Last Updated January 23rd, 2018

How To Find Remote Entry Level Jobs

How To Find Remote Entry Level Jobs

One of the hardest times to find work is when you have no experience. Many employers want you to have at least some experience, so there are a lot of jobs you just don’t qualify for, regardless of your education. It can be even harder to find remote entry level jobs.

But a lack of experience doesn’t necessarily mean you have no qualifications. You need to take a better look at the qualifications you have, and how you can demonstrate them to potential employers.

Remote entry level jobs are out there. They can be hard to get since the qualifications aren’t as demanding as jobs that require experience, but they are out there.

Just because a job is entry level doesn’t mean they won’t require that you have certain skills. Medical transcriptionists and medical coders, for example, have to take training courses before they can work in those fields. Employers aren’t going to take you on if you have no skills appropriate to the job you’re seeking.

Consider Your Skills

The first thing you need to do is consider the skills you have. What have you learned to do in high school, college, technical school, online school, or any other training you’ve taken?

Also look at any volunteer work you’ve done. Volunteer work can be counted as experience. If it’s something you’ve done regularly, it can at least use to show that you can keep to a schedule. Depending on the volunteer work you do, it may give you some practical skills as well.

Some companies have online tests they will give you to determine if you’re qualified to work for them. Transcription companies, for example, may have you transcribe a sample dictation. Other companies will test your typing speed.

You should also make sure that you have a good workspace and can avoid all distractions while you’re working. This includes your kids. Working at home doesn’t necessarily mean you can watch the kids too.

Possible Employers For Remote Entry Level Jobs

There are a number of employers that may be hiring for remote entry level jobs. I can’t promise which ones are hiring at any given time, but this is a place to start. Not every position with these companies will be entry level of course.

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Remote Entry Level Customer Service And Phone Jobs

Advise Tech – Prefers to hire college students and retirees for just a few hours of work as a telemarketer per week to start.

Continental Message – Pay attention to the location listed for work at home positions here. They may require you live in a particular area. It requires 1 year prior work experience, but there is no apparent requirement that it be in customer service.

LiveOps – While having experience helps, you can get started with LiveOps without experience. As you work you can build the experience needed to get onto the better accounts. This is an independent contractor position. This means any training you need for different accounts is unpaid.

NexRep – Take calls for various companies while working as an independent contractor.

Sitel – Handle incoming calls that may include account or billing inquiries, product orders, scheduling and more. This is an employee position, not independent contractor. Experience is preferred but not required for some positions. Benefits available for full time employees.

SiteStaff – This company hires independent contractor chat hosts to work from home. They don’t list experience requirements, but you do need to type 65-75 wpm and be able to handle multiple chats at once.

Sykes – This company says customer service experience is nice to have, but not required. This is a regular employee job, not an independent contractor position. Unlike many work at home customer service positions, this one offers benefits, and you’re paid per hour you’re scheduled, not per minute you talk.

Talk2Rep – The job listings show that customer service or sales experience is a plus, but it does not say required. Other than that, you need to be able to type, use their software, and have good grammar, spelling and communication skills. You also need to have a high school diploma and general education degree. Some positions require that you be bilingual.

[email protected] – This used to be [email protected] Some customer service positions with this company do not require experience.

U-Haul – Search for “work at home” on their job site to find openings. Positions may include customer service or roadside assistance positions.

Working Solutions – You can apply at Working Solutions regardless of experience, but the programs you qualify for may depend on your experience. It can take weeks to hear back if you have been accepted as an independent contractor agent. If you are accepted, then you can apply for the programs you are interested in.

See more remote customer service jobs here.

Online Research Jobs

Wonder – This company posts leads on my job board sometimes. People ask questions on their site, and researchers find the answers for them. I’ve seen on some reviews that they can be very picky about answer quality.

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Social Media And Search Engine Evaluators

Appen – Appen offers a variety of remote positions, but most openings are for social media evaluators or web search evaluators. Social media evaluators need to be active users of social media. Evaluators can set their own schedules. Appen has recently acquired Leapforce, which does similar work. It is not clear as of this writing if the companies’ job listings will be combined or remain separate.

iSoftStone – Most of the opportunities listed here are for search engine evaluators in various countries around the world. There may be other opportunities as well, such as transcription.

Lionbridge – This company may have evaluator jobs available around the world. The job description for the US expects potential ad evaluators to be daily users of the internet who can provide feedback on the ads connected to searches. Jobs may require the use of a smartphone.

Entry Level Social Media Jobs

Any of these jobs will require that you are familiar with social media at least through your own use. Excellent writing skills will also be a plus.

Crisp Thinking – Review the risks on the clients’ social media account. You must be very social media savvy.

ICUC – Content specialists for this company help manage the social reputations of various brands. Many positions require that you be bilingual.

LiveWorld – This company looks for people who can handle social media interactions as a customer service agent. Experience is a plus but not required. Positions may require that you be bilingual.

Mod Squad – If this company accepts you as a freelancer, you might moderate forums, chat with customers, or help with clients’ social media. You choose which projects you want to join and the schedule you want to work.

See more remote social media jobs here.

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Remote Entry Level Teaching And Tutoring Jobs

Cambly – Working as an English language tutor with Cambly requires no experience. Pay is per minute, and you set your own hours to talk to students who are learning English all over the world.

Englishunt – This company has two kinds of positions they may hire tutors for. The first is video tutoring, and requires a teaching certificate. The second, phone tutoring, does not require a certificate. They want all candidates to have at least a two year degree. As this is international teaching, much of the available work is in the middle of the night or early morning.

iTalki – It doesn’t matter what language you speak, you can offer your services as a tutor on iTalki. This is an international opportunity. As a Community Tutor, you need only native fluency in the language you’re teaching. Professional Teachers have to share their credentials. You have to attract your own students and can set your own rates on their system.

Samespeak – This is one of the few work at home companies I have seen that hires as young as 16 years old. They don’t seem to hire very often, and as of this writing have a surplus of coaches. Your first language must be English. – To become a tutor on this site, you need to be an expert in your subject, and be at least a sophomore in college or have a college degree. You must be able to teach at least five hours a week. Your pay rate depends on the subject you teach.

See more remote education jobs here.

Telephone Mystery Shopping

ARC Consulting – The site doesn’t list any specific experience requirements. They encourage parents, grandparents, people with disabilities, and students to apply.

Call Center QA – Perform telephone mystery shops and fill out a brief form. Payout is in 7 days.

Confero – You must be at least 21 to sign up for mystery shopping with this company. They offer both in person and telephone mystery shopping opportunities.

Perception Strategies – Healthcare mystery shopping, including telephone and in person visits.

SkilCheck – This company requires that you have an unlimited calling plan as they do not reimburse for phone charges.

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Remote Entry Level Transcription Jobs

Accutran Global – This company hires entry level transcriptionists as independent contractors to transcribe on a variety of topics, such as business meetings, teleconferences, focus groups and more. Pay is $0.004 to $0.0055 per word or $0.40 per audio minute as of this writing.

CastingWords – A freelance transcription site that is very flexible. Your pay is based in part on the quality of your transcriptions.

Daily Transcription – This company posts job leads fairly often on my online job board. They accept beginners but warn that the work may be challenging. The transcription is often of footage, including reality television and interviews.

GMR Transcription – Hires general transcriptionists without experience. Spanish speaking transcription/translation positions may also be available. Also hires certified translators.

Go Transcript – Pays up to $0.60 per audio or video minute. Hires worldwide and only requires excellent English skills.

Quicktate – Take their test and pay for their background check to see if you qualify. Pay is low, but that’s common for entry level transcription.

Rev – Take a grammar and transcription test, and they’ll let you know if they want you as a freelancer. As of this writing, they’re only taking emails, as they have enough freelancers at the moment. But it’s worth a look to see if they’re hiring again.

Scribie – Pay at this company is very low. As of this writing, their website states that their rates are $5-20 per audio hour. They break transcriptions up into 6 minute segments, which means each segment is worth $0.50-2.00. It usually takes longer than 6 minutes to transcribe a 6 minute recording, making your hourly rate depend on how many segments you can do per hour.

SpeechPad – You have to pass a grammar test and a transcription test before taking on work. You can select jobs listed that you’re qualified for, and improve your qualifications over time. Pay rate varies quite a bit by assignment.

Tigerfish – This company has been around quite a while and has a transcription test anyone can take to see if they qualify. They also warn you that each test segment should take you no more than 20 minutes, because if you can’t transcribe at least that fast, it probably won’t be worth your while.

TranscribeMe – This may be one of the easiest ways to try out general transcription as a work at home job. There’s an entrance exam, after which you have to wait to hear from them. Once you’re hired, you work entirely on your own schedule. The transcriptions are broken up into very small segments. Pay is not that great.

The Transcription Agency – This company hires only in the UK and does not require experience. They also offer translation services, but the website does not make it clear how to work for them as a translator or what the requirements are for that.

See more remote general transcription jobs here.

Remote Entry Level Translator And Interpreter Jobs

Any kind of remote entry level translator or interpreter job will still require fluency in the languages you use in your work. There will be some kind of test to prove that you can provide quick and accurate translations or interpretations.

Gengo – Once you’re approved to work for this company, you pick the projects you want to work on.

LanguageLine – You must have native or near native fluency in English and one other language. A high school diploma is required, and they prefer education in translation or interpretation, but it is not required.

See more remote translator jobs here.

Entry Level Virtual Assistant Jobs

Fancy Hands – If you’re good on the phone and the computer, you can apply to do small tasks at this company. You might make appointments or reservations for someone, or find a hotel for their vacation. Pay is through Dwolla.

Vicky Virtual – This is work as a virtual receptionist, so you’re mostly on the phone. They like people with a sense of humor.

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Remote Entry Level Writing Jobs

Most remote writing jobs are freelance, although you can find the occasional position as an employee. Pay ranges from pathetic to quite good, depending on the employer.

I have a lot of freelance writing opportunities listed at 115 Places To Find Freelance Writing Gigs. Some may require experience, but most care only about how well you write.

Blog Mutt – Ghostwrite blog posts on your choice available topics. If a customer chooses your post, you get paid.

ClearVoice – Fill out your portfolio thoroughly with this company to get matched with clients who might pick you. Payment is through Paypal on approval of your assignment.

Content Divas – This company has you write a sample article and sample blog post to decide if you might be a fit.

Online Writing Jobs – Write for different brands. Pay goes up to $50 per article.

Postloop – Sites that are trying to get forums started pay writers at this company to post on their forums. Pay is per post. It probably isn’t a lot of money, but the work should be easy so long as you make quality posts.

WriterAccess – Take tests to determine the level you start at. You can improve your level (and pay rate) by getting good reviews and being on time with your assignments.

See more remote writing jobs here.

Alternatives To Remote Entry Level Jobs

A remote entry level job is not your only option if you want to work at home. There are a number of other things you can do that don’t require that you have experience – only skills.

Starting a blog is one example. It’s very easy to start a blog. There’s no guarantee that you will earn a living from it – ever – but some people do very well as bloggers. It’s an affordable enough option that it’s worth the try if you’re interested.

You can consider a more traditional option such as starting a daycare if you have a good place for that. You may want to consider some certification before you start – the Red Cross offers childcare training as well as first aid training, and these can be good skills to have.

Freelance work is another option. Freelance work can be a path to a traditional career or a business you run for many years. Sites such as Upwork make it easy to get started even if you don’t have experience. It takes time to build up a good portfolio as a freelancer, but it can be quite worthwhile.

Some people sell on Amazon, eBay or Etsy and do quite well. These kinds of businesses have their own challenges and are riskier financially as you have to buy things so you can sell them, but they can become very profitable if you know what you’re doing.

Whatever you do, don’t give up on the idea of finding a work at home job, even if you have to create your own. Remote entry level jobs are out there. Be persistent and find one that works for you.

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Last Updated February 8th, 2017

Social Media Checklist For Job Hunters

Social media is a vital tool for job seekers these days. Not only can you find job leads through social media, employers and recruiters may look at what you’re doing on social media. You need to know how to use social media and how to make your accounts look good should a potential employer take a look during the hiring process. Here’s a checklist to help you prepare your social media accounts for your job hunt.

Have an account on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is the most important social media website when you’re looking for a job. The Jobvite recruiter survey in 2015 found that 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn. Some employers and recruiters seek people out on LinkedIn. You can set up a resume on there so that they can see your work history and experience. Some employers will allow you to apply through LinkedIn, making it all the more important to have a resume prepared there.

LinkedIn is not a place for socializing with your friends, although you should connect with people you know there. It’s for networking. Don’t share anything there that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see. Building your network may also help you land a job – 78% of recruiters in that survey said they get their best quality candidates through referrals.

Use job related keywords.

Use keywords and phrases relevant to the jobs you would like to have. If a recruiter is searching LinkedIn for candidates, these will improve your chances of being noticed.

Join LinkedIn groups.

Join groups on LinkedIn that are relevant to your career. Participate. Show your knowledge.

Get references.

Get LinkedIn references for your skills. You can ask your connections for references. You may want to them edit it if they don’t phrase it with the right keywords. Be polite and understanding, even if someone chooses not to give you a reference.

Follow their social media.

Follow companies you would like for on their social media accounts. Include their LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or other relevant accounts. This will help you keep up with what they’re doing and may help you spot openings. It also shows your interest.

Know which social networks employers will want to see.

If there’s a social media network that’s relevant to the kind of work you would like to be doing, make sure you have a visible presence on there. Instagram and Pinterest are good if you want to work in a highly visual or design oriented field, for example. Make sure such accounts look professional. It’s one of the places you can show off your skills on your own terms.

Review your photographs and videos on all social media accounts.

It doesn’t matter if you’re not listing your social media accounts when you apply for a job – clean them up anyhow. You never know if a potential employer is going to look you up online, and you don’t want embarrassing photographs or videos to ruin your chance at the job.

Don’t forget photos your friends may have tagged you in. You may need to ask them to remove the tags while you look for work.

Most important would be your profile image and cover image. These are the most prominent in your account and will be one of the first things visible. Make sure these look professional.

Clean up posts about drinking, drugs, sex, guns or anything else a potential employer may find inappropriate.

It doesn’t matter if what you’re doing is entirely legal – most employers consider social posts about drinking, drug use and so forth a negative when considering an employee. You want them to see the best of you.

Inappropriate comments about race, gender and so forth should be removed.

Hopefully you aren’t saying awful things about people based on race, gender and so forth. Even if you think it’s nothing more than a joke, employers don’t want to see these kinds of things, and they can leave a very poor impression.

Review your political posts.

You may also want to use caution in what political posts show up. You have the right to express yourself, but potential employers are deciding if they want you to represent them. At the very least, make sure political posts are politely phrased and don’t involve name calling. On the other hand, if that’s who you are and you’re proud of it, leave it up while knowing the risks.

Nothing negative about current/former employers or coworkers.

If a potential employer sees you bad mouthing an employer or coworker, they may assume that you’ll do the same to them. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t name names. It doesn’t matter if you have a good reason. It doesn’t matter if they really are that awful. Take it down when you’re looking for a new job. Also think carefully about such posts in the future. Venting in person or on the phone with trusted friends may be a better choice.

Check your grammar, spelling and so forth.

If your social media accounts are filled with poor spelling, lousy grammar and a general problem with clear communication, employers are not going to be impressed. I know many people love to use textese, but the ability to communicate clearly in a more traditional manner is what employers want.

Include your volunteer work.

If you volunteer somewhere, don’t be shy about sharing that fact. Volunteer activities not only often go well on a resume, they should be listed on your LinkedIn account.

Check your privacy settings.

You may think you know how well you’ve locked down your Facebook account or other social media accounts, but are you certain? Review your settings so that you know where they’re at. If possible, have somebody who is not on your friends list check it too. Make sure your accounts show what you want them to show. Some social networks give you more control than others.

Don’t share everything.

If you’re sharing everything you do all day long, employers may see that as a tendency to waste time on social media. You may want to rethink the balance between being yourself and oversharing. If you wouldn’t want your boss to see it, don’t share it where everyone can see it.

Don’t delete your accounts.

Don’t feel that you have to delete your social media accounts, especially if you want to work anything related to marketing. If the job has to do with marketing or social media, a lack of a presence is a problem. Social media uses is so common these days, it could be a problem even if the job has nothing to do with social media. Some employers will think you’re hiding something if they can’t find any social media accounts for you. They might also see you as behind the times.

Having a solid social media presence can make you more interesting to potential employers. Take advantage of the good parts to make a good impression when you’re looked up. If you aren’t visible, someone else could be mistaken for you. That could be a problem.

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Last Updated April 22nd, 2013

11 Ways to Avoid Work at Home Job Hunt Mistakes

11 Ways to Avoid Work at Home Job Hunt Mistakes

Most people make some mistakes when searching for a work at home job. The scams alone make that easy to do. It’s not always the scams that ruin your job hunt. Sometimes it’s you. Here are some common work at home job hunt mistakes and tips to help you avoid them.

Mistake #1: Focus too much on the money.

We all want to earn a really nice living. Working at home doesn’t change that. Focusing just on how much you can earn from home isn’t going to help you as much as you might think.

First and foremost, that’s one of the big ways people fall for work at home scams. They see all these opportunities and jobs offering big money for little work. Poof! You fall for a scam, and suddenly working at home doesn’t look so possible, plus you’re out some amount of money. It’s not a good situation.

But even when you’re looking at legitimate jobs you shouldn’t focus excessively on the money. Make sure the jobs you apply for are a match to your skills. You have better odds of getting the jobs you’re more qualified for. Nothing wrong with applying to the dream job, but if you really aren’t qualified, it’s not going to happen. Look at jobs that can help you get the experience to get into the better job, not just the better job.

Mistake #2: Treat your job hunt as a numbers game.

Some people will apply to all home based jobs, any home based job, on the theory that if they just keep trying, someone will hire them. This is a big waste of time.

Focus on the jobs that you’re qualified for. Target your resume to them. You want a job you can keep for a long time, not one where you’ll flunk out during the training process if you somehow make it through the interview.

Mistake #3: Rely only on posted jobs.

Finding a legitimate work at home job is tough. Sticking only to job listings makes it even more difficult. Find companies you’d like to work for, and contact them even if they don’t have jobs listed – unless their website specifically says don’t. Some companies that hire home based employees don’t want to be contacted unless they are listing openings at that time. Respect that, as they won’t be interested in employees who can’t follow so basic an instruction.

But if a company is open to contact, you may be able to get your resume in before the job is listed, and be considered before there’s a lot of competition. Done right, the benefit may be huge.

Mistake #4: Don’t follow application instructions.

What does the potential employer want you to include in your application? What format? If you don’t follow all instructions, why would they want to hire you?

Mistake #5: Write a misleading resume.

Keep your resume honest. Don’t claim skills you don’t have, and don’t try to hide gaps in employment. Gaps happen, and so long as you have a good reason for them, they don’t really matter. What employers need most from you are your abilities.

Mistake #6: Write a sloppy resume.

Is your resume disorganized? Does it have typos? Is it just plain hard to understand what you did when in your career?

Odds are good that you would benefit from rewriting your resume. Don’t allow typos to slip through. Make sure the whole thing makes sense and is well organized from a potential employer’s point of view.

Mistake #7: Fail to target your resume.

The wonderful part about electronic resumes rather than printed ones is that they’re easier to target. Particularly for work at home jobs, you will very rarely be sending in a resume on paper. This means you can target your resume for each individual job.

This is important. Consider the keywords used in the job description, especially the skills they’re looking for. Use those words when you can to describe your own skills, so long as it’s an honest description and fits neatly into your resume. These days resume submissions may be scanned electronically before any human sees them, and you want yours to stand out as a possible choice right from the start.

Mistake #8: Ignore your own online presence.

What do people learn about you when they check you out online? While this shouldn’t matter for all jobs, the simple fact is that it can. Some employers will check your online presence, including your social networks, to see what kind of person you are.

Make a LinkedIn profile if you don’t have one already. They’re good for professional networking in any case. Make sure your Facebook, Twitter or any other social profile is appropriate. Google yourself and confirm that anything that appears about you looks good. You can’t control what appears about other people with your same name, but you can make an effort on your own behalf.

Mistake #9: Don’t research the company.

When it comes to work at home jobs, failing to research the company you want to work for can go wrong in two ways. The first is that they could be a scam. The second is that you may not really understand the company when you get an interview, and you may be unprepared.

That said, don’t overdo the research. Your early research should be focused on making sure it’s a company you want to work for. Don’t stress about researching information you’ll need for the interview until you have one scheduled.

Mistake #10: Don’t keep in contact.

There are different ways it may or may not be appropriate to keep in contact with companies you’ve applied to. Some will specifically request that you not call, email or otherwise contact them to see how your application is progressing. Others won’t mind, but want you to do so in a particular way. Respect their requests.

You can also really mess up by not responding promptly when they do contact you. Keep a close eye on your emails when you’re job hunting, including your spam folder, as good emails can sometimes land there by mistake. Check your voicemail regularly too.

Mistake #11: Be negative.

Know who’s going to have a lot of trouble finding any sort of work at home job? Someone who doesn’t believe it’s possible. You say it’s all scams, that’s what you’re going to find. Don’t be so positive that you blind yourself to scams, but also don’t be so negative that even a good job must have something wrong with it.

Also don’t be negative about your situation or your work history. Employers want enthusiastic employees. Have a bad attitude about your own situation, even when it’s tough, and they may not see you in a positive light.

Same goes for any problems you may have had in your work history. You may have left the job from hell, but don’t emphasize that when you’re trying for a new job. They may wonder if you were the problem more so than the previous job.

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Last Updated March 12th, 2012

6 Ways to Speed Up Your Work at Home Job Hunt

Finding a work at home job isn’t easy. Matter of fact, it’s often a pain. There are so many sites to visit and comb through to locate new job listings. Getting through them all each day can take a lot out of your day if you don’t manage it well. Get yourself organized, however, and you can greatly speed up your work at home job hunt.

1. Know Which Sites to Search Regularly

You’ll probably have more leads with some sites than others. Some will be more suited to the types of jobs you’re looking for. Here are a few to consider, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list:

FreelanceSwitch (edit: now Upwork)
Hire My Mom

2. Take Advantage of RSS Feeds

Many job websites offer RSS feeds of new jobs. Some will even let you use the feed of your particular search, so you won’t get a lot of irrelevant postings in your feed.

You can add these feeds to your feed reader or a tab on your igHome page. Either way, you’re making it much easier to spot the new jobs and visit each site. I would suggest opening each possible job opportunity in a new tab so that you can keep looking at the other listings as you go.

3. Bookmark Your Searches in a Group

Another way to speed things up is to bookmark your daily searches in a group, so that your browser can open them up in tabs with just one click of the group. You can then open interesting job postings in tabs as well, so that you aren’t always waiting for your search pages to reload as you go back to them.

4. Know How to Quickly Research Companies

While researching a company online won’t always turn up problems, it can help you avoid scams and other problems that other people have experienced with them. It’s not always as simple as “companyname scam,” however, or even learning how to spot the obvious scams. You may want to find a forum where you can ask people about them.

5. Have Basic Resumes Uploaded and Ready

Many job sites allow you to have your resume uploaded and ready to go. Make sure you take advantage of this, but also edit your basics as necessary to better fit the job description and skills required. Make sure you include LinkedIn. It’s not a job site as such, but the networking there may be valuable.

If the site allows you to save multiple resumes, do that as well. It’s much faster to have a couple versions of your resume ready, especially if you’re looking at more than one type of job. You’ll emphasize different skills if you’re looking for transcription work than when you’re applying for a virtual assistant position, for example.

Have good copies of your resume ready to go for sites that require your resume in other formats. You may want to have a plain text version ready for email or pasting into online forms, a Word version for companies which prefer that, and so on.

Having an online resume is a pretty good idea too, especially if you’re looking more for freelance projects or a more professional job. It may not make the difference if you’re looking for a more basic work at home job, but an online resume can make you really stand out. There are several different ways you can create an online resume.

6. Consider Buying a Membership With a Carefully Chosen Job Lead Site

You have to be very, very careful with this one. There are a few job lead sites out there which require memberships. They can be valuable, but you want to make sure of that first. Home Job Stop has a good reputation, as well as a good refund policy if you decide it’s not for you.

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Last Updated November 15th, 2011

What Does It Cost to Find a Legitimate Work at Home Job?

If you’ve read much about looking for work at home jobs, you’ve probably often heard that you should never pay for a work at home job. That’s absolutely true, in the sense that you shouldn’t be paying a company to “prove” that you’re serious about applying for a job with them. There are, however, legitimate expenses you may have as you pursue a good home based job.

Work at Home Job Board Memberships

You can find work at home job leads for free, but it’s time consuming and often difficult to tell the scam ads from the legitimate employers. A good job board can be worth the purchase because they filter out the job leads for you, putting them in one place without paid advertising.

I do not mean all paid work at home job boards are worth it. Some never update or are rehashed lists of companies that allow some employees to telecommute, regardless of whether or not they regularly hire people to work at home. Those aren’t worth the price. HomeJobStop has a good reputation.

Paying for these really isn’t so different from buying a newspaper back when that was the big place to find job listings, except HomeJobStop only charges you once.

You can look for listings for free on your own. Check Craigslist, Indeed, etc. It’s time consuming – that’s why a membership site that seeks out postings for you can be worth it, but you can do it on your own. It’s a matter of how much time you want to spend each day on the search.

Freelance Job Boards

Freelancing is another great way to work from home, and there are a number of sites where you can locate and bid on jobs, such as eLance, Guru and oDesk (edit: now Upwork). Be careful not to set your price to low of course.

Some boards have membership levels you have to pay for monthly, and there’s usually a fee that is a part of your earnings from the jobs you get there. Take a good look around the site before you pay for a membership. Paid members may get to bid on more jobs or have other advantages, so it can be worth considering.

Even if you’d rather have a steady job, freelancing can be worth your time, especially if you need to build up your resume or nothing is panning out for you right away for a longer term job.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing

If you don’t know how to write a stellar resume and cover letter, it can be worth the money to pay someone to create one for you. You’ll still need to edit it to match each job, but you’ll have the core written by someone who knows what they’re doing.

Alternatively, buy a book or ebook on the process and write it yourself. A good resume takes some time and effort to write, but it’s well worth it when you get the job. Don’t just slap one together, especially if you’ve rarely or never written a resume. Do what it takes to get one written that will catch the attention of potential employers.


Sometimes you have to have the right education to get a job, such as if you want to go into medical transcription or if the position requires a certain degree or certification. That costs money, either now or at some time in the past. There’s nothing wrong with paying for the education required to get a job – that’s necessary for many jobs both at home our outside the home.

There can be a problem if the employer says you have to pay them or the exact program they tell you for the job. Sometimes that’s a scam.

That said, some companies such as Arise are legitimate enough, but are more business opportunity than work at home job, and you do have to pay for training. Read my interview with Arise to learn more about how this can work, and be careful if any company is asking you to pay them for training. They must have an excellent opportunity before you consider such a thing.

Overall, this means that yes, you can have expenses associated with your search for a work at home job, and they can be legitimate. Just make sure you know why you’re paying someone and that it really will help you to get a good job. Too many people pay for things to help them work from home, and all that happens is that their money disappears and they’re frustrated. Use caution and things should turn out better.

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