My favorite magazine AllYou, has researched 10 Legitimate Online Jobs and the sources you need to find out more information:
You provide general assistance—administrative, scheduling, bookkeeping, even event planning—from your home office.
You will need Administrative experience; excellent organizational and time-management skills so you can juggle a multitude of tasks; a pleasant phone manner
You will earn: About $10 per hour at a staffing agency; up to $30 per hour if you work directly with clients
Sign on: To find work on your own, check out homewiththekids.com, which lists companies that hire assistants, or sign on with an online staffing agency, like Team Double-Click or VIPdesk, to get contract jobs.
The work: You can earn large sums of money selling items online by reaching out to people who want to get rid of their stuff but are too busy to do it themselves.
What you bring to the table: Experience selling goods through auctions on eBay; ambition; the business savvy required to promote your services
Expect to earn: Sellers determine the price by the market and the value of items they sell. Some charge a flat per-item fee (often $5 to $25), or take a percentage (20 percent to 40 percent) of total sales. Depending on the volume of your business, reselling on eBay and other sites could become a lucrative full-time job.
Sign on: Active eBay sellers with high ratings and sales can register to be listed on the website’s directory of trading assistants at ebaytradingassistant.com. You need to be a self-starter who knows how to spread the word—to friends, family members, acquaintances, and strangers. Check out allyou.com/home-business for more tips on how to market your services.
The work: Customers used to call a company to complain or order a product, and they’d reach the main office. Now virtual call centers route incoming calls to a home agent’s phone; agents receive a script on how to answer possible questions so they can respond to routine customer-service inquiries or sell products.
What you bring to the table:Professional, pleasant phone presence; the ability to read a script and make it sound natural; a quiet area in which to work; perhaps a headset attached to your phone
Expect to earn: $7 to $15 per hour, with some jobs offering incentives for high sales
The work: In 2006, the global market for outsourced language services was almost $9 billion. If you speak a second language well enough to translate documents from one language to another, there’s money to be made.
What you bring to the table: The ability to read, write and fluently speak more than one language. You can find plenty of work in Spanish, French and Chinese, but the more obscure the language, the higher the demand.
Expect to earn: $10 to $50 per hour
Sign on: Visit translatorsbase.com for a wide offering of gigs and an idea of what each job entails. A more direct route for go-getters: Contact the human resources department of a foreign company’s U.S. office to ask about opportunities.
Do you have any online job experience or tips to share with our readers?