work from home http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7032/all en-US 11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-528577668.jpg" alt="Freelancers learning how to make friends and telecommute" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working from home can be a great thing. It allows you to work where you want, when you want, and has a number of other perks. However, it can be a bit lonely. Luckily, with the power of the Internet (and some motivation to get out and socialize), even those without an office water cooler to mill around can network and make new friends.</p> <h2>Networking Resources</h2> <p>Working off-site can take a toll on your professional network. To build your reputation, find mentors and collaborators, and connect with people in your industry, take advantage of some of the following networking resources. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-simple-networking-tricks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">15 Simple Networking Tricks</a>)</p> <h3>1. LinkedIn</h3> <p>LinkedIn is one of those most common, popular ways to build and maintain professional relationships. It makes it so easy to network online with other professionals in your field. You can also use LinkedIn to find networking events and opportunities in your area, or connect you with organizations you are interested in.</p> <h3>2. Shapr</h3> <p><a href="http://www.shapr.co/" target="_blank">Shapr</a> is an app that can connect you with like-minded people, allowing you to swipe left (pass) or right (interested) on your connections. You can set your favorite ways to meet, your passions and interests, and what you're looking for (collaborators, job opportunities, inspiration, potential investments, or new friends).</p> <h3>3. Work Your Existing Connections<strong> </strong></h3> <p>Ask friends, past and current co-workers, or even your employer for recommendations on local networking events or seminars. Most cities have their own organizations that specialize in these types of events for working professionals of all kinds. If you can't find any from asking around, try a Google search, LinkedIn, or social media.</p> <h3>4. Take Classes</h3> <p>Consider taking a night class. In addition to growing your skills or teaching you something brand-new, you might befriend some fellow classmates along the way. Even online classes can connect you with new people with similar interests or background in your field.</p> <h3>5. Volunteer</h3> <p>Research some local organizations that could use a hand, and offer your time. Not only will you be contributing to a worthy cause, but you'll also be gaining experience (which looks great on a resume), expanding on your skill set, and of course, meeting new people. Volunteering allows you to become part of a community, which is a great way to expand your network.</p> <h2>Friendship Resources</h2> <p>If you don't get out much, maybe you should start! In the meantime, your smartphone or computer can also be the perfect friendly matchmaker.</p> <h3>6. Bumble BFF</h3> <p><a href="https://bumble.com/en-us/about" target="_blank">Bumble</a> was originally a dating app, but has expanded to include a &quot;Bumble BFF&quot; feature. Instead of swiping left or right on potential dates, you'll do the same for potential friends. Once you're paired with a new friend, you have only 24 hours to start a chat, so procrastinators and fair-weather friends aren't welcome.</p> <h3>7. Atleto</h3> <p>If you're looking for a workout buddy, then <a href="http://www.atletosports.com/#what" target="_blank">Atleto</a> can help you find local sports activities and fellow fitness enthusiasts. The app can connect you with friends from your existing social media accounts, or you can find new friends in your area. This is a fun way to find an accountability buddy to help you reach your fitness goal.</p> <h3>8. Friender</h3> <p><a href="https://frienderapp.com/" target="_blank">Friender</a> allows you to swipe left or right on potential connections. You'll create a profile based on personal interests and activities you enjoy, and Friender will recommend a few folks with mutual interests. This app is only for making friends, however, so you won't have to waste time with people who are looking for more.</p> <h3>9. Meetup</h3> <p><a href="https://www.meetup.com/" target="_blank">Meetup</a> is an online organization with nearly 30 million members that hosts endless gatherings and social functions. You can meet people based on your occupation, personal interests (like hiking or cooking), location, and other factors that are important to you. Join a local club, take up a brand-new hobby, or explore somewhere new, all while making new like-minded friends along the way.</p> <h3>10. Social Media<strong> </strong></h3> <p>There can be more to interacting with your Facebook friends than a simple &quot;like&quot; or the occasional comment. Reach out to those friends and old co-workers through Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Invite them out for lunch or drinks, and simply catch up. It'll feel great to get out and sit with people face to face.</p> <h3>11. Get Out More</h3> <p>Once you are no longer in school or working from an office, it can be challenging to meet new people in person. The best thing to do is visit places where connections naturally occur. Maybe find a book club through your local library, or sign up for that fitness class or 5K you've been aspiring to run. Try a local arts or cooking class, or even take your kids on a playdate where you can mingle with fellow parents. There are countless ways to meet new people if you just get out there!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-think-twice-before-bidding-on-freelance-gigs">Why You Should Think Twice Before Bidding on Freelance Gigs (Book Giveaway)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-skills-that-will-be-obsolete-soon">9 Skills That Will Be Obsolete Soon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Lifestyle apps events freelance friends networking relationships social media telecommute work from home Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:30:36 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1896807 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Terrible Work-From-Home "Jobs" You Should Avoid http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_stressed_computer_94970603.jpg" alt="Woman avoiding terrible work-from-home &quot;jobs&quot;" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working from home can be very rewarding, and it can provide the type of lifestyle you've been seeking. The number of remote jobs is also increasing, with 20 to 30 million people working from home at least one day a week. If you're ready to start working remotely, it's important to do your due diligence and use <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">reputable job sites</a> to find a legitimate work-from-home job.</p> <p>However, there are some work-from-home jobs that just aren't worth the time or energy. According to FlexJobs, there are <a href="https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/7-signs-dream-craigslist-job-scam/">60-70 scams for every legitimate job</a> opportunity, so we've covered some of the most common scams to help save you time on your search. When in doubt, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.</p> <h2>1. Stuffing Envelopes</h2> <p><a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0112-envelope-stuffing-schemes">Stuffing envelopes is the oldest scam</a> in the book, dating back to the 1920s. Many people consider this to be a pyramid scheme that will end up costing you more than you make. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the only way to make money from this &quot;job&quot; is to persuade your friends and family to sign up for the same scam that you did.</p> <p>Often, you'll be required to invest in a starter kit, so you'll need to spend money upfront, and typically, the kit never even arrives. It is extremely rare that anyone actually makes money stuffing envelopes, and even if you did make money, it would be in the pennies, or you would only generate income if the mailings generate responses.</p> <h2>2. Craft Making</h2> <p>It may sound like fun to craft for a living, but you will often spend more than you make with these endeavors. If you are required to pay for your own materials upfront, this is a good sign that it's a scam. In fact, most of these companies are making money selling the starter kits, not selling the assembled product. Often, the company will claim that the crafts you assembled don't meet their specifications (even if you assembled them perfectly), so you won't get paid for your hard work and will be left with assembled crafts that you can't use.</p> <h2>3. Costly Billing</h2> <p>Any position that requires you to purchase expensive computer software or equipment upfront is typically a scam. Medical billing &quot;jobs&quot; typically require this. In fact, when it comes to medical billing, the vast majority of offices choose not to outsource their billing services to individuals in order to observe health care privacy rules. Instead, they opt for established companies with on-site, trained workers.</p> <h2>4. Check Cashing</h2> <p>Typically, these types of jobs will require you to cash a check in your personal bank account. You get to keep a portion of the check and send the remainder to the hiring company. In most cases, the check is a fake and you will be held financially responsible. Cashing a check for someone puts the full responsibility on you. This means that if the check bounces, it's your responsibility to repay the debt. Along with potentially costing you money, check-cashing schemes can be illegal.</p> <h2>5. Money Laundering</h2> <p>This scheme works similarly to a check-cashing scheme. You will be asked to transfer money in and out of your personal bank account. This money may have been acquired through illegal means, which means that you could be at risk of having criminal charges brought against you.</p> <h2>6. Filling Out Surveys</h2> <p>Completing online surveys may seem like fun, easy work, but you will only get paid pennies for each one &mdash; meaning it will usually take more than a day to make just $1. These companies usually don't pay out until you've made $20 or more, which can take weeks or even months. It's just not worth your time.</p> <h2>7. Reshipping Services</h2> <p>This &quot;job&quot; may sound simple enough. You are required to accept shipped goods to then repackage and ship them to new locations. However, the items have usually been ordered with stolen credit cards, which means that you could be at risk of prosecution for the transport of stolen goods.</p> <h2>8. Postal Jobs</h2> <p>While working for the post office isn't a scam in itself, one of the most common work-from-home scams is for hidden or &quot;previously undisclosed&quot; federal government jobs, such as post office positions. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), any <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0083-government-job-scams">federal and postal job postings</a> should be free to apply to and can be found on <a href="https://www.usajobs.gov/">USAjobs.gov</a> or through the <a href="http://about.usps.com/careers/welcome.htm">USPS site</a>.</p> <p>Another common scam is paying someone to help you pass the postal exam. This exam is basically an aptitude test, so it isn't something you need to study for. Therefore, it doesn't make sense to pay for practice exams or tips to help you pass. Some companies will even offer a refund if you don't pass the postal exam, but then won't pony up when you do fail.</p> <h2>How to Avoid a Scam</h2> <p>The best way to avoid a terrible work-from-job is to do your research. Check the company out on the Better Business Bureau, look online for complaints or reviews, and think twice before spending any money on the position. You should be cautious of any job that requires you to <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0243-job-scams">pay money upfront</a> for supplies, training programs, or application processing fees. You should never have to pay to get a job. If the job title or description is generic or vague, this can also be a red flag. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-spot-work-at-home-job-scams?ref=seealso">6 Ways to Spot Work-at-Home Job Scams</a>)</p> <p>If you're confident that you're working for a legitimate company, but they still want you to purchase equipment or software upfront, inquire about the return policy if the position doesn't work out. Most importantly, you should never give out your credit card or bank account number to a potential employer. Another red flag is if they ask for any sensitive personal information, such as your social security number or driver's license number. Not only is this a red flag, but it may also put you at risk of identity theft.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs">6 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/day-job-or-freelance-which-is-right-for-you">Day Job or Freelance: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting internet scams job hunting job scams job search scams side job work from home work from home jobs Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1805245 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Surprising Things You Still Can't Do Online in 2016 http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-things-you-still-cant-do-online-in-2016 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-surprising-things-you-still-cant-do-online-in-2016" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_20643848_LARGE.jpg" alt="you still can&#039;t do these things online" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's 2016. The digital age, right?</p> <p>Well, that's mostly true. There are more and more things that we can do online. And it's nice. Who wants to spend time standing in line when you can take care of business from the comfort and privacy of your own home?</p> <p>Still, every once in awhile, you run into something you can't actually do on the Internet. Here are the things I've found that you still have to do in-person.</p> <h2>1. Use Food Stamps</h2> <p>It has recently come to light that people using food stamps <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/07/15/the-simple-change-that-could-get-affordable-food-to-the-poor-people-who-need-it/">cannot purchase groceries online</a>. This can keep those who live in food deserts from obtaining healthy, unprocessed food. There are some movements online to change this but, for the moment, you have to show up in-person to buy groceries via a government program. While it might be harder to eliminate food stamp fraud, allowing food stamp use online would allow many Americans to eat healthier.</p> <h2>2. Make DMV Changes</h2> <p>This can vary a bit from state-to-state, but many places will not allow you to do things like <a href="http://www.carsdirect.com/dmv/dmv-online-what-you-can-and-cant-do-online">change your address online</a>. While some states will let you fill out an online form to make the change, you will still have to print it out and either send it in or take it to the DMV to get the change into the system.</p> <p>Since you can't usually change your address online, I suppose it follows that you can't take the written driver's test online. While this makes sense in terms of eliminating test fraud and cheating, it means that every single person who wants to take the driving test needs to make an appointment, making for crowded DMVs in many states.</p> <h2>3. Apply for a U.S. Passport</h2> <p>Similarly, you can input all of the information you need to get a U.S. passport online, but you can't actually submit the form. For that matter, you can't pay for it online, either.</p> <p>When it comes to passports, you have to submit your old passport when you apply for a new one. This helps eliminate fraud and helps the government track the different passports you have had. Since you can't send your passport through the computer, the government asks you to send your whole application packet together, by old fashioned mail.</p> <h2>4. Vote</h2> <p>While you can register to vote online, you can't actually cast your vote that way. It seems like <a href="http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/when-will-we-be-able-to-vote-online/">it would be a positive move</a>: more people would participate in elections, and the overall cost of having an election would go down.</p> <p>However, voter fraud is a real thing. While there are probably some ways to implement online voting that would at least make fraud hard, the government hasn't invested itself there yet. Some states, like Colorado, are starting to send every registered voter an absentee ballot, though. That way, you can vote from the privacy of your own home, even if you have to send the ballot through the mail instead of the wires.</p> <h2>5. Pay Some Utility Bills</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I still have a couple of utility bills that I can't pay online. Instead, I have to either send a check or pay by phone. You would think that even small companies would permit online payment, but there are still those that don't.</p> <p>It seems like this is more common with small utility companies, like the family-owned trash company that services my area, or rural ones. If you can't pay online, try giving them a call. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-monthly-telecom-bills-you-can-negotiate">Paying by phone</a> is almost as easy, and many companies are more than happy to let you use your credit card that way, so you don't have to have checks in order to pay your bills.</p> <h2>6. Register a Birth Or a Death</h2> <p>While you can often request documentation of a birth or a death via the Internet, you can't actually register either online. Even U.S. citizens born in other countries have to visit an embassy (or have parents do so) before they can get an official U.S. birth certificate or passport. For children born in the U.S., it's usually enough to have a hospital verify the birth and submit the proper paperwork, so the family doesn't have to actually present the baby anywhere.</p> <p>When it comes to birth and death, the chances for fraud are very high. Even with all of the cyber security that's possible these days, more birth and death certificates would be fraudulently issued if the process was available online. When someone is held accountable for issuing these certificates, fraud is less likely.</p> <p><em>Have you run into anything you can't do online? Do you think that's a good decision or not?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprising-things-you-still-cant-do-online-in-2016">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-usb-powered-fans">The 5 Best USB-Powered Fans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-apps-that-actually-pay-you-to-shop">8 Apps That Actually Pay You to Shop</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-why-buying-groceries-online-is-great">3 Reasons Why Buying Groceries Online Is Great</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-favorite-mail-order-websites">10 Favorite Mail-Order Websites</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Technology computer convenience dmv laptop online online shopping tech obsessed vote work from home Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:00:09 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1769233 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Find a Legit Virtual Assistant Job http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-a-legit-virtual-assistant-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-find-a-legit-virtual-assistant-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_virtual_assistant_45281194.jpg" alt="Woman finding a legit virtual assistant job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working as a virtual assistant sounds like a dream job. As a remote administrator, serving as a virtual assistant allows you to work from home in your pajamas when it suits your schedule. You get to do more varied work than an at-home customer service representative &mdash; you might manage social media accounts, book travel arrangements, create PowerPoint presentations, or take minutes during online meetings.</p> <p>Moreover, good virtual assistants can make an excellent wage from their homes. Because of how appealing this gig sounds, virtual assistant job listings are rife with scams and fraudulent listings.</p> <p>While some executives will hire virtual assistants on their own, most workers find clients through virtual assistant companies that connect business owners with contractors. The industry is expanding rapidly, and discerning the scams from the real companies is becoming increasingly difficult.</p> <p>Here are some tips to help you find out if a company is a legitimate business.</p> <h2>Check out the Better Business Bureau</h2> <p>While the virtual assistant company&rsquo;s page on the Better Business Bureau site may not be comprehensive, if they do have a presence on the page, that is a good indication that the business is a serious enterprise.</p> <h2>Review Their Website</h2> <p>If the page is littered with typos or broken links, that is a definite sign that the company is not legitimate. Also, pay attention to the company&rsquo;s contact information; if they list a phone number or email address, reach out to them and see if they work.</p> <h2>Do a Google Search</h2> <p>If a company is the real deal, a Google search will reveal other companies who use them, LinkedIn connections, and business profiles. If they are not reputable, you may find people complaining about them on social media or sites like <a href="http://www.ripoffreport.com">Ripoff Report</a>.</p> <h2>Visit GlassDoor</h2> <p><a href="http://www.glassdoor.com">GlassDoor</a> can be a great resource to see what current and past employees experienced at the company. They will share their experiences &mdash; both the good and bad &mdash; such as what to expect regarding salary, working conditions, and whether they got paid.</p> <h2>Understand the Interview Process</h2> <p>Scam gigs will hire just about anyone without much screening, so if you send in a resume and are immediately hired, that is a major red flag.</p> <h2>What to Expect From a Legitimate Company</h2> <p>As a virtual assistant, you will be closely working alongside executives and be privy to sensitive information. Real companies want to make sure you are a person of integrity and have the talent to do the job efficiently to maintain their reputation.</p> <p>A legitimate virtual assistant company is extremely thorough. You will likely have to submit a resume and cover letter, and then undergo an initial phone screening. From there, many companies will have you complete various tests and evaluations to test your speed, accuracy, and professionalism. It is not uncommon to go through second or even third interviews, usually through Skype or GoToMeeting. The entire process can take as long as two months.</p> <p>While the long interview duration can be time consuming, it is a good sign they are doing their due diligence and are an upstanding company.</p> <h2>Where to Find Real Virtual Assistant Jobs</h2> <p>There are a number of virtual assistant firms that are well-known and respected, who hold their virtual assistants to high standards, and pay them decent wages:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.eahelp.com">eaHelp</a>: Virtual assistants mainly work with entrepreneurs, celebrities, and pastors. The pay ranges from $12&ndash;$18 an hour.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.timeetc.com">Time Etc</a>: With Time Etc, you will do everything from book a family&rsquo;s vacation to write blog posts. Pay is usually around $11 an hour.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.zirtual.com">Zirtual</a>: Unlike other companies, Zirtual assistants are full-time employees. While the pay is about $11 an hour, you are eligible for medical and dental benefits.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.fancyhands.com">Fancy Hands</a>: While Fancy Hands is a real company, its structure is very different. They pay per task, with each task paying as little as $2 to $7.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="https://www.99dollarsocial.com/content-specialist-position/">99 Dollar Social</a>: Unlike other virtual assistant positions, 99 Dollar Social&rsquo;s representatives solely update social media accounts for clients. The pay is approximately $12 an hour.</li> </ul> <p>For many people, getting a job as a virtual assistant is a great way to earn extra income or even transition to working full-time from home. However, because these roles are so attractive, you need be aware of how many scams there are that will try to steal from you. Carefully research potential employers and check out the established and reputable companies to make sure you get paid for the work you do.</p> <p><em>Have you worked as a VA? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-a-legit-virtual-assistant-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-paid-real-money-from-virtual-work">Get Paid Real Money From Virtual Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting flexible schedules job listings scams telecommute virtual assistants work from home Mon, 18 Jul 2016 10:00:18 +0000 Kat Tretina 1753208 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_makeup_kit_000084480065.jpg" alt="Woman finding online jobs that can earn $100K" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Work no longer has to be a place. As the world of web-entrepreneurship and digital nomadic life becomes more and more mainstream, people are starting to realize that it's easier than ever to make good money online. These aren't get rich quick schemes by any means, and it will take a considerable amount of time and commitment to truly excel in these fields, but who doesn't want to earn $100K per year from virtually anywhere in the world? Here are five jobs that can help you do just that.</p> <h2>1. Travel Blogger</h2> <p>If you thought that travel blogging was just a hobby, you're not alone. In fact, before I started <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/">my travel blog</a> in 2011, I had no idea that I would one day be earning over $10,000 a month after tax, doing what I love.</p> <p>The great thing about becoming a travel blogger is the perks that come along with the salary. $100,000 a year sounds great, but when you couple that with airlines flying you for free and tourism boards paying for all of your accommodations, food, and travel, it's pretty much the ultimate dream job.</p> <p>Travel bloggers who are doing it right barely have any day-to-day expenses, despite the fact that they&rsquo;re living a life fit for millionaires. Because there are literally thousands of travel blogs online, the market is definitely saturated, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to etch out a niche and make real money from this line of work.</p> <p>If you want to leave your cubicle behind and turn the world into your office, consider learning <a href="http://www.goatsontheroad.com/how-to-start-a-travel-blog/">how to start travel a blog</a> today. It could change your life.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Matt Karsten &mdash; <a href="http://expertvagabond.com/paid-to-travel-world/">Expert Vagabond</a></li> <li>Caz and Craig &mdash; <a href="http://ytravelblog.com/">yTravelBlog</a></li> <li>Natalie Sisson &mdash; <a href="http://suitcaseentrepreneur.com/">Suitcase Entrepreneur</a></li> <li>Nick &amp; Dariece - <a href="http://goatsontheroad.com">Goats On The Road</a></li> </ul> <h2>2. Internet Poker Player</h2> <p>If you love a good game of five-card stud, this job may just sound like it's too good to be true. The fact that you can sit on your computer and play digital poker, while looking out at a Caribbean beach, is a dreamlike thought for sure.</p> <p>But for online gamblers like Patrick Leonard, it is not uncommon to have single days where winnings break the $100,000 mark. Forget making more than six-figures per year, this guy once earned $220,000 on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Hungary (where he currently lives).</p> <p>It should be noted that most estimates point to 90% of all online poker players coming out on the losing end, which is why online poker sites make so much money. But if you're a freakishly good poker player like Patrick, you could make it rain digital dollars all over the world.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Diego Ventura</li> <li>Patrick Leonard</li> </ul> <h2>3. Web Designer</h2> <p>Designing websites can be a lucrative career, especially if you build a name for yourself and you start having big brands knocking on your door, asking you to pimp their blogs. Of course becoming a web designer isn't something you can do overnight.</p> <p>Have you ever seen the code behind a website? It's an entire language that you have to learn before you can start to customize the look of the web. But if you have a background in CSS, HTML, PHP, and other geeky web acronyms, then you can probably earn a good living from your computer, no matter where you are in the world.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Scott Eldridge &mdash; <a href="http://www.eldowebdesign.co.uk/">Eldo Web Design</a></li> <li>Preston Lee &mdash; <a href="http://millo.co/">millo.co</a></li> <li>Paul Jarvis &mdash; <a href="http://creativeclass.io/">creativeclass.io</a></li> </ul> <h2>4. Day Trader</h2> <p>For some reason, the sound of day trading on the stock market already has a wealthy ring to it. You may picture a dude with slicked back hair, holding a glass of scotch while betting on the changing stock market from a five-star hotel in Maui. Well, if you go to successful day trader <a href="http://wanderingtrader.com/about/">Marcello Arrambide's website</a>, you'll see just that.</p> <p>Like online poker playing, making money as a day trader is a gamble and if you have no prior experience, you're likely to lose before you gain &mdash; but this job is no joke. Some top earners are making upward of $20,000 a month, and they can do it from anywhere that has a decent Wi-Fi connection.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Marcello Arrambide &mdash; <a href="http://wanderingtrader.com/about/">The Wandering Trader</a></li> <li>Steve Gomez &mdash; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/sgomez858">Today Trader</a></li> </ul> <h2>5. Travel Writer</h2> <p>The difference between a travel <em>writer </em>and a travel <em>blogger </em>is that a travel writer is getting paid to write for other publications, while a travel blogger is probably making most (or all) of their income from writing on their own site.</p> <p>Earning six figures a year as a freelance writer is a difficult job indeed. Tim Leffel, one of the world's leading experts in travel writing, explains that making money as a freelance writer is truly a world of feast and famine. One minute you can have numerous publications waiting to feature you, while the next, you may be barely earning anything, just waiting for an assignment.</p> <p>Despite the relative uncertainty of income, some of the world's top-earning travel writers do take home $100K a year or more and they live a life that many of us could only dream of. Exploring the world, getting published in big magazines, and sharing their stories and adventures with millions of people. What a life.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Tim Leffel &mdash; <a href="http://travelwriting2.com/about/">Travel Writing 2.0</a></li> <li>Carol Tice &mdash; <a href="http://www.makealivingwriting.com/about-carol/">Make a Living Writing</a></li> </ul> <h2>6. YouTuber</h2> <p>If you read the word &quot;YouTuber&quot; and immediately thought that there's no way anyone is making real money from uploading videos to YouTube, you might just pass out when I tell you that the top earning YouTuber, Felix Kjellberg, is grossing over $12 million per annum.</p> <p>The 25-year-old Swede runs the popular gaming channel PewDiePie, and he is not alone in making millions of dollars from Internet videos. Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln Neal III made over $4 million in 2015 and there are literally dozens of other creators making seven to eight figures per year from their YouTube channels.</p> <p>For channels to earn this much money, they have to have a huge following. The top 10 YouTubers have a combined subscriber base of more than 230 million viewers and their most watched videos have had more views than the 2015 Super Bowl.</p> <p>Taking all of this into consideration, it's no surprise that these artists are making big money. If you're just starting out as a YouTuber, it may feel like you have nobody watching your videos, but if you promote yourself and market your channel properly, you could one day earn a solid income from embedded ads and sponsorships.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Felix Kjellberg &mdash; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PewDiePie/videos?view=0&amp;flow=grid&amp;sort=p">PewDiePie</a></li> <li>Rhett and Link &mdash; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/rhettandlink2">Good Mythical Morning</a></li> </ul> <h2>7. App Programmer</h2> <p>Have you ever played the game Candy Crush on your smartphone? While you were aligning jelly beans and stopping chocolate blockers, you probably weren't aware that the app currently earns an estimated&nbsp;<a href="https://thinkgaming.com/app-sales-data/2/candy-crush-saga/">$1,176,816 per day</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of course, the average programmer isn't going to make as much as Toby Rowland, the creator of the Sugar Crush Saga, but there are many app developers out there making good money from their digital creations.</p> <p>Simon Fairbairn and Erin McNeaney of <a href="http://www.neverendingvoyage.com/">Never Ending Voyage</a> have created a brilliant travel app called <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/trail-wallet-travel-budget/id547171665?mt=8">Trail Wallet</a> that is selling very well in the App Store and earning them a reliable income. The app helps travelers to track their budget and has been downloaded thousands of times from the app store.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Tasnim Ahmed &mdash; <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/santa-claus-merry-christmas/id764935420?mt=8">Santa Claus Photo Booth</a></li> <li>Ethan Nicholas &mdash; <a href="http://appadvice.com/appnn/2009/02/ishoot-developer-makes-600000-in-one-month">iShoot</a></li> </ul> <h2>8. Affiliate Marketing Guru</h2> <p>What is affiliate marketing? According to Pat Flynn, founder of the <a href="http://smartpassiveincome.com/">Smart Passive Income Blog</a>: &quot;It's the process of earning a commission by promoting other people's (or company's) products. You find a product you like, promote it to others, and earn a piece of the profit for each sale that you make.&quot;</p> <p>Forget earning $100,000 a year, Pat earns that every month and he does so using a passive income model, which means he doesn't spend every waking hour of his life on his computer. His blog is the most informative on the subject and he helps to teach others how to make a full-time income from affiliate sales.</p> <p>While having a blog with a huge amount of traffic like Pat's definitely helps to generate sales, there are plenty of people with much less traffic who are still making a lot of money through affiliate marketing. If earning money in your sleep sounds appealing to you, you may want to check out Pat's blog and consider starting your own blog today.</p> <h3>$100K+ Examples:</h3> <ul> <li>Pat Flynn &mdash; <a href="http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/">Smart Passive Income</a></li> <li>Steve Scott &mdash; <a href="http://www.stevescottsite.com/affiliate-marketing-strategies">SteveScottSite.com</a></li> </ul> <h2>You Can Do It &hellip;</h2> <p>These jobs may have once been reserved for people with fancy degrees, a background in technology, or Internet geniuses, but these days there are enough resources online that pretty much anyone can make money from their computers.</p> <p>Like the people in the examples above, you could work hard and one day be earning a six-figure income from your laptop. The great thing about computer work is that you can start it in your free time, while you&rsquo;re still working your normal job. If your online business takes off, you can retire to a life of digital freedom.</p> <p><em>Have you or someone you know earned a good income online? How did it work? Share with us in the comments below.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like This Article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-signs-your-company-is-going-under">10 Signs Your Company Is Going Under</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-words-to-never-use-in-a-job-interview">10 Words to Never Use in a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting day trader high paying jobs online jobs poker six figures travel work from home YouTube Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:30:05 +0000 Nick Wharton 1721733 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Places to Find Freelance Writing Jobs http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_computer_cafe_84295655.jpg" alt="Woman looking for places to find freelance writing jobs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you have ever read about work-at-home opportunities, freelance writing was probably listed as a top choice. While freelance writing offers a lot of flexibility for those who enjoy stringing words together, it is not always easy to find writing jobs.</p> <p>We've already linked you to 22 websites that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">pay individuals to write articles</a> for money. That is a great list to start with. I strongly recommend pitching directly to websites that are open to submissions, since they will pay for your work and can help build up your portfolio.</p> <p>Here are six other sources will connect you to a mass of writing jobs and individuals looking for regular writers.</p> <h2>1. ProBlogger's Job Board</h2> <p>ProBlogger is one of the top authorities on blogging. The&nbsp;<a href="http://jobs.problogger.net/">ProBlogger Job Board</a> is updated daily with unique writing positions. Companies pay ProBlogger directly to advertise their open positions, which I have found to mean two things. First, many of the positions pay pretty well. Secondly, since ProBlogger is the creator of this job board, you aren't going to see the same ad over and over again, like you might on Craigslist.</p> <h2>2. Craigslist</h2> <p>Finding a writing position on Craigslist should be approached with caution. There are many new websites that seek writing services, yet they do not offer compensation, or offer the bare minimum. Look for legitimate websites and make sure compensation is clear before starting. A sign of a good company is one that asks you to fill out a W-9 form.</p> <p>With that being said, I have written for some great companies through my search on Craigslist. I recommend searching under Craigslist's writing/editing section. Also, try searching for writing jobs in large cities across America. (See also:<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well?ref=seealso">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a>)</p> <h2>3. FreelanceWriting.com Job Board</h2> <p>Another great site to check often is the job listings at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freelancewriting.com/freelance-writing-jobs.php">FreelanceWriting.com</a>. The site has been around since 1997 and pulls jobs listings from all across the Internet. You will find a wide variety of listings, but the listings do not seem to be updated daily. The site's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.freelancewriting.com/newsletters/morning-coffee-freelance-writing-jobs.php">Morning Coffee Newsletter</a> sends new job listings to your email each weekday morning.</p> <h2>4. LinkedIn</h2> <p>If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile that details your experience as a freelancer, then I strongly suggest you get one. LinkedIn has allowed me to search for remote freelance writing jobs with success. Even better, I have been contacted by recruiters for writing work.</p> <p>I think it is also a good idea to follow other freelance writers to get an idea of who they are writing for.</p> <h2>5. MediaBistro</h2> <p>What I like about&nbsp;<a href="https://www.mediabistro.com/jobs/search/?Duration=130&amp;countrycode=US&amp;Page=2">MediaBistro</a> is that their listings are geared towards more professional writers. They have listings for all types of writers, including remote listings for freelancers and contractors.</p> <h2>6. Journalism Jobs</h2> <p><a href="http://www.journalismjobs.com/index.php">Journalism Jobs</a> lists hundreds of writing positions across the U.S. While most jobs are for in-house positions, there is an option to search freelance positions. It's a good idea to add this to your weekly search routine. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-side-jobs-for-introverts">10 Great Side Jobs for Introverts</a>)</p> <h3>What to Avoid</h3> <p>There will be many job listings that make their way on Craigslist or other freelance writing boards that only pay $3&ndash;$4 per article. They write their ads to say individuals can earn $15&ndash;$30 an hour, and that it just depends on how fast you write. I recommend staying away from these types of jobs, too, since you basically become an article mill for others who will profit off of your hard work.</p> <p>In the end, finding the best writing jobs for your experience level that fit your desired rate will take some time. Keep looking and keep building up your portfolio and experience. Almost a decade ago, I started writing online, and I can assure you that I did not make very much money at first. It took a lot of time, practice, and years of pitching to get paid a decent rate and to get regular freelance work.</p> <p><em>Where do you find freelance writing gigs? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-eneriz">Ashley Eneriz</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-places-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-you-can-earn-18-to-25-an-hour-with-amazon-flex">How You Can Earn $18 to $25 an Hour With Amazon Flex</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Job Hunting freelance jobs gig economy job search side hustle side job work from home writer writing writing gigs Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:30:22 +0000 Ashley Eneriz 1728672 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-freelancers-make <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-biggest-mistakes-freelancers-make" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000064845003_Large.jpg" alt="it&#039;s easy for freelancers to make these mistakes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Freelancing is a constant push and pull. You have the freedom to be your own boss, but <em>sometimes</em> we're not the best bosses of ourselves. Steer from making these five common mistakes freelancers make, and get ahead of the pack.</p> <h2>1. Forgetting to Withhold Taxes</h2> <p>This is one of the first issues freelancers encounter. It's easy to get excited by lump sum contractor checks. You drop that check into your checking account to pay bills and buy yourself something nice, then before you know it, you've spent it all without saving anything. Come tax time, you're facing a hefty bill. Why?</p> <p>The IRS charges a <a href="https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&amp;-Self-Employed/Self-Employment-Tax-Social-Security-and-Medicare-Taxes">self-employment tax of 15.3%</a> no matter how much or little you make. Unfortunately, there are only so many deductions you can claim, so it's very unlikely you can avoid the tax. Prevent the huge financial burden of a large tax bill now by automatically putting away 20% of everything you earn. The 15% goes to paying the self-employment tax, and the remaining 5% is there to help pay state taxes and, of course, the tax prep fees &ndash;&ndash; the more 1099s you have, the pricier your preparation will be.</p> <h2>2. Neglecting to Save for Retirement</h2> <p>New freelancers sometimes operate under the misconception that they don't have the knowledge or enough capital to invest in their retirement. It can also be difficult to consider saving for retirement when times are thin. If the freelance gigs are trickling in slowly at the moment, you might be savings-averse. But this is exactly why retirement savings are so important. Considering the uneven payment schedule of freelancers, a place where your money can grow slowly over time is an important safety net to have. </p> <p>It's actually super easy to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sep-ira-is-how-the-self-employed-do-retirement-like-a-boss">set up an IRA</a>, Mutual Fund, CD, or any other kind of investment account. Find the financial institution you prefer, and they will give you the step-by-step in person or over the phone &ndash;&ndash; they'll even do most of the work for you (you are giving them money, after all!). At the end of the day, as a self-employed worker, you, and only you, are responsible for your future, so it's time to get proactive.</p> <h2>3. Losing Track of Expenses</h2> <p>Being a freelancer means having to balance both incoming and outgoing dollars. Do you have to spend money on raw materials? Do you spend hours of unpaid time and/or money on research before doing the job? This should all be tracked and never go beyond a certain limit you determine, based on the work.</p> <p>Also, some clients are easier to please than others. If you fall into a deep hole on a problem project, be sure to speak up. They might be able to give you a bigger expense budget or increase your hourly rate to cover it.</p> <h2>4. Not Setting a Schedule</h2> <p>Next to setting a work budget, setting a schedule may be the most important thing you can do to ensure you can make the most of each project, and each day on the job. If you come to your desk each morning without a list or a plan, that's a sign that you may need a time management intervention. </p> <p>Start each day with a to-do list. First, you need the overall to-do list &ndash;&ndash; one that covers all your ongoing projects and what must be done for each, with deadlines. Then, break those project to-do lists into weekly and daily to-do lists, respectively. Hang up a marker board in your office, with your milestones and goals for each day and week regularly updated. Google Calendar is also a great tool for creating tons of mini-calendars that sync with all your devices.</p> <h2>5. Skipping Self-Marketing</h2> <p>Are you the type of person who dives deep into a project then once it's done, dives into another? Well, not many people will know what you did if you don't take the time to tell them! Self-promotion is a crucial tool in managing your reputation. Build in time to your schedule to share your work with your personal and professional networks.</p> <p>How do you keep former, current, and future clients updated on what you do? Try starting a portfolio website, updated every few weeks with new work you've completed. Are you the type of contractor who relies on lots of new clients? Consider posting listings on all the gig websites: Craigslist, Guru, Thumbtack, Tispr, and others.</p> <p>Do you know a lot about topics related to your freelance job? Start a blog section to your website that answers frequently asked questions about your profession. Being known as an expert in your field can drastically improve your perceived value to clients, resulting in more work, and even better pay!</p> <p><em>Have you made any mistakes as a freelancer? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-freelancers-make">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/day-job-or-freelance-which-is-right-for-you">Day Job or Freelance: Which Is Right for You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Entrepreneurship Extra Income budgeting freelance freelancer investment marketing self-employed taxes work from home Wed, 18 May 2016 10:30:11 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1712070 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Great Jobs for People Who Hate the 9-5 http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-people-who-hate-the-9-5 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-great-jobs-for-people-who-hate-the-9-5" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000046443196_Large.jpg" alt="personal trainer is a great job for people who hate the 9-5" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Many of us work a 9-5 (or, let's be honest, 8-6) job. We do the commute, bring work home with us, and work through lunch on occasion. It's fairly regimented. But some people just don't want that &mdash; and maybe you're one of them. For you, a 9-5 routine is not a great fit. Maybe you like to work earlier, or later, or only work specific days of the week. Well, there are many jobs available for someone with those needs. Here are 10 jobs for night owls, wanderers, and other free spirits, that don't abide by the rigid 9-5. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-freelance-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well?ref=seealso">11 Freelance Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well</a>)</p> <h2>1. Voice-Over Artist</h2> <p>If anyone has ever told you that your voice is wonderful, or you have &quot;a voice made for radio,&quot; then you should seriously consider becoming a voice-over artist. The job is just as it sounds &mdash; you are literally putting your voice over something, be it a commercial, a documentary, a movie, a trailer, a cartoon, or even the end titles of infomercials.</p> <p>As a voice-over artist, you will be required to read scripts and provide several different takes, doing so until the producer of the piece is completely satisfied. You may have to sound happy in one take, sad in another. You may also have to memorize dialogue. But, if you have the acting chops, aren't shy, and want a career that is constantly surprising you, voice-over work could be just the ticket.</p> <h2>2. Groundskeeper</h2> <p>Anyone with a green thumb and a love of the outdoors should consider working as a groundskeeper. Typically, the job will involve mowing grass, trimming hedges and bushes, planting flowers, pulling weeds, watering, pest control, and other general maintenance. It can be done in places like public parks, golf courses, and sporting grounds, or private institutions, businesses, and the homes of those with grounds too big to handle personally. Many wealthy actors, business owners, and athletes employ groundskeepers for their estates.</p> <h2>3. Massage Therapist</h2> <p>Let's be clear, you can't just think you're good at giving massages and become a massage therapist. You will need to complete a post-secondary massage training program, and put in over 500 hours of practical experience before you can actually start doing this professionally. You will also need a license. But once you've attained that, then you can expect to set your own hours, travel a lot if you don't have a studio, and meet a wide variety of interesting people. If you are worried about getting regular work, then you can consider working for one of the massage therapy chains, which will give you more stability. However, once you branch out on your own, you're golden.</p> <h2>4. Social Media Community Manager</h2> <p>Tweets. Facebook posts. Instagram updates. These are the kinds of things a social media community manager is responsible for. The big reason that this isn't a typical 9-5 job is that social media does not follow a 9-5 schedule. Quite the contrary, in fact, as people who do work those traditional hours are more active on social media before and after work. So, as a social media community manager, you will be working around the clock to maintain a brand's presence on many different social media platforms. Obviously, with such demanding hours, you won't be expected to work 9-5 every day, but you will sometimes be working long hours for weeks at a time &mdash; especially if you're driving people to a new product launch, or a TV series. You could also do this work as a consultant, or on a freelance basis, and set your own hours.</p> <h2>5. Personal Trainer</h2> <p>Are you fit? Like, really fit? Do you know enough about nutrition and exercise that you could get other people into great shape? If so, then you may find the job of personal trainer to be just what you need. Personal trainers, especially those that are self-employed, set their own hours and can work whenever, and often wherever, they want. You can go to a client's home or office, or they can come to you. You can choose to work weekends only, or only in the mornings. You can also choose to only work three or four days a week. Some like to work for health clubs and gyms, which will provide more stability, but in turn, more of a traditional work schedule. If you live in a place like Hollywood or Manhattan, you could eventually get some famous clients, and that can mean serious money.</p> <h2>6. Actuarial Consultant</h2> <p>That's a bit of a mouthful. An actuary is someone who manages and analyzes risk. Any company that deals with risk, such as the insurance industry, needs actuaries to protect them from loss, and manage the future. An actuarial consultant does this job on a very flexible schedule. Often travelling the country, or even the world, actuarial consultants can set their own hours, and choose whom to work with.</p> <p>Plus, the salary is very good, with the median salary being <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/math/actuaries.htm">over $95,000 per year</a>. If you want to get into this field, you'll need a good head for numbers. Actuaries study calculus, statistics, and probability. They also have excellent problem-solving skills, are organized, creative, and highly motivated. It's not a career for everyone, but if you fit the bill, you can earn a great salary working the hours you want.</p> <h2>7. Tax Accountant</h2> <p>We all dread doing our taxes. So much so, that many of us pay someone to do them for us. These people are tax accountants, and many of them are self-employed. This obviously has some ups and downs. The ups, besides a great schedule, is that for around four months out of the year (January-April), tax accountants are insanely busy. The big downside is, of course, that once tax season is over, work really slows down. Tax accountants who deal only with individuals and very small businesses don't stay very busy the rest of the time. That's why most tax accountants also have a roster of business clients who file quarterly returns, and require other specialized tax services.</p> <h2>8. Nurse</h2> <p>If you have a natural inclination to care for people, and don't like traditional office hours, you should definitely look into nursing. People do not get sick at convenient times, and as such, nurses are required 24-7. As a nurse, you will not only be helping people with physical ailments, but also helping people heal emotionally, too. Nurses not only need to be there whenever there's a problem, but also must be patient, kind, empathetic, and understanding &mdash; even if it's 2:45 a.m. and it's been a 16-hour day.</p> <p>However, nursing hours are flexible because of this. You may find yourself working nights only, or working long shifts for 3-4 days per week. You will need a minimum of an associate's degree in nursing (ADN, which takes about three years) and must pass an exam given by a local licensing board.</p> <h2>9. Truck Driver</h2> <p>Love the open road? Like spending time by yourself? You may want to look into a truck-driving career. When you first start out, you will more than likely be an OTR, or Over the Road driver. This means long-distance trucking, across the country, and you can expect to be gone at least two weeks at a time.</p> <p>For this reason, it's not the ideal job for someone with a family, especially with younger children. But if you have no issue being away from home for long periods of time, and like time alone, truck driving could be a great career move for you. You will have an erratic sleep cycle, so get used to that idea. Also, you can expect to work 60-70 hours per week when you're working. In your first year, you will probably <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm">only make $30-$35,000</a>, but many trucking companies will train you to do the job. Compare that to the years of college, and huge student loans that many young adults come into the business world with, only to get a small entry-level salary.</p> <h2>10. Photographer</h2> <p>If you have a great eye, and are willing to put in the work to really get to know how to operate a camera, being a photographer can be very gratifying. It's definitely not just point and shoot, and you will need to take classes in lighting, portraiture, landscapes, and many other aspects of the job. But once you have mastered the art, you can make a great living taking photos whenever you want to. Many photographers have professional studios, although this is not a requirement. You can choose exactly what type of photos you want to take, too. Maybe you want to work at weddings or other events. Perhaps an intimate studio setting is more to your liking, or you want to do boudoir shots.</p> <p>Whatever you decide, you will have to get used to one thing&hellip; people will always want you to give them free shots, or pay less than you ask for, as they don't understand the training and craft that goes into taking a truly wonderful photo. If you get really good, you could end up working on movies or TV shows, becoming a unit photographer (pictures taken during shooting), or taking the shots that go into the posters themselves.</p> <p><em>Do you have a job that defies the 9-5 routine? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-people-who-hate-the-9-5">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-you-must-do-after-the-interview-to-land-the-job">6 Things You Must Do After the Interview to Land the Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-not-to-answer-10-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How NOT TO Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-cool-jobs-for-book-lovers">17 Cool Jobs for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-questions-to-ask-before-you-take-a-job-offer">12 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Job Offer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/check-out-these-5-legit-mystery-shopping-gigs">Check Out These 5 Legit Mystery Shopping Gigs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income 9-5 jobs freelance gigs good jobs job hunt job search office jobs work from home Fri, 11 Mar 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Paul Michael 1670509 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Working From Home http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-people-make-when-working-from-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-biggest-mistakes-people-make-when-working-from-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000081290559_Large.jpg" alt="avoiding mistakes while working at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've finally done it: You've landed a work-from-home job. No more daily commute to the office. No more being distracted by the office gossip. And no more interruptions in the middle of your workday to celebrate the fifth office birthday of the month.</p> <p>Yes, working from home can alleviate much of the stress that comes with holding down an office job. But this doesn't mean that working from your own home office doesn't pose its own risks. For first-time work-from-homers, especially, the many temptations of the home could pull you away from your work, lower your productivity, and get you in trouble with the boss. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a>)</p> <p>Here are five big mistakes that, if you don't avoid them, could cause you to lose that work-from-home gig and return you to that daily morning commute.</p> <h2>1. You Don't Work in a Home Office</h2> <p>It's easy to say that you'll treat your entire home as an office when you work from it, but that's unrealistic. Saying that you can tote your laptop to the kitchen, the living room, or your bedroom depending on your mood means one thing: You don't have a real home office. And that can lead to problems. It's harder to resist the pull of your favorite TV shows when you're working just feet from the flat-screen in the living room.</p> <p>The better move is to set up a dedicated home-office space as soon as you land your work-from-home gig. This office space can be anywhere, as long it's permanent, large and comfortable enough to allow you to get your work done. Setting up a permanent home-office space &mdash; that you only use for work &mdash; is also important when you want to claim work-from-home deductions on your income taxes.</p> <h2>2. You Take Far Too Many Breaks</h2> <p>One of the benefits of working from home is that you can avoid the distractions caused by chatty coworkers, but working from home brings with it plenty of other distractions &mdash; especially from your computer or your TV. It's easy to give yourself a 15-minute break to watch a few YouTube videos or check your Facebook page. Most workers do this in a traditional office, too. But when there's no supervisor looming over your shoulder? Those breaks get far easier to take, and they can then easily increase in frequency.</p> <p>To fend off this temptation, make a list each morning of what work you absolutely need to complete before the day ends. This should keep you focused on the tasks you are getting paid to complete. And don't work anywhere near your TV. If you get too distracted by the entertainment options in your home, your productivity will plummet. Once your bosses notice, they might yank you right back to the office.</p> <h2>3. Your Health Takes a Backseat</h2> <p>You might think that working from home would be a boon to your diet. After all, it's tempting to go on those fast-food lunch runs with your coworkers. It's easy to snag one of the doughnuts in the conference room. But working from home brings with it some extremely tricky dietary landmines.</p> <p>You might be alone in your home for hours every day. Even if you start each day with good intentions &mdash; you're ready to fix a healthy lunch during your break time &mdash; it's awfully tempting to visit your refrigerator and cupboards several times a day, just for a break from your work. All those extra crackers, candies, and pretzels can add up, and you might discover that your clothes are getting a bit snugger.</p> <p>When you do need a brief break, why not do a few jumping jacks or take a walk around the block instead of opening that refrigerator for the sixth time?</p> <h2>4. You Forget to End the Work Day</h2> <p>A big benefit of working from home is that you can set your own work schedule, but that can also be a significant negative. Some work-from-homers don't reduce their production when they leave the office. They go the opposite route: They never end the work day.</p> <p>It's a tough temptation for many. Your laptop is right on the kitchen counter, so why not check your emails before getting ready for bed? Why not write a few more paragraphs of that report long after the workday ends?</p> <p>If you're not careful, it's all too easy to fall into the trap of working from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed. To avoid this, vow not to work after a certain hour. Your entire life shouldn't be devoted solely to work, even if you work from home.</p> <h2>5. You Disappear Too Much From Office Life</h2> <p>Just because you work from home doesn't mean that you should never make an appearance at your former office. Too many work-from-homers simply disappear from office life. They rarely attend important meetings. They don't participate in conference calls.</p> <p>This can lead to missed opportunities. Supervisors might pass over work-from-homers for key promotions simply because these employees have become all but invisible.</p> <p>To avoid this, make sure to visit the office on a regular basis, whether it's once every two weeks or once a month. Also, check in by phone or video conferencing on a regular basis with your coworkers and bosses. Remind your supervisors that even though you're not in the office each day, that you are still completing important work.</p> <p><em>Do you work from home? How do you balance it all? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-people-make-when-working-from-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-100k-jobs-you-can-do-online">8 $100k+ Jobs You Can Do Online</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building common mistakes home office wfh work from home working remotely Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:00:04 +0000 Dan Rafter 1663952 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Best Jobs for Working Moms and Dads http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000075489143_Large.jpg" alt="working mom loving her job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Working moms and dads seek jobs that provide a blend of good pay, flexibility, and plenty of time off. It's all about striking that ever-important work-life balance. What careers have it all? Here are just a few jobs you might consider if you're a parent and craving a change.</p> <h2>1. Web Developer</h2> <p>The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/web-developers.htm">new web developer positions</a> to grow 27% by 2024. This is wonderful news if you're a mom or dad into designing and maintaining websites. The median pay for web developers is $63,490 per year or $30.52 per hour. While about one in seven in this position are self-employed, there's a lot of opportunity to work from home full- or even part-time. You just need a computer, coding experience, and a dose of creativity.</p> <h2>2. Freelancer</h2> <p>As a freelance writer, I set my own hours, choose the weight of my workload, and do it all from the comfort of my home office. I write when my daughter is at preschool, while she's sleeping, and I sneak in other bits of work when I find the time. Mustering the discipline to stay focused at home can be a challenge, and quarterly taxes are sometimes annoying. Overall, though, I feel fortunate to have discovered such a wonderful way to use my college degree in writing and pay a nice chunk of our monthly bills.</p> <p>Not great with words? According to <em>Time Magazine</em>, there are at least 17.8 million freelancers who <a href="http://time.com/money/4023097/freelance-economy-facts-stats/">work over 15 hours</a> a week in the United States. A few of the highest paying freelance positions include patent lawyers ($112 per hour), voiceover artists ($72 per hour), and programmers ($61 per hour). Even better, a whopping 2.9 million freelancers brought home over $100,000 in pay last year.</p> <h2>3. IT Data Scientist</h2> <p>What exactly does an IT data scientist do? Just solves complex problems in computing and discovers new uses for existing technology. That's all.</p> <p>The BLS explains that as a computer and information research scientist, you need some major skills and education. Many people interested in this type of work will need to hold a Ph.D. in computer science (or a related field), though some jobs in the federal government only require a bachelor's degree. IT data scientists <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm">earn high salaries</a> (median salary of over $100,000) and only one in 10 worked over 40 hours per week in 2014. If you can swing it, the job outlook is solid with 11% growth leading up to 2024.</p> <h2>4. K-12 Teacher</h2> <p>My husband is a high school English teacher. While many may argue that teachers don't get paid enough for their work, the time off, benefits, and opportunities to make extra money are excellent. He leaves for work around 7 a.m. and can be home by 3 p.m. most days of the week. He has 10 weeks off during the summer months and many more throughout the year for holidays and breaks. To supplement our income, he even took on a couple coaching gigs that have increased his salary by more than $10,000 per year.</p> <p>Many teachers also enjoy unique time off benefits, especially related to child care leaves. In New York City, for example, a teacher can apply for <a href="http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/DHR/HealthBenefitsLeavesAbsence/NonMedicalLeave/default.htm">child care leave</a> at a maximum of four years after a birth or adoption. Though there is no pay or health insurance during this time, having the option to stay home with a job ready and waiting is certainly appealing to many parents.</p> <h2>5. Other Education</h2> <p>Online adjunct faculty get the best of both worlds with the option to work from home and set their own hours. As the site GetEducated explains, the BLS <a href="http://www.geteducated.com/career-center/detail/online-instructor-post-secondary">doesn't yet separate data</a> with traditional and online post-secondary teachers. Some estimates come in at around $1,500 and $2,500 per semester-long course, but pay varies wildly by institution and position. More and more people are choosing to continue their educations online, so job growth is expected to climb in this field.</p> <p>You'll need an advanced degree and some experience to hold a curriculum development job. Once you're in, many positions are full-time and allow you to work from home. How much will you make? About $60,000 a year. Not too shabby.</p> <h2>6. Call Center Representatives</h2> <p>You've probably been on the phone with a call center representative at one time or another. Some handle customer complaints, while others work on sales or order processing. These folks are employed in most every industry across the board. Did you know that many of them do it from home and set their own hours? It's true!</p> <p>The BLS reports that the median <a href="http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/customer-service-representatives.htm">pay for call center representatives</a> is around $30,000 but the education level required is just a high school diploma. On-the-job training is short and sweet, too. Positions are expected to grow some 10% between now and 2024.</p> <p><em>Don't see your amazing gig listed here? Feel free to share your own top picks in the comments below!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-best-jobs-for-working-moms-and-dads">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-manage-costs-while-youre-on-maternity-leave">5 Ways to Manage Costs While You&#039;re on Maternity Leave</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-books-that-will-get-your-kids-excited-about-money">10 Fun Books That Will Get Your Kids Excited About Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-people-who-hate-the-9-5">10 Great Jobs for People Who Hate the 9-5</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-part-time-jobs-to-do-while-your-kids-are-at-school">17 Part-Time Jobs to Do While Your Kids Are at School</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-living-skills-you-should-be-teaching-your-children">7 Frugal Living Skills You Should Be Teaching Your Children</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Family parenting work from home work life balance working dad working mom Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:15:34 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1649807 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways Working From Home Can Save (And Cost) You Big http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_from_home_000029434486.jpg" alt="Woman learning ways working from home can cost and save her" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>For several years, I had a full-time job that allowed me to work from home. But then I switched to a job that required me to be in an office. So I've experienced life on both sides, and can tell you that each job had its own impact on not just my lifestyle, but my personal finances.</p> <p>Working from home allowed me to wear pajama pants in the middle of the day or take afternoon naps without guilt. And in many ways, it allowed me to save some money. But there were some drawbacks on the financial side as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-best-jobs-for-work-life-balance">4 Best Jobs for Work Life Balance</a>)</p> <p>Here are some of the ways that working from home can impact your finances, both positively and negatively.</p> <h2>The Good</h2> <p>Working from home has some pretty amazing financial perks.</p> <h3>1. Zero Commuting Costs</h3> <p>When I worked from home, I put very few miles on my car. My trek to work consisted of a stroll from my bedroom to my home office 100 feet away. Now, I spend more than $150 monthly on public transit costs. My colleagues who drive spend a similar amount in gas and parking. Working from home = no commute = money saved.</p> <h3>2. The Eating Out Temptation Is Eliminated</h3> <p>When you work in an office, you might tell yourself that you'll pack your lunch every day. But that's hard when there are 10 great restaurants and coffee shops around the corner, not to mention all the places on the way to and from the office. You may have colleagues who invite you to lunch or happy hour, and you'll feel tempted to run out to Starbucks for that afternoon caffeine run. When you work from home, going out to eat is less probable.</p> <h3>3. Wardrobe Flexibility</h3> <p>Most office environments have some sort of dress code, and that's going to lead to some expense on your part. Even a casual office environment means you'll have to invest in a few decent shirts, dresses, or slacks. If you work from home, your comfort is your only guide.</p> <h3>4. Taxes</h3> <p>This really only applies to people who are salaried employees who work from home. If you fit that bill, you may be able to save on taxes by getting deductions for things like computer equipment or building a home office. If you can prove that you use a certain percentage of your home for work purposes, you can get a tax deduction based on that percentage of your utility bills. Even some automotive costs could be tax deductible.</p> <h3>5. You Can Argue for a Raise Based on Money Saved</h3> <p>There's a lot of evidence that telework policies save companies money, particularly on real estate costs. Fewer workers in an office means less demand for space. At your next performance review, raise this point when discussing the potential for a raise in pay.</p> <h3>6. You Can Be More Productive</h3> <p>If you were spending an hour commuting in the past, but now work from home, that's an hour that you can give to your employer. Working from home also frees you from various distractions, like co-workers popping in. (But be careful, as working from home can come with distractions of its own.)</p> <h3>7. No Relocation Needed</h3> <p>Many companies have found that it's cheaper to allow employees to work from home rather than spend tens of thousands of dollars to help them relocate to new cities. And imagine the money &mdash; not to mention the stress and hassle &mdash; saved by the worker who doesn't have to worry about uprooting his or her life. I personally know some employees who live in communities with low cost of living, but are paid based on the salaries of those near the company's offices in a more expensive part of the country. Score! (Of course, be warned that this could also work in reverse.)</p> <h2>The Bad</h2> <p>Despite the perks, there are still ways to burn through money while working from home.</p> <h3>8. Utility Costs Increase</h3> <p>One of the nice things about heading to an office is that you're not using up electricity, heat, or air conditioning during the day at home. Working from home can cause those bills to shoot way up.</p> <h3>9. Home Office Costs Add Up</h3> <p>When I worked from home, I was expected to keep a professional workspace, but was not given any funds to build it. So any costs associated with constructing a home office fell to me. Some of these costs were tax-deductible, but the deduction did not cover the full cost of things like a desk, a decent chair, lamps, and even some office supplies. These expenses can add up.</p> <h3>10. No Networking</h3> <p>Working from home can be socially isolating, but that isolation can also hurt your wallet. If you are removed from an office, you will get less face time with the boss, and may also miss out on office gossip and interactions that might be helpful to you and your career. It's harder to impress your employer if they never see you. If this sounds like you, make an effort to drop by the office for meetings on a regular basis, or even pop in to take a colleague out to lunch. <a href="http://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/resources/costs-benefits">Global Workplace Analytics</a> reported that &quot;teleworkers who maintain regular communications with traditional co-workers and managers find career impact is not an issue.&quot;</p> <p><em>Do you work from home? What other costs do you incur? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-working-from-home-can-save-and-cost-you-big">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-save-money-when-you-are-unemployed">10 Ways to Save Money When You Are Unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-lessons-i-learned-selling-office-supplies">8 Money Lessons I Learned Selling Office Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-jobs-you-may-not-have-considered-but-should">9 Jobs You May Not Have Considered (But Should)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-financial-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-fired">11 Financial Moves to Make the Moment You Get Fired</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-great-jobs-for-people-who-hate-the-9-5">10 Great Jobs for People Who Hate the 9-5</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Budgeting jobs saving work from home working Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:03 +0000 Tim Lemke 1625207 at http://www.wisebread.com 22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_working_from_home_000025337892.jpg" alt="Woman finding surprising websites that will pay her to write" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You'd like to get paid to write online, but many websites are looking for contributors with experience. If you don't have significant experience, what can you do?</p> <p>Good news! There are a lot of websites, small and large, that will pay you regardless of experience. If you've ever looked at a greeting card and thought, &quot;I could do that,&quot; written a poem or short fiction, thought you could do a better job on a research based article than what you've read online, are an expert hobbyist or more, you could be earning hundreds or thousands in extra income a year.</p> <p>Below is a list of 22 sites that pay for your writing. It isn't comprehensive, but is merely meant to provide a wide range of examples of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-extra-money-blogging">paid writing opportunities</a>. Use it as a guide to help you find many more sites that will pay you, too!</p> <h2>1. ADDitude</h2> <p><a href="http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/writers-guidelines.html">ADDitude</a> is an online magazine is devoted to providing strategies and support for people who are living with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Though they typically accept guest contributions from journalists and mental health professionals, they are also looking for writings from lay people who have personal experience with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Articles should be no more than 2000 words, and payment amount is calculated based on many factors including length, and experience with the topic.</p> <h2>2. Ashtray Blog</h2> <p>Vaping is all the rage right now. So if you're an enthusiast, why not consider getting paid to write an article for the <a href="http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/ashtray-blog/write-for-the-ashtray-blog">Ashtray Blog</a>? They are looking for those that focus on vaping, harm reduction, electronic cigarettes, or similar related topics. The pay rate varies, but typically starts at $50 for a shorter piece (think 500 words) that doesn't require a ton of research.</p> <h2>3. Alive Now</h2> <p>The bi-monthly devotional magazine <a href="http://alivenow.upperroom.org/writers/">Alive Now</a> will pay a minimum of $35 for a submission that is accepted. They provide the themes, which can help you structure your submission.</p> <h2>4. BabyFit</h2> <p>Owned by SparkPeople, a popular online preventative healthcare website, <a href="http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/articles.asp?id=775">BabyFit</a> focuses on fitness and nutrition when pregnant and as a parent. If you can write a well-researched article between 500 and 1200 words, you may be interested in submitting one to this site. They pay contributors between $25 and $90 for their expertise.</p> <h2>5. Blue Mountain Arts</h2> <p>If you can write contemporary prose or poetry focusing on personal experience, check out <a href="http://www.sps.com/help/writers_guidelines.html">Blue Mountain Arts</a>. This greeting card company will pay you $300 for exclusive rights to your poem, or $50 for one time use in a book.</p> <h2>6. Classic Toy Trains</h2> <p>Obsessed with toy trains? Could you write about them? Well, <a href="http://ctt.trains.com/magazine/submission-guidelines/2006/06/ctt-submission-guidelines">Classic Toy Trains</a> accepts articles on this very topic and they pay $75 per page.</p> <h2>7. Chicken Soup for the Soul</h2> <p><a href="http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/story-guidelines">Chicken Soup for the Soul</a>, which is also responsible for the best-selling books with that same name, will pay you $200 for an &quot;inspirational, true story or poem about ordinary people having extraordinary experiences,&quot; or $100 for a devotional. Submissions should be no more than 1200 words in length.</p> <h2>8. Comstock</h2> <p>Adult humor greeting card company <a href="http://comstockmarketplace.com/guidelines.php?osCsid=h1lc4vllps64q4glctd7uscvi3">Comstock</a> is looking for ideas and will pay you $50 for each one accepted.</p> <h2>9. Developer Tutorials</h2> <p>If you're knowledgeable about computer programming and design, and can write a tutorial, this website might be for you. <a href="http://www.developertutorials.com/write-for-us/">Developer Tutorials</a> is looking for list-based articles and will pay for accepted contributions. The rate depends on many factors, such as length and quality of the tutorial, as well as the demand for your particular lesson.</p> <h2>10. Fantus Paper Products</h2> <p>Their greeting card division, <a href="http://www.psg-fpp.com/creative_guidelines.htm">P.S. Greetings Inc</a>., which manufactures &quot;everyday&quot; greeting cards and has an extensive Christmas program, is accepting submissions to be featured on their rack and box set cards. Compensation is decided on a case-by-case basis.</p> <h2>11. FineScale Modeler Magazine</h2> <p>If you enjoy building or know a lot about model airplanes, cars, ships, etc. then you could earn some extra money writing about them at <a href="http://www.finescale.com/magazine/contribute-to-fsm/2004/01/submit-to-finescale-modeler-magazine">FineScale Modeler</a>. This magazine pays for articles between 750&ndash;2500 words, and the payment amount is based on the length of the article.</p> <h2>12. Girl's Life</h2> <p>If you have a daughter, sister, niece, or female friend who is younger than 18 and likes to write, create poetry, or short fiction, she can earn money if her submission to <a href="http://www.girlslife.com/page/Writers-Guidelines.aspx">Girl's Life</a> is accepted. Payment amount is decided on a case-by-case basis.</p> <h2>13. Glimmer Train</h2> <p><a href="http://www.glimmertrain.com/writguid1.html">Glimmer Train</a> has been devoted to discovering new writers since 1990 and pays up to $700 for first publication rights for accepted stories.</p> <h2>14. High Country News</h2> <p><a href="http://www.hcn.org/about/submissions">High Country News</a> is a non-profit magazine focusing on the American West (&quot;people, politics, culture, and aesthetic values&quot;). If you like writing on these topics, they will pay you .50 to $1.50 per word (yes, per word) depending on your writing experience and their experience with you. If a submission is accepted and they decide not to run it, you will receive a 25% kill fee (a percentage of what you would have received had the article run).</p> <h2>15. Oatmeal Studios</h2> <p>This greeting card company is looking for humorous greeting card ideas, so if you have a knack for that, send them to <a href="http://www.oatmealstudios.com/html5/pages/art_guide.html">Oatmeal Studios</a>. They'll pay $75 for each idea that is accepted.</p> <h2>16. The Hairpin</h2> <p><a href="http://thehairpin.com/about/">The Hairpin</a> focuses on women and features (mostly) women writers. The topics are varied and wide-ranging, from celebrity culture to tips for creating a great cover letter. They are looking for original, unpublished content, and pay contributors for their work.</p> <h2>17. BlogMutt</h2> <p><a href="https://www.blogmutt.com/become-a-writer">BlogMutt</a> produces blog posts for businesses in just about every industry imaginable, from pet boutiques to tech services. If you can write on a wide variety of topics &mdash; especially in the tech industry &mdash; you'll have a lot of available work. There are no deadlines or assignments, so you can write at your own pace. Customers provide the topics they need blog posts on, writers submit posts on the topics they choose, and the customers pick the posts they want. There&rsquo;s no guaranteed sale, but most writers have a 90% acceptance rate.</p> <h2>18. Smart Alex</h2> <p>Adult humor greeting card company, <a href="http://www.smartalexinc.com/pages/artist_submission/124.php">Smart Alex</a>, is looking for submissions that are &quot;funny, edgy, and risque&hellip;topical, witty, smart, ironic, or sexually suggestive.&quot; Compensation is discussed once a submission is accepted.</p> <h2>19. Smithsonian Magazine</h2> <p>Recognized for its libraries devoted to exhibits in in science, art, history, and pop culture, <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/contact/article-submit-print-magazine/">Smithsonian Magazine</a> will pay authors whose submissions are accepted. Hard numbers are hard to come by, and as you can imagine, they receive a lot of submissions, but it looks like an article could earn up to $1500 for a piece they like.</p> <h2>20. Tales to Go</h2> <p><a href="http://talestogo.travelerstales.com/about/">Tales to Go</a> is a paid subscription website and book publisher focusing on stories about travel. They are looking for personal, non-fiction stories and anecdotes, especially to unfamiliar areas. Stories should be between 1000 and 3000 words. Works that are accepted will receive a $50 honorarium.</p> <h2>21. The Secret Place</h2> <p><a href="http://www.judsonpress.com/catalog_sp_guidelines.cfm">The Secret Place</a> is a quarterly devotional made up exclusively of freelance writers. They pay $20 per accepted meditation devotion which should be about 150-200 words.</p> <h2>22. The Sun</h2> <p><a href="http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing">The Sun</a> is an ad-free paid subscription website that focuses on many aspects of the human experience. They pay contributors anywhere from $300 to $2500 for their work and are looking for essays, interviews, fiction, or poetry. They even throw in a complimentary one-year subscription to their magazine.</p> <p>This list really is the tip of the iceberg, and many writers, including myself, have had positive experiences and enjoyed the extra income. Let's grow this list. Let me know about your favorite sites in the comments below!</p> <p><em>[Editor's Note: A helpful reader pointed out that an entry in this list was no longer paying (ReachSelf). We have replaced that outlet with another paying market.]</em></p> <p><em>Have you earned extra cash with your writing? Where'd you sell it?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F22%20Websites%20That%20Will%20Pay%20You%20to%20Write%20for%20Them.jpg&amp;description=22%20Websites%20That%20Will%20Pay%20You%20to%20Write%20for%20Them" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/22%20Websites%20That%20Will%20Pay%20You%20to%20Write%20for%20Them.jpg" alt="22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kim-owens">Kim Owens</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-money-as-a-chat-or-forum-moderator">How to Make Money as a Chat or Forum Moderator</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-freelancers-make">The 5 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-terrible-work-from-home-jobs-you-should-avoid">8 Terrible Work-From-Home &quot;Jobs&quot; You Should Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Job Hunting blogging freelance self-employment telecommute work from home writing Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Kim Owens 1571537 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_working_online_000042174160.jpg" alt="Man staying productive while working from home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've just landed a coveted work-from-home job. This is great news. You can now ditch the time-consuming commute to work. You can avoid office gossip, and you can work on your own schedule.</p> <p>But, there are some pitfalls. It's not always easy to stay productive when you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-work-at-home-without-driving-your-spouse-nuts">working from home</a>. There are plenty of distractions &mdash; <em>Orange Is the New Black</em> on Netflix, the refrigerator, and your bike just waiting for you in the garage &mdash; to take you away from your work. If you're not careful, you might find yourself missing deadlines, angering your bosses and &mdash; ultimately &mdash; heading back into an office every day.</p> <p>The key to avoiding this fate is to treat your home office more like an office and less like a home, at least during the workday. Here are five tips that you can use to remain productive while working from home.</p> <h2>1. Take Control of Your Workspace</h2> <p>Devora Zack, author of the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162656261X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=162656261X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TUQNZYZOU6UC5PHI">Singletasking</a> and owner of Only Connect Consulting, a business-consulting company in Bethesda, Maryland, says that you need to keep distractions at bay during the working day. That means creating a workspace that keeps out children, spouses, or any other distractions when you're working.</p> <p>Zack says that it's your job to &quot;build fences&quot; that will keep distractions away. These fences can be anything from a closed and locked door to muting your call-waiting feature while conducting an important phone interview.</p> <h2>2. Have a Schedule and a To-Do List</h2> <p>Andy Abramson, chief executive officer of marketing firm Comunicano, has been working from home part- or full-time since 1974 when he first started handling marketing duties for professional sports teams. The resident of Del Mar, California, says that the key to staying productive at home is to have a schedule for every day, and to stick to it.</p> <p>It helps to have a to-do list, too. That way you won't reach the end of your work day only to find that you didn't complete your most important tasks.</p> <p>&quot;Have a routine if you work from home, and plan your day,&quot; Abramson said. &quot;This includes times for taking breaks, running errands, and eating meals.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Don't Forget to Leave the Office</h2> <p>Dani Mackey, owner of Washington, D.C.-based Dani Mackey Communications, says that it's important to leave your home office on a regular basis. It's too easy to cut yourself off from the community if you work from home every day. Mackey suggests schedule meetings when possible outside your office.</p> <p>Leaving the office increases networking opportunities and forces you to dress professionally &mdash; it can be easy to dress down every day when you work from home.</p> <p>&quot;It also forces you to be more productive while you are in your office, as there is less time available to be unproductive,&quot; Mackey says.</p> <h2>4. Don't Let Email Consume You</h2> <p>It can be easy when you work from home to let email take over your life. It's tempting to check your email while playing with your kids, chatting with your spouse, making dinner, or exercising, especially if you're constantly toting your smartphone with you.</p> <p>Michael Fritsch, the productivity expert known as the SavvyCOO, says that people who work from home should set aside blocks of time specifically to deal with email. They should also use email filters to automatically route messages to specific folders. You might designate emails from your boss or clients to automatically redirect to an inbox marked &quot;Urgent.&quot; You can automatically route emails from friends and family members to a different, less-urgent inbox.</p> <h2>5. Don't Work All the Time</h2> <p>When you work from home, it can be too easy to spend all of your time on work. But this isn't healthy: You need to schedule time for exercise, reading, and spending time with your family.</p> <p>Elisette Carlson, founder of San Diego-based public relations firm SMACK! Media and someone who works from home, recommends treating these breaks as you would any other meeting or deadline; don't blow them off.</p> <p>&quot;Take a moment in the evening to put it all away,&quot; Carlson said. &quot;This has helped me a lot. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is family time. Sure, I'll peek at my phone to ensure there aren't any emergencies, but I try to keep this time 100% about family.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you stay focused when working from home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-to-make-working-from-home-a-success">10 Tips to Make Working From Home a Success</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Productivity home office remote jobs telecommute work from home Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Dan Rafter 1484700 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_freelancer_000057859604.jpg" alt="Man learning life skills every freelancer needs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Eight years ago, I decided to ditch my commute, mothball my business casual wardrobe, and fully commit to building a freelance writing and content management business. With nearly 12 years of professional experience behind me, I knew I could handle the business basics of a freelance life. From networking to invoicing, and from marketing to tech support, I realized everything would be up to me &mdash; and (frighteningly) only me.</p> <p>How right I was. As I enter my ninth gloriously commute-free year, I can affirm that success is built around the following eight life skills every freelancer needs.</p> <h2>1. Communication</h2> <p>As with any other job, good communication is the linchpin between success and failure in freelancing. Networking, pitching new business, working with different teams every day, and keeping clients up-to-date all require proactive and professional communication skills.</p> <h2>2. Time Management</h2> <p>For most freelancers, work comes in unpredictable spurts. Being able to go from zero to 60 in a day or two is just part of the game. And when multiple projects all have back-to-back deadlines, staying sane means learning the secret of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-time-management-and-work-life-balance">effective time management</a>.</p> <h2>3. Negotiation</h2> <p>Freelancers must be able to establish fair work agreements and terms &mdash; terms that respect your skill and time and offer a competitive value to your clients. Getting the hang of it and negotiating with tact and confidence takes practice.</p> <h2>4. Organization</h2> <p>At this exact moment, I have four major new projects waiting in the wings &mdash; each with a different client. Keeping due dates, deliverables, meeting times, billing terms, and contact names straight takes masterful organization skills. If you don't have a Type A personality, do yourself a favor and explore some organization tools for businesses.</p> <h2>5. Scheduling</h2> <p>Many newbies eagerly accept every project that comes their way and never learn to gracefully push back on a deadline. But understanding how much work we can handle without sacrificing quality or breaking promises is critical to business success. When we get it wrong, first-time clients become one-time clients.</p> <h2>6. Self-Motivation</h2> <p>Since freelancers seldom have a boss looking over our shoulder, it's alarmingly easy for our workday to veer off track. A keen ability to self-motivate, stay focused, and not let short breaks turn into long distractions is essential for success.</p> <h2>7. Boundary Setting</h2> <p>For freelancers, there's no official beginning or end to the workday and not much separation between work, home, and social life. We have to defend our zen by setting clear boundaries. Successful freelancers know when to shut things off, walk away, and get back to the business of living.</p> <h2>8. Self-Awareness</h2> <p>As freelancers build a strong work history with a wide range of clients, one or two of those happy customers will inevitably extend a job offer. The security of traditional employment arrangements can be tempting; it takes profound self-awareness to know exactly what you want, guard your independence, and know when to say, &quot;Thank you, but no.&quot;</p> <p>Remember, freelancing is a science <em>and </em>an art. If you're just starting out, explore <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-all-successful-freelancers-do">what successful freelancers do</a> and develop your life skills as you develop your business.</p> <p><em>If you're a freelancer, what life skills have helped you the most? Which ones came naturally and which took conscious effort?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-freelancers-and-telecommuters-can-make-friends-and-network">11 Ways Freelancers and Telecommuters Can Make Friends and Network</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/22-websites-that-will-pay-you-to-write-for-them">22 Websites That Will Pay You to Write for Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-biggest-mistakes-freelancers-make">The 5 Biggest Mistakes Freelancers Make</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-i-learned-about-money-after-i-went-freelance">7 Things I Learned About Money After I Went Freelance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-fund-your-new-business-without-borrowing-a-dime">4 Ways to Fund Your New Business Without Borrowing a Dime</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Entrepreneurship freelance self-employment small businesses telecommute work from home Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:00:17 +0000 Kentin Waits 1481900 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/female_student_000056371408.jpg" alt="Woman using gadgets every work at home professional needs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Desk jockeying from the comfort of your home? Make your home office way more awesome with these six gadgets. They can help increase your productivity, reduce boredom, and make <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-worst-work-from-home-jobs">working from home</a> much easier.</p> <h2>1. Multi Device Keyboard</h2> <p>Need to switch from iPad to laptop, and back again without fumbling for cables or constantly restarting the Bluetooth connection? This <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MUTWLW4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MUTWLW4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=5CYHDAML4NWYGBQR">multi-device keyboard</a> makes it easy &mdash; as simple as turning a dial. It's wireless and completely mobile, making it easy to move around the house or pack on business trips.</p> <h2>2. Smart Light Bulb</h2> <p>I've been on spreadsheet grinds that go so long that when I look up, the sun's set and it's dark as a cave in my office. It's time to consider switching the home office lighting to the new <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00TJ4WMZE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00TJ4WMZE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PXVTF3FRNDVCHGYE">GE Wink</a>, which can be controlled by both your home dimmer and from anywhere with a smartphone app. Try one in your office and one in the living room, so you can brighten, dim, or turn off the light without having to leave the desk.</p> <h2>3. Bluetooth Headphones or Speaker</h2> <p>My Bluetooth speaker has been a lifechanger. When playing back a video for work, I can actually hear it without tethering myself to the computer with corded headphones. If you want a big sound for less, try the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D6OHHEE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00D6OHHEE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=2VIIEZBOSHOE5DCW">Photive Bluetooth speaker</a>, which is by far the best value in the Bluetooth speaker market. It also holds a single charge for days.</p> <p>For those who like lush headphones, these <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MR8Z28S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MR8Z28S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IFTL42CB5APW6QWD">Jabra Bluetooth headphones</a> are awesome. They're comfortable, have well rounded sound, and work within a decent range. You can finally enjoy work tunes and grab something from the fridge at the same time!</p> <h2>4. USB Key</h2> <p>This really handy <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A3U7IS4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A3U7IS4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QMPCHVGQGAS6MOVJ">USB stick by LaCie</a> fits onto your key ring, but it's also shaped and sized like a key! This makes it lightweight and less bulky than your current USB drive. You'll also find it very hard to fill because it holds a sizable 32GB of drive space, making this the perfect goto on-the-go USB solution.</p> <h2>5. Desk Elliptical</h2> <p>Everyone knows it now: Sitting is a disease. But even if you work from home, you probably also need to work at a desk. There are options such as the standing desk, or the treadmill desk. But, If you want to remain sitting most of the time yet keep your blood flowing (perhaps even burning some extra calories), try this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SIBYETQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00SIBYETQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=E2CQUHTE3LOAKWEC">under-desk elliptical</a>. It's compact, light, and easy to use. Plus, it's a great value compared to full-size home gym equipment.</p> <h2>6. Tylt Vu Charging Pad</h2> <p>This is really cool: An affordable and convenient <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DG8NUC8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DG8NUC8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=YY3JNJKHK5OP4BYB">home charging pad</a> that's good for any smartphone. No more misplacing cords, then scrounging for them in a hurry when your phone is at 3% battery. It's also small enough to keep on your desk and take along on business trips.</p> <p><em>What are some other gadgets you can't work from home without?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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