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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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Where to Sell Your Crafts Online

So you have a bunch of crafts you've made, and now want to sell them. There are several ways to sell your crafts; you can go to craft fairs, vendor fairs, or flea markets. Some may even open their own store. However, one of the most convenient ways to sell your crafts is to sell them online.

The Internet offers a wide variety of venues to sell your crafts online. You can list your crafts in online auctions, open a hosted store or start your own website.

Online Auctions

E-Bay is perhaps the biggest online auction site. It could be a challenge to sell your crafts online with E-Bay, only because people sell manufactured products at such low prices. Competition gets very fierce on E-bay. There are sites that offer online auctions for crafts, and only crafts.

Etsy Online Craft Auctions

Etsy offers online craft auctions. There is a free storefront, and it is free to join. Etsy charges a low listing fee for each listing; twenty cents for a four month period. There is also a 3.5% transaction fee when your craft item sells.

What can you sell on Etsy? They allow listings that fall into three categories: Handmade, Supplies and Vintage. If something does not fall into one of these three categories, it cannot be sold on Etsy.

Online Stores

Having a store online is another way to sell your crafts online. How is this different than auctions? Well, with auctions, your craft items are found by a search, either by keyword or by category. When you have your own store, potential customers can visit your store specifically to find what you have for sale.

Etsy also offers storefronts; the prices for a store on Etsy are the same as listed above. Other sites offer personalizable store fronts that lend a professional appearance to your crafts business.

The Craft Mall

The online Craft Mall is a place that offers you a "store" in an online mall. It's a nice way to sell your crafts online! The Craft Mall offers you a crafter's admin area, several different tracking options and your craft items are fully searchable from anywhere in the mall.

The good thing about the Craft Mall is there are no "per item" listing fees and no transaction fees when you sell a craft item. Instead, their fees are based on a monthly fee which varies depending on how many items you have in your store. The fees vary from $14.95 a month to $54.95 a month.

Lilly's Craft Stores Mall

Lilly's Craft Stores Mall is another alternative to online craft auctions. On this site, you can open a store to sell your crafts online without any listing fees or selling fees. When you open an online store with them, you get your own web address, site statistics, a Contact Page, Featured Items page, New Products page, About Us page and unlimited categories.

There is a one-time set-up fee of $30, and the monthly fee is $10 a month if you pay monthly, or you can pay for an entire year up-front for $80 and they waive the set-up fee.

GLC Mall

Another site that allows you to open an online store to sell your crafts is the GLC Mall. A store with the GLC Mall will be quick and easy to set up. You will have your own address and their is no set-up fee and no transaction fees.

Prices listed on their website are listed in Canadian dollars. The only fee that they have is a $12.00 per month fee.

Start Your Own Website

The biggest obstacle to starting your own website store to sell your crafts online is that it's an unknown entity. You have to market your website, manage your search engine optimization, and advertise to get customers to your website.

You will also need a domain name; GoDaddy is a great place to get a domain name. Then, you will need hosting. There are so many different hosting companies out there; all you need to do is do a Google search.

If you have web design knowledge, you can design your own site to sell your crafts online. If not, you can find a web designer to do it for you.

To accept online payments, you will need a payment processor such as Paypal or Authorize.

If you are a crafter, and you need to earn some extra money, there are several ways to sell your crafts online. Selling your crafts online isn't that difficult when you know where to start. The websites I've shared with you today can help you tremendously in your endeavors!

Do you sell your crafts online? If so, I'd love to hear about it, what method you use, and if it's successful for you.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Making Money with Your Hobbies

In your spare time, what do you like to do? Do you like to make crafts? Read books? Scrapbook? Write? If you're a stay-at-home mom looking to make money on the Internet, write a list of your hobbies. There are ways to make money doing what you already do, and enjoy to do!

Make Money with Your Crafts

Handcrafted items are always in demand. Whether you like to do wood burning, carving or building, or crochet baby blankets, you can make money with your craft. Check for an in-depth article on this topic coming soon! :-)

Making Money Reading Books

If you love to read, consider starting a book review blog. Read a book, write a review, rate it and blog it! How do you make money? By using advertising and affiliate programs. Click here for information on how to integrate advertising and affiliates into your blog. Click here for more information on blogging for money.

Starting a book review blog will be a fun project for those of us who love to read!

Make Money Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking is a fun way to keep track of your family memories. It can also be a lucrative hobby! There are several ways for people who love scrapbooking to make money with it on the Internet.

First, if you enjoy editing pictures, and making neat projects with them, consider starting your own online photo editing and product store. Many people have pictures that are damaged and would love to find someone with the knowledge to fix them. You can also do baby announcements, personalized photo cards, those cards used for pageants (sorry, my girls aren't in pageants so I'm not sure what they're called), photo collages, get the idea!

Scrapbookers also may create their own scrapbooking pages...I've often seen these on sale on E-Bay or Etsy. If you have a creative flair, consider making your own scrapbooking pages and selling them online.

Last, but not least, you can become a distributor for companies that sell scrapbooking supplies. Stampin' Up, Creative Memories and Close To My Heart are just a few that offer an opportunity to own your own business selling scrapbooking supplies.

Make Money Writing

If you love to write, you can write articles online and get paid for them. Most sites don't pay a lot for your articles, but you can make a good supplemental income, or more, if you write for more than one site. Read my entry on how to write for Helium here. Other sites you can write for are Associated Content, e-How and HubPages.

If you want to actually sell your content, you can sell articles on Constant Content for a price you set yourself. There is a pretty competitive market, but give it a shot!

All of these ideas can work for the right person! These are just a few ideas of some hobbies that can be turned into cash cows. Are you making money with your hobby? Let me know how you do it!

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