I Want to Work from Home! Here’s how

I want to work from home

If you’ve been saying to yourself ‘I want to work from home’, job hunting isnt like it used to be. Instead of waiting around for the job opportunity to arrive, with the help of the internet you can be in charge of pursuing all the opportunities you want until you settle on a successful one.

Online job hunting if you want to work from home is more effective than the traditional job searching techniques, but the competition is also very stiff. Just imagine bidding for a project against the rest of the world with people from third world countries offering ridiculously two or three times lower bids than yours.

Not only is there stiffer competition but there are also countless online job scams as well. According to Christine Durst, from Rat Race Rebellion, there were 30 scams for every legitimate job opportunity posted on the internet. For every 4,500 to 5,000 work-at-home job ads screened weekly, Christine’s company finds 60 phonies for every one that’s legitimate.

But if you are determine to beat the odds and you are already saying to yourself ‘I want to work from home’.  Then you can consider the following legitimate online jobs.

Virtual Assistant

This is basically providing general assistance from administrative, scheduling, to bookkeeping and even event planning. You do all of this at the comfort of your own home. “The international Virtual Assistants Association, which is also co-founded by Durst, first began with only 28 members and has grown to more than 600 and charges from $15 per hour to more than $100 per hour.

You can find VA works at homewiththekids.com, Team Double-Click and VIPdesk. Sign on with these online staffing agencies to get contract jobs.

 Medical Transcriptionist

If you are well knowledgeable with medical terminologies, have above-average typing skills, writing skills, grammar skills, memory skills and communication skills. Then MT is the job for you. Medical Transcription is a profession that encompasses technology, for new comers who wants to pursue Medical Transcription it would be beneficial to participate in an internship or practicum shadowing an established medical transcriptionist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics on their 2010 data, the median hourly rate for transcriptionists is $15.82.

Translator

If you are fluent in more than one language and can translate some audio files or documents then you could look for translation jobs on the web. Foster’s have a list of 15 companies that seek home-based translators. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook 2008-09, which groups translators and interpreters, notes a projected employment increase of 24 percent over the 2006-to-2016 decade, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated an annual wage of $43,130 for interpreters, with an average hourly wage of $20.74.

Web Developer/Designer

Most of the home based hiring is in Information technology and types of internet marketing.  There is no exact answer for how much a freelance web developer can make. According to salary.com the median salary (for employees) ranges from about $51,000 to about $76,000 USD depending on level of experience.

Travel Agent

A travel agent basically assists clients with planning, organizing and booking travel accommodations. So how does one become a Home-Based Travel Agent? There are a different few routes in which you can take to becoming a Home-Based Travel Agent, from purchasing an existing travel agency, buying a travel franchise, to opening up your own travel agency, or partnering with a host agency.

What it Pays: According to PayScale.com the median salary for a Travel Agent is $28,000. One pro when going this route is the discounted travel deals you’ll receive.

So if you are wondering ‘I want to work from home, what jobs can I do?’ these five suggestions are good places to start.

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