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angelat
09-03-2008, 09:38 AM
I was hoping that someone could share with me any work from home ideas that are not companies trying to scam you.

I work F/T now, but would like to supplement my income so that I can pay off some bills and also save for our trip to Disney next year. (Yay! :yay: ) I'll do just about anything that doesn't cost a million dollars for start up. LOL! I've tried looking for transcription work (I have several years experience) but with no real luck and I've tried just surfing around the net looking, but I can't seem to find anything REAL.

Any help would be appreciated.

Many thanks!!:worship:

worm761
09-03-2008, 10:25 AM
Have you read our ChaCha thread? They do pay. I have made this my regular income after quitting my job earlier this summer. You work when you want to, get payed per text. everything is on the computer, so no phone work. Interesting and fun.

angelat
09-03-2008, 10:28 AM
I'll check that out. Thanks!!

tripplanner
09-03-2008, 10:37 AM
If you do transcription work, there are usually plenty of posts on Amazon's mechanical turk (mturk.com) site. You can pick and choose from assignments listed - most are podcasts that need to be transcribed. I haven't done transcription work from this site, but I've done other tasks.

angelat
09-03-2008, 10:42 AM
Thanks!
This is why I posted this question. These are things I would have never found out without the help of all the great DISers!!!

angelat
09-08-2008, 10:59 AM
Just wondering if anyone else has any suggestions? I'm still looking for something worthwhile.Though I am trying out MTurk.

Thanks!

CharityLynn
09-08-2008, 11:43 AM
I'd be another to suggest ChaCha, I love it. You could also try LiveOps, its answering phone calls for orders of merchandise. Not sure exactly what companies it does but I think its HSN or QVC. My friend does it. Another friend of mine has done phone surveys, I can try and find the website if you're interested in that. Same with Liveops (I think it may just be LIveOps.com)

angelat
09-08-2008, 01:10 PM
I believe it is just Chacha.com

I have to sign up for this. Seems like people who do it are happy with it.

kathianne
09-08-2008, 01:16 PM
I do Live Ops, make about $800--$1000/month, could make more, depending on how much I work. You can schedule 24/7 so its quite flexible.

Also try surveys, Cha Cha.

Check this out www.wahm.com its a board for work at home

angelat
09-08-2008, 02:10 PM
I don't think that I have what it takes to do direct sales. Plus, I don't know enough people to have enough parties to actually make a decent amount of money. Everyone I know lives so far from me, that it wouldn't really be realistic.

but thank you for the suggestion. It is appreciated! :-)

sarahlovesmickey
09-08-2008, 02:24 PM
I do Live Ops, make about $800--$1000/month, could make more, depending on how much I work. You can schedule 24/7 so its quite flexible.

Also try surveys, Cha Cha.

Check this out www.wahm.com its a board for work at home



question about Live OPS, so do you sign up for a certain block of time on certain days? And also, how many hours do you work to make that much money per month? Just curious.... What if you need the day off or something comes up in the time you are assigned?

aka-mad4themouse
09-08-2008, 02:42 PM
Just a reminder - once again - that soliciting referrals on the DIS is against the Posting Guidelines. Your experiences with various WAH companies is appreciated and posting your thoughts is encouraged. But, please do not pose teaser information about it and then close your post with "PM me for details, a link, etc." Posts that include that little blurb pretty much make a moderator look at the post and say "Hmmm.... It looks like someone is trying to increase their downline." And that's when the delete button gets hit.

So please feel free to discuss your WAH jobs right here. No need to take it to PM, since many would like to read your ideas and suggestions.

McKelly
09-08-2008, 03:17 PM
I do Live Ops, make about $800--$1000/month, could make more, depending on how much I work. You can schedule 24/7 so its quite flexible.

Also try surveys, Cha Cha.

Check this out www.wahm.com its a board for work at home

So, how do you like LiveOps, it has been taking a beating on some other boards recently. I was thinking about doing it, but got scared away. Something to do with a lawsuit or something, has that effected you at all? It sounds great to me, with young kids the flexible schedule would be great and since the holidays are fast approaching, I thought this would be a good time to apply.

katiedid36
09-08-2008, 03:28 PM
I work for West. I have been doing it for 3 months. I really like it. I take customer service calls for Home Shopping Network. The hours are 24/7. I mostly just work in the evening when the kids go to bed. I work on average 10-12 hours per week.

Paul6725
09-08-2008, 03:58 PM
I work for West. I have been doing it for 3 months. I really like it. I take customer service calls for Home Shopping Network. The hours are 24/7. I mostly just work in the evening when the kids go to bed. I work on average 10-12 hours per week.

How much do you make in those 10-12 hours? My wife wants to quit her job, but we need the income.



I started doing the mturks thing. It doesn't pay that great, but it's not a bad source of play money. I usually do the $4 hits to write a 350 word article. I do a couple a day while at work ;) and they take me about 30 minutes, including research. But it's an extra $160 I can use for PS3 games or whatever.

PrincessMommy2
09-08-2008, 04:35 PM
Another vote for LiveOps. I've been an independent contractor with them for almost three years. I love the flexibility it offers, you work half hour shifts and if needed, you can drop them as late as a half hour prior to the start of a shift. I easily make $1,000-1,200 a month. This has been a great fit for me - allowing me to stay home with our kids and still contribute financially!

angelat
09-08-2008, 04:38 PM
do you need a dedicated phone line for liveops? Or any special requirements?

Jenny-momof3
09-08-2008, 08:43 PM
Looking into Liveops.... can any of you tell me approx. how many hours you work to make $1,000 a month?

mbw12
09-08-2008, 08:55 PM
Looking into Liveops.... can any of you tell me approx. how many hours you work to make $1,000 a month?

I would also like to know this!

katiedid36
09-08-2008, 09:31 PM
How much do you make in those 10-12 hours? My wife wants to quit her job, but we need the income.



I started doing the mturks thing. It doesn't pay that great, but it's not a bad source of play money. I usually do the $4 hits to write a 350 word article. I do a couple a day while at work ;) and they take me about 30 minutes, including research. But it's an extra $160 I can use for PS3 games or whatever.

I live in Michigan & the MW is $7.40 per hour. That is the worst that I do. Some hours are paid via talk time & others are a straight rate. They pay whatever is higher MW or the rate for the hour. My checks usually run $130-$160 every 2 weeks.

I won't get rich but at least it is something. ;)

sarahlovesmickey
09-08-2008, 10:13 PM
I would also like to know this!

me too...this could be a great way to make some money!

mncherokee
09-08-2008, 10:46 PM
Are there any at-home editing jobs in your area? :confused3 We have several around here.

PrincessMommy2
09-09-2008, 02:15 AM
With LiveOps, I average about 20-25 hours per week. My hourly rate averages between $14-$20 an hour. Starting out, you need to build up your stats so I would think it would be realistic to expect an average of $10-$12 hour. There are several lines you can work, so that has something do with the pay also. If you would like additional info, feel free to pm me.:)

Tree-via
09-09-2008, 04:04 AM
go ahead and bore us. "inquiring minds want to know".
Do you sign up for a "shift"?
How do the calls work?
Are you selling or taking orders?

GabbyMom
09-09-2008, 04:50 AM
I'm realy curious about the work from home jobs. I'd love to be able to stay home with my DD and still work.

dakcp2001
09-09-2008, 06:32 AM
I am also curious!

How much does LiveOps pay to start? What type of calls?

Is West a diff company? How much do they start at per hour?

Do I sign up to work last minute, or do I ahve to have a schedule outlined ahead of time?

I appreciate all of the input! TY

corie161
09-09-2008, 07:59 AM
I also just started working a little for West. I'm on a different line taking orders for different products or information. I've been at it for about a month, but only log an hour or so a week due to my schedule. There is some upselling which I haven't gotten used to yet, but it's been ok so far. I think I would prefer the HSN line, but wasn't offered that.

The nice part about West is that you are an employee, so you get a regular payroll check and taxes are taken care of for you. You are also paid at least minimum wage for your state. Anyone that you are an Independent Contractor for (ChaCha, LiveOps, etc) you are responsible for claiming that income and paying taxes on.

I also transcribe for ChaCha as time allows and make a little extra spending cash.

corie161
09-09-2008, 08:01 AM
I am also curious!



Do I sign up to work last minute, or do I ahve to have a schedule outlined ahead of time?

I appreciate all of the input! TY


With West there is a schedule to sign up per 1/2 hour. If you can get there as the hours are posted to grab any. Otherwise, I've been working off trades (hours others have posted that they can no longer work) and they are posted at most 24 hours in advance.

mzlee
09-09-2008, 09:32 AM
subscribing

kkmcan
09-09-2008, 10:08 AM
I'm Interested in LiveOps and West! How do you get one of these jobs? Do I need a standard phone line (mine is thru Vonage)?

Any more info appreciated!!

caitty13
09-09-2008, 10:13 AM
I'm intrested in all this too. I need a little extra $$$.

nelle
09-09-2008, 10:38 AM
How do you handle the taxes?? Do they send a W-2 at the end of the year?? If you are a independent contractor how do you keep track of wages and such?? I've always stayed away from the independent contractor because I'm afraid of the whole tax thing but maybe it's not too hard.
Any suggestions??

NicksMommy
09-09-2008, 11:05 AM
Those who are working for Live Ops did you have to pay the $50 background check fee?

angelat
09-09-2008, 11:08 AM
It seems that the people who do the LiveOps are not responding. Not to ruffle any feathers or anything, but I've PM'd a couple of people requesting information as well as posted on here questions, but haven't received responses. Maybe it's as innocent as they aren't on frequently, but maybe it's just best to stay away from LiveOps. I'm not sure.

NicksMommy
09-09-2008, 11:21 AM
It seems that the people who do the LiveOps are not responding. Not to ruffle any feathers or anything, but I've PM'd a couple of people requesting information as well as posted on here questions, but haven't received responses. Maybe it's as innocent as they aren't on frequently, but maybe it's just best to stay away from LiveOps. I'm not sure.

well I just took the test and the voice recording... so I guess I will wait and see what happens. I don't like that I have to pay money...

GabbyMom
09-09-2008, 11:22 AM
Corie 161 what's the site for west?

1PrincessMomma1
09-09-2008, 11:46 AM
I'd like to know about West too. I did Live Op's but they never contacted me.

corie161
09-09-2008, 11:51 AM
the web address is www.west.com. You can find employment information at the bottom of the screen.

If you visit the website for each of those mentioned they should give you the requirements needed for each job as far as phone line, computer, etc.

I know with west I applied sometime in the spring, March/April. I didn't hear from them offering me a line until sometime in July I believe, so it can take some time depending on what's available.

PrincessMommy2
09-09-2008, 07:01 PM
So, I've gotten a few pm's looking for more info on LiveOps....instead of replying three separate times, I'll do it here.

You do need a separate phone line with no features (no caller ID, voice mail, etc.) I write off the cost of this on our tax returns. You get paid by 1099, so you do have to pay your own taxes. Now, for me that was not too much of an issue because my husband has extra taken out of his checks and we usually get a refund. With my income, that refund has just been less. I know some people do calculate and pay taxes quarterly. You get paid biweekly and I just keep track in a notebook. I do our taxes and did not find the schedule C to be difficult to do....the tax programs walk you through it.

When I applied, I did pay a $35 fee for a background check. I easily made that money back when I was doing my test calls. I remember doing a test and also a voice recording.

When I started it was on a line where you received calls for pretty much anything you see on tv to order or customer service calls. Some of the calls do have upsells like magazines and clubs. I did not really like that at first, but you get used to it. I know they have other lines - I'm not familiar with them all because I don't do them all. But things like food services (taking orders), and other services.

You will find that there is a wide variety of agents whose education/training/prior careers have nothing to do with this field. But, it really is a great way to make some extra cash, especially if you are a SAHM.

As far as the pay, you do get paid by the minute and some of the products do have additional incentives. Forgive me, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to state what it is. In the beginning, I made at least $10 per hour. Now, I average $14-$20 per hour usually on the higher end. I mostly work late night hours, like 10pm-2am. I find that that is when call volume is highest. I wish I could do longer, but it's hard to function on that little sleep.:) The schedule comes out once a week, but people are always dropping shifts, so if you watch you can pick up more as needed.

I did also work for West at the same time I started LiveOps. I'm not sure how it's changed now that they pay as employees, but back then I dropped West because they did not have a set time the schedule for the week came out so you were constantly stalking for hours. You also needed to drop a shift at least 24 or 48 hours prior to (I can't remember). With three small children, I need the flexibility to be able to drop a shift with as little notice as possible!

I hope this helps!

corie161
09-09-2008, 08:22 PM
I did also work for West at the same time I started LiveOps. I'm not sure how it's changed now that they pay as employees, but back then I dropped West because they did not have a set time the schedule for the week came out so you were constantly stalking for hours. You also needed to drop a shift at least 24 or 48 hours prior to (I can't remember). With three small children, I need the flexibility to be able to drop a shift with as little notice as possible!

I hope this helps!


There still is no set schedule release time, but you can drop ours anytime within the 24 hours. If you need to get rid of hours prior to 24 hours before you just remove them from the schedule. If it's within the 24 hours you post them and if someone takes them your off the hook, but if not you are responsible for them.

LoriZH
09-09-2008, 08:25 PM
I just tried to sign up for LiveOps today but they tell me they are not looking for "individuals" in Massachusetts right now. Can you sign up as a company? I'm not sure why they would shut me down right away :mad:

Has anyone from Massachusetts been hired before? I know we have stricter laws here, so I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it either that or the market is over saturated here.

Oh edited to ask, how much does West pay per hour now? It states it pays hourly and by the minute, do you get to choose? If so, what is better and approximately how much can you make? Thank you!!

nelle
09-09-2008, 08:34 PM
Do any of them work on macs?? Liveops and west dont':headache: . Maybe Chacha.