I work for West at Home. It is a legitimate hourly job that takes calls for companies like Pro-Flowers, Verizon, HSN, etc. I take calls for a residential gas company in Ohio, working service orders, setting up payment plans and general questions about their bills. I work at home and I love it. I get paid by direct deposit ever 2 weeks and earn enough to support my family (I am a single mom). We are not rich by any means and live frugally but I do earn enough to get the bills paid. Each skill (job) pays differently according to which client you work for and each one has different hour requirements. You can work any where from 10 hours per week on up, also depending on which skill you work. You must have customer service experience. You also need to have dsl or cable high speed internet, a computer, and an office phone with a headset. They do require a federal criminal background check which costs $29.95 to begin with but you earn that back the first week you work. My only other costs are phone and internet service. You must also have a quiet work environment. I usually work while my kids are in school. Some jobs can be worked any time of the day so you can work while kids are asleep if need be. To apply you go to Westathome.com and fill out an application. All the hiring, interviewing and training is done at home, and the training is paid. I never have to leave my house for my job. I have been with the company a year and half and have really been pleased.

I donate plasma twice a week for extra cash! Easiest $200 a month you can make and you’re helping save lives. They are always doing bonus weeks where you earn extra cash and doing prize give-aways as well. My boyfriend and I both donate and the location I go to even has childcare for my 1 year old son. Between the two of us it’s $400 a month. Easiest money you can make!
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Anyone who has ever googled “work from home” or “make money from home” knows that the web is overflowing with sites proclaiming you can make thousands from the comfort of your living room, most of the time requiring you to first buy a book, CD, or DVD to learn how.  Since there is so much of this garbage out there, it can be frustrating looking for legitimate ways to work from home.  Below are some reasonable ideas to consider.
Experience. Whatever area you want to work in as a consultant, you must be able to show clients that you’re qualified to advise them. If there are organizations related to your field, make sure that you’re a member of them. Similarly, if you can take a course and become certified or registered in your field, do it and then add that to your credentials.
After the shock wore off, I jumped into action {click the link to read my story – Home-Based 100 on Start-Up Nation.} I realized that it would take a lot of time to find a new employer, in this economy, that would be a good fit for me as a new mom. So, I started figuring out EVERY way that I could earn some extra money while being home with the baby.

Find a profitable niche: We’ve talked about this a lot. But, where are you most comfortable. What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping startups launch a successful crowdfunding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.

While many people are in a rush to complete goals they set for themselves at the beginning of the year, I’m looking forward to new and innovative ways to add more money to my bottom line come next year. Lucky for us, there is never a shortage of new money-making apps and ideas coming online. Here are some cool new ways to make money in your spare time this upcoming year.
The prep work before you open up shop is more time-consuming. You need merchandise to sell, photos and descriptions to post, a name for your shop and a business plan to help you succeed. Once that’s done, you’ll still need to find customers. Depending on what you’re selling, that could take weeks, which is why you should expect the overall time for this gig to be slow.
If you've developed valuable skill sets or picked up certifications within your industry over the years, offering your consulting services to local business owners can be a lucrative way to make money online. Whether you're an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there's likely a local business owner who's willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant from Karyn Greenstreet and then use my guide to crafting an effective cold email to convince them to hire you.
Last but not least, you can also earn money online by building an online community, although the monetization strategies you can pursue will vary a lot depending on your goals. You can build a community with a blog, for example. You can also build an online forum and charge people for membership. You could even build up a Facebook group and use your influence there to sell and promote products.
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