The Internet has made it possible for many people to work from home. Many companies have taken advantage of the Internet and allow their employees to telecommute. Others have chosen to use the international marketplace to expand their job pool and hire freelancers from all over the world.
Many people still choose to work their 9 to 5, but use the Internet to bring is some extra cash. There are many scams out there, but there are some legitimate opportunities online as well. In order to tell the legit from the scam, you need to do a little bit of research. One great place to check is LinkedIn. If the company does not have an account, there is a good chance they are not a real company. You can also check the number of “Scam Reporter” sites online reporting on Internet rip-offs, as well. Another great rule is that companies don’t usually ask you for money for the opportunity to work. If a site is asking you to pay, then it is likely a scam.
Consider these three money making options:
Virtual Assistant. If you have a pleasant personality, organized, and can use a phone and a computer, you can be a virtual assistant. Basically, you are a personal assistant for a person that you never meet. You will schedule their meetings, make phone calls, schedule travel, even make appointments for their children. In many ways, you are like a concierge service. Based upon your skills and effectiveness, you can earn $20-$30 an hour, though the average pay is much less.
Online Sales. Ebay, Craigslist, Amazon, these are not just places to buy things that you want. These are places to sell things that you no longer need, or you can start a resale business. Just think, everything that you buy online somebody is selling. Why shouldn’t you be the person selling the goods?
Make it and Sell it. Creative crafts are part of a growing market. Etsy is an online marketplace for artists. If you made it, somebody out there will buy it. Setting up an Etsy account is easy and their fees are minimal. If you have a passion for creation, this could turn into quite a business opportunity.