From Black Voices — A recent study from Right Management showed that 84% of U.S. workers plan to quit their jobs and seek new employment in 2011. If you’d like a better job in the New Year, and have gotten tired of working the typical 9 to 5 gig, you may be on the lookout for work-from-home opportunities or other jobs that offer great flexibility.
While the freedom to work from the convenience of home and set your own schedule sounds nice, beware of any employment offers that request a fee upfront, ask you for any bank account information, or otherwise try to solicit unnecessary personal and financial data from you. Those are red flags for potential scams.
Instead, consider the following five legitimate jobs that let you work from any location on your own time. This list comes courtesy of LiveOps, which hires virtual workers from all around the U.S.
Answering Service Agent
If you’ve ever tried to get your doctor’s advice or schedule an appointment after-hours, you know that most of the time it’s a lesson in futility . . . until a friendly voice gleefully answers the phone. Little known fact, but these answering service agents typically work from a home office, taking calls for doctors and dentist offices, vets, and other businesses – later recording the caller’s information and forwarding it along to the “customer.”
Answer MTI is a company that hires work at home agents to take calls for everything from basic name and number gathering to complete order-taking. While the hours may be late, it’s the perfect way to make some extra money after putting the kids to sleep.
If you’ve ever been on a conference call or listened to a speech at an event or on TV, you may often wonder how the transcript gets created so quickly. Sometimes an intern or executive assistant has to put their typing and listening skills to the test, but more frequently companies outsource the transcribing to a skilled transcriber through services offered by companies like Tigerfish that allow people to do the work from the comfort of their own home.
Sales & Customer Service Agent
Remember the last time you ordered something from an infomercial or called a customer service line? Believe it or not, the person on the other end of the phone line was probably taking that call from their home. Thanks to companies like LiveOps that contract with individuals from across the nation, most customer service representatives are now afforded the flexibility to work from the convenience of their homes, and you could too.