Whatever your skillset may be, there's sure to be a job that you can find online. We take a closer look at the top freelance websites for different skill sets (with pros and cons) and tell you how you can build a profile that will get accepted and land you an online gig.

With the digital nomad culture on the rise, more and more people are becoming their own bosses. You don’t need to have a billion-dollar idea and trillion-dollar funding to do that; all you need is the right skillset. A freelancing opportunity will help you find and do the rest.

The freelancing industry is so robust that it is expected that freelancers will comprise about 50 percent of India’s workforce by 2020. If you have a skill, chances are, you are more likely to survive and thrive better on your own than working under someone.

But you don’t just need to possess the right skill set; you also need to have a good profile to back you up. In fact, landing a freelance IT gig has become tougher today than it was a mere three years ago.

Getting a freelancing gig

While freelancing can be done in any profession, the IT sector is one of the most popular yet tough to land a freelance job in. Projects for web design, content writing, SEO, graphic designing, coding, app development, book-keeping, etc., are getting harder to land day by day.

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A lot of websites offer freelance opportunities for professions other than the IT sector, be it carpentry, dance, art, masonry etc., but these are mostly categorized in end-to-end freelance sites. They do not have specialised websites as such.

Irrespective of the kind of job, as I have mentioned earlier, the first and foremost challenge a freelancer faces is to getting accepted by these websites. I will focus on how you can build such a profile at the end of this article, but let us first take a closer look at the top freelance websites in various domains along with their pros and cons. 

The top 5 freelance websites

1. Upwork 

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Upwork is one of the top-rated websites in the world when it comes to freelancing and freelance jobs. It has about 50 lakh registered businesses and 1.2 crore registered freelancers for more than 30 domains. The jobs range from writing, designing, marketing, sales, customer support, ethical hacking, accounting, and much more.

Upwork charges about 20 percent of the total fee you would be charging for your services for the first five jobs, after which it charges about 5 percent of the fee. While a few argue that there are hidden charges, there are hardly any valid Indian stories to back this claim.

Upwork is mostly for top-rated professionals and getting a profile approved can be daunting. The key to getting approval is being genuine in your application.

I shall get more into detail about this at the end of the article.

Pros:

  1. A vast number of jobs across various domains
  2. Trusted by millions
  3. Transparent payment methods
  4. High profile value

Cons:

  1. High commission charges
  2. Profile approval is not instantaneous

2. Fiverr

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Fiverr was founded in 2010 on the concept of buying and selling of freelance services globally, starting at just $5. The prices would go up depending on the complexity, skill, demand, and the duration of the job. It soon grew in popularity and is now actively used by millions of users to offer and use freelance services in more than 30 different domains.

Fiverr has a “gig” culture where you, as a client, post a gig for a certain requirement. A freelancer with a relevant skillset can bid for this and "get the Gig". It works extremely well for beginners of different and vocational skill sets to start searching for gigs in domains such as writing, dancing, editing, painting, and coding, among various other niches.

Though simple and easy to use, Fiverr has always been controversial due to its low pay rates and professionals globally complaining about the quality of the work being delivered. Be sure to bid well and deliver quality work while you’re at it.

Pros:

  1. Simple to use and get started
  2. Has a wide range of niches and domains
  3. Ideal for beginners too

Cons:

  1. Low rates

3. Freelancer.com

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Freelancer, as the name suggests, is most straightforward and is used by a lot of IT freelancers, majorly in India, the UK, the US, and Pakistan. It has a presence in about 247 countries and a total user base of 24 million.

One can find a wide range of freelance jobs on this site: coding, web development, graphics, accounting, data entry, writing, sales, and marketing.

From time to time, Freelancer hosts a range of bid competitions apart from the usual gig bidding. There are substantial cash prizes for winning these competitions.

While jobs on this site are genuine and up to the mark, Freelancer has a history of getting into legal trouble over how it handles personal data.

Pros:

  1. A vast number of jobs and easy to find
  2. Easy profile registration
  3. Great for IT sector
  4. Competitions for cash prizes

Cons:

  1. Bid wars
  2. Issues over sharing sensitive information on bidding zones

4. Guru

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Guru.com is one of the oldest freelance platforms on this list. It was founded in 1999 as eMoonlighter.com and then rebranded as Guru. This platform allows users get paid not just by the hour or by the tasks but also based on milestones and recurring payments.

While it is still among the top websites, the competition has certainly made headway in recent times. This, actually, is good news if you are a freelancer as it means that you have comparatively lesser competition when compared to giants such as Upwork or Fiverr.

However, there is one major drawback - how the website handles client accounts and user funds. There have been reports of account suspensions, and it's important that you proceed with proper caution.

Pros:

  1. Less competition
  2. Can get paid by four different parameters (recurring, by tasks, by the hour, by the milestone)

Cons:

  1. Account management

5. PeoplePerHour

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 As the name suggests, People per Hour is an online marketplace for hiring talent on a per-hour basis. It also has a unique collaborative feature. Collaborative streaming of projects allows freelancers to pool in human resources and work as a virtual team to finish their goals. This not only helps freelancers do a better job, but also helps them grow their network.

People Per Hour, apart from helping create a peer network, helps you build good client relations that may help you secure future jobs.

Like Fiverr, this site does not deal in localised currency. While Fiverr deals in dollars, People Per Hour deals in pounds and pays out in the same currency. This might be a minor inconvenience for freelancers taking up international projects.

Pros:

  1. Good pricing
  2. Great networking opportunity
  3. Portfolio management
  4. Team collaborations

Cons:

  1. Payment is usually done in pounds (or euros)

6. UrbanPro

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UrbanPro is an online tutorial portal, which has registered and verified teachers in every domain possible. Here, one can learn anything from basic mathematics to playing the cello.

If you are talented and capable of teaching people of any age group, you could sign up and start teaching them online or offline too. All you need to do is create your profile, bid for the best, have a conversation with your would-be student, and start your classes.

Pros:

  1. Good reputation of having high-quality trainers
  2. Premium plans to give freelancers more visibility and branding

Cons:

  1. Customer care service

7. Broxer.com

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Broxer is the perfect way for beginners to start their freelancing careers. One can start offering services such as writing, graphic designing, coding etc., for as low as Rs 250 per hour.

Signing up and getting this experience can also help you build a better profile for high-end freelancer sites.

Pros:

  1. Low commission rate
  2. Free registration for job seekers and employers

Cons:

  1. Less popular than other websites

Best 5 freelance websites for content writing

Content is king, and will always be. One of the biggest problems in India is that there is a huge demand, but a paucity of good writers. In this list, I’ve included a few international websites dedicated to the writers' community.

1. Listverse

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I’m going to start this with my favorite one. Listverse is a website with great content. But the website is content-scarce and ready to pay any writer $100 for any new list.

The condition is simple - keep it original. The best part about this is that there is no specific topic and you are also not given any specific guidelines. Choose any topic under the Sun and generate engaging yet fact-rich content, and you are good to go.

There are no upper limitations to the word count, but keep the list to at least a minimum of 10 per article. By personal experience, I would say that each article should easily cross a 1,500-wordmark.

The one and only major roadblock for is the payment. You NEED to have a PayPal account as Listverse does not allow payments on any other network. So ready your listicle, sign up for PayPal, and you are good to go.

Pros:

  1. The freedom to write about anything under the earth
  2. No deadlines
  3. Fixed pay of $100 per article

Cons:

  1. You need to have a PayPal account to get paid

2. ContentWriters.com

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Next on this list of writer-centric freelancer websites is ContentWriters.com. This is an enterprise-level content writing services firm dedicated to providing high-quality content.

The best part of working with ContentWriters is the huge knowledge repository you will be exposed to, allowing you to climb up to the next level of your professional writer journey.

ContentWriters is a serious website and accepts only professionals; the pay reflects that as well. Also, you would be working with some top professionals, which would enhance your knowledge. Apart from signing up as a writer, you can also sign up as an editor too. This has its own perks and large pay cheques.

Pros:

  1. Professional freelancing opportunities
  2. Work with big brands along with the company
  3. Good pay cheques
  4. Can work either as a writer or an editor

Cons:

  1. Ideal only for professional writers and editors and not for beginners

3. Crowd Content

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Crowd Content is an online content writing services firm that, even with its team of in-house writers, heavily relies on outsourced content.

Though a small website, Crowd Content offers two more things.

Writer’s University: An online knowledge repository where you can further sharpen your skills or writing content/copy.

Pricing Table: This can be leveraged and stated as your standard pricing once you have a substantial experience working with their formats and if you want to branch out.

Crowd Content has an application limitation and uses this for filtration. But you can apply and await approval.

Pros:

  1. Good knowledge repository
  2. Great pay
  3. A good way to start

Cons:

  1. Limited opportunities

4. Freelancewriting.com

Established in 1997, Freelancewriting is a dedicated platform for freelance writers to bid and get the best available writing gigs in their area of preference.

All you need to do is sign up and create a profile to get started. The payout at FreelanceWriting is neither too high nor too low, but is competitive with most freelance websites.

But the best part are the writing competitions the website holds. These will bring out the best in you and keep up your writing spirit while winning you more projects and cash prizes.

You can also access the best of writing resources available on their website to amplify your ability to write better.

Pros:

  1. Dedicated platform for writers to post and get jobs
  2. Good pay cheques
  3. Knowledge repository
  4. Writing competitions

Cons:

  1. None to mention specifically

5. Kolabtree.com

Kolabtree is a medical and scientific freelancer platform where you can hire and consult with top-level scientists and science professionals all over the world.

While this is not the place for regular content writers, it is a good platform for someone with a science degree in almost anything. There are projects that require medical writing by professionals and if you are someone with a Bachelor's or a Master's degree, or a PhD in the relevant projects, you are up for a bid.

Bids and projects range from chemistry, biology, and doctorates to over 2,400 different fields of science. It is possible to find PhDs and veteran scientists from every discipline here.

Pros:

  1. Good for academic and scientific writers community
  2. Can collaborate with other scientists
  3. Good pay

Cons:

  1. Only ideal for PhD or highly educated writers; not for regular writers

6. Publoft.com

Publoft is a marketing services startup dedicated to providing startups and businesses with inbound marketing strategies.

The freelance programme at Publoft promises great prices for your content with biweekly payouts. Editors at Publoft will handle your work and help you with any necessary corrections and clarifications.

Your payout is likely to increase as your association with the website grows. The startup is at a nascent stage, and promises a great journey as it grows.

Pros:

  1. Biweekly payouts
  2. Dedicated editors to aid in editing
  3. Pay appraisals with an increase in loyalty

Cons:

  1. Nascent stage startup

Best 5 freelance websites for web developers and graphic designers

Designers, both web or graphic, not just add colour, but seem to breathe life into everything on the internet. Graphic designers and web developers are some of the most in-demand people today.

There exists no company that does not need a designer nor a startup that does not need a web developer. Listed below are the top sources of gigs for developers and designers.

1. Behance.net

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Starting off our list for creativity is Behance, an online platform owned by Adobe for showcasing and discovering creativity. Famous for the talent it curates and projects, Behance is the perfect way for designers to not just showcase talent but also find great opportunities.

One can also find full-time and lucrative opportunities from around the world. However, given the discovery nature of the platform, the pricing of the projects is entirely client dependent. But, there is no bidding on this platform.

Pros:

  1. High profile value
  2. Great talent discovery and collaborating opportunities
  3. Discover full-time opportunities with great brands

Cons:

  1. Cannot bid for projects; you need to either apply or wait for a search to hit your profile

2. 99Designs

 

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Designs is an online creative marketplace that works as an intermediary for designers and clients who post requirements about logo designs, websites, book covers, and pretty much anything related to visual designing and editing.

With over 1.7 lakh designers from over 192 countries, it is highly trusted by the creative design community all over the world. The USP of 99Designs is its highly famous design competitions where competitors bid and compete for projects and clients.

Clients can either browse and pick profiles that they find interesting or just create a contest where contestants can enter and try to win the project. The pricing is non-uniform as this is a competitive platform and you have to be extremely talented and competitive to rank on top.

Pros:

  1. Helps build a good profile
  2. Can get you interesting competitions and projects

Cons:

  1. Non-uniform pay model
  2. Ideal for pros

3. Toptal.com

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A pure IT and tech talent-centric platform, Toptal is a dedicated community website that caters to coders, web developers, app developers, and UX/UI designers of the world.

Apart from coding and tech development projects, it also acts as a platform for non-tech IT jobs such as project management, finance, accounting etc.,

Great for networking and pricing, Toptal contributes immensely towards the development of its registered talent by offering many tutorials and research blogs. However, getting in is tough. As the website suggests, it only accepts only the top three percent of the cream crowd. Screening is done rigorously through a series of filtrations of your application.

Pros:

  1. Great profile value
  2. Good knowledge repositories
  3. Ideal for designers, developers, finance, and product profiles

Cons:

  1. Highly selective filtration policies  

4. Codeable.io

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Now this one’s an interesting website. Codeable is a web platform that is dedicated to Wordpress developers around the world. This simple platform ensures that clients need not search for individual developers and check their credentials. An algorithm does all the job of searching if you enter your requirements.

As a WordPress developer, all you need to do is create an impeccable profile, bid correctly and deliver satisfactory work. This ensures you end up ranking for every search related to your expertise and skill set.

Codeable pricing follows a no-bid strategy. You can set your own price; this essentially eliminates pricing competition and puts the focus on talent and intuition.

Pros:

  1. Exclusive Wordpress developer community and service platform
  2. No more bid wars. Only one pricing for your services

Cons:

  1. Need to improve your profile
  2. Pricing should be organic so you rank for relevant projects

5. Dribbble

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Dribble, yet another platform owned by Adobe, is a community for creativity. Users can post questions, answer queries, ask for help, and do much more. Think of it as the GitHub for the creative community.
Clients can post their requirements to find the right talent for their requirement on Dribble Jobs. This is a brilliant opportunity that can be leveraged if you are a seasoned designer.

Similar to Behance, Dribble has no bid culture. The pricing is either task-dependent or client dependent.

Pros:

  1. Easy to use interface
  2. Great community of talented designers for collaboration
  3. Great opportunities
  4. Acts as a portfolio too

Cons:

  1. Cannot bid for a job; you need a good profile to get noticed

6. Envato Studio

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Every WordPress developer and design professional knows this vast repository of creative themes, but did you know that Envato has a separate platform that serves as a marketplace for freelancers?

The Envato studio enables clients from around the world to search and hire not just talented WordPress developers and designers, but also online marketers and app developers.

Best freelancing sites for students to work and earn

When you are in college, you have the energy and time to climb a mountain but not the money. The best and the most rewarding way to make good money is through freelancing. There are a lot of websites that offer internships or part-time jobs, but most are not satisfactory.

You need to have a good certification to back up the bucks you earned. We list the two best available platforms for students to make some money and learn a thing or two in the process.

1. Gradbee.com

Gradbee is the best website for students to register and get hired by companies for freelance jobs.

This not just gives students cash for their services but also helps them increase their corporate network and gives them a glimpse of how corporates actually work.

With good pay and decent work domains, internships range from basic coordinators, sales interns to copywriting, social media executives, full stack, mean stack, and web development. Gradbee helps you build a portfolio that could be leveraged for further career enhancement.

Pros:

  1. Easy signup
  2. Good portfolio development
  3. Diverse domains for internships
  4. Gives you real-time experience
  5. Provides you with proper internship certificates

Cons:

  1. May not have pay equal to professional services

2. Stumagz

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StuMagz is a new digital media platform that aims to connect students from different colleges. The new internship interface allows students from various domains to apply for and get internships, and earn while they learn.
Apart from academic opportunities, StuMagz also has a wide range of vocational and talent-based opportunities for students to connect, collaborate, grow their network, and also their portfolio.
Pros:
  1. Good platform to learn and grow
  2. Good for academic relations and networking
  3. Portfolio development

Cons:

  1. Needs to increase the number of opportunities available on the platform

[Source: This article was published in yourstory.com By Sanjay Shenoy - Uploaded by the Association Member: Eric Beaudoin]

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Are you an information junkie?

We just found three gigs that could be perfect for digital natives who know how to find the answer to any question online.

These flexible online research jobs let you work from home. They could be a fit whether you want to make a full-time income or just a little extra money around classes or taking care of kids.

They’re also a fun, interesting way to make extra money while you learn about an array of new topics!

1. Wonder Researcher

Wonder helps customers save time by providing research and resources to answer a variety of questions.

The company is recruiting freelance researchers to work from home and complete customer requests. You’ll set your own schedule, choose which and how many research requests you complete, and get paid per request.

Wonder says “top researchers can earn up to $20-$30 per hour.”

We know from former researcher and TPH staff writer Jamie Cattanach that typical pay is $13 and up per request. The time it takes to complete the research is up to you, but could mean you make around $13 an hour.

“You have to complete a research project gratis to qualify, and that’s about a two-hour time investment,” Cattanach points out. But overall, “It’s not bad. And if you’re genuinely interested in learning, it’s awesome.”

To apply: Start your application here. You’ll fill out your basic info and why you want to be a researcher. Then you’ll complete a trial research assignment.

2. Research Analyst With Animalz

Content marketing startup Animalz is looking for a “highly analytical and organized” research analyst to join its 18-person team.

Animalz writes about the tech world for software companies and entrepreneurs. Your job would be researching and compiling the information for these articles.

You’d also copy edit and check articles for SEO before they go to the customer.

The company is looking for someone comfortable with online research who can “find compelling and significant arguments and data” to conceive and support articles. You should be a skilled editor, but also able to “wear many different hats” to work with the startup team.

To apply: Email your resume, cover letter and work sample to this address.

3. Expert With JustAnswer

Through JustAnswer, you can offer your services as an expert in one or more of over 175 categories, like health, legal, pets and one called “homework.” You can apply in as many categories as you want, and required credentials vary by category.

Once accepted, you can set your own hours and work as much or little as you want.

Users will post a question and choose what they’re willing to pay. If your answer is accepted, you’ll receive 20%-50% commission via PayPal, according to The Work at Home Woman.

To apply: Choose your categories here, and submit your application and credentials. You should receive a response within 5-10 business days if you’re in the U.S. or Canada, but it could take up to 20 days if you live anywhere else.

Source: This article was published thepennyhoarder.com By DANA SITAR

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It’s no exaggeration to say that a large portion of the working class would absolutely love to work from home. No traffic, no meaningless water cooler chat, no extraneous distractions to deal with. Sounds like a dream come true.

But is there really money to be made working in your pajamas? You bet. You just have to get in the right industry, and you’ll find you can create a steady cash flow regardless of whether or not you got dressed in the morning. Some of the best paying jobs that allow you to work from home are:

1. Clinical Regulatory Affairs Director

As a regulatory affairs director, you’ll be tasked with planning, preparing, and submitting products that have been clinically tested and approved to the national and international markets. Working from home, you’ll document the trial process, as well as create the marketing documentation to accompany the product being sent for approval. Snaring a position as a work from home affairs director will also snare you a lofty $150K a year.

2. Supervisory Attorney

Not all lawyers spend their days in court. Many people with law degrees who are also members of the Bar opt to simply act as advisers to those in need of legal assistance. These attorneys may focus their efforts on other aspects of the law rather than criminal cases, such as tax or real estate law. By making themselves available through telecommunications, they can reach a far wider clientele than if they were to practice locally. You’d still need to be a member of the Bar in the state in which you plan to practice, though. Going this route would earn you around $117K per year.

3. Senior Medical Writer

Like many technical writing gigs, senior medical writers can work remotely as they review medical information and translate it into various medical documents. They also may be tasked with reviewing and editing documentation created by peers and supervisors, proofreading for typographical and factual errors. Attention to detail is an absolute must when dealing with medical writing, and you also must have a medical or science degree to your name to be considered for the job. If you’re qualified, you can end up making $110K a year as a senior medical writer.

4. Environmental Engineer

Environmental engineers aren’t necessarily homebound, but most of their paperwork can be done from anywhere they please. These engineers design and assess pollution reduction and prevention approaches and plans, and analyze the best course of action for municipalities to take. As mentioned, they will often have to work in the field while conducting research and collecting data, but they’ll be able to take the information home with them to study and report on from the comfort of their own living room. Like medical writers, environmental engineers’ salaries fall around the $110K mark.

5. Director of Quality Improvement

Regardless of the industry, all companies strive to be the best they can be. A quality improvement director works to design and develop best practices related to systems administration and data architecture. If that’s too much jargon for one sentence, basically these employees analyze what a company is doing well, and what it could improve upon, and reports back to the managers and CEO. Quality improvement directors are natural leaders who have knowledge of on-going trends regarding quality, safety, and reliability within the industry. Working remotely on quality improvement could net you $100K a year.

6. Senior Software Engineer

It shouldn’t be a surprise that computer programmers can work from their home computer. Software engineers develop and design software, maintain oversight of programs, manage development teams, and troubleshoot issues colleagues face throughout the process. Collaborating online may actually be more effective for software engineers, as they won’t have to leave their work stations to discuss progress, and can continue to work on their projects seamlessly. A talented software engineer can bring home around $100K for his contributions to a company.

7. Director of Business Development

As a director of business development, you’d be tasked with managing large sales territories and maintaining steady revenue, while simultaneously researching ways in which to increase your business reach and income. You also would collaborate with directors in other territories and develop programs in order to increase coherency throughout different areas. Directors of business development will often have to travel and make in-person sales pitches, but a majority of their work can be done remotely. Working as a director can earn you around $100K or more, depending on your success.

 

8. Research Biologist

One advantage of working from home as a biologist is you’ll never be pressured into saving a beached whale. All kidding aside, research biologists usually specialize in a specific area of biology, such as microbiology or wildlife studies. They conduct research and analyze test results, then report back to their company regarding their findings. Like environmental engineers, research biologists will sometimes have to go into the field to conduct research, but can do the rest of the work from anywhere they feel comfortable. Although not as hefty as some of the other salaries on this list, research biologists can earn around $93K a year working mostly from home.

Source: This article was published on lifehack.org by - Matt Duczeminsk

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A good part-time job that you can do from home and still make money? Sounds like a come-on from an Internet scammer. But such gigs do, in fact, exist.

When online telecommuting jobs resource FlexJobs surveyed almost 1,100 parents, it found high demand for part-time and home-based work. Good jobs that meet those requirements are hard to come by—and so appealing that they’ve been used for years as bait for work-from-home scams. (You can find a list of the most common ones here.)

With FlexJobs’ help, we identified eight legitimate options for people who want to work from home on a part-time or occasional basis. To determine pay ranges for each job, FlexJobs incorporated salary data from Payscale.com and Glassdoor.com.

The list that follows consists of established employers and legitimate open (or recently open) positions on FlexJobs, for a look at the best opportunities now in the part-time, work-from-home market. Of course, as with any job, applicants for these gigs should thoroughly vet any company before signing on.

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Writer

Hourly rate from Payscale: $10.17 - $57.49

Writers with specialized knowledge can use their expertise to write columns, blog, and perform other regular work. One company hiring such writers is About.com, which educates readers about more than 70,000 topics. In April 2016, About was hiring guides (writers with professional background or expertise in a subject) for celebrity gossip, dairy-free cooking, and Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

Another is GolfLink, which pays for articles about golf articles ($40 - 65+ per article).

Technical, grant, and curriculum writing, advertised on the education website Schmoop, calls for more experience and training. However, there’s also writing work out there for generalists with less experience and less specialized training.

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Editor

Hourly rate from Payscale: $10.75 - $43.26

As with writing, editing jobs run the gamut from demanding specialized knowledge to simply needing general knowledge. Editing work may involve exclusively editorial editing, management of writers or content, copy editing, or proofreading -- or a combination of those. The language services company Cactus Communications is hiring editors for academic manuscripts, paying $1,200 monthly. Other recent part-time work-from-home editor listings include everything from technical editing and news editing to a social media editor responsible for managing social accounts and writing press releases.

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Tutor

Hourly rate from Payscale: $9.69 - $40.32

Tutoring is another skill that people with specialized knowledge can parlay into part-time work. The option to do it online from home makes it much more convenient than traditional in-person tutoring. Online tutoring jobs can be found in SAT/ACT testing, English, nursing and calculus.

Companies hiring tutors include Kaplan (which offers up to $600 per tutoring assignment), Achieve Test Prep, and Rosetta Stone.

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Bookkeeper

Hourly rate from Payscale: $11.05 - $24.49

Workers with accounting experience (and Quickbooks, and Microsoft Office products) can take it to the bank by helping clients or employers with payroll, accounts payable and receivable, monthly reporting, or closing at the end of the year.

Companies hiring bookkeepers include the specialized staffing services provider Robert Half, which is hiring a remote part-time bookkeeper for a telecommunications company paying $13.46 - $17 per hour. Another virtual employer in this category is the church accounting services provider MAG Bookkeeping, which was hiring a contracted remote part-time bookkeeper in April 2016.

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Research Interviewer

Hourly Rate from Payscale: $8.69 - $20.54

Here’s one of interest to people who like talking on the phone, and have a reliable phone connection and quiet workspace at home. Research interviewers help companies gauge customer experience and their interactions so they can improve their business.

Companies hiring research interviewers include industry giant Nielsen as well as Maritz CX, which starts customer experience employees at their state minimum wage, then offers a .50 cent increase after 30 days of perfect (from home) attendance, with more raises at review times (2 months/6months/1 year) -- and offers paid time off.

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Customer Service Representative

Hourly rate from Payscale: $9.31 - $17.89

Customer service workers may find themselves selling, providing tech support, tracking down answers or lost orders, and taking complaints or product orders, or a combination of those roles. To do so from home, they will need their best phone manners as well as good phone service and a headset, a quiet workspace, and computers that meet their employers’ processing and Internet requirements.

Companies hiring customer service representatives include the upscale cookware retailer Williams-Sonoma, which is hiring care center associates for all shifts and paying $10.75 per hour, the call center outsourcers Working SolutionsSitel and TeleTech.

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Data Entry

Hourly rate from Payscale: $9.18 - $15.76

Speed, accuracy, typing skills, and a tolerance for what can be dull work are required for data entry positions. Data entry applicants must have a computer up to the employer’s specs as well.

Companies hiring for data entry positions include SportsDirect, which has an evenings and weekends gig inputting scores, as well as the tech startup Ibotta, and the healthcare diagnostic company Alere.

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Stylist

Hourly rate from Glassdoor: $15.03 - $15.24

Fashionable folks can enjoy a little glamour and profit, while providing fashion advice and personal shopping services for people who go out a lot . It works via online platforms like Stitch FixRocksBox, and Bombfell, which is hiring a part-time men’s online stylist with a 30% employee discount.

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Freelancing can be a risky business if you have bad clients. If you want to make sure you get paid, and paid what you’re worth, you need to see the warning signs of a bad client before you agree to work with them.

Some clients are bad on purpose, while others are oblivious to what an inconvenience they really are. Here are a few signs to help you spot both types:

1. They’re vague

Communication is key to a positive client relationship. The more details they can give you about the project, the better you can cater the work to their needs.

That’s the problem if a client is vague. They don’t know what they want, and they don’t give you much direction. Sometimes, you can deliver something perfect that they’ll be happy with. But in most cases, they’ll only figure out what they actually want after they see your finished project.

Clients like this almost always want revisions, wasting your time and the value of the project for you.

2. They micro-manage

This type of client is one that doesn’t seem to trust you to do your own job. They want to be involved in every step of the creative process. Say a client requests an outline, revised outline, draft, and revised draft of a writing project. If they hired you to write a book, that’s reasonable. If they hired you to write a 700-word article? Not so much.

Keep in mind that the more involved a client is in your work, the more time it will take you to complete it.

3. They change the game

Say a client gives you clear instructions to design a simple, 10-page website with HTML. You quote a price and agree on the terms. Then later they start shooting you emails. They want to add 2 more pages. And can you do the schema markup for them?

In the freelance world, this is called scope creep. They keep adding new tasks to the project that seem like no big deal, but they add up. After you’ve finished the project, you realize you should have charged double for the work you did.

4. They don’t like to pay up

This is probably the scariest type of client you can come across. So many novice freelancers fall into the trap of agreeing to payment after submission. Then the client never follows through. Or they pay a portion, 3 months late.

Coming across a client who’s reluctant to pay a percentage in advance is a red flag. It means either they don’t trust you can deliver the right work, or they never had plans to pay in the first place.

5. They’re forgetful

Your client could be a nice person and pay you well. But if they’re forgetful, they’re still a bad client.

A forgetful client may ask you to include a new element to a project, then later ask why you did that. Then you’re stuck sifting through old emails to prove to them that they asked you to.

A forgetful client can also think they paid your invoice when really they didn’t. And again you have to do the dance to prove them wrong.

All this wastes your time, and doesn’t earn you any extra money.

What to do about bad clients

Here’s what you should do if you find yourself working with a bad client:

1. Set boundaries

If a client wants to micro-manage your projects, try to set boundaries. Tell them straight out you’re not available for a 3-hour phone call to brainstorm their logo design, but you’re happy to make revisions if the finished product doesn’t suit their needs.

2. Charge extra

Tow a hard line, and don’t agree to a single piece of extra work unless they’ll pay you for it. If you do something for free one time, then the expectation will be that you’ll always do it.

3. Insist on advance payment

There’s no way to know if a client plans to cheat you out of your money. To avoid inadvertently working for free, always insist on advanced payment. Or you can use a tool like Escrow to hold funds for you until the project is complete.

4. Tell them they’re a bad client

Many clients might not realize they’re being a pain. Sometimes, all you need to do is tell them that they’re being too vague on project guidelines, or they’re too controlling. Some clients will get angry, but others will take it in stride and improve their behavior.

5. Don’t ignore your gut

In many, many cases, no matter what you do, a bad client is a bad client. It’s better for you to be picky and refuse to work together than deal with someone who’s difficult. So don’t ignore your gut.

As a freelancer, time truly is money. No matter the circumstances, you can’t justify working with clients who waste it.

Author : Abdullahi Muhammed 

Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/abdullahimuhammed/2017/02/28/how-to-spot-a-bad-freelance-client-and-what-to-do-about-them/#6b58f08a788d

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Any job offers extended from www.rds-usa.com should not be accepted. BBB learned that the domain for the website is registered in Hong Kong and isn’t the site it’s pretending to be. The fake website has details designed to make it look like it represents a local company – Rapid Delivery Service, a BBB Accredited Business – but it’s actually based in China and doesn’t have anything to do with the business located in Cincinnati.

Any job offers generated from this site should be treated cautiously as they may be linked to a package reshipping scam. Reshipping scams are where job seekers are hired to unknowingly smuggle stolen goods out of the country or distribute counterfeit money orders to scammers. By simply removing one address label and replacing it with another, the unsuspecting worker participates in mail fraud.

Spoofing occurs when scammers use information about a business found on an Internet search, LinkedIn profile, or social media site to create a website. They’ll generate job postings on common employment recruitment sites like Job Monster or Careerbuilder and link it back to the fake site. Applicants who respond to the post are usually asked to complete online forms with their personal information or in some cases, provide financial information.

Rapid Delivery Service is aware of the spoof and confirmed they’ve received calls about the job from job seekers even though they don’t have a website and didn’t send out a job posting.

Through Scam Tracker data, BBB discovered that the fake position advertised a salary of $2,700 for the first month of work, increasing to $600 per week plus $15 for each package delivered. The job reportedly involved collecting packages, taking their photos and uploading those photos onto a website; once that was complete and the postage for the package was received, the worker was then to send the package to a separate address.

It is important for job searchers to be wary of email offers that promise large profits with minimal effort or companies that extend an offer of employment without an interview. Additional red flags may include recruiters who will only interview via chat or email instead of conducting the interview in person or online. Activity like this should be reported immediately. Businesses should be aware their information may be lifted from Internet searches and social media sites – including professional networking sites such as LinkedIn.

It’s a good idea to periodically search for your business on the Internet to see if there are any fake job postings unrelated to your company. Report any fraudulent listings to the websites where you found them and to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

Scam activity can be reported to BBB’s Scam Tracker either by phone at 513-421-3015 or online at www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us/.

Sandra Guile is the Community Outreach Specialist for BBB. She promotes BBB’s message of marketplace ethics through public speaking engagements, presentations, media relations, press releases, web content, and other written materials.
Contact Sandra at (513) 639-9126 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your BBB is located at 1 East 4th Street Suite 600 Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 – to reach the office, call (513) 421-3015.

Source : http://www.nkytribune.com/2017/02/bbb-trends-beware-of-job-offers-online-some-sites-just-arent-what-they-are-pretending-to-be/

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Technology's ever-pervading permeation into every last fiber and morsel of society has caused a dramatic upheaval in the way we live, work and entertain ourselves. Thanks to the disruptive nature of the internet, the rate of change has only increased exponentially in recent years.

Yet, with so much change in the world today, and a nearly-instantaneous access to the globe's population through mediums such as social media and online search, many people are still left perplexed by how they can utilize the powerful technology inherently available through the internet, to actually make money online.

The truth? It's not easy making money online today. With so much competition and so many people and headlines vying for our attention, sifting through and finding reputable sources to generate any respectable amount of income through the web has become an ever-increasing challenge.

Often, what happens is that we run into unscrupulous Internet Marketers (IMs) who have less-than altruistic intentions of extracting money from you rather than helping you to make it. However, this isn't something new. People have been falling for networking marketing, pyramid schemes, and affiliate marketing scams since before the start of the net.

So, where are we supposed to turn to make money the legitimate way online? This isn't just about generating passive income; this is also about finding ways and means to create an active income through the conveniences afforded to us by the internet that will not only help us with our debt obligations, but also empower us to save, invest and get really rich in the future.

It's not easy by any means. Anyone that tells you otherwise isn't being transparent with you. It takes an enormous amount of effort and authority-building before you can really start getting rich through your online income-producing activities. However, there are some basic methods for making a respectable amount of cash in the short term.

Pain Versus Pleasure

Before I talk about some of the methods for making money online, I wanted to address the role of pain versus pleasure. Every decision that we make in life is weighed on a pain-versus-pleasure scale. We will always do more to avoid pain than we will to gain pleasure, plain and simple. However, this is also what holds us back from succeeding in any endeavor.

Let me explain...

Now, making money online should seem like a pleasurable activity. Why wouldn't we do just about anything to see things through, since it would be a major source of pleasure, right? Wrong. In the beginning, like anything else, we might get really excited about it. We might also set our hopes very high. But that all comes crashing down when we begin to fail.

The problem? In order to make serious amounts of money online, you need to the most amount of work for the least initial return, not the least amount of work for the greatest return. Translation — major amounts of pain. That's also the problem with how affiliate marketers, network marketers, and IMs attempt to sell you the "dream," so to speak.

When people buy into the hype, they set their expectations extremely high. All they need to do is send a few emails out, and voila, instant millions overnight. Well, clearly it doesn't quite work like that. The issue at heart is that we will always do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure in the short term, not in the long term.

That's why it's so hard to quit bad habits or do anything else that requires any semblance of struggle. The human mind is hardwired to avoid pain in the short term, not in the long term. It's part of our survival instinct. However, you can easily overcome this in the long term as long as you set your expectations the right way.

What Are The Best Ways To Make Money Online? 

As someone who's been immersed in a number of online industries for quite some time, I know a thing or two about what it takes to succeed in this arena. However, just like you, I started at ground zero with little knowledge, but a great deal of passion. What I learned along the way were some invaluable lessons from failure that hurt at the time, but helped immensely in the grand scheme of things.

Today, if you're at all serious about succeeding in any endeavor, whether online or offline, you have to deliver enormous amounts of value. Yes, you have to do the most amount of work for the least initial return. This is especially true online. Why? Because it takes time to build authority and create an audience, two primary ingredients necessary to succeed in the wonderful world of commerce on the web.

Every successful business and person has delivered a tremendous amount of value at the outset. They did the most amount of work, and they inspected every detail meticulously, to ensure that they were doing right by their customers. As long as you keep that in mind, and you don't look for a quick buck, you'll succeed in the long term.

  • Find your niche — Figure out what you're good at or what you want to be good at. You don't need to be an expert right now, but you do need to decide where you're going to fit in if you're at all serious about making serious cash in the long term.
  • Build a blog on a custom domain — Your blog is your virtual home. Without it, you've no place to filter all that traffic and people interested in what you have to say. But don't build a blog on a subdomain like yoursite.wordpress.com, create a blog with a custom domain like www.yoursite.com. 
  • Always add value — Adding value over time creates authority, and authority breeds trust, which in turn helps to grow your audience and readership. Without a significant following, you'll find it hard to gain any traction online. It simply takes time. 
  • Create an email list and treat them right — One of the best ways to make money online is by marketing to an actively-interested group of email subscribers. While most people think that email marketing is dead, that's far from the truth. This is your greatest potential source of income online. Think of it as your money tree. 
  • Don't sacrifice morals for a quick buck — At the outset, you'll want to do all sorts of things to make money online, but don't sacrifice your morals for a quick buck. Not only will you put people off, but you'll lose Google's trust. You also shouldn't concern yourself with things like Adsense or other ads on a blog before you have around 100,000 visitors per day. Yes, per day. 

The point? Think about the long-term results of your activities. It will seem frustrating in the beginning. Then again, everything worthwhile is going to be difficult. It will take time. Stick it out and don't give up. In the meanwhile, here are some of the best and most legitimate ways you can make money online in the short and long term.

#1 — Write And Sell An Ebook 

If you have a propensity for writing and you can slay with your prose, consider writing an ebook. While the market has certainly become saturated as of late, books that help teach people about a technical topic still sell extremely well. This is a great source of passive income but does require a large amount of effort at the outset before any money is generated.

You can sell your ebooks through Amazon's Kindle program or Apple's iTunes Connect, which gives you access to a large majority of the digital-book reading market and the barriers for entry are incredibly low. You don't need to invest lots of money to make this happen, but you do need to invest lots of time, not only in writing the ebooks, but in marketing them as well.

#2 — Sell Audiobooks With Audible

I've been in the audiobook-selling business for some time now and have over 3 dozen titles to my name. I know a thing or two about audiobooks. And, what I've noticed recently is that audiobooks are growing in popularity as their digital-ebook counterparts are becoming less and less popular.

People are turning to audio and visuals when it comes to technical subjects. However, you should consider doing an ebook first and turning it into an audiobook through a resource like Audible's ACX platform. You can hire a producer either through a royalty share program, so you don't have to shell out upfront cash, or you can do a pay-per-hour hire as well.

#3 — Create An App 

Yes, this is far more technical. Unless you have the right app-development skills, doing this is going to be a significant undertaking. But, apps are also a great source of passive income when done the right way. You can reach a massive audience of smartphone users by building a great app.

However, like anything else truly worthwhile, apps require a significant investment of your time or money upfront. If you don't have the skills, then you have to hire someone who can assist you in creating a great app. But first you need to come up with an idea that will sell. Do the proper market research and analytics to come up with the right app.

#4 — Use Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk is Amazon's take on micro-jobs. These are small miniscule-jobs that you can do for other people, which they call HITs, or Human Intelligence Tasks. These are super simple tasks that anyone can do. Some examples are listing off some URLs with certain kinds of images for one cent, or recording a few phrases with a microphone for 6 cents.

Yes, they don't pay much, but if you string together hundreds of well-paying HITs, you can make a bit of money quickly online if you're in a crunch for cash. Also, it's important to note that you can also employ people with HITs to help you with whatever micro-tasks you might have.

#5 — Offer Gigs On Fiverr

If you have some professional experience in graphic design, accounting, social media marketing, web development or SEO, for example, you could offer gigs on Fiverr starting at $5 per job. You could perform a valuable service that you could also up-sell to make more money per gig.

Fiverr is one of the biggest providers in the gig economy on the web and you can sell a wide variety of services and products through this medium. Do the research and find out what you can offer. However, keep in mind that like any other money-making task, it takes time to succeed here. And stellar reviews will help you generate more and more income over time.

#6 — Sell Professional Services On Upwork or 99Designs

Upwork and 99Designs are two of the biggest resources for selling just about any professional service under the sun. If you have extensive experience in a field, you might want to consider selling your services through one of these sites. 99Designs only applies to graphic design while Upwork applies to nearly every other professional service.

However, like anything else, the beginning will be difficult. Before you have a significant track record and extensive reviews, sourcing work in one of these highly-competitive platforms will be difficult. Find the most successful people in your niche and try to model your approach and online profile after theirs.

#7 — Build A Blog

One of the most exhaustive endeavors when it comes to making money online is to build a blog. But we all know that building a blog with real readership is difficult. It takes a lot of work. And I'm speaking from experience. However, once you reach a certain point, the progress and momentum sways in your favor and it becomes far easier.

Blogs can easily generate tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars per month when done right. Yes, that much. But it won't be easy to get there. However, looking back on it, a year from now you'll wish you started today. So why wait another moment?

#8 — Email Marketing

Email marketing is at the heart of every successful endeavor on the web. For those serious about making money online, email marketing is certainly where it's at. But it has to be done the right way. Before you even try to market anything to anyone via an email list, be sure that they're people that subscribed and opted in directly to you.

When you try to market to people via email out of the blue, you won't find as much success. But, if those email subscribers are actively and keenly interested in what you have to say, and they signed up directly through your blog or site, your success rates will be much higher.

#9 — Auction Items On Ebay

Ebay is a bellwether. It's been around since nearly the start of the online boom. But, like any other platform, success can seem fleeting if you don't know what you're doing. Selling items on eBay, professionally that is, can be an art form. Getting people interested in your auctions isn't always easy, especially when there's hefty competition and low demand for what you're selling.

Like anything else, you need to do the proper research, but you can make significant amounts of money as an eBay Power Seller. Find the most successful eBay sellers in your niche and model after their success. Find all of their listings and see just how they list the items that they're selling.

#10 — Rent Your Home On AirBnB

Rent your entire home or just a room on AirBnB. This is a simple and effective way to make money online, especially in the short term. While you won't get rich doing this, you can generate thousands of dollars per month for the right place. And, if you live in a sought-after vacation destination, then you're certainly in luck.

Research other listings in your city on AirBnB and see what the going rate is for a place like yours. You could also just rent out a private room as well or even a bed in a shared room. In fact, that's how AirBnB got its start. However, you might find it hard in the beginning without reviews, but as long as you take really good care of your guests and provide a lot of value, the reviews will eventually come rolling in.

#11 — Sell Photos Online

If you're at all into photography, and you have a cache of nice photos, you could consider selling them through sites like Shutterstock and iStockPhoto, two of the biggest photo resources online. It doesn't take too much effort to do this, but it does take creativity and persistence to succeed with it.

You'll find serious competition when trying to sell photos online, but this is also a great method for generating passive income. If you can license your images or sell them as stock photography, you won't have to do any additional work to generate income from that sale once the photos have been posted online. Just collect your payments.

#12 — Drive For Uber Or Lyft

If you live in an area where Uber or Lyft operate, why not become a driver? If you're looking to make some short-term cash, you can definitely rake it in by working for one of these popular car-hire apps. As long as your vehicle fits within the specifications of their program, and you have a clean license, you could do this on the side, especially if you're in a crunch for cash.

Treat your guests right and offer them perks that other drivers don't offer, simply because you want to deliver a lot of value. You might not get that much out of it from the outset, but it will set you apart from all the other drivers and your reviews will be indicative of just that.

#13 — Sell Products On Etsy

Etsy is a great resource for those that enjoy making their own products and selling them online. If you're into hand-crafted items and you have a penchant for creating killer goods and wares that people just have to have, then you might want to consider setting up an Etsy shop and selling through a massive online portal.

Etsy is a great way to go directly to where all the consumers are congregating. While the company will take a small fee to list your products, along with fees to process the transaction itself, it is easier than setting up your own transactional website. Do some research on the top sellers and try to emulate their success.

#14 — Use Shopify To Build Your Own Online Store

Don't want to sell through Etsy? You could always build your own online store using a platform like Shopify. Shopify makes it easy to build a transactional website without all the hassle, which takes much of the guesswork out of doing what some would consider a highly-complex task.

The company markets their services with being able to start selling online in seconds. Well, it might not work that fast, but you could most certainly get a good transactional website up and running within minutes or hours.

#15 — Build An Amazon FBA Business

If you want to go directly to the world's largest online retailer, consider setting up a Fulfilled-by-Amazon (FBA) business. Amazon will pick, pack and ship your orders, and you'll have enormous exposure to a buzzing marketplace where products are selling every second.

Clearly, there's a lot of demand on Amazon, and if any product is going to sell, it's going to sell well on Amazon. But the goal here is to source the right products that will easily sell at the world's largest online retailer. Generally, products between $10 and $50 sell very well here. Just be sure to do the right market research before jumping on this bandwagon.

#16 — Answer Professional Questions 

Are you a professional in a field that can help answer questions for people looking for your expertise? Websites like JustAnswer and LivePerson match you up with people looking for answers to technical or professional questions. You can make money online by simply answering these questions and providing the right information to people based on their individualistic circumstances.

Depending on your area of knowledge, you could either make a lot of money or just a little bit by answering questions professionally. Do your due diligence before signing up to any website where you're providing answers in exchange for money and be sure that it's a reputable source.

#17 — Create Video Tutorials On YouTube

This is definitely a long-term strategy, and you won't get rich overnight by doing this, but creating engaging and well-thought-out video tutorials and posting them on sites like YouTube could make you a significant amount of passive income in the long term depending on just how well-received those videos might be.

Find a niche and stick to it. Build a YouTube channel and find something that you can do that will add a whole lot of value to the people that might be interested in that field or niche. However, keep in mind that this will require a significant amount of time and upfront investment before this pays off at all.

#18 — Develop Educational Courses On Udemy

One of my absolute favorite sites for selling educational courses is Udemy. In fact, you can check out the courses that I have for sale on the site here. Udemy is a great place to build out technical courses that will teach people how to do some complicated task or learn some sought-after skill.

In my courses, I teach things like web development, search engine optimization and graphic design, but you can teach just about anything on Udemy. However, there is enormous competition on here, but it's a great source of passive income if you can create a course that people will love.

#19 — Become A Virtual Assistant

While becoming a virtual assistant won't pay you enormous amounts of money, if you're looking to be a digital nomad in a city with a low cost-of-living, this could be something that pays your bills. This will require a significant amount of organization and some technical skills as well to succeed.

As long as you have the basics covered with programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint, for example, and you're an effective communicator, able to stick to deadlines, you might find yourself excelling as a virtual assistant.

#20 — Teach Others As A Virtual Tutor

Want to teach others directly? You can become a virtual tutor and engage in one-on-one tutoring sessions or even host Webinars to help people directly with any number of topics. This is terrific for teaching people new languages. If you have a second-language skill, this might be the right option to generate some money quickly and easily.

Of course you could teach a number of things virtually. This could range from technical to non-technical skills. For example, you could use a site like VerbalPlanet to teach a language, or try to source clients directly through social media or other avenues and process their payments through PayPal.

#21 — Write Articles For Other Sites

Last, but certainly not least, is article writing. Depending on your skill level when it comes to writing, you could always find work writing articles for other people. At the outset, this won't pay you much, especially if you have little in the way of examples or portfolio pieces. But, like anything else, you can build this up over time.

You could also do a number of other things related to writing such as copywriting for descriptions, emails, or other sales-related content. Do your due diligence to find out what the going rates are for writing articles, and even try to find a mentor if you're serious about making money online through this method.

R.L. Adams is a software engineer, serial entrepreneur, and author. He runs a wildly-popular blog called Wanderlust Worker and contributes to Entrepreneur, Engadget and the Huffington Post.

Author : R.L. Adams

Source : http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertadams/2016/10/11/21-legit-ways-to-make-money-online/#52fca2676a68

Categorized in Work from Home

This story originally appeared on LearnVest as "Cyber Side Gig: 5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Cash at Home."

Want more money in your pocket? You could walk dogs, pick up shifts at Starbucks SBUX -2.21% or even rent a clown suit and work kids' birthday parties. Or, you could just kick back on your couch and flip open your laptop.

Okay, it’s not exactly that easy. But thanks to the exploding gig economy and the enormous reach of the internet, there are more opportunities than ever to watch the Benjamins (or at least Abrahams) roll in during your downtime from the comfort of your home.

To start making money online from home, check out these five digital side hustles. They may be a little out there, but they require no special skills, are totally legal (we swear!) and will give your bottom line a solid boost.

Be a Virtual Bridesmaid

From caterers to bands to florists, saying “I do” is big business. And now there’s a new niche in the $58 billion wedding industry that could score you a little dough. Bridesmaid for Hire provides professional services for brides. While some of the tasks involve helping out on the big day (or even standing with the wedding party as an actual bridesmaid), many responsibilities are handled remotely via emails and social media.

Responsibilities include things like organizing the bridal shower and bachelorette party, managing RSVPs and serving as an on-call therapist and peacekeeper when wedding drama gets heated. “I look for people who are problem solvers, can handle chaos with a smile on their face and have experience working with strangers,” says founder Jen Glantz.

Sound up your aisle? Fill out an application through the site, which pairs brides and bridesmaids based on personality and location. You could make between $200 and  $2,000 per month, says Glantz, working anywhere from a few hours a month to a couple of hours a week, and you'll generally handle everything on nights and weekends. Most projects—er, weddings—require between 3 to 11 months of your time.

Sell Your Skills

There are plenty of freelancing websites where people put their talents up for sale. But Fiverr is the go-to spot, thanks to its millions of users and brilliantly simple premise. “Rather than acting as a labor market, Fiverr works like an e-commerce platform, where services are offered as products,” says Aimy Ngo, Fiverr’s business development and marketing strategist. “This makes it easy to control what you will provide and how much to charge.”

With more than 100 categories to choose from, there’s a market for nearly every skill, from graphic design and web development to songwriting and astrology reading. When posting a “gig” (Fiverr lingo for your service), include details about the scope of your offering, your availability and pricing.

While many gigs start at just $5 a pop (Fiverr captures 20% of the fee), “sellers can create a tiered pricing model for a single service, offering good, better and best options,” Ngo says. “After a gig is delivered, the buyer leaves a review, giving you credibility and a reputation.”

Your paycheck will vary widely depending on your experience and free time. “Fiverr’s marketplace caters to the freelance moonlighter with 10 hours to spare a week, along with the professional who’s relying on this as a primary source of income,” Ngo says, noting that some top sellers make over $100,000 annually.

Get Paid to Hang Out Online

It’s called search engine evaluation, and if you regularly find yourself poking around the internet during your downtime, this can be a sweet gig. What's it about? Google GOOGL +0.06%Yahoo YHOO +1.07% and Bing rely on complex algorithms to provide accurate results. But they also run the results by humans to make sure they’re relevant.

For example, if you type in “banana bread recipe,” search engines should pull up recipes from major sites first. Posts from smaller blogs or recipes for other, related dishes—like zucchini bread—should fall toward the end of the list. As a search engine evaluator, you’ll be asked to enter specific words or phrases into a search engine, then assess how appropriate and informative the sites it pulls up are.

LeapForce and Appen Butler Hill are two major firms that hire search engine evaluators. (Appen also hires social media evaluators, who analyze the relevancy of a company’s social media news feed.) Appen has potential employees complete an application (project-specific screenings and language proficiency tests may also be required), and LeapForce asks candidates to take and pass a three-part qualifying exam. Both companies also require that you have a new computer, smartphone, high-speed internet, anti-virus software, certain operating systems and be a little internet-savvy.

Although the sites don’t publicly disclose salaries, GlassDoor estimates their hourly rate to be in the $13 to $14 range. The work isn't super consistent, but it can be a decent side gig.

Help Kids Ace Exams

Online tutoring sites such as TutorSkooliWyzAnt and Chegg are looking for patient, creative people willing to use their smarts in a particular academic area to help school kids, college students or adults master that subject.

To get hired, you fill out an application and take an exam to test your knowledge. “If you pass, you go through a mock session with an experienced tutor who assumes the role of student and evaluates your creativity, empathy and teaching skills,” says Cindy Hamen Farrar, Ph.D., senior director of academic tutoring at Tutor. “We look for people who know their subject matter and who can break it down and communicate effectively.”

Once you’re in, you’ll be matched with a student who can submit questions, essays or homework problems they need help on. You’ll work together in an online classroom, sending files back and forth and having discussions using a shared white board. The work is part-time, and you make your own hours.

GlassDoor estimates that teachers at Tutor earn $9 to $14 an hour. “Depending on the subject mix and number of hours you work, you could make between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month,” Farrar says. Chegg’s rates start at $20 per hour, estimating that tutors can make up to $1,000 a month. WyzAnt’s rates run $24 to $36 per hour, according to GlassDoor.

f you live in a major city and are lucky enough to own a parking spot, you can make extra cash by letting other drivers rent your space while you’re at work or on vacation. To facilitate, there’s ParqEx in Chicago, Spot and SpotOnParking in several U.S. cities and ParkingSpotter nationwide.

Setting up a listing is a cinch. On Spot, you pin your parking space on the site’s map, snap a picture of it, establish your availability and rate (most sites will suggest a general estimate) and provide a payment method, like direct deposit or PayPal . When your spot gets rented, the site takes a commission of around 20%. And you’ve fattened your wallet by barely lifting a finger.

Help Kids Ace Exams

Online tutoring sites such as TutorSkooliWyzAnt and Chegg are looking for patient, creative people willing to use their smarts in a particular academic area to help school kids, college students or adults master that subject.

To get hired, you fill out an application and take an exam to test your knowledge. “If you pass, you go through a mock session with an experienced tutor who assumes the role of student and evaluates your creativity, empathy and teaching skills,” says Cindy Hamen Farrar, Ph.D., senior director of academic tutoring at Tutor. “We look for people who know their subject matter and who can break it down and communicate effectively.”

Once you’re in, you’ll be matched with a student who can submit questions, essays or homework problems they need help on. You’ll work together in an online classroom, sending files back and forth and having discussions using a shared white board. The work is part-time, and you make your own hours.

GlassDoor estimates that teachers at Tutor earn $9 to $14 an hour. “Depending on the subject mix and number of hours you work, you could make between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars per month,” Farrar says. Chegg’s rates start at $20 per hour, estimating that tutors can make up to $1,000 a month. WyzAnt’s rates run $24 to $36 per hour, according to GlassDoor.

If you live in a major city and are lucky enough to own a parking spot, you can make extra cash by letting other drivers rent your space while you’re at work or on vacation. To facilitate, there’s ParqEx in Chicago, Spot and SpotOnParking in several U.S. cities and ParkingSpotter nationwide.

Setting up a listing is a cinch. On Spot, you pin your parking space on the site’s map, snap a picture of it, establish your availability and rate (most sites will suggest a general estimate) and provide a payment method, like direct deposit or PayPal . When your spot gets rented, the site takes a commission of around 20%. And you’ve fattened your wallet by barely lifting a finger.

Source : http://www.forbes.com/

Author : LearnVest

Categorized in Work from Home

With the dramatic changes in the employment landscape in recent years, more people are looking to work from home and find freelance work. The problem is that there are many ripoff work-from-home outfits that claim to find you jobs for an upfront fee. They're just trying to make a quick buck off you. Below are some sites and companies Clark has determined to be legitimate. Of course, you should check them out thoroughly yourself before getting involved. Good luck!

Legitimate work-from-home opportunities

• Amazon Flex - Pays you as an independent contractor around $20 an hour to deliver packages to Prime customers in under one hour. You cover gas, maintenance and any other car expenses. Available in Seattle, Richmond, Nashville, Austin, Dallas, Baltimore, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Minneapolis, and Indianapolis. Coming soon to New York, Chicago, and Portland.

• CashCrate.com - Make money online with paid surveys.

• CheckPoints.com: This app offers manufacturer deals while you're in the store. You earn points for simply scanning the barcode on an item in a store. No purchase of the product is necessary. You can redeem the points you collect for free gift cards, airline miles and other perks.

• ConvergysWorkatHome.com - Be a home agent providing customer care, human resources and billing services

• EasyShiftApp.com: Essentially turns you into an on-demand secret shopper. You're assigned "shifts" by product manufacturers who want people on the ground to go into stores and confirm that their merchandise is being displayed properly. The pay rate for a shift is between $3 and $8 and the money is remitted to you via PayPal.

• eJury.com - Online mock juries and focus groups allow large groups of people to help attorneys determine case value, develop case themes, find the facts to emphasize, and learn "public" attitudes.

• Elance.com - Find clients and freelance jobs offered by small businesses to do freelance web design, programming, SEO,  graphic design and more.

• Foap.com: Sell photos you take on your Android of iPhone into this online stock photograph market.

• FieldAgent.net: Find local jobs in your area and complete them within two hours for cash.

• Fiverr.com - People share things they're willing to do for $5. The low price is often a loss leader allowing a contractor to develop a client base for their particular area of expertise.

• Google Opinion Rewards - Answer quick surveys and earn Google Play credits.

• InstaEDU & Tutor.com - Become an online tutor. These sites allow you to virtually connect with students in need of lessons and do the teaching right from your computer at home.

• IntelliCare.com - Call center company that provides clinical and non-clinical telephone services to health plans, healthcare providers, and care managers nationwide. Anyone who is not a qualified nurse needs to work at one of their their bricks-and-mortar call centers, not from home.

• LiveOps.com - Virtual call center offering home-based agents in the United States contract opportunities in sales, insurance sales, insurance claims, customer service, healthcare and roadside service. Most client companies require applicants to undergo a comprehensive background and credit check that typically costs $65. Independent agents will also need to meet technical requirements including the installation and maintenance of a dedicated landline telephone only to be used for LiveOps work.

• Upwork.com - Find work as freelancer doing coding and web work, business consulting, writing, planning, newsletters and more.

• OnlineVerdict.com - Provides online case review and juror feedback services to attorneys. (Editor's note: Onlineverdict.com's website has an Expired Security Certificate, so no one should access their website at this time.)

• RedBeacon.com - Market your services in your local area to provide services for others. This website only serves select metro areas.

• Scoopshot.com - Receive photo assignments from the media based on your location.

• SnapWi.re - Connects mobile photographers with businesses and brands that need creative imagery.

• Sutherland CloudSource - Work from home customer service opportunities. Includes paid training, paid background checks, and no hidden fees.

• Sykes.com - Virtual call center provider using home-based customer service agents. They charge $45 for a required background check.

• TaskRabbit.com - Market your services in your local area to run errands for others. For example, if you're good at building Ikea furniture, you might position yourself as a "rabbit" who gets the furniture at the store and then assembles it for others. This website only serves select metro areas.

• WAHM.com - An online magazine for work-at-home moms

• WAHVE.com - Offers remote contract opportunites for retired insurance industry workers

• West.com - Be an "at-home-agent," with duties including obtaining, entering and verifying customer information, answering questions, resolving issues, explaining sales features or offering additional products or services. (Some users have reported being asked for their Social Security number when filling out the Work Opportunity Tax Credit [WOTC] info. However, filling out the WOTC is strictly voluntary -- not required.)

• WorkingSolutions.com - Hires independent contractor home-agents to provide sales and customer service.  Home-agents earn anywhere from $8-$20 per hour, depending on the program.

• WorkplaceLikeHome.com - An active discussion forum where you'll discover lots of job leads

• Zintro.com - Market yourself as a consultant based on your area of expertise. (Unlike other sites, Zintro requires the hiring business to put the money it intends to pay a freelancer into escrow. Once the work is completed, Zintro releases the money into the freelancer's account, generally through PayPal. )

• 2020Research.com - Market research services for professional marketing researchers, including online focus groups, hosted focus groups and online surveys.

Beware of these common ploys for work-at-home scams

Work-at-home scams are always in season, with scammers looking to empty your wallet at a time when it's already light because of unemployment or reduced hours at work. Here are a few common warning signs to look for:

  • Social network are a hot spot for work-at-home danger. One company called Easy Tweet Profits claims you can make up to $873/day online. They even claim one person earned $400,000/year using their method of tweeting your way to success. The catch? By signing up for their program you agree to be charged just under $50/month! There are a whole host of other companies with similar names (usually involving "make money" or "make profits") that suggest social networking can be a cash cow. But their game is all the same. Whether you're talking about something you see on Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, Twitter or whatever's the next hot thing, you've got to be wary.
  • Phony job listings on legit job-hunting websites. One fraudulent group was listing fake jobs on CareerBuilder, which is an otherwise respectable site. The group was charging a big fee for a background check before consideration of any applicants. Federal, state and local authorities received more than 17,000 complaints filed by people who were ripped off by this particular group. And that's just the number of people who found their way to complain. Who knows how many others were taken?
  • Pitches to be your own boss. I'm hearing from a lot of callers who go to help-wanted sites, find an opportunity that looks good and then contact the supposed employer. It turns out to be a pitch for owning your own business, with promises of huge money. But the only ones making money are the people pushing startup kits and related costs.

One final bit of advice before you take the leap into a work-at-home opportunity

Take an inventory of your talent, add a dash of creativity to your thinking and come up with a plan that suits you.

• Can you sew? Do alterations. Handy with crafts? How about making costume jewelry and gifts?
• If you have a good grasp of a particular subject, tutors are always needed.
• Good with a computer? Consider teaching others how to use one. You might also want to do computer work for college and graduate students. Try putting up flyers around your area as well as the local colleges and universities.
• Everyone's busy these days. Consider the needs of your friends and neighbors and provide a service that can save them time. Could they use help with errands or odd jobs? Do they need pet or child care?

The list can go on as long as you align your talents with services or products others need. Be imaginative and create a job! If you choose to go the standard work-at-home route, heed these warnings from the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.

Source : clark.com

Categorized in Work from Home

Whether you're on the hunt for a full-time job or simply just looking for ways to pick up some extra cash, opportunities to work-from-home are on the rise! 

Jobs that offer the flexibility of telecommuting, or working remotely, used to be rare -- available only to people in certain roles or specific situations. But with the rise of technology, along with new trends in the workplace environment and culture, the game has changed. 

FlexJobs, a job search site focused on telecommuting jobs, including freelance, flexible and part-time opportunities, released its third annual ranking of the top 100 companies offering remote jobs.

According to the report, the number of telecommuting job listings on FlexJobs' site increased by 36% in 2015, compared with 2014.

To come up with the list, FlexJobs analyzed more than 40,000 companies in its database and ranked them by most remote-friendly jobs -- those that offer some level of telecommuting -- listed over the past year. The report also included the top career fields with the most work-from-home opportunities.

Top 20 work-from-home companies for 2016

  1. LiveOps 
  2. TeleTech 
  3. Amazon 
  4. Sutherland Global Services 
  5. UnitedHealth Group 
  6. Dell 
  7. IBM
  8. U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  9. Working Solutions 
  10. Humana 
  11. Aetna 
  12. Intuit 
  13. Kaplan 
  14. Kelly Services 
  15. Cactus Communications 
  16. Westat 
  17. Salesforce 
  18. PAREXEL 
  19. CyberCoders
  20. American Express 

Top career fields with remote jobs

  1. Computer and IT: Dell, IBM, Apple
  2. Medical and Health: UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna
  3. Sales: American Express, Appen, GE
  4. Administrative: Kelly Services, Healthfirst, McKesson
  5. Customer Service: Sutherland Global Services, Amazon, LiveOps
  6. Education and Training: Connections Academy, K12, Kaplan
  7. Marketing: About.com, ADP, HD Supply

Source : clark.com

Categorized in Work from Home
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