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Home-Based Jobs with Flexible Hours
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
July 19, 2012
Many people would like to work flexible hours, and especially if
they're at home. Moms (and dads) with young children, folks caring for
aged parents, people who work more effectively at night or in the wee
hours of the morning – all often fare better with open-schedule
jobs or flexible self-employment arrangements.
Here are just a few of the many jobs and projects we see that offer other options than the usual nine-to-five.
More and more companies are realizing that customers want to feel a
personal connection with the brands they use. Thanks to the Web, this
now goes far beyond putting a toll-free number or snail-mail address on
the back of the product. Brands – including the media –
must create communities of their customers and moderate their
discussions around the clock.
For example, the online newspaper The Huffington Post seeks remote
moderators to handle the five million comments the site says it
receives monthly. HuffPo offers daytime positions, but also a nighttime
shift for the night owls.
According to the site, “This is a fast paced entry level position
and we will train you. If you can read quickly, make quick, impartial,
decisions and want to get started in the Community industry, this is a
great position for you…. Night shifts are 6 hours and generally
fall between 10pm ET and noon the next day.” For details, see
LiveWorld also hires moderators to work various shifts on behalf of its
clients. Moderated content can include “Facebook Wall posts and
comments, message boards, chat boards, user groups, blog entries,
videos, pictures, or audio files on either LiveWorld or client
platforms.” For more, see http://tinyurl.com/c4gdwnt.
Virtual Assistants, or “VAs,” offer administrative and
related support to small businesses, Realtors, overwhelmed individuals,
consultants, public speakers and the like from home offices. They set
their own schedules (and hourly rates) and decide whom to work for.
VAs can also work for clients overseas. If the client is in a distant
time zone, VAs can often complete work in the evening and email it to a
client having his or her morning coffee.
For more on VAs, see the International Virtual Assistants Association,
at http://www.ivaa.org. Manuals for launching and growing a VA business
can also be found on Amazon and in some local libraries. (For a
shameless plug, our own magnificent VA manual is titled “The 2-Second Commute.”)
BLOGGERS AND FREELANCE WRITERS
If you have a knack for the written word, blogging jobs and freelance
writing assignments let you work when you choose. Of course, you have
to meet deadlines for your blog posts or articles, which requires
self-discipline and time-management skills, too.
To find blogging positions, visit the job boards at such sites as
http://www.problogger.net and http://www.bloggingpro.com. For freelance
writing jobs, see http://www.journalismjobs.com and
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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