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November 24th 2007 Update - I signed up for Go Freelance's service because I wanted to see whether it was for real, and what kinds of opportunities they offer. Although I have not actually applied for a project, the types of offers that I have seen seem to be on the up-and-up.
Here is an offer I just saw that seems like it is a working from home opportunity:
DEAR RETRO HOUSEWIFE
Working From Home
Working From Home, 2007-06-06
Dear Retro Housewife,
I am very conflicted about my desire to be a housewife. I know this is what I have wanted to do forever. Unfortunately, with todays economy it can be a bit of a financial burden for my husband. I have looked into working from home on the computer. It seems every website I find to do this is a scam. Do you have any suggestions or know of any companies that I could work from home for? I am truly happiest when I am home to take care of my family. I love having dinner warm on the table when my husband comes in from work. I know there has to be a way for me to be a stay at home wife. I just need a little extra income to help us out. Thank you so much for listening.Suzanne
Retro Housewife, Thank you so much. In the past i was a receptionist for about 10 years in beauty salons. I answered phones, did basic bookkeeping & inventory control. Accounts recievable & payable. I also graduated from cosmetology school in 2004. I did try working in salons, but I wasn't comfortable with the party atmosphere & working 12 to 15 hour a days. I have tried to look into doing something like medical billing from home, but I am having a very hard time finding a legitimate company. I know they are out there because I've heard people talk about it before. I'm just not sure where to find them. I really appreciate your help.
RE: Working From Home
It is entirely possible to work from home, and there are reputable companies and websites where you can find such jobs. It's a shame that so many are scams. I will try to put a little list together for you, but in the meantime, I will email you to see what skills you have...that would make my job much easier!RH
The first thing that you have to realize, is that you are basically starting your own little business. Everybody I know of who works from home is an independent contractor rather than an actual W-2 employee. Starting and running your own business is a lot of work, especially in the beginning, but is absolutely worth it. Your main challenge is going to be drumming up some business. There are a bunch of "Work from home" sites, and you are right, there are a lot of bogus offers out there. I am researching a couple sites to see if they are for real, and have sent out some inquiries to some of my contacts. In the meantime, here is what I would do to get started:
Status: IN PROGRESS
Working from Home - How to Find Work
It's all about contacts! Assuming you have a marketable skill, finding work as an independent contractor is about who you know. Fortunately, there are some legit ways to give yourself a boost!
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