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Work from home?
« on: January 10, 2013, 04:20:49 PM »
Does anyone know anything about finding jobs where I can work from home?  Data entry/transcribing is OK with me.  I need something I can do from home when I'm done with my other job for the day. 
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 04:28:54 PM »
I don't, sorry. The only advice I have is to be extremely wary of "work from home" schemes. Particularly anything that requires you to put up money. There are a lot of scams that take advantage of people who want the independence and extra income.
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 04:35:24 PM »
I don't, sorry. The only advice I have is to be extremely wary of "work from home" schemes. Particularly anything that requires you to put up money. There are a lot of scams that take advantage of people who want the independence and extra income.

That's mostly the reason I was asking here, in case people knew of legitimate ones.  I am wary of many of the ones I keep finding...
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 04:36:10 PM »
A friend of mine qualified as a medical transcriptionist.  I believe she took the coursework through a community college.
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013, 04:44:58 PM »
A friend of mine qualified as a medical transcriptionist.  I believe she took the coursework through a community college.

This is what one of my relatives did, too. A local community college or continuing education center might be able to give you more info about legit options.
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013, 04:49:38 PM »
Go to your local "Kelly Services" or whatever they call it where you are: basically a place that finds part-time or short-term work for people.  They may have some opportunities that would allow you to work at home.

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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2013, 05:16:43 PM »
OP, I PM'd some info to you  :)

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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 01:58:54 AM »
Amazon's got this site called Mechanical Turk (https://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome) where you get paid for completing (typically simple) tasks. Each task doesn't pay much, but if there's one where you can crank through a lot in a short time, it can add up. For example, there might be one where you Google a given search phrase, and give the requestor the URL of the most relevant result. There might be 3 or 4 phrases per task, at $0.10/task. Not much, but they go quick. Not necessarily great in the long term, but it might be good for a few extra bucks while you're getting other options going.
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 05:15:13 AM »
I would expect that the most reliable and honest work opportunities might come through local temp agencies (are there transcription agencies?) ... never respond to "work from home, call 555-5555" ads.

Some people post notices on local college bulletin boards offering to type papers on a per-page fee. I understand they get a regular stream of business, especially at exam time, but the turnaround must be reliable and fast.
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2013, 08:12:34 AM »
Check your area for telemarketing agencies.  Some do inbound calls and allow you to take the calls in your home.  You usually need to go to them first, though, for training.  And you need to make sure you have dedicated work area in your home, where you can work quite and uninterrupted.  (IE:  You can't be taking calls in your kitchen with the kids and dog running around, that kind of thing.)

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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2013, 05:31:29 PM »
I've been mostly sleeping due to a quick change in work schedule that went quickly right back to my usual schedule.  Anyhow, I found one a clickworker.com and I am checking out a few others.  Thanks for the suggestions!
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Re: Work from home?
« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2013, 05:46:59 PM »
Some larger companies will do technical services/customer service through representatives working out of their homes.  I'm not sure how to find those positions though.  Maybe contact companies in your field of expertise and just ask their HR department if anything like that exists?