Top Work From Home Jobs and Internships – Companies Hiring Now
With the current state of our US economy and unemployment rates the highest they have been in 17 years, we’ve all likely seen this effect members of our family, friends and colleagues.
I’ve personally noticed an increased interest in ‘what I do for a living’. I’ve been working from home for several years now but I’ve never has so many people at once ask me to show them how to make money from home.
There are other posts here on the blog about starting your own online home business(i.e. as an affiliate marketer or creating your own product or service) but this post is really about work from home and telecommuting ‘job’ opportunities. These days ‘working from home’ falls into many categories and there are more options then ever before.
For example, there are now many companies that hire you either as an employee or independent contractor, pay you an hourly rate while you work from home, in most cases on your own schedule. I’ll list several of these for you in a moment.
Telecommuting and web work jobs seem to be on the rise. Whether this is in spite of the economic downturn or it is due to the the increasing unemployment rate pushing more people into freelancing positions while they look for other work is a question up for debate.
oDesk, a popular and high quality freelance site, said job posts on oDesk were up *120%* in Quarter 4 of 2008 compared with Q4 2007. They posted on their blog some stats showing the skills with the highest growth rates in 2008 Blogging seems to dominate as a tech growth area in 2008. Demand for WordPress designers has increased by more than 4 times. Demand for freelance writers, a good portion of which are online or blog related, more than tripled.
Whether someone is laid off completely or the economy has caused a reduction in hours or commissions, if you have skills such as customer service, writing, data entry, computer and tech related, consulting, even cooking… there are ways to get some extra cash working from home.
I did some research and put together a list on some of the best ways to earn some extra cash from home and some of the best companies that are hiring right now.
1. Get Paid for Writing or Blogging
You don’t have to publish a bestseller to get paid for your love of writing. Content is King online and there are many companies and blogs that are in constant need for fresh quality content. Here are just a few:
Constant-content.com – They buy unique articles, tutorials, and purchase all types of content for your magazines and websites. They offer opportunities for freelance article writers, blog writers, review writers. They even buy videos and photography.
Payperpost.com – Get paid for blogging. Write about web sites, products, services, and companies and earn cash for providing your opinion and valuable feedback to advertisers.
AssociatedContent.com – Another site where you can be a content producer and get pad to write and submit content. Content can be in the form of text, videos, audios and slideshows.
Helium.com – a knowledge co-operative where writers are also editors who read and rate every article on the site. Write, Get Published, Get Paid!
2. Customer service or technical support representative
Alpine Access – this company plans to hire 1,200 new employees in the first three months of 2009. Besides offering the flexibility to work from home, Alpine Access, a virtual call center, provides health-care benefits, 401K, flexible work schedules and opportunities to grow. Each worker is an actual company employee with regular work hours and assignments.
1800flowers.com– If you have a phone headset, a way with people and, hopefully, a love of flowers, consider working for the long-established 1-800-FLOWERS. The company expects to hire temporary, full-time customer service representatives this year. It even promises competitive hourly rates plus a bonus at the end of the temporary assignment.
Aetna – From nurses to contract negotiators to account managers, Aetna is a nationwide company with a variety of telework-friendly jobs to offer. Whether you are medically savvy or are simply good with people on the phone, you could find a position with this reputable company that offers benefits and a possibility of a bonus.
Arise – offers opportunities for work in technical support, sales, and customer service with some of the most exciting companies in America. They offer the certification courses you need to become an Arise Certified Professional, which signifies that you have the basic skills and knowledge to be a customer interaction specialist. As an employee of Virtual Services Corporation, once you are certified as an Arise Certified Professional, you choose which clients to serve, when you work, and how many hours each week to work.
3. Virtual Assistants
A virtual assistant is a professional office administrative assistant who can work from anywhere.
HireMyMom.com – a Web-based job service designed especially for professional working mothers. One of the most popular positions HireMyMom.com is a virtual assistant. You provide the skills. They provide the clients.
You’ll also find multiple Virtual Assistant Job posting on the Simply Hired job board.
4. Typing and Transcription
Workingsolutions.com – If you are a fast and accurate typist, you might be interested in a contract position as a transcriptionist. This is someone who types down information from a audio or video recording, live reading, or conversation. Established in 1996, Working Solutions hires independent contract agents for various transcription and customer service assignments. You can earn up to $30 an hour if you have the right skill-set and experience.
Here are 2 other transcription sites to explore.
5. Work From Home Teaching
Sylvan Online – If you have experience teaching but aren’t interested in managing an entire classroom or have lost your teaching job due to cutbacks and layoffs, Sylvan Online may work for you. It’s a Web-based tutoring service that seeks certified teachers to tutor various subjects and levels. Job requirements include a current teaching certificate, a Windows-based PC and high-speed Internet access. Sylvan offers paid training on-line and opportunities range from 8 to 29 hours per week.
Language Lab: Language Lab lets at-home students visit “English Town,” a virtual city where teachers help them learn English as a second language. Language Lab is looking to hire more English teachers. The company also plans to hire actors and part-time customer service reps.
6. Computer Skills
Side Note: oDesk also has career openings within their company http://www.odesk.com/w/careers
7. Be An Online Juror
Yea- this one was new to me…
Instead of spending time watching the courtroom programs on TV, try making some pocket money while determining verdicts as an online juror. Lawyers deciding whether or not to accept a case or looking for preliminary feedback on cases they’re currently handling use various websites as a cost-effective tool for research and focus groups before heading into a real courtroom.
8. Cooking Consultant
Think you’re the next Top Chef? That might qualify you to become a home-based consultant for Chefsline.com , which provides live, professional advice to anyone who needs help with cooking or baking. Chef consultants must excel at cooking, teaching, and customer service, and must be available to take calls for a minimum of eight hours per week during afternoon and evening hours. A culinary degree is preferred, but not required.
This is not really a true work from home job but internships, especially with web startups, can really open some doors and get you some valuable experience and contacts.
Conotes _ If you’re just starting out and want to get your foot in the door with some great web startups, head on over to http://conotes.com/
Twitter is Hiring! Twitter, a well known privately funded start up offers an internship. They also offer competitive salaries and full benefits, including health, dental, vacation, 401k, and stock options. You would be joining a unique group of experienced folks who are doing their best work to create something great.
On a sidenote: For companies and business owners looking to hire interns, Conotes also has a free listing service for internships.
If you know of any work from home job resources, other companies hiring, or have some experience in any of the job categories or companies above, please share them in comments.