Saturday, October 28, 2006

Jobs in Oregon Part Two

In my earlier post on Jobs in Oregon, I mentioned that I would post a few tips on ways to earn some money at home, or telecommuting. While there are some very lucrative "at-home careers", they take a bit of searching sometimes to come across. If you are already in good standing with a company that does most of the work on the computer, you may have the option of bringing some of that work home with you, if your boss approves the idea.

Another way to begin working at home is to advertise your specific skills on the internet, or on local bulletin boards such as at grocery stores, or in your local newspaper. You can provide services to either local businesses or residents in your area, such as accounting, painting, marketing, landscaping, whatever your area of expertise is, there is someone out there who needs it. All you have to do is get your name out there, and people will come to you. The thing to remember is that they can't call you if they don't know you are there.

Last of all, the internet. There are many ways to make money on the internet, such as eBay, MLM, selling advertising space on your webspace, and countless other ways. But to really make money on the internet, (other than landing a lucky $1.6 million deal with Google for your web ideas!!) you just have to put in a certain amount of research to match your skills with the telecommuting jobs that are out there. A great place to begin your search is on Craigslist, they have telecommuting jobs in their listings, as well as many employers who are hiring with consideration of allowing someone to work from their home. Don't think of it as less work, you still need to put in your eight hours a day most of the time to earn a steady paycheck, I mean - we're talking about working at home, not sitting on a beach in Tahiti sipping island drinks with little pink umbrellas in them, we're talking about earning an honest living from your home. Dreaming of ways to retire is a great way to set yourself up for accomplishment, but think realistically - the vast majority of people who work from their home are not the "internet gurus" they push in your face on late night tv, the only money they earn is the money you pay for your new "work at home program". So my biggest tip would be not to spend any money on people showing you how to earn full time pay for only two hours of work per week, but to actually seek out legitimate work that you can do from your home. Obviously if you work for Wal-Mart you can't take your job home, but possibly if you are an insurance agent, realtor, mortgage broker, attorney, notary, bookkeeper, writer, photographer, artist, craftsman, painter, or have other business skills, you could have a great future working from your home, or at least on your own schedule!

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