<body><script type="text/javascript"> function setAttributeOnload(object, attribute, val) { if(window.addEventListener) { window.addEventListener('load', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }, false); } else { window.attachEvent('onload', function(){ object[attribute] = val; }); } } </script> <div id="navbar-iframe-container"></div> <script type="text/javascript" src="https://apis.google.com/js/plusone.js"></script> <script type="text/javascript"> gapi.load("gapi.iframes:gapi.iframes.style.bubble", function() { if (gapi.iframes && gapi.iframes.getContext) { gapi.iframes.getContext().openChild({ url: 'https://www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID\x3d6968552\x26blogName\x3dJim+Stroud\x27s+%22Jobseeker\x27s+Revenge%22\x26publishMode\x3dPUBLISH_MODE_BLOGSPOT\x26navbarType\x3dSILVER\x26layoutType\x3dCLASSIC\x26searchRoot\x3dhttp://jobseekersrevenge.blogspot.com/search\x26blogLocale\x3den_US\x26v\x3d2\x26homepageUrl\x3dhttp://jobseekersrevenge.blogspot.com/\x26vt\x3d7746335684113298027', where: document.getElementById("navbar-iframe-container"), id: "navbar-iframe" }); } }); </script>

Sunday, February 12, 2006

How to work at home and love it!

After the birth of her daughter, Carrie Opara knew she didn't want to return to her old job as a mental health counselor. But finding a legitimate work she could do at home was no small feat.

She tried a multi-level marketing plan and wound up in debt. She looked on the Internet and found plenty of scams. Finally, she heard about Palo Alto, Calf.-based LiveOps, a call center that hired people to work out of their own homes.

A couple years later, she's earning about $2,000 a month working 30 to 35 hours a week from her home in Columbia, Md. -- about what she was making as a counselor. Her shifts can be as short as 30 minutes, although she typically works five-hour blocks while her 5-year-old is in school, plus some nights and weekends when her husband, a CPA, can take over child care.

Opara, 44, said she still faces the challenges familiar to every working parent: How to work enough hours, spend enough quality time with her family "and still figure out how I'm going to clean my house, make dinner and do the grocery shopping." Not having to commute or pay for child care, however, are big bonuses.Credit card interest out of control? Find a lower rate.

"It's fit in perfectly," Opara said, "and we also like the flexibility."

Technology is opening up new opportunities for parents and others who want to work at home -- even as it allows the scam artists a wider reach. Finding and landing legitimate, profitable work still isn't easy, but here are a few venues to try:

A call center in your home

You hear a lot about companies routing their customer service calls to workers overseas, but a less-noticed trend is the growth in home-based call center workers. The number of such workers in North America has tripled since 2000, according to an estimate by research firm Yankee Group, with more than 670,000 phone agents in the U.S. and Canada now working at home.

Want more? READ: 4 real jobs you can do from home

Comments: Post a Comment

Home
Preparing the frustrated jobseeker for the market's inevitable return.

Best Blog Awards - Vote for Digability!
Click to vote for Digability!

Job seekers (and Recruiters), show your support for "The Job Seeker Manifesto"

Frustrated with your job search? Do something different! Read: The Job Search Strategist

SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL

Enter your email to subscribe

SUBSCRIBE BY NEWSFEED
Subscribe in NewsGator Online Subscribe in Rojo
Add 'Jobseeker's Revenge' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Subscribe in Bloglines
Subscribe to Jobseeker's Revenge



BIG BLOG NETWORK

JOBSEEKERS: Jobseekers Revenge - The Jobseeker Manifesto - RECRUITERS: Digability - BizDev 101 - I blog therefore I am - BUSINESS: The Lone Ranger Manifesto

ONLINE RESOURCES

CAREERSITES
.
PageBites
.
Career Fairs
.
College Grads
.
General Jobsites
.
IT Jobs
.
Company Research
.
Search Portals
.
USA Jobs
.
Worldwide Jobs
.
Jobseeker Services
.
Indeed
.
Direct Employers
.
Direct Employers
.
Roevin Engineering & Technical Recruitment
.
Australian career advice

NETWORKING

.
Ryze
.
Godel

PODCASTS

Telework Recruiting
.
Pharm Rep Select
.
Cablenewser
.
Resource Maximizer
.
Direct Employers
.
The Professional Edge
.
Unfair Advantage, Inc.
.
Stoker Resources Group
.
Offshore Outsourcing World
.
The Career Engineers
.
VideoPop
.
World Of Work
.
Marilyn Kay Snyder
.
Gately Consulting
.
John Hadley Associates
.
Chele's Treasures
.
Palisades Media Group, Inc
.
Gate 3 Work Club
.
Littell Consulting Services
.
The Litton Group
.
Birchtree
.
Career Journal
.
Vocation Vacations
.
Ricky Steele
.
Debbie Rodkin
.
Justin Racz

BLOGS

.
Digability
.
Zero To Network
.
Senior Success
.
Davenetics
.
Find A Job Today
.
Steve Eisenberg
.
Recruiting.com
.
Jobstuff
.
Jim Stroud 2.0
.
Technical Careers @ Microsoft
.
Careerbuilder.com WorkLife Blog

SUGGESTED READING

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

.
I Don't Know What I Want, but I Know It's Not This: A Step-By-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work

.
Do What You Are

.
The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide

.

How to Find Your Life's Purpose and Ideal Career in 2 easy steps...

RESUMES

.
Resumes For Dummies

.
How to Write Outstanding Resumes & Cover Letters for Every Situation

.
Resume Guide for $100,000 Plus Executive Jobs

INTERVIEWING

.
Best Answers to the 201 Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

.
Knock 'Em Dead 2004

.
Programming Interviews Exposed

.
How to Interview Like a Top MBA

NETWORKING

.
The Heart Of Networking (Highly recommended!)


Networking For Dummies

.
The Networking Survival Guide

.
Nonstop Networking: How to Improve Your Life, Luck, and Career

COMIC RELIEF

.
50 Jobs Worse Than Yours

.
An All-Out Blitz Against Soul-Sucking Jobs

.
Quit Your Job & Move to Key West

.
It's Not Funny If I Have to Explain It : A Dilbert Treasury

SURVEYS

.

Get paid to take online surveys!

.

Get paid to shop and eat PLUS get free stuff!

.

Survey Scout.

.

Express Paid Surveys

.

Get Cash For Surveys  - Discover how to earn up to $250/hour online taking surveys!.....

BILINGUAL

Bilingual? Make Money!Step-by-step e-guide for starting your own translation business....

..

ENTREPRENEURS

How To Write Your Own eBook In 7 Days  -Write and publish your own OUTRAGEOUSLY Profitable eBook in as little 7 days - even if you can't write or type!

.

Starting A Bed And Breakfast - Complete business package to help you start and operate your own successful Bed and Breakfast business!

.

Ready-Made Business Plans - Over 1000 sample business plans at only $49.95 each!

.

All new for 2005 - 120% BIGGER - The BEST eBay success strategies all in one place: The Silent Sales Machine

.

Get Paid 2 Drive Your Car W/ An Ad On It ....

SURVIVAL

Click here for a fantastic system to save thousands of dollars on groceries every month! .

Get Paid 2 Drive Your Car W/ An Ad On It ....

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?

PUBLISHER

Jim Stroud visit my website.

.

Who Links Here.

Give To Tsunami Relief

Give to Hurricane Relief

ARCHIVES

05/01/2004 - 06/01/2004 06/01/2004 - 07/01/2004 07/01/2004 - 08/01/2004 08/01/2004 - 09/01/2004 09/01/2004 - 10/01/2004 10/01/2004 - 11/01/2004 11/01/2004 - 12/01/2004 12/01/2004 - 01/01/2005 01/01/2005 - 02/01/2005 02/01/2005 - 03/01/2005 03/01/2005 - 04/01/2005 04/01/2005 - 05/01/2005 05/01/2005 - 06/01/2005 06/01/2005 - 07/01/2005 07/01/2005 - 08/01/2005 08/01/2005 - 09/01/2005 09/01/2005 - 10/01/2005 10/01/2005 - 11/01/2005 11/01/2005 - 12/01/2005 12/01/2005 - 01/01/2006 01/01/2006 - 02/01/2006 02/01/2006 - 03/01/2006