Looking for a job...something online. =)

Veronica - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Hello all,
I was wondering if anyone can help me out. I am a stay at home mommy (may I add the best job in the world), however I want to be able to bring something into the home financially. I have looked at several online possibilities, however I am unsure due to the fear of being scammed. Can anyone out there help point me in a good and solid direction?
Thanks for you help.
=)

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Lisa - posted on 01/20/2009

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Veronica,

You are wise in being leary of the online scammers. But there ARE legitimate jobs online. You just have to find them.

I'm not sure where you are located, but here are some guidelines for you:
(I am in the USA)

1. You should never have to pay someone for you to work for them.
(ever applied for a job and been told, "Well, you have to pay us $200 for us to hire you?" Don't think so:)

2. If an opportunity sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

3. When you find something you are interested in, do your homework. Here's how:
A. Any legit online business should have a physical address on their website, not a Post Office box, but where they are actually located, state, and zip code, along with other contact info, such as email address, telephone numbers, etc. In the US, the FTC requires this information to be FTC compliant.

** First visit http://www.godaddy.com and enter the website address, like you are searching for a domain name. (you just have to enter the website name - example: godaddy - no www and don't include the .com) Your return info will say that domain name is not available. There will be a link that says "Click here for info". Click on that and it will pull up a WHOIS report. This report tells you WHO owns the website (more info for you on that business). Will explain in a moment why to do this step.

B. Once you have this info, visit http://www.bbb.org This is the official Better Business Bureau website. You can enter the zip code of the company, and find the local office that serves the said business area. Then enter the info for the company and see if there are any complaints. Use any additional info (ie-names, DBA, etc) in your searches also. Write down the info.

C. If what you find is positive (ie-no complaints or a few complaints that were resolved quickly, then investigate further.

D. Locate the local District Attorneys office for the area that the business resides in. Call them and inquire about the business. Give them any info you find in the WHOIS report. By contacting the DA's office, you can find out if there are any files in regards to the company.

In a nutshell, use every resource available to you in your research.

This may sound like a lot of work, but if it keeps you from getting involved with scammers, it is time well spent.


Now, for some easier options:

These jobs opps were investigated and reported on ABC's Good Morning America. I haven't visited the websites lately, but GMA couldn't give them their stamp of approval without thoroughly investigating them first.

Real Work at Home Jobs
No Bull - No Hype!
(as seen on ABC's GMA)

Alpine Access - http://www.alpineaccess.com/external/ind...

VIPdesk - http://www.vipdesk.com/info/default.asp

Arise - http://www.arise.com/content/default.asp

Convergys -
http://www.convergysworkathome.com/Conve...

Working Solutions - http://www.workingsol.com/home.htm

LiveOps - http://www.liveops.com/

ChaCha - http://www.chacha.com/info/careers

West - http://www.westathome.com/


If you have questions or need any help, please feel free to contact me.


Warmest regards,

Lisa :)

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Crystal - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hey Veronica,



I'm Crystal a stay hom mom of 2 and I have looked for years for a stay home job that was legit. Thats when I found Motivated Moms! Right now its $1 to join the team. The company we promote is part of the Better Business Bureau and has been around for 20+ years. You can email me at: crystalhead_24@hotmail.com or go to my personal website: www.motivatedmoms.net/crystalhead ... Click on Get more info. Everyone gets their own website for free:)



Good luck ,



Crystal =)

Jen - posted on 01/23/2009

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I teach families how to earn an extra stream of income to help take some weight off their shoulders. Celebrity Apprentice will feature our company for 2hrs on March 22nd.   Timing could not be better right now.  Please feel free to contact me for more information if needed.



www.ajnorton.acnrep.com

Wendy - posted on 01/23/2009

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Great Veronica!! Have fun on your new adventure to finding that perfect fit! Please feel free to e-mail me at wmp45044@yahoo.com if you have any questions!!

Veronica - posted on 01/23/2009

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Wendy and Christina,
Thank you so much for your help. Yes, I am pouring through all the information and great suggestions that everyone here has posted. I look forward to taking a look at both of your websites.
Thanks again for taking the time out to help a fellow mom.
Veronica =)

Wendy - posted on 01/23/2009

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Veronica ~ I know you have alot of information to pour through here but I absolutely LOVE the company I am a part of and believe in it 100%. I am a Tastefully Simple consultant. We are a gourmet food direct sales company. All of our products are either open and use or add 1 or 2 ingredients only. Because we offer food, we have a wonderful re-order base of clients....once they've used it up and love it, they call to order more!! Recent reports have shown that on average Direct sales businesses were down 18% in 2008, however, Tastefully Simple sales were up 4%!! What is great about our products if EVERYONE EATS!! Just by getting out just 1 night a week for approx. 3 hours, you will bring in about $400 in income a month!! Plus you have opportunities to earn more income through re-orders and leadership as well. We also have an amazing special going on right now that you could start your own business for only $56.66 plus tax!! Check out my website at www.tastefullysimple.com/web/wprice and click on "Become a Consultant" -- than on the right side of the page click on "Become a consultant" again and they watch the video! This should give you alot of information. You should also be able to e-mail me from the website and sign up if you think you are ready!! Goodluck on your search!!

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I know there are so many options out there for working from home.  However, most of those options involve working for a company...not working for yourself.  And as we all know, many of those are schemes, they are not legitimate businesses.  Or, it involves huge startup costs, selling something, or cold calling, etc.  If you are looking for something that is purely YOUR business where you can work at your own pace, your own hours, etc, have you ever thought about becoming an internet marketer?  (It's also called affiliate marketing) No, you don't need to be a computer whiz or know everything about technical design to become one.  In case you aren't familiar with it, here's a high level overview:



1. As an Internet marketer it is your job to send people (create traffic) to company websites.



2. When those people make purchases you are paid from the company who owns the product. There are literally 100,000's of companies online who are willing to pay you up to 90% of the entire product sale price just for sending people to their site.



3.  Each pay period you will receive a check in the mail that you take to your bank and deposit (or cash). Some companies will pay you directly to your Paypal account, or even directly to your bank account via wire transfer.



Making money on the Internet is not a get rich overnight scheme. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it.  So, what it comes down to is you have to learn the proper internet marketing techniques in order to succeed. If you are willing to put in the time to learn, this can be a VERY profitable business.  I did ALOT of searches on this topic and finally found a website that can teach you the techniques you need.  It's called Wealthy Affiliate.  They give you step by step instruction on how to get started as well as have continuous online support through forums, email etc. You have to sign up as a member of the site, and there is small monthly fee ($39) to continue your membership.  HOWEVER, because they provide so much for you on the site for free, such as free web hosting, a free web site builder, etc, that is really the only amount you have to pay...you won't need to come up with "start-up money" for your business. And, it's not like you have to continue membership with them permanently, you could always sign up for 2-3 months, learn what you need to learn, then cancel your membership, there is nothing contractual.  At least the Wealthy Affiliate site can teach you what you need in order to maintain your own internet marketing site.



Here's a link to them for you to take a look at it: 



http://www.wealthyaffiliate.com?a_aid=He...



I've been using their site, and have learned a ton of valuable information from it.  And I don't have a computer science background either.  Just to clarify, you do NOT have to sell anything…nor do you have to ‘recruit anyone underneath you’ to make a profit.  Your primary purpose is to drive traffic to vendor sites.  The Wealthy Affiliate site is merely a platform to teach you how.  Hopefully this information helps you or at the very least, gives you another idea to look into.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with ANY questions you may have.



Oh, BTW, if you want to see kinda what the whole internet marketer thing looks like when someone is doing  it, just look at my website as an example:  (of course your site could look completely different)



I chose baby products as my industry, but you can literally choose anything that you're interested in. All the vendors that you see on my site, I am an affiliate for them.   



Good Luck! :)



Christina

Nicole - posted on 01/22/2009

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I tried a lot of things too in the years and even lost money in some of them.  But thankfully my friend introduced me to an awesome opportunity to be able to make an income from home.  I work from home without having to sell any products, go door-to-door, purchase inventory or host parties. FREE TRAINING, FREE WEBSITE and 100% RISK~FREE! This opportunity is with a team of motivated partners who work together to run our own home~based business. Our Team partners with a 23yr old PROSPEROUS company which allows us to work at~home with our computers and telephones. Visit our website ASAP for more info that can make a difference in your household for a LIFETIME!!! ndilly@iw.net. Thanks Nicole Dilly

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2009

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I am a consultant for Scentsy, which are wickless candles. I got one for Christmas from my mother-in-law and absolutely LOVE it ! All you have to do is plug it in and let the wax melt with the help of a lightbulb - no matches, no lighters ! They have tons of scents to chose from and so many different warmers. They even have some for the holidays ! They also have ones that you can plug into your wall outlets.



Some other info that I know you will love is that Scentsy Warmers melt wax at a lower temperature so there is never any danger of burning children or pets.



You can set up a website for the first three 3 months for free...that way people can order directly from your website. You can also do parties, which have great incentives for the people hosting the party.



So please check out my website below and if you have any questions, please contact me !



https://www. scentsy. com/lisaalvarez

Veronica - posted on 01/22/2009

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Christine,
Thank you so much for your help. I will be checking out your website here shortly.
Veronica =)

Christine - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi!



There are many scams out there, but also some very good legitimate companies It's all about finding what is going to fit with your life and family. I looked for a long time for an oppurtunity to work from home and (after being scammed too many times) this is the company I finally found!www.workathomeunitedonline.com Check out the website and request information if it seems like something that you might be interested in! It has given me the time flexibility to be able to work around my children's needs and also be able to contribute to the household financially! I hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Veronica-



If you want some Mary Kay facts, I can send you some flyers which are easier to read then searching online.  I can send them to you as attachments or snail mail them to you.  You have such a bonus being where it is nice, you have the unlimited possibilites to our sun care products.  My oldest who is 7 has major allergy issues and she can use the Mary Kay products, it's been such a blessing to have it in our house.  Plus, we can use our products as tax deductions and we only pay 1/2 price on the products we personally use.  Tax benefits of a home based business is also a great boost and very helpful come tax time.  Feel free to email me.  jwhitsel@marykay.com



Thanks!  Enjoy the wonderful weather you are blessed with!

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Taryn,
Yeah don't remind me...lol =) To be honest I'm not sure as to what to do. I know that once I see it, it will hit me (kind of like when you find the right dress). There is just so much out there, that it is overwhelming. I do love the fact that you are taking an interest in my situation. It makes me feel good to know that there are other moms in the same situation like me.
Thanks again,
Veronica =)

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Amy,
Thanks for the great info. I am looking forward to seeing what it is that your company has to offer. I will be visiting your website here shortly. How long have you been at your company? How long has it been up and running?
Thanks again,
Veronica =)

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Lisa,
Again, I can't thank you enough. Its great to know that there are people like you out there that are so willing to help a novice like me. I am doing so much research that my eyes are going buggy...lol It so worth it, my family and I will be going through a major change in a year and a half and I want to be prepared. In a nutshell, a drastic change in lifestyle. So in order to maintain the lifestyle that we currently have, I am going to have to pick up where my hubby is going to leave off. Could I ask what you currently do and how you got started?
Thanks so much,
Veronica =)

Taryn - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi Veronica!  I do hope you check it out, as you are in the Beachbody capital, living in California!  Lots of great energy down there, and so many wonderful people within our organization that you can feed off the momentum. 



I hope you'll consider as I'd love to have you join our team.  Or if you decide it's not right for you, no worries, I'd be happy to help mentor you in finding the right business and getting off on the right foot! 



Best of luck,



Taryn

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Veronica:

Lisa,
I can't thank you enough. I did what you suggested and was surprised. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I have gone on GMA before looking at online possibilities and am going to purchase the book by Tory Johnson. She has given so much advice that I want to make sure I have it at my fingertips. So what made you decide on helping others prevent being scammed? Did you have a bad experience?
Take care,
Veronica =)


Veronica,


Hee hee, I knew you could do it. Time consuming, it can be. Hard? Not really. Just gotta know where to look:)


I love Tory Johnson. She is an awesome woman with so much knowledge. One of my other favorite women is Suze Orman. She is fabulous. I am trying to locate a couple of ebook files to share. Lost them when my laptop crashed:(


In regards to my offering my help... I've been online since 1997. So, I've been around the block a few times. And yes, I have been scammed... ONCE. And it's okay, because, I learned a valuable lesson. Look before you leap. I ALWAYS investigate a business venture before getting involved. I am very good at researching now, and feel that I should share my knowledge.





Have a great day!





Lisa :)


 

Amy - posted on 01/21/2009

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SCENTSY!  Very legit, started in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Not widely known of outside of Utah, Idaho and somehow Texas.  I love my Scentsy stuff and sharing it with other people.  It isn't onlline, though you can advertise online.  Very easy, just hand out cards and catalogs... check it out!!!  www.scentsy.com/amybetterton

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Wendi,
Thank you for the great lead. I will take a look at your website. Thanks for the morale boost too.
Take care,
Veronica =)

Wendi - posted on 01/21/2009

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Veronica,



I have six children and am now staying home with my youngest daughter, who is 8 months.  I am working from home and loving it.   Check out my site and join our team. 



http://lifegear.iexfuze.net



Let me know if you have any questions.  The training is so easy and worth while.  Good luck in your search.  You will find the right opportunity for you.

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Lisa,
I can't thank you enough. I did what you suggested and was surprised. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I have gone on GMA before looking at online possibilities and am going to purchase the book by Tory Johnson. She has given so much advice that I want to make sure I have it at my fingertips. So what made you decide on helping others prevent being scammed? Did you have a bad experience?
Take care,
Veronica =)

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Heather,
Thanks never heard of Slumber Parties. I gonna have to look online for that. I know what it is like to have 3 children. Mine are 8, 7, and 22 months.
Thanks again for your help.
Take care,
Veronica =)

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Jessica,
It has been awesome out here in CA over the past couple of weeks. I will not disclose the temps that we have been having...lets just say we have had some great beach time. lol =) Thank you so much for taking the time out to remind me about Mary Kay. I will take a look at what it has to offer.
Thanks again,
Veronica =)

Heather - posted on 01/21/2009

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Veronica,

I am also a stay at home mom! My kids are 10, 6 and 5. I am a Mary Kay consultant, as well as a distributor for Slumber Parties. Most people hae heard of Mary Kay, it has been around for a long time and is a very great company that allows income and flexability to create your own schedule. Slumber Parties is similar, but offers bedroom accessories. Both companies are great as ar as the flexability. I find Slumber Parties is better as far as the income potential, but both are great business opprutunities. Please let me know i you are interested in any information about either company. hlindeen@netzero.net

Heather

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2009

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Veronica,

You are quite welcome. I've always tried to help other folks from being scammed online. Best of luck to you, and do let me know what path you choose.

Lisa :)

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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I am also a stay at home Mommy.  I love it too.  My kids are 7 and 2.  My 7 year old is involved with lots of extra activities which I'm thankful for but they require a lot of running and extra expenses.  I am a Mary Kay Consultant.  This provides us extra income each day/each week/each month, it's great because my success is up to me.  If I need money fast I can generate that income immediately.  My advice is to really check out what you are getting into when you are doing searches online, check their validity.  If you want me to send you information or call you let me know.....jwhitsel@marykay.com.........ENJOY YOUR DAY!  I'm sure it's a lot warmer there than it is here in PA!!

Veronica - posted on 01/21/2009

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Taryn,
Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to seeing what your websites have to offer. Yes, I am a U.S. resident...live out in CA. Thanks again for your help.
Take care,
Veronica =)

Taryn - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi Veronica.  Great info below.  It seems you are looking for an at home "job", although wanted to offer up the suggestion of starting your own at home business?  The income potential is far great and very rewarding having ownership of something.  If it's of interest, I'd love to share what many SAHM's, dr's, lawyers, Dad's, etc., are doing along side of me.  It's a wonderful program and extremely rewarding in that our business is helping others seeks a better quality of life, both physically and financially!  Check us out, as here's a little sneak peek to our new infomerical that's being launched for the business opportunity (US Residents only, unfortunately).



http://www.milliondollarbody.com/showcas...



You can also check out my website for more great info, or feel free to contact me directly!  I'd be delighted to share my experience, as a stay at home Mom on a budget! :)



Taryn



http://www.choose2befit.truewealhathome....



taryn.perry@comcast.net

Veronica - posted on 01/20/2009

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Thank you so much for your help. I needed to be guided so to speak in the right direction. I had some idea as to what to do, but would have not thought to use the godaddy website. Again, thanks for your tips and believe me I intend on putting them to great use...now!
Take care,
Veronica =)

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