The debate over the benefits of working from home versus working in the office are a hot topic in social media. Especially after the Chief Executive of Yahoo, Marisa Mayer, decided to call back her employees who work remotely and to relocate them to company offices. Mayer is concerned that the speed and quality of work is sacrificed when working from home. But her employees felt that the CEO’s decision is wrong and bad for morale. Research suggests they could be right, and that allowing people to work from home can actually raise productivity.
One such study on working from home was conducted at Stanford University and Beijing University in which they found out that most call center workers who work from home took fewer breaks and actually worked more.
According to the report from Census Bureau, there are 13.4 million people who worked at least once in a week at home in 2010, compared to 9.2. million people, or 7% of U.S. workers, in 1997. The big shifters are people who are working on computers, engineering and science.
According to the American Community Survey, the number of these employees working from home or a couple of days from home have jumped to 70% from 2000-2010. Along with the surveys are the positive feedbacks that most companies receive from its remote employees. A 2008 study conducted by Cisco Systems Inc. found out that employees who have given the chance to work from the comfort of their own home have dramatically experienced an increase in their quality of life.
Employers need to create the tools and environment for encouraging home based workers to be productive
Is working from home the wave of the future? Or does it diminish the productivity and the efficiency of remote workers?
A lot of remote workers would say that they are way more efficient at home as long as they meet their clients requirements and able to turn over quality work as expected of them. But I think working from home is not for everyone. For outgoing people the idea of working at home might appeal to them at first, considering the amount of time and money you save from commuting and uniform expenses. But they would probably not get a hold of it in the long run.
Most people who have extroverted personalities will always miss the office banter and company of their colleagues. So, for those who are planning to work from home, weigh first the pros and cons. But for the ones who like to work alone, remote working is the right place for you.
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The office environment can be difficult place to navigate for introverts. When you are more inspired and productive in solitude and in quiet environments than dealing with other people all day can be very tiring. It is also more stressful when you have an extrovert boss and/or colleagues, which can make you feel like an outcast on company gatherings and meetings. It’s no wonder so many introverts are attracted to working from home and starting their own home based business that allows them to work to their strengths.
When you’re an introvert it’s easy to assume that you must conform to the extrovert standard in order to be successful. But there are actually a lot of famous celebrities, leaders, and CEOs who claim to be introverts. This includes Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Marissa Mayer.
So rather than treat introversion as a weakness, or masquerading as an extrovert, it’s better to build on the abilities it provides you with, According to Susan Cain, the author of “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”, rather than smothering their true personalities, introverts can learn to embrace their natural strengths and quiet gifts.
Here are easy to follow tips for introverts to shine at work.
Embrace your thoughtful side
Introverts analyze a lot. They prefer to sit in the corner of the conference room and monopolize their thoughts before forming their own opinions. When they are asked to voice out their standpoint they can give a well balance perspective.
Play to your strengths
Most introverts are creative because of their inclination to work in solitude and with a lot of focus, which aids their creative process. Writers and bloggers are mostly introverts and they excel in their crafts in a more secluded environment.
Stay calm and carry on
Introverts are good at hiding their emotions. They are not easily swayed with office chaos, they maintain their composure even when at odds. Their co workers will perceived them as strong and dependable whenever unexpected situations arise.
Honor your need for alone time
Introverts are likely to feel overwhelmed and ultimately burned out if he or she is dealing with constant environmental stimulants and digital distractions. Taking breaks often are one way to maintain their productivity and positive well-being at work.
Build meaningful connections
Most introverts dread attending networking events and would rather stay at home and watch their favorite movie or read a good book. But sometimes we have to get out there and let people know that we exist and we are passionate about what we do. Comparing yourself to your extrovert co worker won’t do any good, so it’s better to focus your attention on making new and meaningful connections.
If you already work from home running a home based business then you are already in the perfect environment for working to your strengths as an introvert. If you’ve yet to make the jump from the corporate world, then consider how you can use these five attributes to your advantage and able to be successful in an extrovert’s world.
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The short answer to this article’s topic is NO. Not unless you are prepared to fill out surveys around the clock, all day, every day. And even then you might struggle to pay the rent and live off more than a diet of tinned beans.
The internet is flooded with websites claiming you can earn $100s or $1000s a week with just a couple of hours work a day doing work from home, and ‘online surveys’ is an area where these websites are rife. You should always be suspicious of any website that asks for money before revealing exactly how you can earn the income they claim.
It won’t make you rich. But online surveys can be a fun work home way of earning small rewards
However, there are plenty of legitimate online survey websites out there which don’t ask for a ‘fee’ to join. Many people enjoy sharing their opinions and answering questions, and earning small rewards as a result. These sites will often pay you in points which you can then exchange for gifts, money and vouchers for reputable retailers like Amazon.
One proviso is you often have to earn a certain number of points before the survey company will payout. So it’s worth checking the small print before you start doing work from home hammering out survey answers.
In summary, if you have spare time and would like to spend it productively, then online surveys are worth a look. Just don’t be fooled into thinking you will be able to work from home and earn $100s doing them unless you are prepared to put in some serious hours.
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The internet has created lots of opportunities to work from home, and gain all the benefits that go with it. But it has also opened the flood gates to a torrent of scam artists and tricksters ready to take money off people aspiring for the work home dream.
One area in which work at home scammers are rampant is in the field of data entry work. On their websites they will make claims of ways you can earn $100s if not $1000s a week entering data for lawyer and medical firms.
The problem is that to gain access to these (probably imaginary) lucrative markets you have to pay them a sign-up fee and then, probably, never hear from them again.
If you are looking for data entry work then there are plenty of legitimate websites (like Elance) offering data entry work where you don’t have to pay a fee. On these sites you will find real companies looking for people to enter data into spreadsheets, transcribe audio interviews, enter comments into forums and other straightforward work from home online jobs.
You might not earn the $1000s a week promised by some websites. But you can at least earn enough to support yourself rather than chase an imaginary dream designed simply to fill a scam artist’s pockets.
To earn $1000s doing online work from home you need to expand your services
Data entry tasks are generally simple to do, and consequently don’t pay big bucks. If you really want to earn a decent income working from home online my advice would be to consider how you can grow your services.
Along with data entry, why not apply for article writing jobs, research projects and other work from home tasks. You could also offer clients additional services after completing a data entry project, such as remote customer service or social media marketing assistance.
There’s a wide variety of real work home jobs you can do for clients. My advice would be to think about the variety of services you can offer as a package. Data entry is unlikely to earn you the $1000s per week promised by some websites, but it can be the springboard to something bigger with ambition and perseverance.
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Who’d have thought a straight D grade student would become a successful real estate mogul someday? With a net worth of almost $140 million, Barbara Corcoran the famous “Shark” investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” is a businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author and television personality. She has it all, but she is still haunted by her insecurities, and how people perceived her as stupid in the past.
Barbara Corcoran is the perfect example of someone who turned their insecurities and negativities into motivation. Barbara has dyslexia and not a lot of people understand what it means to be diagnosed with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes words, and is typically characterized by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding.
But instead of getting frustrated, depressed and wallow in self pity, Barbara used her disabilities as motivation to prove to everyone that she can succeed in life just like everyone else. She said that, it made her more creative, more social and more competitive. She also feels that it gave her the urge to prove herself to everyone and show the world that she has the grit, determination, and the acumen to succeed in business.
Kevin O’Leary overcomes dyslexia to become a financial guru
Another inspirational life story is of famous Canadian financial guru Kevin O’Leary, which is also known as “Mr. Wonderful”. At the age of six O’Leary was diagnosed with dyslexia, he has difficulties with accurate word recognition, decoding and spelling. However, he is pretty good with numbers. In 2011 O’Leary published his book entitled “Cold Hard Truth” in which O’Leary show us a glimpse of how his life took a turn when he found out he has learning disabilities and how his life changed completely after enrolling in special education.
O’Leary has undergone therapy to gain his self confidence back. His therapists did a great job in giving him hope and courage, and told him, “You have the ability to read backwards, read in the mirror, read upside down, can your classmates do that?” These kinds of talks with his therapist made O’Leary believe in himself again. They convinced him to view himself like a superhero, or a “mutant with super powers.”
Daymond John launches FUBU despite a learning disability
Fellow Shark Daymond John shares the same story as Corcoran and O’Leary. “In math and science, I would excel, I could look at something quickly and get high grades, A’s and B’s.” says John. However, he found difficulties in reading and spelling which led a frustrated father yelling at him. He didn’t even know how to spell his middle name, Garfield. He also found it really tiring to read a book, he spent more time studying language arts than any other subjects but he still got a C or D.
But this didn’t stop John from trying to be exceptional in other aspects of his life. He focused more on his strengths than on his weaknesses. “I have this attitude about any challenges you have in life,” says John. “You highlight it, address it, and then find out how to work around it. Figure out how to live with it.” With his creativity and analytical genius, John has made himself a stellar reputation in business and enjoying a $350 million fortune from FUBU alone.
Barriers to success in your work from home business can always be moved
Dyslexia is just one of many things that can hold you back. Expect that in business there will be many overwhelming circumstances that you will encounter in the future. The most important thing is how you stand up against these difficulties. Instead of dwelling on a problem as being insurmountable, it’s better to believe that you can achieve what you set out for yourself no matter what gets in the way.
Success does not come easy and there are a lot of pitfalls that can slow you down. But as these successful entrepreneurs from Shark Tank show, it’s up to you how you overcome adversity and make your work from home business a success.
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There is arguably no faster way of making money working from home than Forex Trading. Get a trade right and you could be diving through a pile of cash like Scrooge McDuck. Get it wrong and you could find yourself living off cold tinned beans for a while.
What is Forex Trading?
Forex is short for ‘foreign exchange’ and involves swapping one currency (base) for another (counter). You then make a profit if the currency you’ve bought goes up in value while the currency you swapped drops. The key to being successful at Forex Trading is being able to predict when there will be a sudden change in a currency’s value and when the time is ripe to dump plummeting Euros for skyrocketing Brazilian real.
In previous years, Forex Trading was only available to those with large currency transactions and able to jump through the strict financial regulatory hoops. But these days you can get started with less than $100 and work from home on the internet or over the phone. This has opened the floodgates to thousands of people dreaming of earning riches from their laptop.
What are the risks of Forex Trading?
People normally lose their money due to lack of knowledge, trading without a strategy or trading based on their emotions. Like a glorified game of roulette, people can take bigger risks to chase their loses, and end up losing even more money in the process. Put simply, it’s not an easy way to make money.
You have to spend a lot of time researching markets, staying up to date on what’s happening in the news and tracking the factors that can lead to a leap (or drop) in a currency’s value.
You should never jump into Forex Trading headfirst or see it as a way to suddenly boost your income overnight doing work from home on the internet. Instead, only invest what you can afford to lose and be prepared to devote hours of time to learning about the factors that influence currency exchange rates.
Thankfully there are lots of resources out there to help you get started. www.igindex.co.uk, for example, provides on demand seminars and some trading platforms enable you to start with demo money. This enables you to build an understanding for how Forex Trading works, such as how to put stop and limit requirements on trades, without throwing away your life’s savings in the process.
Take a crash course in Forex Trading
Forex Trading can be a very profitable online business, and with low deposit requirements you can get started with a small amount of cash. It can also be very risky, however, if you don’t apply a sensible strategy, take time to understand the markets or if you allow your emotions to take over. So only invest what you can afford to lose and increase your investment gradually if you want to turn Forex Trading into a profitable online business.
You can remove a lot of the risk by taking a course that shows you the ropes, how to make trades and how to minimise the risks. The Forex Trading Crash Course comprises of 20 video tutorials (amounting to over 5 hours) and eBooks which take you through step by step how to get setup as a Forex Trader. This includes how to setup the trading software, how to chart currencies, how to use indicators to create custom forex system, breakout trading momentum and more. You can also watch live examples and learn many other tips and tricks that remove some of the risks and reduce the time it will take for you to become familiar with Forex Trading and what it takes to be successful.
The Forex Trading Crash Course is sold with a 60 day money back guarantee. So if you find out it’s not for you, then you can just ask for your money back.
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The Federal Trade Commission has yet again put an end to two companies that allegedly scammed consumers by promising them a considerable amount of income through home-based businesses. A company called The Tax Club was accused of selling services by allegedly falsely claiming they would help consumers to succeed in their home businesses. According to a complaint received by FTC, the company falsely claimed to be affiliated with companies that consumers had already bought services or products from.
The second settlement that was announced was for the American Business Builders for falsely selling a home-based business opportunity where consumers were asked for a fee between $295 to $495 that said to make a significant amount of income by earning commissions alone. The Tax Club and American Business Builders are charged with a fine of $15.6 million and $5.4 million dollars respectively. Aside from the fine, the operators and affiliated businesses are now barred from selling or benefitting from consumers’ personal information, and failing to properly dispose of consumer information.
You also need to be wary of work from home scams
How wide are online scams? From computer virus cold calling scams from India to online lottery scams and dating scams. Home based work scams were the most common on the web. The “get rich quick” schemes proved to be a hot selling bundle online. Most people don’t even believe if legitimate online jobs do really exist. Considering the kind of economy we have today, everybody needs a job and scammers do what they do best – making too good to be true job postings online that entice young and old people to fall for their trap, which can include making applicants pay for a training fee.
A legitimate job doesn’t make the applicants pay for the training; it is the applicant’s prerogative to receive compensation for every training or work he/she does for the company.
The internet offers a global marketplace for consumers and businesses, but it also serve as an easy gateway to various scams. What netizens should do is to stay vigilant against online scams. Be aware of those opportunistic scams you come across with. Do your research first about the company and do not ever divulge any personal and financial information. If you are looking for legitimate online job agencies go for those sites that have high trust ratings. Everyone should put up a scam-detection radar.
These are some positive indicators to watch out for if you are looking for a legitimate employment online:
- See how established the company that was hiring.
- The Ad should include the company name and physical address.
- The Human Resources Personnel of the company should be available for any inquiries.
- Company values and policies should be clear.
- A detail Job Responsibilities and duties is provided.
- Work experience and References is requested.
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Being able to work on the net from home is an attractive prospect. You can live a much better/work life balance and can rely on your own ingenuity to build a successful and rewarding career.
But before you start daydreaming about working on your laptop in coffee shops or in the garden, you first have to find enough online work from home jobs to support yourself.
So where to look?
If you’re just starting out a good place to look for work on the net jobs are freelance work bidding websites, like Elance, Guru or Peopleperhour. On these websites you’ll find literally 1000s of companies looking for people that work on the net from home. This includes data entry, virtual assistant tasks, freelance writing and web development.
The only problem is that, just like bees to honey, these websites also attract 1000s of people, just like you, looking for jobs where they work on the net. This means that pay can often be low, with bidders often offering rock bottom rates to secure the work.
Constantly bidding for low paying jobs isn’t going to give you the dream work on the net lifestyle you’re looking for over the long-term. You‘ll simply find yourself working crazy hours to pay the rent or turning in substandard work.
However, freelance bidding websites are a good place for building up your experience, portfolio and contacts.
Another option would be to target the less popular freelance bidding websites which have less competition. There might be fewer work on the net jobs to choose from but with fewer bidders to compete with you might find more success. Smaller sites to target include Project4Hire and Net4ManPower.
Grow your brand to find higher paying work on the net clients
Once you’ve built up your experience and portfolio, and want to move your work from home career up the pay scale, you want to start thinking about building your online brand:
1) Create a professional looking website that tells potential clients about why they should hire you, your experience and portfolio samples. Remember, you can get amazing looking WordPress themes which you can easily customise at Themeforest for less than $40.
2) Network on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Tell your friends and contacts about your new work on the net from home business (just make sure you do it casually rather than spam everyone with hard sell messages).
3) Join relevant groups in social media sites and forums, and make relevant comments that add to the discussion (again, don’t spam as this will harm your reputation and probably just get your comments deleted). Include your website address in your signature to build up links to your website and so people know where they can find more information about this intelligent person that just made a very insightful comment.
4) Everyone loves a freebie, so consider what you can give away that people will share and spread awareness of your brand. This could be an eBook, guest blog post or YouTube video talking about a common business problem.
If you continue building your reputation through pushing out valuable content people want to share, then gradually you should start to attract higher paying clients that want you for your expertise (rather than because you’re a cheap option).
So whatever stage your work on the net career is at, there are lots of things you can be doing to find clients and attain the work from home dream.
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Working from home and baby sitting your toddlers at the same time is just impossible for some. But every difficult situation has got its own formula. Although it varies to the needs of your children. If both parents are working at home you could devise a plan to balance your professional from your personal needs. Determine what strategies are going to work and what isn’t. Given that you are on a tight budget and hiring a nanny is out of question. A better strategy would be to take turns on the errands, household chores and the baby sitting. Let them watch some educational materials on TV or you can get them a tablet and buy educational apps for toddlers. It would occupy their mind momentarily and you can continue on your work without a distraction.
I have been working online for almost 3 years now and I am having a blast at first. Along came my baby boy and I started falling apart. A newborn baby is quiet easy to babysit because they will just sleep and sleep for 16-18 hours a day. But when he was already 1 year old. He doesn’t sleep that much and becomes unmanageable. I can’t concentrate on my work most of the time because he keeps on barging into my room and wants to sit on my lap and types on my keyboard. I always keep my door open for him so that I could easily look out what he is doing at the living room. My strategy was, to let him watch Disney jr. or Nickledeon. But after a few hours he became uninterested and wants my attention. What makes it worse is that his motorskills are now developing and he just climb anything he sees climbable. Like on top of the table or swing himself onto the bar stools. I get a heart attack every time he pulls stunts like that.
Toddlers needs full attention and its hard if you are a single mom. But I think the one thing that helped me get through this is the support of my family. If you can manage to live somewhere near your relatives then it’s a big help. Another thing my 1 year old is fond of are nursery rhymes. He can sing and dance with these videos for hours. Also, try to get the chance to work while your toddler is sleeping. It works out well for me for the past 15 months.
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If you’ve recently lost your job or looking to earn an income with a home based business on the internet, starting a drop shipping business sounds like a dream come true. You have low startup costs, unlimited earning potential and no need to stock or handle inventory. All you need is an ecommerce website, add some products and watch the money roll in, right?
But as the saying goes ‘if it sounds too good to be true it probably is’. Earning $100s or $1000s a week through a drop shipping business model is possible. But there are a lot of hoops to jump through and pitfalls to avoid.
Drop shipping works like this:
1. You find stock to sell (newbies will typically just Google ‘wholesale dropshipping’ and take what’s on offer).
2. You sell the product online, either through your own website or a third party site, like eBay or Amazon.
3. You forward the order to drop shipper.
4. The drop ship company completes the order and ships it to your customer.
5. You keep the profit
Sounds easy. But if it was the simple everyone would be doing it. There are a few problems that can get in the way:
1) Wasting time on money on saturated products and bogus wholesalers – the internet is now awash with websites posing as wholesalers when all they are is middlemen. These middlemen will claim to be offering wholesale prices when in fact the goods they are offering are available elsewhere for less, making it almost impossible to sell them yourself for a profit. These middlemen are normally who’ll appear when doing a basic Google search for wholesalers, and buying from them is a common newbie mistake.
2) No differentiation from Amazon or eBay – It is going to be impossible to compete with Amazon or eBay on price. Instead you have to find a way to differentiate your website so that it gives people a reason to buy from you rather than hunt for cheaper prices elsewhere. This means creating a website that offers added value to buyers. This could include advice on how to use the product, buyers guides, how to videos or a membership section. To be successful in dropshipping you need to go beyond simply putting up an out of the box e-commerce website and hope for the best. You have to go that extra yard to attract buyers and keep them on your website.
3) Inventory of a dropshipper gets sold out after a customer has placed an order – Even once you’ve been able to get people onto your website and buying, you can face the disaster of customers placing orders and paying money only for dropshippers to run out of inventory. This can happen when sourcing from dropshippers who don’t stock enough inventory or you haven’t managed your ordering system properly.
4) Unable to make a profit – While it is possible to earn $1000s every week running a dropshipping business from home, profit margins can be razor thin. You have to ensure you’re selling products there’s a market for and not selling in markets that are saturated or dominated by the big retailers with massive buying power. What’s more, if you decide to stock products on Amazon or eBay you will have to hand over a healthy slice of profits along with PayPal fees and postage costs (which your competitors might be offering for free). You have to get your sums right otherwise you could be struggling to make a profit from day one.
Setup your own drop shipping website to avoid third party listing fees
Possibly the best way of making a decent income running a work from home drop shipping business is to setup a website through which people order directly. This avoids eBay’s listing fees and means you can automate much of the process. The drawback is you first have to setup a website and then attract traffic through the search engines, which takes time.
Getting a high ranking in the search engines so customers can find you takes hard work, perseverance and a fair amount of internet marketing know-how. So all in all, work from home drop shipping businesses aren’t a scam, but it takes a lot of hard work to earn the $100s or $1,000s you might be hoping for.
Learn from a dropshipper with 10 years experience
As you can see, there are many challenges and pitfalls to launching a successful drop shipping business. In fact, the majority of ecommerce websites fail to make a profit because of the challenges of avoiding middlemen posing as wholesalers, sourcing products people are buying at the right price and then attracting people to your website, or eBay/Amazon listing, to make enough sales.
When launching a home based business working on the internet with so many pitfalls to avoid, I find the best strategy is to learn from someone that’s already done it successfully. Christine Clayfield has been running a dropshipping business for over 10 years, going from a struggling ecommerce website owner to a dropshipping juggernaut making over $10k per month.
She’s created a guide on how to build a business like his called Drop Shipping Pro. It includes step by step tutorials, an easy to follow business plan and software for setting up your own ecommerce drop shipping website. Some of the information it provides includes a list of 300 reputable and legitimate drop shipping suppliers (so you can avoid bogus middlemen), guidance on how to avoid running out of stock, where to list and sell your products and the secrets to being successful on Amazon and eBay.
Drop Shipping 4 Idiots enables you to avoid all the pitfalls and mistakes newbie dropshippers make, which can cost huge amounts of time and money. Instead you can fast track your route to success and get a dropshipping business up and running successfully for less than $50. What’s more, the guide is sold with a 60 day money back guarantee, so you can give it a try and if it’s not for you then you can ask for your money back and look for a more appropriate home based business opportunity elsewhere.
Disclaimer – The links in this article to Drop Shipping 4 Idiots are affiliate links. However, I wouldn’t recommend the guide unless it had received positive feedback and can help you to avoid the mistakes made by the majority of people when starting out in dropshipping. If you can imagine how much an hour of Allan Morgan’s time would cost, less than $50 is a bargain to get his expert advice on becoming a successful and profitable drop shipper.
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