Three legitimate work at home opportunities

Melissa Dawn By Melissa Dawn, 11th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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May stay home and work-at-home mom and dad's wonder if any real Administrative Jobs exist. Work at home scams are all over the Internet and talented individuals often give up on finding real telecommuting jobs. With a little bit of persistance it is possible to find real jobs from home.

Finding legitimate companies to work for on-line

Legitimate companies who offer telecommuting or work at home jobs never charge applicants an application fee, testing fee, training fee, or resume reading fee. Real companies are usually registered as limited liability or incorporated in their home state/province. The first rule of thumb when landing on any website that offers on-line work is to check that they have a real brick and mortar address, a telephone number (toll free is helpful but not essential) and working email addresses. Here are three legitimate virtual assiting and telecommuting companies I have found.

Teamdoubleclick have been around for some years on the Internet. They concentrate on pairing qualified Virtual Assistants with the right employer. Pay rates vary, and you must submit a resume detailing your Administrative and computer skills. Work is almost always done during regular business hours, although time zones must be considered if you are paired with an out of state/province employer. Teamdoubleclick are one of the few Virtual Assisting companies that also hire Canadians.

New employees are typically given 2-4 hour shifts as a virtual assistant, and no minimum per week is guaranteed. Once you have proved yourself with a client, you will be offered more work. Teamdoubleclick also employs telemarketers, and often has some interesting short term jobs. This is a fabulous legitimate company to work for with helpful staff, and have been featured on Fox News and CNN just to name a few.

Grindstone is a very professional company with stringent guidelines for prospective on-line employee's. This company specializes in outbound telemarketing. Prospective employee's wishing to work for Grindstone should be prepared to do cold call sales, specializing in approaching business owners and CEO's of large corporations. While this type of work is not for the faint of heart, Grindstone sends email lists of prospective employers that are matched to your skill set.

Requirements for working at Grindstone are at least three years in either face-to-face or tele-sales, along with lead generation skills and strong computer skills. Pay varies, and bonuses are available. Once through the screening process you must have access to high speed Internet, and have a long distance telephone plan. Grindstone are located in Elliott City, Maryland and the link on their website pairs you with VirtualPro' who screen all their prospective employee's across the USA.

BlueZebraAppointmentSetting specialize in providing jobs for at home telemarketers. This company serves the whole USA and businesses wishing to outsource their sales often find success at BlueZebra. This company offers two different employment positions; Appointment Setters, and Administrative Assistants, both are work at home or telecommute positions.

Appointment Setters must have at least two years of cold calling all types of businesses to set up sales appointments, while Administrative Assistants typically need two to five years of experience, with very strong communication and computer skills. Both offer a high hourly rate of pay, and appointment setters in particular, typically start at $15 to $25 hour. To apply for either of these positions follow the link on the home page to upload your resume.

Tips for working at home

Working at home is rarely as glamorous as it sounds. While the whole 'work-in-your-pajamas' scenario can exist it is important to remain professional. To succeed you need to have your own room that you treat as an actual working space. Clients who can hear the baby cry, the dark bark, the spouse yelling for a clean shirt, are likely to complain, and quickly. A good computer, and preferably a second computer, should the first one fail, are just about essential for success.

Never lie on your resume when you want to work for an on-line company. Just because you are being hired long distance doesn't mean they don't check you out too. Tele-commuting companies are constantly acquiring new clients and often need to hire quickly, so a skills based resume highlighting your abilities and accomplishments often works best.

It takes time to succeed working at home, and one of the biggest mistakes new tele-commuters make is over extending themselves. Start off slowly, most companies don't expect you to commit to an instant 40 hour work week. This way you get to see if the job is a good fit for you and your family, and vice versa!


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author avatar Jerry Walch
12th Jan 2011 (#)

A very informative article with essential information for anyone looking for telecommuting opportunities.

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author avatar christopheranton
12th Jan 2011 (#)

Some good ideas there.
Thank you.

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author avatar Stable
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Some good opportunities by the looks of it. Good artcile

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author avatar Greenfaol
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Excellent article, great tips. i didn't know this existed, thought they were all scams. I don't suppose you know whether they cover the UK as well? Thanks for sharing :D

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
21st Jan 2011 (#)

Hi Greenfaol, sorry no. Sadly to my knowledge these only cover the US and Canada.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

I am sorry Melissa, I missed this last article in my box. I am sorry it took so long for me to get to. Great info and well researched. Good read.
Now, this will be my last comments left on your articles for a few weeks. I will miss your great articles.
As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jenny Heart
31st Jan 2011 (#)

Well presented! Very helpful information.

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author avatar Retired
7th Feb 2011 (#)

well done and informative. The most important I think is teh professionalism, and you have to be strong with that one. NO (loudly!) is a very good thing.

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