Avoid job scams and make money online with these legitimate jobs - Komando

Avoid job scams and make money online with these legitimate jobs - Komando

Avoid job scams and make money online with these legitimate jobs - Komando

Posted: 21 Oct 2020 01:26 AM PDT

The holiday season is approaching, which means you'll be making some big purchases in the near future. You may be looking for a way to make extra cash to help cover the costs — but watch out for job and work-from-home scams while you're job-seeking.

When the pandemic began scammers used it to target victims. Tap or click here to see why COVID-related scams skyrocketed. Now, thieves are changing targets and starting to focus on job seekers. Some cybercriminals are even using man-in-the-middle attacks or other methods to intercept job offer emails, so watch out. You could be the target of a job candidate lure if you aren't careful.

There are still plenty of legitimate ways to make money working online from home, though — you just need to know where to look. We did the heavy lifting for you and put together this incredible list of legitimate ways you can make money at home and on the go this holiday season.

1. Transcription

You can make money typing for other people. For instance, a doctor or local hospital may not have the staff or time to transcribe everything they write down.

You have the time and, with some equipment like earphones, you can start transcribing for money. The best part about transcribing, like other jobs listed here, is you can do it from home on your schedule.

Tip: Look for work on sites like Daily Transcription or through other job sites like Indeed. There, you can search specifically for medical transcriptionist positions or run more of a generic search for transcriptionist positions in various fields.

2. Freelancing

Are you a good writer? Do you have a knack for good grammar or spinning complex content into easy-to-understand language people love to read?

You can quickly start making money as a freelance writer. You can check sites like JournalismJobs.com, Indeed and freelancer.com. You can also visit Upwork to view listings for freelance writing jobs, along with other options.

3. Blogger

Do you like to write? Are you good at catching people's attention online with nice photos and zippy phrases?

Start a blog and, once you have a following of a few hundred or thousand people, you can make money with advertising. You can quickly create a blog on Google's Blogger, for instance.

Note: If you've ever wanted to publish your own blog, now's the time. Check out Kim's eBook, "How to Start a Blog & Make Money," where she covers blogging from A to Z. That includes getting your work in front of people and how to make money.

Tap or click here to get Kim's eBook, "How to Start a Blog & Make Money" now on Kindle.

4. Search engine evaluation

Here's a job you might not have heard of: Search engine evaluation. One way companies find out how well their websites are working is by hiring evaluators to give them feedback.

A good place to start looking for evaluator jobs is Appen, formerly known as Leapforce.

5. Virtual assistant

You can make up to $30 an hour as a virtual assistant, which is essentially a secretary who works from home. You can find employers looking for full-time or part-time assistants on sites like Zirtual.com, FlexJobs and Upwork.

6. Answering service

There are doctors, dentists and many other companies that will hire you to answer their phone. You can often do that from home — find jobs on Indeed.com and other job sites.

7. Online reseller

You've sold items on sites like Facebook Marketplace and eBay. It's easy if you have products around the house that people want to buy and you're the type of person to take the time to photograph items, write descriptions and, sometimes, talk about them in person with potential buyers.

Not everyone is inclined to do that. So, they'll hire you to do the selling for them on sites like glassdoor.com.

8. Secret shopper

Want to be a secret agent? No, not like James Bond. You can become a mystery shopper and make money by helping stores make sure their shelves are stocked, items are marked correctly and other tasks by signing up through Field Agent.

RELATED: Looking for extra cash? Don't get taken in by secret shopper scams

9. Complete everyday tasks

If you have skills in various areas and want to get out of the house, check out TaskRabbit. There, you can find jobs for furniture assembly, helping with moving and packing, cleaning, heavy lifting or as a general handyman.

10. Call center rep

You may have noticed that people who seem to be relaxing at home are answering your phone calls. You can, too, although your employer will most likely not want you to sound like you're just hanging out at home.

Get started at sites like workingsolutions.com or running searches through Indeed.

11. Rideshare driver

If you don't have ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft on your smartphone, you should. You never know when you'll be far from home or your hotel without a way to get home.

Just tap the app and a driver who knows the neighborhood will be there in minutes. Of course, you could be the driver who's making the money by visiting Uber.com or Lyft.com. Apply to be a Lyft driver here and for Uber, click or tap here.

12. Social media consultant

Everyone uses social media, but only some people have the knack for attracting a big following. Is that you?

You can make a career out of this or extra money if you don't have the time for full-time work. Get started on sites such as Jobsinsocialmedia.com.

13. Dog walker and pet-sitting

Another easy way to work on your own schedule without being stuck in the house is by helping with pets. For instance, you can become a dog walker to help residents in your area by searching listings at Wag! And you can check for dog walking jobs and pet sitting at other sites like Rover.

14. Tech support rep

Everyone could use help with technical support questions. If you have the expertise to help people with those tasks, get paid for it. Check out some listings on Indeed here.

15. Online teacher

If you need some extra cash, you can share your book smarts with kids who are still in school. You can help students of any age brush up on subjects in which you excel.

Did you know you can make a career of teaching online? If you have the education degrees required to teach in public schools, private schools or college, there is no shortage of online schools that could use your help. You'll find listings on a number of sites, including TeachAway.

16. Expert

You've built up a lot of knowledge over the years. We all have.

But if you have an area of expertise, perhaps something you've done professionally, you're an expert compared to everyone else. People want your knowledge, whether they're college kids working on a thesis, an investigative journalist working on an article or a TV news anchor who needs a crash course on a topic.

You can get paid for your smarts. Try sites like justanswer.com.

17. Beauty rep

People have been earning extra cash selling cosmetics for generations. You can do it part-time or, if you're really passionate about it, make it a full-time career.

These days, people are selling cosmetics online at sites like Alconeathome.com. Is this the job for you?

18. Virtual bridesmaid

These days, everyone is busy. Could you imagine being a bridesmaid in addition to all the tasks you take care of every day?

Almost no one has time for all that. But if you do, you can virtually help out brides for a fee on bridesmaidforhire.com.

19. Photographer

If your interests lean toward using a camera to capture perfect moments, there are people willing to pay a lot of money for those images. Two great photography sites to take a look at are Imagekind or FineArtAmerica. They both make it easy to upload your work and start making money.

Or, if you take lots of high-quality images of everyday items and places, check out stock photo sites like iStockPhoto and Dreamstime. These sites sell your pictures to advertisers and businesses for you. The pay can vary, but you can expect to earn 15% to 45% of each sale.

20. Over 50?

There are a number of jobs popular among people over 50. Tap or click here for the best jobs for people over 50. Want even more ideas? Check out Kim's eBook, "50 Ways to Make Money From Home" on Amazon.

While traditional office jobs won't disappear, technology will continue to change the way we work. That means more options for workers and employers alike.

Which Work-From-Home Jobs Offer Benefits? - Money Talks News

Posted: 21 Oct 2020 02:00 AM PDT

Remote worker with benefits
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Welcome to our "Work From Home Q&A" series. You ask a question about remote work, and a guest expert from FlexJobs answers it. You can learn how to ask a question of your own below.

This week's question comes from Larry:

"Do work-from-home jobs provide the same benefits as traditional jobs? For example, health care, retirement plans and bonuses?"

Freelance versus employee status

Yes, generally, work-from-home jobs provide the same benefits that a similar in-office job would provide. Ultimately, whether benefits are provided depends on the status and hours of the job.

Freelance jobs, whether on-site or work-from-home, offer no benefits. These are also known as contract jobs and 1099 jobs and being self-employed. Rather than working for an employer, the person hired is working as an independent contractor.

Most of the remote job listings we see at FlexJobs are employee jobs, not freelance jobs.

Employee jobs can come with benefits, depending on the number of hours being worked and whether a person is considered a part-time employee or a full-time employee.

Just like in traditional in-office jobs, remote employee jobs may be eligible for benefits like paid sick leave, vacation time, health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, annual bonuses and so on.

About me

I am a career development manager and coach at FlexJobs, where I help people find flexible work, including remote, part-time and freelance jobs. Before joining FlexJobs in 2010, I was a career adviser for college students and alumni. I have a master of science in human resources management and am a certified advanced resume writer.

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You also can find all past answers from this series on the "Work From Home Q&A" webpage.

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The budget promises jobs, but does little for workers in the gig economy - The New Daily

Posted: 21 Oct 2020 04:03 AM PDT

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg promised a federal budget focused on "jobs, jobs, jobs". In one sense he didn't disappoint. His budget speech mentioned jobs 37 times – an average of about once a minute.

"This budget is all about jobs," he declared. But it wasn't about all jobs.

While the budget devotes billions to getting unemployed Australians into traditional employment, it does little for those with diminishing opportunities to find work outside the "gig economy", where they are effectively treated as subcontractors, not as employees with rights secured by the Fair Work Act.

The government's $37 billion in subsidies for businesses include almost $4 billion for JobMaker subsidies (paying $200 a week for hiring a new employee aged 16-29 and $100 a week for an employee aged 30-35), and $1.2 billion for apprenticeships in advanced manufacturing.

There's also $1 billion for businesses in the defence industry and $3 billion for infrastructure projects.

But largely missing from the government's considerations are those in sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic where jobs are increasingly precarious.

It is not just workers in "blue-collar" jobs in hospitality and delivery that increasingly face few opportunities to find a secure, full-time job.

Casualised, part-time and freelance "gig" work is also increasingly common in "white-collar" industries such the media, the arts and higher education.

Read more: Budget 2020: promising tax breaks, but relying on hope

Rise of the gig economy

The term "gig economy" was coined in 2009, at the height of the global financial crisis, as scores of unemployed and underemployed workers picked up various odd jobs to cover their living expenses.

Journalist Tina Brown (a former editor of The New Yorker) described workers in the knowledge economy increasingly depending on "a bunch of free-floating projects, consultancies, and part-time bits and pieces" for work.

Brown predicted the gig economy was "the new face of the job market" for knowledge workers.

A decade on, it's difficult to track the exact scale and shape of the gig economy – partly because terms like "gig work", "freelance work", "flexible work" and "digital platform work" are used interchangeably.

Australian Bureau of Statistics numbers, for example, are often cited to show the proportion of "employees without paid leave entitlements" hasn't risen greatly in the past two decades. But this doesn't capture the insecurity of workers not counted as employees.

Read more: Self-employment and casual work aren't increasing but so many jobs are insecure – what's going on?

A 2016 report by the Grattan Institute estimated 0.5 per cent of Australians used peer-to-peer work platforms once a month. A 2019 national survey of 14,000 Australians found 13 per cent of respondents had undertaken "digital platform work", with 7 per cent doing so (or seeking to do so) in the previous 12 months.

The five most common platforms used were Airtasker, Uber, Freelancer, Uber Eats and Deliveroo. The most common type of work was food delivery, followed by professional services work, maintenance and then writing or translation work. More than a quarter had done computer-based work only.

According to technology researchers writing in the Harvard Business Review:

"The COVID-19 pandemic could well prove to be a pivotal point in the gigification of knowledge work, and many firms will be attracted by the prospects of the direct and indirect cost savings that the gig economy model seems to offer."

Gig work during the pandemic

As as freelance writer and PhD candidate, I can relate. Through my paid work and own experience, I've seen how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting both blue and white-collar workers.

Earlier this year, when the first wave of the pandemic hit, I was commissioned to write an article about the four major food delivery platforms in Australia (Uber Eats, Menulog, Deliveroo and DoorDash).

It was supposed to be a comparison article aimed at potential customers, explaining which platform is best. But speaking to delivery drivers made it clear not a single one of these companies would guarantee their workers a minimum wage.

One of the gig workers I interviewed was Joseph, who was delivering food around Perth for Uber Eats. As the first restrictions kicked in, his work evaporated almost immediately.

He told me that one week he made $78 for 10 hours' work – about $7.80 an hour, less than half the national minimum wage of $19.84 an hour. After fuel and vehicle costs, he estimated he cleared just $20.

All five delivery workers I interviewed said they had earned less than the national minimum wage at one time or another.

Joseph at least qualified for JobSeeker, but others were migrant workers with no right to welfare payments.

Read more: Delivery workers are now essential. They deserve the rights of other employees

Being a white-collar gig worker

The irony of writing about gig workers like Joseph who grapple with precarious work is that the article I was writing was itself gig work.

Over the past few years I've worked regularly as a freelance journalist and copywriter for various publications and brands. In a typical week I'd spend Monday in an office writing listicles and advertorials for a website aimed at high school students.

On a Tuesday I'd commission and edit articles for a travel website. For the remainder of the week I'd pitch interviews and feature articles to publications.

I commuted to different offices and co-working spaces around Sydney, worked from my windowless bedroom or in nearby cafes. I accepted just about every writing gig I could find, using all my own equipment, setting my own schedule and invoicing as a sole trader. I took occasional cleaning and bartending jobs for extra cash.

Though I mostly enjoyed the work, it was challenging to stay on top of five or six different gigs simultaneously. I spent a lot of time chasing up late invoices and it was difficult to financially plan beyond paying my monthly rent.

Closing the loophole

Now, as a PhD student, I am contemplating how much the gig economy has encroached on academia. It has been estimated that up to 70 per cent of teaching staff in some Australian universities were precariously employed, as casuals or on short-term contracts, before the pandemic.

These academics were naturally the first to lose their jobs, with the universities excluded from the federal government's JobKeeper scheme.

Read more: A new definition of 'worker' could protect many from exploitation

If the government is "all about jobs", it's time to acknowledge the need for substantive reform to Australia's industrial relations laws, to close the legal loopholes that allow businesses to exploit workers as non-employees.The Conversation

Nat Kassel, PhD Candidate, Griffith University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.


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