I know how it is when you first venture into the virtual workforce. It can be confusing, scary, and intimidating. The first opportunities you’ll encounter are scammy marketers, survey sites, and websites like Elance that pays $2 per hour. This can get old really quick and you find that it’s not worth the pennies you’ll be making. When I first attempted to work from home, I was caught up in a flurry of work at home scams from Craigslist and misleading data entry jobs with promises of overnight riches. I thought the only people making money were the scammers selling poor fools dreams of getting rich off the internet. I didn’t touch any virtual work for another 4 years. Now I can easily make $400-$500 a month working online part-time if I really hustle. It usually takes me about 15 hours per week to make this. This may not seem like a lot of work but when you’re already a full time student working at a 30 hour per week internship, it’s a lot of work!
You can do this too!
The problem most people have is that they don’t know what opportunities are in front of them and they don’t take the time to look for them either. Well you’re in luck because after many many hours of research, I’m able to bring to you this wonderful list of work at home sites that are free to join. These sites are like Elance and Odesk but they don’t have so much international competition driving down the prices. These sites are popping up everyday and because of their novelty, there’s not as much competition making it a lot easier to get work.
Freelancers & Micro Workers offering Online Micro Jobs from $5 to $…Freelancers & Micro Workers offering Online Micro Jobs from $5 to $50 – Micro workers and micro jobs online from $5 to $50 dollars. Join the web’s favorite micro jobs website for freelancers. – Gigbucks http://gigbucks.com/
Guru – Hire Quality Freelancers And Find Freelance Job Search over 200,000 freelancer services in web development and programming, design and art, writing, sales and marketing, business, finance, legal and more. http://www.guru.com/
Workaholics For Hire | Small Business Outsourcing Services and Work…Outsourcing services and project management for small business owners, home-based business owners, freelancers, and people who want to work at home. http://www.workaholics4hire.com/
Find Jobs and Hire skilled Freelancers, at a click – PeoplePerHour…. Get anything done, in as little as 1 hour http://www.peopleperhour.com/
GetACoder – Quick & Easy Job Outsourcing. Outsource Your Job To… Custom Programming and Web Design. Freelance programmers and web designers. Outsource your next IT Project today. Let web developers bid on it. http://www.getacoder.com/
A one stop shop platform for freelancers and employers freelance.com helps freelance providers and employers that need to work reliably through one platform. More than 177910 profiles registered and regular daily updates of jobs http://www.freelance.com/en/
Freelance Web Designers, Programmers, Writers. Custom Web Design. F… Project4Hire is the contract work marketplace where clients post contract jobs and freelance programmers, graphic designers, translators, consultants and other professionals bid for those jobs. http://www.project4hire.com/
Online outsourcing | Service marketplace | Find a freelancer – Task…Labor on demand. Get a freelancer to help you improve your website! http://taskarmy.com/
There you have it! Eight great work at home sites that you can get started on today! All you have to do is sign up, fill out your profile in it’s entirety, list your price and you’re ready to go.
- Don’t undersell yourself or you’ll find yourself making less and less money (do your research on the market rate for your services),
- Expect it to take a few weeks to a few months for some real cash flow,
- Last-working for yourself is not easy! If you don’t give up, you can have the satisfaction of working for yourself and putting some extra cash into your pocket!
Here are a few of my favorite places to work from home.
1. Hire My Mom- Love, love, love this website. This is where I got my start and the inspiration for this website! It’s a job board aimed at stay at home moms. You have to have at least one year of professional experience. Don’t undermine yourself though! If you served on board a committee or held a student governmental position at your university, you can use the skills learned there as professional experience. Find things you might have done while volunteering that would be considered as professional experience to qualify for this. There is a small fee: $29.99 every 3 months. This comes out to $120 per year or $10 per month. Pretty Affordable!
2. Elance- I like this website because I was able to find other virtual assistants to help me with my clients pretty quickly! While I never worked a job on Elance personally it has literally thousands of jobs. This is good if you know a bit about programming because those jobs usually pay a bit more. It is free to join and they do offer protection payment if you complete the work in “Work View” which is a box on the website in which they monitor the hours you worked on a project as a way of verifying your time.
3. Fiverr: I love Fiverr because you can literally make money doing ANYTHING on this site. The only downfall is that you have to work for really low wages ($5 per task or per hour) just to compete. You can do something fun and funky like draw caricatures or make goofy songs for people for $5. Actually the more unique the gig (what a task on Fiverr is called) the more popular it is! Again this website is free.
4. iWriter- I just joined this website but it is an easy way to make money if you can write interesting articles quickly. It’s a writing content website and you pick a topic among many and write a 250-1000 word article. When you start you’re only able to choose the standard articles which run about $2 a pop. I know that’s like 3rd world country low but once you’ve done 30 articles AND received at least a 4 1/2 star rating you can choose the premium and then the elite articles which are from $4-$8 per article. If you are a premium writer and can write 2 articles per hour that’s $16 per hour. Not bad.
5. Inbox Dollars- I hate all other survey sites except for Inbox Dollars. They give you $5 to sign up and they don’t make you work too hard for the money. It’s $30 to receive a check. In the first couple of weeks I made about $40 doing offers and surveys. The trick is to do the trial memberships and mark yourself a reminder in your email to cancel it before the trial runs out. You can get $5-$20 for the trial memberships just make sure to sign up with the same email you used to sign up with Inbox Dollars. Also wait at least 48 hours before you cancel your membership or you may run the risk of not receiving your money.
Well there you have it! 5 sites that I personally use to work from home. Good luck WAHS!
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