scam?

Even if some blogs say they have experience with the site/company and that it's a work at home scam, do two more searches for your research: The Rip Off Report and The Better Business Bureau. Both places should have information if there have been any complaints about the company in the past.

Beware of Work At Home Scams

It's sad that there are so many people out there trying to scam us. But it pays to do the preliminary research to protect yourself from work at home scams. Basically, the old adage "sounds too good to be true" should be followed. If you find a site that claims you can make $100 an hour right now, it's most likely a work at home scam. Legitimate work at home jobs will still be work, and shouldn't cost you a dime to start.

Do you have any other tips for avoiding work at home scams? Have you been taken by a work at home scam? Let us know! I love comments! :-)

Monday, September 7, 2009

How To Save Money On Your Grocery Bill

how to save money on your grocery bill

I know, how to save money on your grocery bill isn't normally a topic I would cover on this blog...but, given the economy, I figured that giving you tips on how to save money on your grocery bill would be appropriate. The following tips are how I saved money on my grocery bill in the last few months.

Like a lot of Americans, my family has been feeling a really tight crunch. Our grocery bill is usually over $1,100 a month; we haven't had that much money to spend on groceries lately. I was able to cut my grocery bill by HALF! Our family of seven now eats on a monthly grocery budget of $562!

Creating a Menu to Save Money on Groceries

Choose one day each week to be your grocery shopping day. Do a menu for the entire week, starting on that day and going to the next week. How does this help you save money on your grocery bill? First of all, you're purchasing only what you need for specific meals, whereas without a weekly menu, you're purchasing many things that you won't use at all.

When creating your menu, be sure to look through your cupboards and refrigerator, to see what you already have that can be incorporated into your menu. This is a very important step in saving money on your grocery bill. Without incorporating what you already have in your pantry, you really aren't going to save much money on your grocery bill.

Use a Shopping List to Save Money on Your Grocery Bill

Once you have completed your menu for the week, make a shopping list. Again, be sure to go through your kitchen, check to see what you already have so that you're not duplicating food purchases.

Having a shopping list helps you save money on your grocery bill by giving you limits while shopping. Make a rule that you won't purchase anything that's not on the list. This will prevent impulse buying, which can help raise your grocery bill.

To Save Money on Your Grocery Bill, Don't Waste Food

Not wasting food is another very important element in saving money on your grocery bill. If you have leftovers, be sure to store them in the fridge. Include a meal or two (we usually have about 4 meals of leftovers a week) of leftovers per week. This ensures that we aren't throwing money out in the trash, and allows us to get the most out of our dollars.

If you have food that is near its expiration date, use that food up. Switch meals for that day on the menu if you have to, but make sure you aren't throwing food out that hasn't even been used yet!

Using Coupons to Save Money on Your Grocery Bill

Using coupons, when done wisely, can really shave some cost off your grocery bill. I went shopping a few days ago for my weekly menu, and saved almost $14 by using coupons.

So how do you use coupons? When looking through your local newspaper coupons, only cut out coupons for products that you already use. You aren't going to save money on your grocery bill if you consistently purchase items that you wouldn't otherwise use, because you have a coupon.

Save Money on Your Grocery List by Eating Before Grocery Shopping

I'm sure y'all have heard this one: do not go grocery shopping when you're hungry! If you go shopping when you are hungry, everything is going to look good, and you will walk out of the grocery store with a grocery bill $20-$30 more than you had wanted. Therefore, eat before you go shopping to prevent impulse buying, and therefore saving money on your grocery bill!

Comments, Suggestions?

Have you found a way to save money on your grocery bill that you would like to share? Did you try my ideas? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Get Free Backlinks

John Smith at Money Bush has a great contest going on. It's basically a huge link builder designed to give bloggers lots of free backlinks.

If you're wondering what a backlink is, you're not alone! A backlink is just another website with a link to your site. Free backlinks are great ways to increase your traffic and your Google PageRank.

So, if you want some free backlinks, head on over to John's free backlinks contest!

How to Get Free Backlinks
The contest is easy. All you have to do is get a copy of the free backlink list, provided on his blog entry. You post a blog entry on your blog, along with the free backlink list, then leave a comment on John's post with a link to your post on the free backlink contest, and requesting to be added to the list. Easy, right?

The Free Backlink List

With that said, here's the free backlink list:

  1. Make Money Online
  2. Money Blogging Tips
  3. HowHero
  4. Find Torrent Search Engine
  5. Indo Contest
  6. Mga Kwentong Ma Alamat
  7. Contest Love
  8. It Blood
  9. I Heart Contest
  10. Nurse Jen Doll
  11. Your Web and Graphics Design
  12. My Blog Contest
  13. Prize King Contest Blog
  14. Computer Collections
  15. Medan Blogger
  16. Eiffel Tower
  17. Programming the Life
  18. John Doro Dot Com
  19. Paco Contest
  20. Couch Surfing Host
  21. Erick's Blog
  22. My Life 4 Hire
  23. The Spirit of Blogging
  24. EmTNester
  25. Amori, poesi, arte, chat
  26. Great Wall of China
  27. The Painted Veil
  28. FeeFiFoto Blog
  29. I am Harriet
  30. Phoenix2Life
  31. Anurag Bhateja
  32. Online Treasure
  33. Gorilla Sushi
  34. London Eater
  35. News n' Tech Palace
  36. Sherry Rambling
  37. Blogging Tips and Tools
  38. Selbst Management
  39. Skip Ratt
  40. Eljon
  41. Heart Net
  42. Just 4 You
  43. Widgets For Free Blogger Widgets
  44. Bubble Crush
  45. GoGalavanting
  46. Mesothelioma Cancer Help
  47. How Things Do
  48. Hardware Rig
  49. Reality View
  50. Utah Web Design
  51. Hero Help Tutorials
  52. Nub Lag Teh Server
  53. Jobs Human Resources
  54. Naeem's Blog
  55. Facts For History
  56. Prasdikatama
  57. McPhee-Env
  58. PeriPheryPoem
  59. Writings of RYU
  60. Heart Net
  61. Cater Hater
  62. Tech Recipe
  63. Tech Boy UK
  64. Internet Leashed
  65. Tha Good Life Reviews
  66. Solaris Photography
  67. bSaves - Saving Energy Search Engine - Black Google
  68. Sitfu
  69. The All Rounder
  70. The Science of Getting Richer
  71. University Results
  72. Surigao Digital Services
  73. Senior BabyBoomers
  74. Gazlo
  75. Jessi & Ray Dream Life
  76. Life Around Raymond
  77. Susan Boyle
  78. Get Any Thing
  79. Exclusive Arena
  80. The Star Girl
  81. Tem Bolog
  82. Trash XP
  83. How Hero - How to Tutorials - Video Tutorials
  84. Blog Darma
  85. Money Central Online
  86. Watch Free Online Movies
  87. Zoom Your View
  88. Hey I Want a Job
  89. Dog Pet Grooming Supplies
  90. Aqualux Carpet Cleaning
  91. All about the Beautiful Game
  92. Communicate Your Emotions
  93. Vemma Kuantan
  94. Online Global Biz
  95. Home Affiliate
  96. News to Me
  97. Google Gadget Games
  98. High Point of the Day
  99. The Biggish
  100. Tech Feast
  101. Cake and Bread
  102. Home Cleaning Tips
  103. Fitness Excercise
  104. Funny N Cool Pix
  105. D Bucks
  106. Fow Furniture
  107. Dubious Ma
  108. Mami Bizi
  109. Fundo Geek
  110. Nijan Translator
  111. Core Worlds
  112. Dance Music Ireland
  113. A Blog for All
  114. Golf Swing Pro
  115. AFpaintball.com
  116. Top Money Making Websites
  117. Bunny Exclamation
  118. V2 Tricks
  119. Make Money Online - Comple Exercise
  120. Kits Kingdom
  121. Daily Blog
  122. Financial Planning with Chris Pua
  123. Work At Home
  124. Awesome Tech – A blog dedicated to Tech-News
  125. RohitComputers
  126. Superplaystationstore
  127. Joeedmund
  128. Yooray's Blog
  129. Feisublog - Anime blogs and Forums
  130. LUMIXiOUS
  131. imanes27.blogspot.com
  132. Best on Tube
  133. Dubai Moves
  134. ViJeshKirodian
  135. Demystifying the East
  136. MyFundoo Blog
  137. Jobconstruction
  138. http://yatabe84.blogspot.com/
  139. Cash Crate
  140. Bucks N Blogs
  141. OMG LaGigel
  142. Vintage Shirt Vintage Jeans
  143. http://chickylounge.blogspot.com/
  144. Hack A File
  145. Making Money for Mommies

Again, if you want to get free backlinks for your blog, head over to John's free backlinks contest!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Search Engine Optimization for Blogs

Search Engine Optimization for Blogs

I think we all want traffic for our blogs. One method of getting traffic to your blog is via search engines. But how do you get your blog to shop up in search engine results? By optimizing your blog entries. But how does Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for blogs work?

There are several different ways to implement SEO for your blog. I will go over these, so you can get started with increasing your search engine traffic to your blog.

Choosing Your Keywords

Before performing any SEO tactics on your blog, you need to know what keywords people should use to find your blog. For example, if you're writing a blog entry on how to care for geraniums, then "how to care for geraniums" would be your keyword phrase. Try to limit each blog entry to one topic; this will help raise your blog SEO and get you more traffic from the search engines. Now let's discuss how to get people looking for info on how to care for geraniums to your blog!

SEO Blog Tactic: Image Optimization

The first thing you should do for your blog's SEO is include a picture in your blog entry. There is an attribute inside the tag (the "< img >") called "alt". In this alt attribute, you want to put your keywords. So, using the example I presented in the last section, the image tag will look similar to this: "< img ... alt="how to care for geraniums" ...>"

SEO Blog Tactic: Keyword Usage

The next tactic for improving your blog's SEO is to increase your keyword density. Your keyword density means how often the keywords appear in your text. I would suggest keeping your keyword density between 3% and 5%. This tells the search engines that your topic is relevant to the keywords.

Headers and emphasized text also help with your blog's SEO. Search engines consider stressed words and headers as great indicators of the subject of your blog, so using keywords in headers and putting a couple in bold help with your blog's SEO.

SEO Blog Tactic: Links to Your Blog

The more links on other websites that point to your blog, the better off your page ranking will be. Search engines consider the number of other sites that point to your site as a "vote" of relevancy on the topic at hand. The big question is, how do you get links?

There are many ways to get links to help your blog's SEO. One is to join a group related to your blog's topic, and request link exchanges. Another great way to get links for you blog's SEO is to post comments on other blogs. You can also join forums related to your blog's topic, and post regularly.

Submit your blog to sites such as Blog Catalog, Blog Carnivals, and Entrecard. All of these are great ways to increase your blog's SEO.

Internal links will help increase your blog's SEO as well. Have relevant links to other posts on your blog related to the current post; this adds value to your blog, and shows the search engines that you have easy to find and relevant content for readers.

Using these SEO tactics for your blog will soon have you getting some nice search engine traffic. Let me know how they work for you, or just let me know if you have any questions! ;-)

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Entrecards for Free Traffic

Entrecard free traffic for your blog

You have probably all noticed the new widget at the top of my last sidebar called "Entrecard". I have found what may be the best way (so far) to get free traffic to your blog: entrecard.com.

For those of us who have a low budget for start-up, free traffic to our blog is a dream. There are other systems out there offering free traffic to your blog, but few of them deliver quality traffic. Even though many will provide free traffic to your blog, the visitors most likely are only there to earn their reward, not to read your content.

So, the question remains: can you get quality, targeted free traffic to your blog?

I believe you can! Let me introduce you to Entrecard.com. Entrecard.com is a place where you create an entrecard and drop it off with other bloggers; each entrecard you drop earns you credits, which you then use to purchase ads on blogs of your choosing. Sound intriguing? Keep reading; I'll explain how Entrecard.com will help you get free traffic to your blog.

What is an Entrecard?

Let's start at the beginning - what is an entrecard, and how will it give you free traffic to your blog?

Basically, an entrecard is your business card. All an entrecard is is a 125px by 125 px banner. You can choose one of Entrecard's free designs for your entrecard, or you can design your own (recommended).

You drop your entrecard on another blog that interests you, using the Entrecard widget that other Entrecard members have on their blogs. This earns both you and the other blogger one credit each.

Purchasing Entrecard Ads

Once you've dropped your Entrecard on a few blogs and built up some credits, it's time to purchase some ads. Go to the campaign section on Entrecard.com and get ready to get some free traffic for your blog! Look through the blogs, choose one that you think has readers interested in your topic and click advertise. That's it!

Your entrecard (i.e. banner) will run on the blog for a full 24 hours, not on a rotating basis. Voila! Free targeted traffic for your blog!

Fast Free Traffic for Your Blog

There are many things you can do on Entrecard to help get you fast free traffic for your blog. For one, do reciprocal drops. What do I mean by that? When someone drops their entrecard on your blog, drop your entrecard on their blog. This will encourage others to do reciprocal drops with you, and increase your credits, which in turn will allow you to purchase more ads. All of it adds up to more free traffic for you!

Many people offer incentives for their top droppers (the people who dropped their entrecards the most in a month's time). A blog entry with links to the top droppers' websites is very common. This not only helps get free traffic to your blog, but also helps by increasing your links (which raises your pagerank).

I am just getting started with Entrecards.com, and so far I have purchased 4 ads. I will let you know how it all works out. I hope this blog entry helps you!

I love comments! Do you use Entrecard.com to get free traffic to your blog? How has it worked for you? Let me know what you think of it after you check out the site.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Start A Typing Business From Home

typing job at home

Can you type? If you have great typing skills, and want to work at home typing, then this entry is for you!

Choosing What Home Typing Jobs to Offer

First, you may want to choose what you want to type. Typing at home offers you great flexibility, but you will need to narrow down what you want to type. The software programs you have available may have a bearing on what you offer in your typing at home services. For example, if you have Microsoft Office, you can type letters, term papers, spreadsheets, or even create presentations.

When choosing what services to offer in your typing at home business, ask yourself what you WANT to type. Remember that typing at home is not only supposed to be making you money, but you should also enjoy what you are doing. If you absolutely HATE to type, or can't type faster than 30 WPM, then a home typist job probably isn't for you.

Advertising Your Home Typing Business

Now that you have decided what to offer in your home typing work, how do you get your business? It's not as difficult as it may sound, but don't expect an outpouring of typing jobs in your first day! Put an ad in your local paper for typing at home services. Put advertisements on bulletin boards in grocery stores, laundry mats (a lot of college kids go to the laundry mats, and they need a lot of typing!) or anywhere else there are bulletin boards. Make business cards, and pass them out to anyone you meet when you're out and about. Tell all of your family and friends about your new home typing business, and let them know you are available for home typing jobs.

What Do I Charge For Home Typing Jobs?

This can be a difficult decision...knowing how much is too much for typing at home. Obviously, if your home typing jobs are priced too high, then potential clients will look elsewhere, and if your home typing jobs are priced too low, you will be cheating yourself. If your home typing rates are too low, potential customers can also worry about the quality of work you will be providing.

So how can you choose good rates for your home typing business? First, do a Google search for typing rates. Check out what other companies are charging for typing work. Then, do a local search to find out what typists rates are in your area. Some home typists charge by the hour, some by the page, and I've seen a few home typists that charge by the word.

Your First Home Typing Job

When you get your first home typing job, there are a few things you need to remember. First, make it clear at the beginning how much it will cost, and exactly what is covered in the price. This will help you avoid clients that want to constantly add more content and expect the same price!

Get clear expectations on when this home typing job should be completed. If your client requires the work to be done in 2 hours, and you know it will take 4, let them know that! Don't guarantee a deadline on typing work that you know will be impossible to meet. Remember that if a client is unhappy with your typing services, that client will tell EVERYONE they know, which can cut down on your future home typing jobs!

Other Home Typing Job Options

If you want to branch your home typing business out, consider starting a web site; this will allow you to get typing jobs from a broader area and greatly increases your client base.

You can also offer other services in addition to your typing work. Consider doing greeting cards, photo touch-ups, fax services...there's an array of items you can add. Just remember that you need to stick with what you are familiar with, and comfortable with.

If you run your own home typing business, I would love to hear about it! Leave me a comment and let me know any other tips you would like to offer.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Work At Home With Extended Presence

Part 3 of my series of companies that hire work at home employees!

  1. Part 1 - Work at Home With Alpine Access

  2. Part 2 - Work at Home With Convergys

  3. Part 3 - Work at Home With Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

If you're an experienced salesperson looking to work at home, or telecommute, Extended Presence may be the choice for you. Extended Presence offers sales positions; you can choose part time, full time, or on a contractual basis.

What Extended Presence Offers for Work at Home Employees

Extended Presence offers some great work at home opportunities. But it's not for everyone...if you're not a good salesperson, then this probably isn't for you. This company definitely isn't for me, because no matter how many times I've attempted the sales profession, I just can't do it!

Full Time Work at Home Positions with Extended Presence

A full time work at home position with Extended Presence consists of a sales position either directly with Extended Presence, or placed with one of their many US clients. Lead generation assistance is provided for work at home sales agents. This is done to ensure your success in your work at home position with Extended Presence!

Part Time Work at Home Positions with Extended Presence

Similar to the full time position Extended Presence offers, their part time position offers a work at home opportunity that offers competitive compensation, and a great income opportunity.

Independent Contracting Positions with Extended Presence

Experienced salespersons can also work for Extended Presence in a contracting compacity. This option perhaps offers the most advantages; work at home independent contractors earn base pay plus commissions, and get the benefits of Extended Presence's many connections within the sales community. An independent contracting position can also lead to a permanent position with an Extended Presence client! And, don't forget the tax benefits you may be eligible for as a self-employed contractor!

Current Work at Home Positions with Extended Presence

At the time of this posting, Extended Presence has three work at home positions available:

  1. Appointment Setting and Lead Generation Position

    • Conducting research to discover important contacts from companies is one task for this work at home job position.

    • Another task is performing phone prospecting to generate new leads.

    • It also requires setting client meetings for outside sales agents.

  2. Fortune 500 C-Level Prospecting - Lead Generation Reps

    • Contacting potential clients through phone and email to generate interest is an important function of this position.

    • This position is also responsible for determining potential client's interests and needs.

    • Lastly, this position is responsible for setting client meetings for the sales agents.

  3. Lead Generation/Appointment Setting Reps

    • This position calls for cold-calling to potential clients to generate interest.

For qualifications on each of these positions, please visit the website.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Work At Home With Convergys!

Part 2 in my series of companies that hire work at home employees!

  1. Part 1 - Work at Home With Alpine Access

  2. Part 2 - Work at Home With Convergys

  3. Part 3 - Work at Home With Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

Work At Home With Convergys

If you're looking for a work at home position, Convergys may be a good choice for you. Convergys hires over 75,000 home agents in over 70 countries. They are a huge company, and offer their clients services to improve and sustain customer relationships.

Working at home can save you money. How much money would you save by working from home? Think about the amount of money you spend each day while at work. Do you have a budget for eating out each day? Gas for your vehicle? How about work attire? Convergys' website offers a savings calculator so you can calculate your savings by choosing to work at home.

Once you've calculated your savings by working at home, you can learn about the jobs Convergys hires work at home employees to do.If you have a good phone demeanor, and good customer service skills, a work at home position with Convergys may be the perfect choice.

Convergys Work At Home Agent

So what does a Convergys work at home agent do? Well, the hours worked vary between 16 and 40 hours per week. Working at home with Convergys consists of answering in-bound phone calls for clients' customers.

Paid training at home is provided, and work at home agents get paid during the training. The amount of training necessary depends on the client, and is discussed over the phone during the hiring process. Continuous training is required throughout the employment duration.

Convergys work at home agents are offered benefits as well. AND they are based on your first day of employment! These include:

  • Paid Holidays

  • Paid Vacations

  • Health Insurance

  • Life Insurance

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Disability Insurance

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • 401k with Employer Match

  • Stock Purchase Plan

Not bad for a work at home position, right? One of the best parts is that while they DO perform a background check, they don't charge the applicant for it. Getting a work at home position with Convergys sounds great, doesn't it? Let's discuss what Convergys requires its home agents to have in their home office, and see if you have what it takes!

Convergys Work at Home Requirements

The biggest requirement is the state you live in; work at home positions are only currently available in the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

There are a few general requirements to work at home with Convergys. First of all, you must be at least 18 years old, and have a minimum of a GED or high school diploma. When considering a work at home agent applicant, Convergys takes into account work experience and life experience, so don't worry if you haven't worked in a call center for a long time. You'll never know your chances of getting a work at home position with Convergys until you try! :-)

Computer Requirements

Part of the application process checks your pc to ensure that it meets Convergys' requirements for work at home agents. For this reaason, the computer you use to apply for a work at home position must be the one you will use at work. However, just for your information, here are the work at home computer requirements:

  • 2.8 GHZ processor;

  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB if you're using Windows Vista);

  • 12 GB of available hard drive space;

  • At least a 15" monitor;

  • 1 free USB port;

  • USB headset with a built-in digital processor;

  • telephone equipped with a mute button;

  • wired router;

  • Windows XP or Vista;

  • Internet Explorer 6.0 SP2 or better;

  • Windows Media Player 9.0 (minimum);

  • Adobe Flash Player plug-in 9.0 (minimum);

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 (minimum)

Convergys Internet Access Requirements

To qualify for a work at home position with Convergys, you must have either cable Internet service, or DSL; the computer you plan to use for work needs to be wired to the router. Wireless access to the Internet is not compatible with their system. As I said before, all of this is checked in the application process, but Convergys requires their work at home agents to have minimum upload speeds of 500 kbps and minimum download speeds of 1.5 mpbs.

How To Apply To Work At Home With Convergys

There are 6 steps you will need to complete to apply for a work at home position with Convergys:

  • Test Your System

  • Choose Work at Home Position

  • Fill Out Profile Information

  • Enter Demographics

  • Do a Voice Quality Test

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Work at Home With Alpine Access!

Companies that hire workers at home

  1. Part 1 - Work at Home With Alpine Access

  2. Part 2 - Work at Home With Convergys

  3. Part 3 - Work at Home With Extended Presence

  4. Part 4 - Work at Home With Internet Girl Friday

  5. Part 5 - Work at Home with LiveOps

I wanted to share information on companies that hire work at home employees. This is first in a series of information on companies that hire work at home telecommute employees.

Companies That Hire Work At Home Employees

This entry is all about Alpine Access. There are many more companies I will be posting information about, so be sure to subscribe so you don't miss any!

Alpine Access

Alpine Access offers the opportunity to work at home as a call center representative. Their work at home positions are as a telecommuting employee, not an independent contractor like some companies. What does this mean for you? Well, for one thing, you will have benefits.

Alpine Access Work At Home Job Details

Work at home employees for Alpine Access are in-bound call center representatives. They receive phone calls from customers who are ordering products or services, inquiring about an order they placed, or asking general questions about the product or service. No outbound sales calls necessary!

What happens if you hit a snag? There are team leaders available by phone OR by chat room, so if you have any questions you aren't on your own!

Working at home with Alpine Access is very similar to working with any other call center; there are performance standards you must meet, and performance evaluations. Promotions are possible (still working at home, of course) and so are pay increases.

Work At Home Employee Benefits

The type of benefits Alpine Access offers their work at home employees is based on the employee's status. A work at home employee is considered part-time as long as they're working a minimum of twenty hours per week, and full-time after one year AND one thousand hours of working.

Alpine Access offers their work at home employees medical, dental and vision healthcare plans. Alpine Access also offers a matching 401k retirement plan. Benefits for Alpine Access work at home employees kick in thirty days from the hire date, as long as they are working a minimum of twenty hours a week. The 401k plan does not become available until the work at home employee becomes a full-time employee.

Paid vacation is available to full-time work at home employees only. Part-time work at home employees are allowed to take unpaid vacation time.

Pay rates at Alpine Access are competitive within the industry; according to the website, Alpine Access work at home employees average around nine dollars an hour, but pay is based on experience and skill sets, so may vary. Alpine Access work at home employees are paid an hourly wage, and payday is every two weeks. You will need to set up a direct deposit to get paid, but that just means you get your money faster! :-)

Work at home employees with Alpine Access are also eligible for career advancement, just like if they worked in an office setting!

Requirements to Work At Home with Alpine Access

There are technical requirements to work at home with Alpine Access. There are requirements for your computer, internet access, telephone, headset and home office.

Computer Requirements for Alpine Access

Your computer must meet the following requirements to work at home with Alpine Access:

  • Windows XP or Vista

  • Minimum of 2 GB free hard drive space

  • Minimum 1 GB RAM (2 GB if you have Vista)

  • 1 to 1.5 GHz processor

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024x768

  • Sound card & speakers

  • Up-to-date virus protection

  • Up-to-date spyware software

  • Operating firewall

Internet Access Requirements

Your Internet access must be:

  • DSL or Cable

  • Hard-wired to your work computer

  • equipped with Internet Explorer 6.xSP1 or higher

Telephone Line Requirements for Alpine Access

Your telephone must meet the following requirements:

  • Analog phone line

  • A dedicated line

  • Access Internet while on the phone

  • A regular, corded phone

Headset Requirements

The headset Alpine Access requires for their work at home employees must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a corded headset

  • Have a noise canceling microphone

  • Have a mute button

  • Have a USB connection

  • Must be comfortable & be handsfree

Home Office Requirements

Alpine Access requires their work at home employees to have a comfortable and "ergonomically safe" office set-up. They also have a zero tolerance policy for noise, so your office must be a quiet room.

Alpine Access Work At Home Application Process

Interested? Applying to work at home with Alpine Access is easy. The first step is to make sure you meet all of their requirements I listed above.

The second step is to complete their online application.

After filling out the application, you perform a phone audition by calling a number and recording a message. Don't worry, it's a toll-free number, so you won't have anything on your phone bill!

As part of the work at home application process, you will take a skills assessment. This is basically just so the recruiters at Alpine Access can get a feel for your skill level of the skills required for the job.

Last, but not least, you will have a phone interview. During the interview, you will learn more about Alpine Access, and the work at home jobs they have available. If both you and the recruiter agree you are a good fit for the positions they have open, you will receive a job offer!

Once you receive a job offer, Alpine Access will do a background check, a drug test and a credit check. They charge a fee of $45 to perform the checks.

Will you apply for a work at home position with Alpine Access? Let me know, and I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences!

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