Working from home
70 on-line Legitimate Opportunities now at your fingertips.
Types of opportunities
- Telephone based work
- Transcription services
- Translation services
- Virtual Assistants
- Careers in e-learning
- Consultants and Contractors
- Content Creation (i.e. blogging)
- On-Line Surveys
- Mystery Shoppers
What you need to know first
- Research the opportunities
- Is the job ad too short or too long? Does it have spelling mistakes?
- Investigate the facts
- Read the company’s website
- Google WHOIS database (web registering site) and type in company’s name. Is the contact information different?
- Validate from different sources
Types of good opportunities
- The research has been done for you to determine the legitimate opportunities.
- Each opportunity is explained in the following slides.
- You will see examples of job posting sites, associations and more.
Three different business models:
- Employee of a virtual call centre (i.e. HGS, Advantage)
- Independent Contractor (you are self employed, working with various companies; i.e. Advanis is known recruiter)
- You pay for training upfront and then get access to opportunities (ContractWorld.jobs whose clients include Pizza Hut and KFC)
- Recruiters want to be sure you’re serious about applying for the job.
- Fees and length of training depend on contracting company.
- Work involves customer service or order-taking.
Administrative assistants that provide a wide range of duties such as bookkeeping, word processing, developing spreadsheets, social media and marketing.
- Good computer skills
- Attention to detail
- Work efficiently
- Like variety
- Excellent customer service
- DO NOT need to be certified
- Canadian Association of Virtual Assistants | canadianava.org
- Canadian Virtual Gurus | www.canadianvirtualgurus.com
- On facebook search Canadian Virtual Assistant Connection
Growing industry with a variety of career options:
- Subject Matter Experts
- Instructional Design: work behind the scenes to develop instruction materials
- Instructional Technologists: trained in learning management systems or content management systems; know how to set up PDFs and create videos and audio files
Consultants and contractors
Competitive – FIND YOUR EDGE!
- You bid to win contracts
- Hundreds of categories
- Will take time to learn the system
- Need to know your stuff
- Long term view of this
- Always find out as much as you can upfront
Learn the difference between a consultant and contractor.
Read the websites’ term and conditions carefully to know what they charge in order for you to access services.
- Writing on a topic of interest/ your area of expertise
- Willing to do research and invest the time and energy with little return (i.e. few readers)
- Building a reputation as an expert
On-line surveys & mystery shopping
- Set up separate e-mail account; on-line surveys and mystery shopping sites known to send a lot of unwanted e-mails and spam.
- Expect some jobs earn you points, not cash.
- BEWARE: Researching on-line surveys is still new; not much proof there are good sites out there.
- BEWARE: Mystery shopping jobs that want you to send money in advance are scams!
- Mystery Shopping Providers Association | www.mspa-global.org
The Employment Journey Inc. thanks Anne Marie Rolfe, Employment & Education Centre (Brockville, ON) and Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling for source material.