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A Beginners Guide to Finding a Work from Home Job
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A Beginners Guide to Finding a Work from Home Job

     Working from home can be a blessing to those of us that are disabled, but finding that work from home (WFH) job can be a daunting task, to say the least.

     Although with the advancement of technology, the possibility of working from home is more attainable now than just a few years ago, it is important to be prepared and knowledgeable in regard to the process.

     For instance, when I began my search for a WAH employment in 2008 the opportunities for legitimate jobs were limited. At that time the majority of people that were working from home had years invested with an employer that was allowing them now to continue working for them but from a "satellite office" at home.

    As more businesses/employers realized the savings alone for allowing employees to work from home could be advantageous for all involved, the number of WAH jobs began to increase.

     More and more businesses began to hire employees to WAH, especially customer service jobs that were in the past done mainly in large call centers. These employers found that the savings from overhead such as rent for a building, furniture, telephone, and computer costs alone was well worth the initial investment of work and costs for software etc. for them to hire people to work from home.

    Even though there are many more WFH jobs available now than when I began my quest for "online" employment, there is still much to learn in the job seeking process and the internet still can be fraught with dangers such as scams and imposters. It took me several years of research, successes and failures to finally obtain that WFH job that suits me and I would like to share some of what I have learned with you. If you are interested in working from home, hopefully the following information will help you in your quest and avoid a few of the pitfalls that can sometimes be encountered.

    Please remember one of the most important things to keep in mind is that you should NEVER have to pay someone to work for them! If an employer asks for money, it's a red flag. They're supposed to pay you. Watch out for scams.

A list of a few companies/employers that I have found to be legitimate;

Alpine Access, Arise, U-Haul, NCO ,United Healthcare, VIP Desk, Service Master, Teleflora and  Liveops

And a list of a few job websites/companies that offer employment opportunities for the disabled. J. Lodge http://www.jlodge.com/company-profile/ National Telecommuting Institute (NTI) http://nticentral.org/about-nti.shtm Lift Inc. http://lift-inc.org/ Disaboomjobs http://www.disaboomjobs.com/

     The employment opportunities and other information that I have listed here are really just the "tip of the iceberg" as far as working from home listings and things that are necessary to WFM are concerned. The WFH/telecommute community has been growing by leaps and bounds for over a decade now and I see more great companies and employers joining the list. If you are interested in working from home, it can only help to be as knowledgeable and prepared as you can be!

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  1. SignLanguage
    You can also advertise transcription work, if you want. It is simple and there are, surprisingly, still a lot of people who detest taking their videos or recordings and typing them. Or they just prefer saying a letter out loud and will gladly let you do the typing work. Anyhow, I voted! Please come read my new post, Deafies in a Wheelchair, and vote if you liike it!
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  2. Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Daniel Andrei Garcia
    Vote #4 "Even though there are many more WFH jobs available now than when I began my quest for "online" employment, there is still much to learn in the job seeking process and the internet still can be fraught with dangers such as scams and imposters." Nothing could be truer. I have been doing all sorts of things on the Internet for the better part of the last 3 years now and have come across some gold mines and some coal mines. One thing I've learned is that WFH jobs as you mentioned it are not permanent and we should take them as a means just to supplement our real life jobs and incomes. As a freelance writer - all of my gigs are transitory and one of the best I've come across is the Good Blogs Network of blogs - which includes this and the Flaming Vegan. So I owe it to Jason and the team to thank them for a job well done. Good tidings to all for 2013.
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  3. sweedly
    sweedly
    Thanks for your posting. I am very careful of whom I sign up with as I too have been scammed a few times. I have found several good types of jobs that if you can hear well and speak clearly on the phone many stores hire people for taking orders or giving out information on various topics. Your article and links provided will be a blessing for many looking for work. Hope you will read my posts and vote if you like. #6
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #9 This is something that I may need at this time. Thank you for sharing. I just added you to my bloggers. Please stop by mine and vote if you like.
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  5. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Thank you for the information. There are lots of web sites to look at when trying to find work from home jobs. There are also, books out there that one can seek, and find to browse through as well. I need to buckle down and start doing my own research on them and see what all I can come up with. However, I'm finding, that there's this thing that's called PROCRASTINATION that plagues me all the time around here. I need to stop it and just sit down and do it. Again, thanks for the info.
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