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While some online job prospects are scams, there are legitimate, well-paid opportunities available. All they require is a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, a telephone and your skills. Follow our guide to decipher the best online jobs to pursue, what you’ll earn and how to land these positons. The payoff is a flexible workday that fits your schedule—and a job that might just afford you a better lifestyle.
The work: Ten years ago, this job didn’t exist. Today, however, demand is booming. You provide general assistance—administrative, scheduling, bookkeeping, even event planning—from your home office.
What you bring to the table: Administrative experience; excellent organizational and time-management skills so you can juggle a multitude of tasks; a pleasant phone manner
Expect to earn: About $10 per hour at a staffing agency; up to $30 per hour if you work directly with clients
Sign on: To find work on your own, check out homewiththekids.com, which lists companies that hire assistants, or sign on with an online staffing agency, like Team Double-Click or VIPdesk, to get contract jobs.
The work: You can earn large sums of money selling items online by reaching out to people who want to get rid of their stuff but are too busy to do it themselves.
What you bring to the table: Experience selling goods through auctions on eBay; ambition; the business savvy required to promote your services
Expect to earn: Sellers determine the price by the market and the value of items they sell. Some charge a flat per-item fee (often $5 to $25), or take a percentage (20 percent to 40 percent) of total sales. Depending on the volume of your business, reselling on eBay and other sites could become a lucrative full-time job.
Sign on: Active eBay sellers with high ratings and sales can register to be listed on the website’s directory of trading assistants at ebaytradingassistant.com. You need to be a self-starter who knows how to spread the word—to friends, family members, acquaintances and strangers. Check out allyou.com/home-business for more tips on how to market your services.
The work: Customers used to call a company to complain or order a product, and they’d reach the main office. Now virtual call centers route incoming calls to a home agent’s phone; agents receive a script on how to answer possible questions so they can respond to routine customer-service inquries or sell products.
What you bring to the table: Professional, pleasant phone presence; the ability to read a script and make it sound natural; a quiet area in which to work; perhaps a headset attached to your phone
Expect to earn: $7 to $15 per hour, with some jobs offering incentives for high sales
Sign on: Enroll to become an agent at a call-center company website—such as workingsolutions.com, liveops.com or alpineaccess.com—that offers extensive training.