Thinking to be your own boss? Tips from Tory Johnson

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by goodedc, Jan 24, 2008.

  1. goodedc

    goodedc New Member

    Tory Johnson is the workplace contributor for "Good Morning America" and the CEO of Women for Hire.

    The following is her ideas for working from home

    1 Virtual Customer-service Agent

    Answer the customer calls for companies like J. Crew, 1-800-flowers, Virgin Atlanta or Walgreens. These companies hire U.S.-based virtual agents, such as Alpine Access hires virtual agents as employees. Other companies, including LiveOps, West and Arise, Working Solutions, Accolade Support, Customer Loyalty Concepts, Sci@Home, Reps for Rent, Overflow, ACD Direct.



    2 Create Your Own Product Line

    Put your slogans and artwork on T-shirts, mugs or hats kids' accessories, housewares, posters, stickers like zazzle.com, cafepress.com and you'll receive commission on all sales generated with your designs.

    3 As an online Juror

    Sites including eJury.com, OnlineVerdict.com, ZapJury.com, and TrialPractice.com pay nominal fees to home-based e-jurors for preliminary feedback on cases.

    4 Driving for Dollars

    You can earn money by allowing your car to be fully wrapped with an advertiser's images and message. Search online "car wrap advertising" to locate opportunities nationwide

    5 Mystery Shopping

    Get paid to shop and eat at great restaurants, and then report back to the corporate headquarters on the level of service and cleanliness to help improve the experience for future customers. You can check out at Mysteryshop.org.

    6 Become a Blogger

    You can become a professional blogger. Web sites such as Eefoof.com allow you to post videos and photographs, and then receive a percentage of the site's revenue, which is generated from advertising associated with page views and clicks to the content posted by you. Another way to make money is to create your very own blog at Blogger.com. Set up your own page and create captivating content to lure readers to your stuff. Then add the site's AdSense feature, which allows advertisements to be included on the page.


    7 Direct Your Attention to Direct Sales

    It's not just Avon, Mary Kay and Tupperware. There are thousands of exciting opportunities to make extra money through in-person and online direct sales.Try TiensNA.com, TheTravelingVineyard.com, CarlisleCollection.com. DiscoveryToysInc.com.

    8 Become a Virtual Publicist

    Perkett PR, Bisbee and Company, PartnerCentric, Orca Communications, and Wasabi Publicity.

    9 Guide Users Online

    Chacha.com is a new search engine that is similar to Yahoo or Google, but users have the ability to request the free help of a live guide. You can make $5 to $10 per hour by helping people online. About.com offers qualified applicants the opportunity to become guides if they have proven expertise in a topic area. As a guide, you're responsible for publishing a full-length article every 14 days and you must update your blog at least three times per week. On JustAnswer.com, users agree to pay for experts to answer their questions.



    10 Become an Online Tutor

    www.tutor.com

    11 Maximize Online Job Boards

    HotJobs.com, CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com are filled with thousands of work-from-home opportunities. SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com compile positions from a wide variety of sources. The key is to search all of these Web sites by using the words "virtual" or "home-based" when looking for opportunities advertised online.

    TheLadders.com, which focuses on positions paying in more than $100,000 annually and requires a monthly fee to join, features a wide range of senior-level positions from home in sales, technology, finance and marketing. You can also promote your own skills and abilities on Web sites such as Guru.com to enable employers to find you. Craigslist.com and Backpage.com are two sites that post local listings for a wide range of freelance opportunities.

    12 Use Your Language Skills as a Translator

    Welocalize, Language Translation, Inc. , Accurapid.com, Telelanguage.com, Sdl.com.
     
  2. Marktech

    Marktech Member

    Wow! I don't believe I've seen such a detailed list of work-at-home opportunities all in one place - thanks. It would be great if there was a resource that objectively evaluated some of these opportunities. Most sites on the web are selling one thing or the other while they try to appear to be reporting from an unbiased standpoint. I would like to hear from anyone who has actually done mystery shopping or worked as a virtural customer service agent, as these two opportunities interest me.
     
  3. goodedc

    goodedc New Member

    Sorry, that would be difficult for me to find the reviews, I am with #7 right now.

    good luck with google search.

    Liren Wang
     
  4. desmoines50309

    desmoines50309 New Member

    I can speak to the legitimacy of virtual call center jobs. These companies are real employers offering real jobs with regular paychecks. Aside from those listed here there are others, you just have to be resourceful to find them. Be advised however that there is fierce competition for these jobs. The 3 top employers (Alpine Access, Arise and LiveOPs) receive 2-3 thousand applications each week. Because of this they are very selective in who they hire. Typically on the top 5% or so of applicants are offered employment. The good news is that there are other companies that are not as well known that hire for these jobs too. Use the resources that are available, be persistent, and you'll find what you're looking for.
     
  5. cebarber2

    cebarber2 New Member

    The online juror seems intriguing to me. Exciting to be part of real-life, real-time court cases.
     
  6. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    Nice list!
     
  7. kyrash

    kyrash New Member

    Blogging is another great one. I sure agree with that because i like systems that you can put on auto pilot.
     
  8. Marktech

    Marktech Member

    Thanks for the heads-up on Alpine Access, Arise and LiveOPs. I would probably want to start with a company that is not too picky to get experience, then do a good job and use that for leverage when appling to the three mentioned above.
     
  9. jbreinlinger

    jbreinlinger New Member

    I'm surprised no freelance marketplaces are listed here. I work at oDesk.com. There are a lot of similar places, but oDesk is the only one that offers free online certifications and guarantees payment for hourly jobs.

    -Josh
     
  10. pcwork

    pcwork New Member

    GAF , RAC and Guru are other freelance sites
     
  11. Homeboy

    Homeboy New Member

    Hmm, that car advertising one sounds pretty novel, I never thought of that, lol..... That could be some very easy money every month! [​IMG]
     
  12. mphollins

    mphollins New Member

    Accepted with Arise. From my viewpoint, Arise is expensive to start up, because it requires an agent to purchase another computer, install another phone line and open a business back account to use soley for Arise. For someone who is able to pay several hundred dollar for the classes required to do the job, it is possible to earn $20,000 to $24,000 per year working full time with several Arise clients. I am still trying to get my system set up to begin making money and I estimate I will need to spend $1,000 to become qualified to work 15 hours per week at $13.00 per hour. Since I am saving on gas and lunch money, over the long run the investiment may be worth the start up cost.
     
  13. MyOwnBoss

    MyOwnBoss New Member

    I don't know, I think the majority of these programs aren't a way to become your own boss. If you're looking to get a JOB from home where you're answerable to someone (even if you don't ever see them), they're fine. On the other hand, if you want to legitimately call yourself self-employed you need to start a business that you own.

    Blogging serves that purpose, assuming you're blogging on your own domain rather than a free one.

    Freelance work also can serve this purpose assuming you can put out enough quality that people are willing to pay you a fair rate for your work. Sites like elance and guru are a good place to make contacts, but when I was freelancing there as a writer, I had to turn down a lot (and I mean A LOT) of $2 per page offers before I managed to convince people I'm worth the $25 per page I charge.

    The tutor, sales, and online publicist also fit the bill, assuming you're doing it as a business for yourself, rather than letting someone else take the lion-share of the money and give you just enough to keep you doing it.

    I'm not saying there's anything with wanting to pick up a little extra money here and there, or even to getting an online job, but I was born with the entrepreneurial spirit and never could imagine wanting to have my financial well-being in someone else's hands until I die.

    The bottom line about working for yourself is that it takes MORE work than working for someone else. If you're willing and able to put in that work to get the ball rolling, you can pay yourself more than anyone is ever likely to want to pay you.

    Also, the most important thing about having your own business is freedom (this depends on your business). I personally can't imagining ever going back to a world where I can't wake up every day and say, "What do I feel like doing today?" because I know I'm supposed to be 'working' in 3 hours.
     
  14. mphollins

    mphollins New Member

    I agree with the post from myownboss. It seems reasonable that since I paid to start my own business LLC, then I am the boss of me. Not so with the companies that I've seen for call center work. Agents work when the company allows them to work. We have a boss to tell us what to do in our own homes.

    I've searched for work at home opps for four years and found very few that did not have some major catch. However, for many these companies are great ways to save money while earning money. I have a chronic medical condition so going to a 9 to 5 every day is not a good thing.

    I am interested in writing, started a blog and a web page, spent hours adding content and I have not made one dime. My idea does not sell. Have not given up[​IMG]
     
  15. MyOwnBoss

    MyOwnBoss New Member

    What are you doing to sell your work?

    If you've got talent, I'll say the opposite of what everybody else tells you. Most people say "just do what you love, the money will come."

    To me, this works great if you're looking for a hobby you HOPE makes money. However, if you're PLANNING to make money, it makes more sense to find out where the money is now and tap into it.

    If you concentrate on the basics of an online sales business: writing effectively, marketing, and traffic generation - then you can make money off anything. People with successful businesses rarely start them with the thought, "I love setting up networks for companies, I'll start a business doing that.".

    These successful people start out by seeing a need for a company who sets up networks for companies and set up a business to meet that need.

    That's the thing with newbies - everybody gives them the easy answer. Do what you love, content is king, the money's in the list.

    While these things are all true in their own way, it's like your asking me how to build a log cabin and my answer is, "Chopping wood is where it's all at..." there's truth there, but not really something you could run with.

    Bottom line: It's a lot easier to get a successful business going by first finding out what people are willing to pay for and then finding a way to get them to pay YOU for that than it is to just "do what you love" and try to get other people to pay you for it.

    mphollins: I agree with the post from myownboss. It seems reasonable that since I paid to start my own business LLC, then I am the boss of me. Not so with the companies that I've seen for call center work. Agents work when the company allows them to work. We have a boss to tell us what to do in our own homes.

    I've searched for work at home opps for four years and found very few that did not have some major catch. However, for many these companies are great ways to save money while earning money. I have a chronic medical condition so going to a 9 to 5 every day is not a good thing.

    I am interested in writing, started a blog and a web page, spent hours adding content and I have not made one dime. My idea does not sell. Have not given up
     
  16. destiny7

    destiny7 New Member

    Quite a compact list.

    I wasn't aware though that you could work as an online Juror; this one that I have to checkout.

    Like to see how it stacks up to my experiences as a Grand Juror and a Petit Juror.

    Thanks for the great info.
     

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