The Real Deal on Telecommuting and How You Can Make Money at Home
by Rosalind Mays
Learn how to find legitimate telecommuting (work at home) jobs and avoid the great ocean of work-at-home scams. Written by a work-at-home mom!
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About the Book
name is Rosalind Mays and this report -- this resource -- took over
685 hours to build. When I began my search for telecommuting jobs,
I found scam after scam and a great amount of disappointment. In the
middle of all that disappointment, I finally uncovered the telecommuting
resources and secrets that were helpful to me.
I promise you, this report does not provide lists of telecommuting
jobs; instead it provides the methods you will use to find these jobs.
This report does not list companies looking for telecommuters, because
companies are looking for "employees" NOT telecommuters. What I do
give you are methods and direction so it does not take 600 hours of
searching to become a bona fide telecommuter. This report uncovers
. . .
The Real Deal on Telecommuting and How You Can Make Money at
I could find an "outside" job making $17-20 an hour because not so
long ago I had a job with such a salary. That is until both my childcare
arrangements shut down in the same month.
My three-year-old daughter attended a "progressive pre-school" with
an excellent curriculum, with tuition of $350 a month. My sister cared
for my infant son and charged a mere $300 a month. I was fortunate;
I had a good paying job and quality childcare that was considered
"cheap" for the San Francisco Bay Area. Even though my childcare costs
were considered "low," if I added this to all the other expenses of
working outside the home," my real take home salary was a mere $700
a month. In California, $700 takes care of groceries and small bills
like cable or water.
Then disaster struck, I had no childcare and both the facilities closed
in a matter of two months. To make matters worse, I found out that
I was eight weeks pregnant. What was I to do?
After computing all the costs from my "outside" job, my husband and
I realized that my "income" would dwindle down to almost nothing.
So, we decided that I'd stay home, take care of the kids and maybe
find at-home employment to supplement my husbands' income. All I had
to do was submit my resume to a few key places and in a couple of
weeks the checks would flow like water.
Instead, it took four months of searching before I made even a small
income. I found this lack of work-at-home information unacceptable.
And that is how this report was born. Because, you see, throughout
those four months of searching I found . . .
The Great Ocean of Scams
I didn't find employment; instead I found scams, scams upon scams
and even more scams. There was absolutely "no" information on "who"
was hiring or how to find out who was hiring . . . not in the virtual
world, not in the "real" world . . . not anywhere.
The good news (if you can call it that) is I didn't lose any money
on the scams because I didn't have any money to purchase the directory
of home-employment companies for $69 or the at-home program for $129.
That kind of money bought a week's worth of groceries for my family.
I was not sacrificing the food from my babies' mouths. So I kept searching,
convinced that there must be some information on this topic for free
or a small fee (say $5 to $10). But no matter where I looked -- nothing.
The bill collectors were calling everyday now. We no longer had cable
service and the electric company was threatening "darkness" within
a few days.
Truly frustrated, I decided to do something about this problem. So,
I got a binder, organized my search plan, turned on my computer and
began my relentless investigation.
Before I give you the details of my research, let me tell you the
results of my work. After four months -- that's 120 days -- of research,
I began making a steady income of $500 a month working online and
at-home. I could have made more, if I had just known what I know now
about telecommuting and working at home.
What I learned is this:
1. If an employer is offering you a job, they will not ask for money!
Instead, the employer will review your qualifications and offer a
"trial run." If the employer is satisfied with your work, you will
continue to have a job. If they are not satisfied, you will be dismissed.
In the real world of employment, your time will be spent, not your
2. Job descriptions of legitimate employment have "a lot" of information
and even more requirements, because the employer wants the "right"
3. Employers will ask for the usual things: a resume, samples of previous
work, interviews, etc.
My Personal Tip of the Day: If you do not encounter one or all of
these events AND someone asks for money . . . RUN!
Now that you know the "three signs" of legitimate employment, it's
time . . .
To Summarize My Research
The underlying problem with telecommuting (working from home) is the
job hunter looking for "at-home work" and the employers of "remote
employees" have two definitions of
Those searching for telecommuting work are looking for employers who
will allow them to work from home 100% of the time with the same pay
and possibly the same benefits as working an "outside job."
On the other hand, the employer defines telecommuting as a person
that has been employed with the company for some time, proved themselves
reliable and able to work with little supervision, and will work one
to two days a week at home on special projects.
See the problem in this situation?
Don't despair. There are opportunities out there. I found them. In
this report, whenever I can, I will include addresses and phone numbers
as additional resources for those who don't have access to a computer
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Ocean of Scams
-- How to Recognize Work-at-Home Scams
-- Job Descriptions of Legitimate Employment
-- What Employers Usually Ask For
-- An Employer Will Not Ask You for Money
-- When Sending Money is Okay
-- Working for Foreign Employers
What I've learned about Telecommuting:
-- Why are so Many Employers Against Telecommuting?
-- What to Look for in a Telecommuting Job?
-- What are the Skills You Need to Find a Good Telecommuting Job?
-- How to Get Those Skills You Need - for Little or No Cost.
Jobs needing no computers
Five ways to work at home:
-- Convince your boss into telecommuting
-- Four ways to find a telecommuting job
-- Five ways to become a Freelancer or Independent Contractor
-- Extra income while you search
-- Become the self-employed
My Long List of Resources!
|About the Author
Rosalind Mays, mother of three children, searched 685 hours (that's four months) before finding a legitimate telecommuting job. She hopes her advice and e-book -- which compiles all the information she found while searching for her current job -- will shorten the reader's time in finding real work-at-home opportunities.