Many freelance translators are looking for real online jobs to supplement their income.
Are there real home based job opportunities or legitimate online jobs? It depends on how you see it.
Like most available jobs, you need a game plan to find real home jobs.
First of all, you need to educate yourself about what to look for and where to look.
Stay away from any claim that promises you to get rich quick. Take it from someone who’s learned through personal experience — if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.
The idea of working from the comfort of your own home is more myth than fact. No matter where you work, you need to be able to maintain a serious focus on the details and not be distracted. You may do it from home, but you won’t be ‘at home.’
Work and home are two separate concepts even the most successful home based business people will tell you. You can’t mix work with your personal life.
So when we say “on line jobs”, we are referring to three scenarios: telecommuting based on a mutual agreement with your employer, working as a freelancer using the internet, or running an online business from home.
Real online jobs are mostly in 4 categories:
1- Virtual assistant jobs
This is a company based in Canada, but they hire people from outside Canada too.
2- Online transcription jobs
In some ways transcribing services are a lot like interpreting services. You transcribe everything being said from a tape and it may also involve language translation.
3- Online Customer service jobs
4- Call center jobs at home
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5- Bookkeeping or accounting jobs online
Forget about online typing jobs or survey jobs, those are a waste of time. I’d certainly want to know if anyone has had a positive experience with these types of jobs.
Legitimate online jobs do not require upfront fees or payment from the applicants. It’s just an arrangement aimed at saving both parties’ time and money.
Telecommuting and virtual assistance is gaining momentum these days and I believe it is going to be the norm for many businesses.
Real online jobs are mostly virtual assistants jobs. Let me explain here. A virtual assistant is a professional that provides support and specialized services to businesses, entrepreneurs or CEOs who delegate tasks that they don’t have time to do.
Many virtual assistants (VA) are also independent contractors. With the help of modern telecommunication technology such as email, internet, USB, cell phone and other traditional shipping and delivery services in local area, they can work from virtually anywhere.
If you feel comfortable with regular admin skills such as word processing, transcription, database management, email handling, reminder service, bulk mailings, information processing and translation etc., you may want to be a VA.
Did I say translation? Yes, your bilingual talent is definitely a huge plus.
Also if you are into internet research and know your way around social media (ie. Facebook, Twitter etc), you might hit the jackpot. There are so many businesses out there looking for internet marketing specialists or virtual marketing assistants to promote their business and increase sales.
Before you dismiss this too quickly, I want to remind you that most social media marketing specialists these days do not have certifications. If either time or money are an obstacle for taking a local course, do it the old fashion way. Jump on the internet and practice, practice and practice.
If you have what it takes, real online jobs are there waiting for you.