(Closed) Are there any legitimate work from home jobs?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

There used to be (and I am not sure if there is any more) a job where you could take drive through orders at home like for McDonalds and Burger King. One of my college friends did it. I don’t know how you would go about finding that, but that may be something to think about if it is still going on.

You do need a degree for medical coding, and as someone who works as IT in the medical field I respect medical coders becuase it isn’t easy even though the degree only takes little over a year or less to achieve.

Other than that I don’t know about any legit at home jobs :-

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@emricmacy:  Definitely! You should research companies that have telecommunicating policies. Lots of really large companies support telecommuting and have many workers at home. For example, I work for a large professional services firm (30,000 plus US employees) and many people in our marketing, communications, and other internal departments work from home.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

It takes a lot of time put in upfront for no pay, but bloggers who have a niche and get involved in the blogging community/get a lot of readers can make money from advertising and recommending products to their readers.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

There are tons, but IME they’re the ones that don’t shout “WORK FROM HOME.” No legitimate place wants to attract people who just want to work from home and don’t care what job it is. It all depends on your field – there’s a lot of telecommuting in the tech/computer industry, for example.

Look for jobs where the job duties don’t depend on being physically present – some of the job descriptions will say “telecommuting options available” or something, but it will usually be buried somewhere in the description, not right at the top or anything.

Another thing to look for, depending on the industry, is a company in a different location from you. Some companies find it valuable to have remote employees – like a New York company who want a salesperson onsite in Texas. If you’re the only employee in your location, you’ll be working from home by default. Usually people only care about this for sales positions though.

There are seriously a lot of telecommuting/work from home jobs. Look for larger companies that have established telecommuting programs, or if you’re looking at smaller companies, just ask early in the interview process – some places will consider it if you just ask, especially if you have a track record of previous productive telecommuting.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@emricmacy:  I have a “legitimate” work from home job, but in my case, it was very situational. I worked eight months in the regular corporate office before FI was offered a permanent, full time position in his career field that we had to move out of the area for. When I gave my company my two weeks notice and explained the situation, my boss offered me the opportunity to keep my job and work from home. It’s been two months and so far, it’s working out great. Most of what I do is done through email and over the phone, but I still work full time, Monday-Friday completely from home. I love what I do and I work for an awesome company with great people. However, my situation is unique and I know how lucky I am to have kept my job. 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a legitimate work from home job. I work for a PR and marketing firm that is entirely virtual, meaning we don’t have any headquarters or main office. We are still a legitmate company, with full-time employees, benefits, etc. 

To look for positions at “legitimate” telecommunitng jobs, try flexjobs.com

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

my friend works for a very very big US company and because they didn’t have an office nearby, she works from home.  she got the job here and did a web interview so it wasn’t like she moved and they wanted to keep her with the company so she was always working from home.  

some jobs have that option.  she’s a project manager

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

There are. It really depends on the technology employers have. I can work from home if I chose to, but I prefer to go into work since it’s really tough trying to explain journal entries by phone or video-conference. I get to work from home 2 to 3 days in a month — that’s my choice. 🙂

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My company allows work from home, but it generally doesn’t become a full-time thing until you’ve been with the company for several years or you’re really awesome at your job.  We start working from home a couple days a week around the six month mark.

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