26 Sep

The world is not the same as it was when I was in school. When I was in high school, you got good grades to go to college and finish 4+ years of school and then work at that job you got a degree for. Not the case anymore, social media and the fast paced world we live in today has been able to accommodate so many people in careers that are high paying and provide enough income that more people can stay home now than work 9-5 jobs. So many single moms can stay home with their babies, dads are able to spend more time with their families now, the family dynamic roles have changed. Homemakers can make extra money to help provide for their family. Even starting a small business has changed. Before, you would need money to put down on a store front or get a business loan. If you wanted to work with a direct sales company you needed to do home parties with makeup or Tupperware. 

More than ever it's easier to start a business if you have a skill you are good at. My husband made his own website, invested money into pickup trucks, t-shirts and advertisements for his clean up and junk removal services. You no longer need to rely on a company to promote your website; with a little help from google, everything is at your fingertips. Its an easy do it yourself world or find someone who can do it for you. We are the kind of people to do it ourselves. You get a sense or pride knowing you built something from scratch. There is also direct sales companies where you invest a little to get a turn key business. 

After I was paralyzed, I was home for a while and needed to re-evaluate my life, not knowing if I could return to work full time 8-10 hours a day on my feet. I have done a lot of research on what I could do from home while I was still recovering from my conditions. In this article you will find information about direct sales but also some work from home jobs. 

There are many work from home jobs that span from children's books, to haircare, makeup, jewelry, clothes, health, diets. These are called direct sales. Direct sales is the process of selling products face-to-face away from a retail store location. Many times this is done through in-home shopping parties, presentations, and catalog sales. For a minimal fee, companies give you a starter kit that includes everything that you need to start your own business.

Often your first prospects and buyers will be friends, family, and co-workers, you will then build your customer base by getting referrals and marketing your business. Some direct sales companies will even give you a few leads to get started.

As a sales consultant, you will be paid a commission for each product that you sell. Some direct sales companies will also pay you a commission on products sales from consultants who you referred into the program. Besides being able to work from home, you will also be able to choose your working hours and the type of products that you sell. 

I looked high and low for companies that were a good fit for me. I don't wear much makeup, so it seemed a little silly to sit in front of a camera having people watch me do my makeup everyday. I have friends who love makeup and do very well selling it to other people. Some of those companies are Acti-labs, BriAA USA, and Avon (most people remember Avon, I am sure my grandma still has Avon makeup). Then there's hair and nail companies: Monat, Color Street, Jamberry just to name a few. 

There's also diet companies Beachbody, Thrive as well as countless others; those companies offer shakes and nutritional supplements. Seeing I gained so much weight from medication I thought it would be a good fit for me, but it wasn't read why here. I agree that some people have done phenomenally with these companies, and I will give them credit for that. 

I love cooking so much and I decided to look for a company like that, and I remembered how much I loved Pampered Chef parties. But with my some of my disabilities I was not going to go into people's homes and rely on home parties to provide an income, but you can totally run this company from home on social media without ever stepping foot into a stranger's home! With the low startup cost that worked perfect for me!
There are companies revolving around fashion, but I am a plain jane. If it fits, I wear it. I do not have to attend board meetings or model off the latest fashion. The closest I get to making money through fashion is with jewelry. I wasn't planning on stocking up on inventory as you do with Paparazzi. I found a company with no start up costs and no quotas called Trendy Jewelry

The company I have been the most productive with is Hempworx. I started taking the oil myself and realized what a miracle CBD oil is, I read up on the growing market and realized I would be missing out if I didn't try this. I have loved everything about the versatility of how and what you can sell, as well as the commissions and no monthly quotas to meet. I love how this product is helpful to everyone in the family regardless of age or condition and also for your family pets. Best decision of my life and signing up is easy! You pick a product and also pay a one time activation fee of $20, another great turn key business.

Before I decided to work with a direct sales company where I needed to invest a little money; I had researched other things I could do from home to bring in an income. Below are some the easy jobs that do not require so much of your time. These really are great for anyone who loves to talk and wants to get a few hours in while still taking care of their family and household. 

Call Agents and Virtual Receptionists: 

ACD Direct is a business that offers contact center solutions to businesses. ACD Direct hires home agents to make inbound and outbound calls.

Alorica offers home-based positions for home agents that complete customer service calls. Pay is based on per minute rate or per call rate. This company offers paid training.

Alpine Access provides customer service solutions for businesses. This company is a member of the Better Business Bureau and hires at home customer care professionals. Average pay is $9.00 per hour.

Amazon hires virtual customer service agents to handle inbound calls. Amazon offers paid training and provides technical equipment. Pay typically starts at $10.00 per hour.

American Express hires work-from-home travel consultants and customer service reps to research, plan and execute customized travel experiences. American Express offers paid training.

Apple hires home-based Apple At-Home Advisors to provide customer service and technical support. Apple offers paid training and benefits, as well as provides technical equipment for the position.

Aspire Lifestyles hires home-based concierge personnel to assist companies with responding to customer service queries and client requests for information via phone, email, and chat.

Blooms Today, an industry leader providing flowers and gifts, is seeking aggressive, competitive sales leaders to join our team of remote inside sales representatives. This independent contractor position (1099) is commissioned sales with all inbound calls. With our performance-based pay plan, higher conversions lead to additional earnings – giving our sales team control of their income. Everything you sell has a compensation value! Average hourly earnings are between $15-$24

CloudSource, the work-at-home division of Sutherland Global Services, employs customer service consultants from all 48 contiguous states to support industry leaders in the cable/Internet service, retail, software, and gaming console industries. While all CloudSource positions are customer service in nature, some are more heavily focused on sales and/or technical support. Inbound calls only, paid training, ongoing support and growth opportunities exist … All from the comforts of your own home.

ContractWorld hires work from home customer reps for large companies like Pizza Hut, Loreal, and KFC.

Convergys hires home-based call agents to provide customer service support. This company offers paid training, hourly wages, as well as benefits like, paid time off, 401k retirement plan, life insurance, medical, dental, and vision. Convergys only hires home-based agents in the US.

Disney periodically hires remote guest support reps in FL, SC, TX, KY, NV, IL, and MS. In this role, you'll provide customer service assistance to Disney Store guests.

Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Alamo, Enterprise, and National Car Rental services hires home-based customer service reps, escalation support reps, reservation and sales reps, and bilingual reservation and sales reps.

Fancy Hands hires remote-based workers to complete customer service requests like making phone calls on behalf of people, scheduling appointments, tracking down the best price, finding hotels, and data entry.

Gabbyville – If you’re a bright, articulate individual with exemplary administrative, customer service, or receptionist experience and wish to join our talented, dedicated team of virtual receptionists, we’d like to hear from you. We are hiring full-time employees. Hours are between 8am – 8pm EST (M-F). This remote position is W2 with ADP benefits, and requires a laptop/desktop w/ Windows 8 or 10. Job requirements our ideal candidate will possess the following: Previous experience in the travel and hospitality industry preferred, strong communication skills, proficient computer skills, neutral accent, and a GREAT ATTITUDE is a plus! With flexible work schedules, competitive compensation and amazing growth opportunities, we invite you to bring your skills and expertise to our team. Please send your resume to career@gabbyville.com.

Hubstaff – Looking for a remote position that you'll actually enjoy? Hubstaff is hiring. Hubstaff is a completely remote team that is distributed across the globe, they currently have openings in their marketing, development and customer service departments. Working for Hubstaff means you have the freedom to work from wherever you want, whether it's in your home, at a coffee shop or halfway across the world – they won't trap you in an office. Enjoy the ability to create your own schedule and work during times that makes sense for your schedule. Hubstaff values the work and time of their team and believe they should be compensated fairly, join Hubstaff and start getting paid what you deserve. Be a part of a team that loves what they do. Apply today: https://hubstaff.com/jobs

IRC is searching for Market Research Caller candidates who can work from their homes. Candidates are paid an hourly rate, $15.00/hour, as an independent contractor and can work full or part-time. Your pay is NOT commission-based or dependent on the number of results that are developed. Please note that this is a business-to-business telemarketing position using our cloud-based telesales system designed for virtual agents. The position will require cold-calling our targeted lists using your own WINDOWS-based computer, computer headset and high-speed internet access. After training, the days and number of hours you work are flexible although you must commit to at least of four hours per day during the 5-day working week. For more information about IRC, please visit at: www.interactiveresearch.biz

Just Answer is a website where any question can be answered by a live operator. Become a live virtual agent; get paid a percentage of all answers that are accepted.

Liveops is a virtual call center company. They hire at-home agents to perform inbound and outbound calls for customer service, customer acquisition, customer retention, revenue maximization, political, disaster relief, incident response, and fundraising.

NextWaveAdvocacy, LLC contracts with news junkies that are politically aware, home-based individuals who are critical thinkers to make outbound calls to educate citizens and help them participate in contacting their elected officials. No sales or fundraising calls are involved. This is not a telemarketing opportunity. The pay is $12.00 per hour with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.

TeleReach offers telephone marketing services. This company hires home-based positions in appointment setting, lead generation, information gathering, seminar reservations, website marketing, product introductions, trade show follow-up, direct mail follow-up, prospect education, script development, list development, list updating, database sourcing, list merging, prospect, identification, tracking reports, prospect feedback and program evaluation.

Uhaul hires work-from-home sales and reservation agents to handle inbound customer calls.

Unum is hiring Remote Customer Service Specialists. Are you looking for a career change? Do you have great energy, love helping people and a drive to succeed? If so, Unum wants you. We are hiring now for remote employees located in Pacific and Mountain time zones. Unum is a Fortune 500 company with enormous opportunity for growth and career advancement. Plus, professional development, competitive salary, great benefits and a mission you can be proud of. 

VoiceLog is a company that offers third-party verification (TPV) services. They hire work-at-home positions for live operators – independent contractors, TPV Agents with multiple foreign languages available. Live operators make $8.50 per hour where TPV agents are compensated per call. Can work as little as 3 hours per shift.

Williams-Sonoma hires customer care agents to provide service and support via phone, email, and chat.

WorkingSolutions hires independent contractor home-agents to provide sales, technical support and customer service. Home agents can put their experience to work and enjoy the freedom of working when they want, where they want. They select highly educated, experienced professionals with product knowledge, certifications and industry experience to match our clients’ business needs. They never charge any fees. Home-agents earn anywhere from $8.00 -$20.00 per hour, depending on the program.

Good luck on the hunt for a job to bring in more money. Working from home can be a lifesaver for some people. Maybe it's just a means to supplement your income or add to your savings account. If you have any ideas, please leave comments below or send me a message

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