Working hard for the money isn't as easy as it use to be when the cost of fuel is sky high.
"The regular job market is fairly weak, so I think more people are saying it's not worth it to drive to work or to commute to work so their looking for something they can do from home."
A simple web search yields dozens of offers for work at home jobs. The Wall Street Journal's careers editor Jennifer Merritt warns not all of them are legit.
"A lot of people are looking for legitimate opportunities and they get caught up in send in $50 and we'll send you a list of work from home sites. So the best route to go is to go through some established websites."
Like women-for-hire-dot-com, which specializes in connecting professional women with jobs in-and-outside the home.
"Elance is a good one for freelancers of all sorts from technology to graphic arts to writers."
Convergys, West Corporation, Live Ops, Working Solutions and Arise are some legit "dot-comers" Meritt says are beefing up their "at-home" employee pool right now.
"You can work for as little as 5 hours a week or as many as 40 hours a week. So those companies are hiring and say they plan to add several thousand new positions over the next year."
But don't expect to get rich quick. Most work-at-home customer service positions are low-paying, without benefits.
"The majority of these jobs are lower paying from $8 to maybe $12 an hour. A few might pay 15 to $20 an hour, but most of the people who are doing this are really working on a very part time basis."
A majority of the jobs you'll find on those websites are at home call center jobs. And a word of warning: competition for those positions are stiff.
Beware of at-home work sites
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