"Work at Home" jobs- Should I even bother?

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  1. 2A Batterie macrumors 6502a

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    I was touring in Europe as musician and had a 10 month contract, but an unfortunate set of circumstances (to say the least) have me back home in the US after less than a week of work. I invested a lot into this opportunity and made many moves, such as selling my car and quitting my regular job, so that I could take this gig that is now over.

    I have little to no resources and no regular place of residence now and am in desperate need of income. Because of my situation, someone suggested to look into a work from home job. I've never paid much attention to that "industry" because I assumed mostly all of it was a scam. However, I'm desperate and am willing to at least research the topic.

    Are there any legitimate work from home companies/websites out there? Has anyone had any experience, good or bad, with a work from home job? I'm not looking for some get rich quick or too good to be true job, but just something that will at least be able to provide a few bucks a week until I get my feet on the ground. Any suggestions?
     
  2. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Yea, I'd avoid the whole market. Its not really worth the trouble, going through all the spam, to find a good one(if one is out there)
     
  3. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Cyberporn, telemarketing, and call centers seem to be the big work from home schemes paying money.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    There are also legitimate out-of-the home lines of occupation, though. Some of them require specific skills (e.g. software design or transcription), but others just require business acumen (e.g. running some kind of material arbitraging business, such as acquiring and selling things on eBay). It's a little harder to set up an eBay type of business that will actually produce income immediately, though -- that is, something that is cash-flow positive from day one.

    But ahem, ... just noting your "no regular place of residence," I think you would certainly need a stable address and some office or storage space.
     
  5. 2A Batterie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea. the no regular address is a tough one to deal with, which is why I'm crashing with my parents for the time. I guess I can use their address and just change whatever info I have when I move.... if I ever get a job.
     
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Yes, bills of lading, invoicing, medical transcription (certification required) are all possible from home.

    My niece is certified CHIM, but it's not an over-night designation.
     
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  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Hi there Daddy, what are you wearing right now??

    Like that, you perv??? ;)
     
  9. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    i'd look into them, but be wary of the scams. Probably some legitimate ones out there.

    other jobs where you can pick up shifts easily enough: fast food restaurants, coffee shops etc...

    good luck.
    cheers,
    keebler
     
  10. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Many scams out there. Be careful.

    There are some legitimate jobs, but hard to find.
     
  11. FunkyPurple macrumors newbie

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    Well it seems that folks at this site: http://www.wahm.com/jobs.html have done a bit of research and have found a few legit work from home companies. The only potential issue I've found w/ most of these companies (as I've been looking into this myself) is that you have to have a pc to work for them. So if you can get past that, then you may be ok.

    Also look into retail companies like Eddie Bauer's customer service or airlines such as Jet Blue who allow their travel agents to work from home.
     
  12. idyll macrumors 6502

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    I doubt many of the schemes you get in the mail in regards to that work... Most of the people I've known that have ended up working at home it just "sort of happened" by itself and are either designers or programmers.

    I've got no advice though :/

    Good luck!
     

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