Work from Home Jobs That Are Increasing In Popularity

by WorkFromHome on July 21, 2011

Working from home has increased in popularity in recent years. More than ever people are looking to say goodbye to the rat race and become their own boss. Although the work from home job market is competitive, there are many industries that have available opportunities to those interested in working from home. Here are a few of the most thriving industries in the work from home sector.

Customer Service

The customer service industry is one of the most booming in the work from home field. Brick and mortar establishments, both large and small, are realising the cost-saving benefits associated with closing their doors and outsourcing their work to home-based business professionals. A customer service agent is responsible for handling a variety of incoming calls and e-mails. They may handle billing inquiries, catalogue sales, complaints, checking on the status of previous orders, or assisting customers with setting up a new service.

A dedicated home phone line, high-speed internet, a headset of superior quality, and fast home computer are generally pre-requisites to obtaining a customer service job from home. In some cases, the hiring company will provide the equipment to you once you are hired or reimburse you for some of your monthly costs. Some companies even pay for employee’s benefits and offer holiday time and sick pay. You may work part-time or full-time, or provide help during seasonal holidays. Hourly wages are typically competitive and bonuses are often awarded for providing consistently-high levels of service.

Technical Support

IT professionals, like customer service agents, are a growing industry in the work from home sector. Although more training and expertise is generally needed to become an IT specialist, some companies are willing to train new hires as entry-level technical support agents. An IT professional can handle a variety of e-mails and phone calls, as well as some live chat sessions. They can assist customers with setting up new software, repairing an internet or computer issue, creating a website, restoring a computer after a crash, and troubleshooting many other electronic-related issues and concerns.

Similar to customer service professionals, a technical support specialist handles mostly incoming calls. The company utilises highly sophisticated routing software programs to send the incoming calls, chat sessions, and e-mails directly the homes of the technical professionals. A customer or client would never know that they are talking to someone that is sitting in their pyjamas at home. Support professionals generally follow a script and remain professional and calm while handling any situation.

Freelance Writers

The invention of internet marketing has opened up a world of opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a freelance writer. Many website owners and developers lack the time, knowledge, or desire to want to handle running their operation and writing long keyword-rich articles to promote their websites. They outsource their work to qualified individuals in exchange for a small service fee. The website owner obtains exclusive rights to the published piece once it has been submitted for processing. It is a win-win situation. A freelance writer earns money for doing what they love and the client gets what they need without having to endure the time and hassle that accompanies writing.

Content generation websites, revenue sharing sites, private clients, magazine publications, local newspaper companies, and marketing advertisement agencies are great places to begin submitting applications for freelance writing jobs. Always include relevant experience and links to any published works during the application process. Most companies will require a small sample of your writing. You can choose to write about a topic that interests you, or in some cases, you will be required to write about a topic chosen by the submission company. Always double check and proofread your work for accuracy, and when in doubt, write in the third-person. Submission sites and private clients will review your work to determine if you are a good match for the company and will assign you a ranking to be able to select projects, once you are on boarded. Freelance writers are among some of the highest paid in the work from home sector. Applying to many sites will ensure that when companies go through dry spells for available projects, you will have other companies to fall back on.

There are thousands of other jobs available to those interested in working from home. Mystery shoppers, data entry specialists, virtual assistants, answering service representatives, online survey takers, product salespersons, typists, and many other jobs ensure that you find your perfect match.

Finding these jobs can be tricky, but if you know where to look, you will have success in your search. Forums that cater to work from home professionals, online job boards, online classified ads, and local listings can be great places to search for an online job and begin taking charge of your financial success and earning great money.

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