November 14, 2011

How to Identify Scam Jobs

Finding a genuine work-at-home-job may not be an easy task but can provide you success in no time once you know how to spot those websites offering scam jobs. Scams are everywhere around the web and commonly targeting those stay at home moms and first timers who want to earn online.

 Consider these helpful tips:

Scrutinize each job offer from sites featuring job listing opportunity

Don’t go immediately for a job offer without doing research. From the entire job listing from certain site like Craigslist, check if the company asks for any fee before getting the job. Remember, legit company will never ask any fee for you to make money. Once you encounter this, it’s definitely a scam job.

Use WHOIS Lookup Tool to check a website credibility

It is one of the best tools that will help you examine how credible a website is. If a certain website invites you for a job offer, check first the year of the domain registration. A scam site usually starts not so long ago while a genuine site remains relatively old.

Visit Work-at-home forums

Forums like WAHM.com, WorkFromHomeForum.com, and Work-At-Home-Forum.com are some trustworthy blogs that will help you share their information regarding which site is legit and which one is scam. Information is based directly on several participants who have shared the same experienced while working online.

FRIENDLY REMINDER!!

If you’re interested in making money from work-at-home jobs, there are websites that offer genuine jobs. Nevertheless, keep in mind that selection process may either help you find the right one or may provide you traps in falling to scams so be extra cautious during your online job hunting. Learn how to weigh things out with supporting facts before you go with a job offer.


		
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November 12, 2011

4 Tips to Prevent Work-at-Home Scam Jobs


Work-at-home jobs are popular nowadays because of several benefits like working at your own time at home, have the chance to spend time with family and a lot of saving opportunities. However, working online has also its downsides like dealing with scams and frauds. These can be avoided provided that you take some precautions.

Be knowledgeable and cautious

Do extensive research online because by doing so; you can come across several forums and blogs that tackle about fraudulent and legit sites online. Don’t trust immediately and always provide second thoughts on all information you encounter.

Don’t trust spam emails offering work-at-home jobs

Never rely on unwanted emails claiming work-at-home job offers in your inbox.  Legitimate work-at-home jobs don’t necessarily spam random people but instead posting ads in some sites, like Craigslist & Elance, along with skills requirements, work descriptions etc. They even conduct several trainings to make sure you fit for the job they are looking for.

Don’t go for websites claiming too much

Stay away from websites that “sound too good to be true” like claiming you can make $200 in few hours just by filling out surveys or by clicking ads. The internet has thousands of different ads so be vigilant on discerning what is true and not.

Don’t pay for any upfront cost

If you come across an advertisement claiming you can start making money at home when you pay a membership fee or buy training supplies, it’s definitely not true. It is a strategy to lure or hype people, so stay away from deceitful claims like this.

Work-at-home jobs are preferred by parents because they can work at home while caring for their family simultaneously. However, you must take some precautions to avoid from falling into scam jobs online.

November 5, 2011

Choosing Career as a WAHM

Choosing a career without any passion at all seems a heavy luggage. That’s why before I decide to become a Work at Home Mom (WAHM), It took me awhile to finally make my decision.

When I started home based freelancing three years ago, the Odesk platform was my first training ground for a challenging work as a WAHM. Since working online is relatively popular today, I decided to make this article to provide some advises for those who want to career venture at Odesk and become a Work at Home Mom.

If you’re an internet savvy who wishes to have additional financial assistance, Odesk will provide you several kinds of jobs such as:

  • web designing if you have knowledge in IT
  • virtual assistant if you’re into clerical works
  • data entry if you’re good in administrative support
  • technical writing if you have the passion in writing
  • Telemarketing if you’re good in advertising/ marketing etc.

The photo below shows all job categories being offered in Odesk. So whatever your profession is, you can always find your niche freelance job.

You should think on what kind of career path you want to follow and then start working from there. Assess yourself first — What are your talents? What are your skills? Are you good in clerical works, in advertising or something similar to these? This will help you easily map out your career goals while having a clearer picture of what you want to pursue.

In addition, once you started working in Odesk continue on learning new things to provide a room for improving your talents and skills. Constant learning will help you find a greater avenue where you can excel the most.

Though it may take you a long way towards success, but doing something you love the most is the most fulfilling thing to do. A career in Odesk isn’t easy but with patience and perseverance, this platform might be your ticket in achieving a bigger career opportunity someday.

November 4, 2011

How to Get Your First Job in Odesk?

I have a couple of fellow mommy friends wanting to try working at home too. I told them to start with Odesk first so they will understand the concept of work at home. Odesk has been helpful to me when I was just starting in the field of home based freelancing, as a matter of fact, it served as a training ground for me way back 2008.

My friends seem to ask me almost the same questions, “how did you get a job in odesk?” So, let me share you this article. I just hope this will help you in one way or another.

Odesk is a staffing marketplace and administrative platform website where a bunch of employers create “workteams” coming from several freelance workers or so-called contractors. The name simply came from the notion of “no desk” where in the objective is to allow everyone to work anywhere and anytime.

The site mainly caters several areas of expertise including web development, programming or software development skills, graphic designing, and writing or administrative skills.

Below are some helpful guidelines on how to apply on Odesk:

1. Create 100% authentic and high-quality profile for free

To bid on specific jobs suitable for your talents and skills, you must provide sufficient time to create your own Odesk profile with honesty and sincerity because an employer can always find out whether you’re lying or not. Also, the platform requires trust between an employer and a contractor to acquire a good working relationship.

2. Familiarize how Odesk works and take several skill tests for enhancement purposes.

It is a must to know every tidbits of information with regards on how the Odesk works to allow yourself to be knowledgeable enough in handling simple to complex works.

The site also offers voluntary skills tests in series of disciplines that include English aptitude test, programming skills, and some feedback system to assess how well your profile made.

3. Publish a well-informative resume and other necessary portfolios needed for the bidding.

Provide your educational background, previous experiences, talents and skills, and other important details that will help in your application. REMEMBER: Uniqueness will set you apart from other contractors to help you win some employers.

There are many things to learn in Odesk platform however, just take these easy steps above as your first stepladder towards being an Odesk Pro.

October 26, 2011

When Boredom Strikes

For a working mom at home, balancing my time between nurturing my family and attending my career responsibilities is not an easy task to do. Well, take it from me since I’ve been in the industry for relatively long years.

There are stuffs that I need to do personally like unwinding yet I just cannot because of some responsibilities at home. I miss going out with my friends, I want to go watch movie just like any other woman or go shopping and have fun with friends. I miss my life in the outside world yet I do not have pretty much choice but to stay at home with my family. These kinds of stuffs are fairly omitted when you get the option of being a work at home mom.

I have been into sales before I became a mother and started working online. Sometimes, I just could not help it but miss the daily grind of corporate life, the everyday commute to work, the traffic, meeting colleagues and clients and interacting with different kinds of people as well.

However, in life there are always twofold in every situation there are good and bad, intelligent and dumb, right and left, and up and down etc. You just need to go with the flow and make your life easier by learning how to balance it properly.

One advantage of venturing a working career is you get to spend a lot of time with your love ones particularly if you have a toddler at home. It is something that all working parents with over demanding schedules would really want to experience yet they cannot possibly do that.

However, working at home means missing your life in the outside since you get to spend your entire time working and tending your family. In short, you don’t have any time for yourself. And life is dull if all you got to interact with are online friends – Facebook buddies, Skype and Yahoo contacts, LinkedIn connections and Twitter followers.

In conclusion, there is always a certain part of me that misses the outside life. I am just a human, I may sometimes feel occasional boredom but this is life. Life is not that easy so we need to generate a certain system to survive. What matters most is we know how to cope up with boredom and loneliness and move on!