Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Be a guide for about.com

About.com has guide positions and this is an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to work at home.  

If you enjoy writing this could be the perfect at hoe job for you.   Guides are in charge of writing and updating a blog about a specific subject.   They are expeted to update regularly and can make a good amount of money.  

There is a training period lasting 17 days so they don't expect to just throw you to the wolves.   To find out about the qualifications and compensation package go to: http://beaguide.about.com/

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Work at home reality

Work at home…. This is something so many people are looking for but have so many misconceptions about as well.

It’s always kind of funny how people seem to “skim” over the word “work”. They believe working at home means setting your own hours and basically do what you want when you want. Funny enough these are also the same people who are only willing to work an at home “job”.

These same people are almost always the ones who also say “I want to work from home but I don’t want to be on the phone and I don’t want to do sales of any kind” “I can type 20 words a min and I have no experience yet but I’m willing to work as long as it is between the hours of 9-11 am” “I also need it to pay at least $10 an hour and offer benefits.”

Well wouldn’t we all like to have that kind of job? Working at home means WORK… plain and simple. You need to be able to treat it as any other job and when you are looking for an actual job you need to realize that it is really no different than the outside work world.

If you want a job you will need a resume and prior experience. You also need to understand that it is a very competitive world. No, you can’t work at home with most companies and have your kids running around screaming in the background that they are hungry while you are working. You will need to have an actual quiet work space. This means that even if you are working at home you might need to have daycare available.

You also can’t pay for a job. Just imagine what it would be like if we could go out in the real world and find a company we love and all we had to do was pay a one-time membership fee of $49.99? Have you really ever heard of such a thing happening. When you are looking for a work at home job it is imperative to keep your common sense intact.

There are lists of companies that hire on many websites and job leads posted for free on many websites. Spend some time to research these companies and talk to the people who work at those companies so you can understand what your chances are and what the jobs entail.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Sell your old gold for cash!

This is an opportunity that I have not personally tried out but I did a search and could find nothing bad about it at all.  

If you want to make some extra cash you can sell your broken or unwanted jewelry.

First request the gold information packet.  They tend to have it at your door within two days.   Then if you like what you read you can send them your broken or unwanted jewelry and they send you a check in 24 hours!  

Plus.. you have ten days to change your mind.  If you decide you really were attached to that piece of jewelry after all just return the check and they will return your jewelry! 

If you try this out or have previous experience leave some feedback and let us all know what you thought!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Answering Systems Inc is hiring

From what I have heard this company has been around for a very long time and is an excellent company to work for.


Nationwide Medical Answering Service seeking Full time work-from-home customer care representative. Must have at least 3 years customer care, home office set-up, Computer, high speed internet, unlimited long distance, clear and pleasant speaking voice; training provided. $8.00 per hour to start. Send Resume with cover letter to employment@ASINY.com

PPP Direct

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Today it's 104 degrees out and we are all playing in the pool.. well the kids are.. I'm obviously hanging out poolside.   The point is:  How nice is this?   Im loving it and just wanted to share one more thing that makes working at home great... you can be mobile!   With a laptop you can go anywhere and get your work done.  Even without a laptop you can pretty much go anywhere and still get your work done.   Think of all the hotels and apartment complexes that have free computer access... even your local library.. while the kids are at storytime or browsing a book.. you can still work!   It's fantastic!


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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Court Reseachers

This would require more than being at home but a lot of the work could be done right at home and it sounds like a lot of fun.    Judge Mathis is looking for Court Researchers all across the county.    The website doesn't give a lot of information on what it's all about but they have a number you can call to see what is required, look in the upper right corner:



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Monday, July 02, 2007

On point at home is hiring!

Onpointathome is hiring again.   They offer hours from 9 am to 9 pm and you can choose which hours you work but you must be able to work at least 25 hours a week I believe. 

Sounds like a really good company.   Take a look at the faq's here and see if you want to apply!


Got an opinion? Become an NPD consumer panelist and you can win cash for telling some of the world's top companies what you think about the products you buy, places you eat, music you listen to, and more. The surveys are fun, and the cash is for real, join now to win! (US Only) Click Here

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Can you believe it's here already?   So what are you doing to keep the kids busy while you work?

I was soooo prepared this year!   I bought a laptop, I spent weeks learning all about wireless cards and plans and how to make myself mobile.

I yelled at the phone company for not shipping my card overnight when they were supposed to.  I spent hours on the phone with tech support to get the card working.

This was two weeks ago.   I have had the laptop away from home maybe twice in that time frame! 

The idea was that it would make me more mobile.   My daughter could go to the park or the pool and I could still get work done. 

This is still the plan and we have a long summer ahead of us but all in all.   I had no need to be in such a hurry!   Still... it's nice to know we can pack up and go whenever we want! 

What have we been doing instead?  She has had friends over every single day.    Yesterday we had two friends over.. today we just have one.... tommorow.. Im hoping for the park myself!

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Keeping up to date

This is probably one of my biggest pet peeves and one of my own downfalls. 

Do you keep your websites and blogs up to date?   Do you regularly go through and check all the links to make sure they still work?  

How often do you update your blogs and your refresh your advertising?

I am really trying to get better about that this week.  Of course right now I have some motivation and incentive to get to work and get things done but wow.. there has certainly been a lot of time in between my getting updated and my being lazy.

I really hate nothing more than going to a website and clicking a link only to find that it no longer works.  I also hate going to a blog or a message board and seeing that nothing has happened in months.   So guess what I have been doing?   I've been letting this happen to my own sites.

Last week a nice person let me know I had some dead links so I immediately stopped and fixed them all.   He was so impressed that I would actually clean things up... Personally.. I was embaressed that I had links that were dead! 

Sooo the moral of this story is let's turn this into clean up your websites and add to your blogs week!   Anyone want to join me?

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Selling on Ebay

We have touched on Ebay as a work at home business in the past and lately Im seeing it come up a lot again. 

If you want to work at home and start making money right away, Ebay is definately the way to go.

If you have a home, you probably have items that can be sold.   If you really don't want to part with any of your things you can always go out to the second hand stores and yard sales.   It never fails to amaze me how you can place something as innocuous as a deck of cards on ebay and SOMEONE will pay $10 for the privelege of owning them.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

This weeks paid survey site

Global Test Market is this weeks survey site.  You must be at least 18 years of age to join OR you must be 14 to 17 years of age and have parental or legal guardian permission to join.

It's a great company and I have been with them for many years..  They are one of the few that sends survey invitations out on a regular basis and they have some great paying studies!   Give them a shot and make some extra money!   Click on the banner below to join!

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Secrets of paid surveys

Lately I've seen a couple of ebooks come out about the secrets of surveys.  A couple of times now I have been asked what I think of these books so I decided it would be a good time to just put it all in one spot.  Everyone would like to make money taking surveys and get more paid surveys in there mail and of course actuall qualify for the surveys.  This is what these ebooks are all about.  They basically tell you how to cheat the system. 
Here are my thoughts on this.. First and foremost the companies that are commissioning these studies are looking for a certain demographic, honest feedback and in some cases hoping that after the study you will tell all your friends how great their products are.  If a big name company is coming out with a new sleepytime babywash they want to hear from mothers of babies not 19 year old single college guys.  They want you to actually try the wash on the baby, find out if it helped your baby sleep better etc.  On the other hand if they are coming out with a new cologne they may just want to hear from 19 year old college guys and not the widowed 85 year old great grandma.   To lie just to get into a study and make a couple of bucks just doesn't sit well with me.  I have been disqualified because my mom works at wal mart, I have been disqualified because my daughter is 6 and not 4, I have been disqualified because I don't make enough money or I make too much.. This is just the world of surveys. 
Here are some of the things you get with these books.. a list of over 200 survey companies.. I bet a lot of them are actually offer companies but why buy a book for a list.  Free list right here: http://www.katieshugs.com/paidsurvey.html
Find out how to easily complete surveys:  Simple enough.. use roboform to get the basics..
Learn how to participate in focus groups:  Umm why this is included Im not even sure.. join research groups in your area and sign up with all the online focus group companies..
These are just a couple of the promises they make.  All of the same information can be found for free online.  A lot of it is at my message board in the survey section at www.itsfree.proboards43.com  Go into the survey section and then just click on the thread about hints and tips for taking surveys.
Now for the rest of it.   I can easily tell you how to cheat and get into each and every study and it really isn't hard.  Once you have been taking them for just a few months you do start to see the pattern.  I just don't agree that it is the right thing to do so I won't tell you how to do it.  Im afraid that is one area where you will have to buy the book.  
Will it work?  Maybe for a little bit but think about this.  When you join a suvey company you immediately give them your age, sex, address, phone number, occupation, marital status, etc.   Do you REALLY think that they just toss that information away?  No.. they use it to set up their basic demographic profile.  This doesn't mean they always use it when they send out a survey though.. So they send you a survey and ask if you are the mother of an infant and you tell them yes... On the next survey a month later they ask for your sex and age again and this time you are yourself, a 19 year old male.  The next one comes out and amazing enough you are a 32 year old woman who works in IT and makes 80k a year.   You don't think they are going to catch on? 
You can make decent money and get into a ton of studies just by being yourself.  Of course there are demographics that are more popular to the companies and you won't get into every study but just be honest.   Here is a good list of survey companies to get you started.  http://www.katieshugs.com/paidsurvey.html  That is the important aspect.. stay away from the email harvesters and the offer sites and you will do just fine!
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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Burn Out

Okay I KNOW it wasn't long ago that I said I needed a break but I was ready to get back to blogging.. did I do it?  Not really.. just a post here and there.  I did discover that I wasn't alone.  A lot of bloggers were feeling the burn out at the same time.  Maybe it was the holidays that were approaching.  Maybe it was taking a break and then just having to get back in the mode.. I don't know.. either way.. Im going to blog when I can and when the mood strikes this time and not try to make myself feel like it is something I have to do.. I want to feel like it is something I do because I enjoy it again... so here we go!
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