12 Work-From-Home Careers

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    12 Careers Where You Can Work From Home

    Any position--work from home or not--will pay better if you have experience. So, to find a legitimate work-from-home job, start where you have experience if you can.

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    Home Call Center

    As more companies transition to a remote workforce, the number of home call center jobs increases. Often, experience in an office call center or even a retail job is enough to land a home-based call center job.

    To get started down this road, first learn about pay rates and qualifications in virtual call center jobs. If you speak more than one language, consider getting a bilingual call center job, which tends to have perks due to the necessary knowledge.

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    Freelance Writing

    Writing is an extremely versatile profession. Work-from-home writing jobs run the gamut from freelancing for consumer magazines to blogging on the Internet to crowdsourcing editing jobs. Typically, work-from-home writers and editors work as freelancers. Some legitimate companies, however, do hire telecommuting employees for writing jobs, so if you are working as a writer already, the first step may be to convince your boss to let you telecommute.

    Alternatively, you could always consider becoming...MORE a freelancer and looking for home-based writing and editing jobs.

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    Transcription From Home

    Typically, it takes some experience as a transcriptionist to snag the higher-paying work as a home-based typist. Home transcription jobs tend to be geared toward those with at least some experience. They include general, corporate, financial, and legal transcription.

    Always be careful to check that any opportunity is for real by knowing what a legitimate home transcription job looks like.

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    Online Data Entry

    When it comes to data entry jobs, the legitimate companies almost all hire independent contractors. Data entry jobs are frequently the bait in work-from-home scams, so check out these data entry jobs carefully and do not pay for kits or software.

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    Insurance Jobs

    Insurance is an industry that hires a lot of telecommuters, and, the work-from-home jobs in the insurance industry are quite a diverse lot, ranging from underwriters and appraisers to nurse case managers and insurance agents, as well as positions in IT and project management. While many insurance companies hire these positions directly as work-at-home jobs, others may offer flexible options for existing employees or part-time telecommuting.

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    Home-Based Medical Jobs

    Though most medical jobs cannot be telecommuted, there are a surprising number of medical jobs that can be performed from home.

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    Online Teaching

    The wide range of online teaching jobs now available seek a wide range of qualifications in candidates--everything from highly experienced teachers with a master's degree and teaching certificate to college students with a knack for tutoring.

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    Search Evaluation

    Search engine evaluators work online as independent contractors giving feedback as to whether search engine results are comprehensive, accurate, and timely. They check for spam and that results are relevant.

    To do this, the search engine evaluator must be familiar with the language and the culture of the local search engine user. Typically, these positions are bilingual, but there are some opening for English-only search evaluators.

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    Translation and Language Jobs

    If you are bilingual, this opens a lot of possibilities for legitimate work-from-home jobs, such as bilingual call centers, search engine evaluation, translation jobs, online teaching and more. Many translation jobs are done by freelancers, but some companies do hire home-based translators as employees. For all sorts of language jobs, see this list of work-at-home bilingual jobs.

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    Financial, Accounting and Bookkeeping Jobs

    Legitimate work-from-home jobs for accounting and financial professionals run the gamut from CPA jobs to bookkeeping to mortgage brokers. Remember that your pay should correlate with your experience, so if you're new to the field be careful of anything that promises big profits, it's likely a scam.

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    Arts and Crafts

    Many of the legitimate work-from-home artistic jobs you'll find on the web are for beginners--ways to pick up extra cash, build a portfolio or sharpen skills. If that is what you're interested in, work-at-home artistic jobs might be for you. Alternatively, another route to consider starting your own crafts business.

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    Web Design/Internet Marketing

    With the rise of social media came a whole new job category for Internet marketing professionals. Nowadays, in addition to the need for those with expertise in web design, PR, SEO, ​and affiliates is the need for those who can utilize social media effectively.