‘Home With The Kids’ Highlights Real Work-from-Home Jobs

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Turn your laptop into an office!

Turn your laptop into an office!

Home With the Kids is a web site dedicated to weeding out the real work-from-home opportunities from the scams. You can try to check out homewiththekids, but it isn’t working for me.

However, thanks to Fox Business, I have info on the top 10 work-from-home jobs, some of which are posted on Home With the Kids. I also have links to other web sites that screen work-from-home job postings and present the legitimate ones. Kind of the way that Personal Money Store picks out the best short term loans lenders and stays away from the shady ones. Now, let’s get to those jobs!

1. Virtual assistant

Oooh, that does sound classy. Fox Business says “Small businesses hire virtual assistants to help when they can’t justify a permanent employee.” The money here really lies in running your own virtual assistant business and working for multiple companies. Check out The International Virtual Assistants Association.

Also, Home With the Kids, at homewiththekids.com, features a dozen or so similar companies. However, last time I checked, homewiththekids was still not working.

2. Translator

This is a pretty obvious one. Translating written texts from one language to another can easily be completed at home. Furthermore, it pays really well. Fox Business says:

The national mean hourly wage for translators and interpreters was $20.74, with a mean annual wage of $43,130 as of May 2008, according to estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some industries pay significantly higher, with the highest paying jobs generally in the management, scientific and technical consulting services areas, in which the mean hourly wage was $56.50 and the annual mean wage was $117,530.

3. Web developer/designer

Obviously, the internet is instrumental and crucial when it comes to working from home. The internet  not only has generated countless jobs, it has made most of those jobs entirely mobile. While some companies still insist on having offices that employees must report to every day, even if their jobs are entirely working online, many employers nowadays see the value and money-making potential of having employees work from home.

It’s good for morale, and it keeps overhead costs down. In the specific case of web developers and designers, there are endless opportunities out there. Everyone, everything and every entity in the world nowadays needs a web site.

4. Writer/editor

I chose to place this one right after web developer because this job really does follow that one. Once those web sites are designed, they need content. For instance, many companies hire SEO specialists to provide written content that generates traffic, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to virtual writing jobs.

And there are plenty of writing and editing opportunities outside of purely online content as well. There are a lot of printed materials out there that need editing, and there’s no reason that can’t be done at home.

5. Call center representative

Just as companies are discovering using home computers can save money and morale, others are realizing that people can use their home phones just as easily as office phones. Fox Business says:

When you phone to order something from a catalog or infomercial, a big office with rows of cubicles may come to mind. But the person on the other end of the line is likely to be sitting in a home office. “It’s a huge and growing industry,” says Durst of companies that hire independent contractors to take calls from home.

6. Teacher

This one surprised me a bit, but it made sense after the article pointed out that there are all kinds of online courses as well as entire colleges and high schools. Just think, you could be home with the kids and virtually with other kids!

From postsecondary education to elementary schools, there are opportunities for students to learn virtually. Along with that, come opportunities to teach (and tutor) virtually. While distance learning is not new, advanced technology, collaborative multimedia software designed for schools and high-speed Internet connections have created more opportunities for teachers and students to work together from afar.

7. Franchise owner

I’ll be honest with you, this one is a little tough for me to wrap my brain around because when I hear “franchise,” all I can think of is fast-food restaurants. Fox Business says:

Owning a business can be the road to at-home work. For an initial investment, franchises may offer a ready-made business with brand awareness, a system and a territory, says Leslie Truex, founder of the Web site Work-At-Home Success. She advises considering businesses that target the over-50 crowd or the self-employed, involve health and wellness, relate to the “green” movement, or involve electronic or online devices (i.e., accessories, applications).

Here are the other jobs listed on the Top 10 according to Fox Business, and you can find these on Home With the Kids, too:

  • Travel agent
  • Tech support
  • Medical transcriptionist

Get details on those from this article by Melissa Ezarik. Check out more at-home jobs at Home With the Kids, homewiththekids.com, and Flex Jobs, flexjobs.com.