5 Legitimate Jobs You Can Get Paid to Do At Home

By on February 21, 2013

There have rarely been such tough economic times. The Great Recession of 2008 saw scores of people lose jobs and homes, and even now things have not returned to normal.

5 Legitimate Jobs You Can Get Paid to Do At Home Million are still unemployed or underemployed and finding a way to make ends meet is a challenge.  I want to help you by providing you with some sources of employment that you can take on no matter where you're located.  These jobs are all online, all legitimate and all worth your time if you've been struggling to come up with the money to pay your bills.

I have long been a fan of creating secondary (and tertiary) streams of income so I can vouch for all these methods by saying that I have, at one time or another, used all of them to supplement my income.

These are not examples of ways to start a business online (such as blogging, affiliate sales or email marketing), rather they are simple part time jobs that you do to make some extra money and can walk away from at any time.  Ready to get started?  Here we go!

Freelance Writing - This is my favorite, perhaps because it is how I earn a significant portion of my income.  There has really never been a better time to become a freelance writer as the explosion of internet sites has also led to an explosion of writing jobs.  Pay may not always be great, but it is possible to work your way up to better pay rates.  Here are a few places to get started:


Other Freelancing - If you have any skill that can be used virtually there are marketplaces where you can sell these skills.  That includes programming, accounting, graphic design, writing and editing, data entry, and a host of other skills.  There are any number of freelance sites that will allow you to compete against others for jobs.  To find out more check out oDesk, Freelancer, Freelance Switch, or simply do a Google search for 'freelance marketplace'.

Leapforce - This is an independent firm that contracts people to conduct in depth internet-based research and provide information evaluation for leading companies from around the globe (including Google).  Even though Google relies on its algorithm to provide search data, it understands that human reviewers are a valuable tool to ensure that their search results remain relevant.  Based on data from Glassdoor, Leapforce is currently paying from $13.50 to $18.00 per hour.

LiveOps - If you've got call center experience, LiveOps might be perfect for you.  They operate a virtual call center with over 20,000 agents and pay rates ranging from $13.00 up to $30.00!  Part of the compensation is sales based, so if you aren't a strong seller expect to earn in the lower range of the scale.  You are required to take 60 calls during the 90 day probation period and 15 calls per month afterwards, but otherwise you have complete flexibility when working for LiveOps.

Arise - This is another company that provides virtual client support services.  They support a broad array of  industries (financial, travel, retail, technology and more) so will likely have a position that is right up your alley.

This brief list should certainly get the ideas flowing and will hopefully prompt you to take the next step in creating a solid work from home income.  Whether you've been downsized out of a job, are underemployed, or are a student or stay at home mom looking for a flexible way to earn some extra money, there are plenty of real work at home companies out there that can make your dreams come true.

If you are aware of any other good legitimate work from home positions available please share them in the comments below.

Steve Walters
Steve Walters
Contributing Writer at ExcelLiving.com
Steve blogs about personal finance at his site Money Infant. After paying off over $40,000 in debt in less than 3 years, he and his wife sold all their stuff and moved across the world to Thailand with their 1 year old in tow. Needless to say it's been an adventure. He is also available for freelance writing assignments and can be contacted here
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