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I have been a member of other free work at home job services before but never seem to get a job or even good job leads. WhyDoWork.com and WAHM.com just seem to give a bunch of links that never really go anywhere. The information is either old or a link to some MLM program. Plus the people who run those websites never seem to have anything good to say about other free work at home websites. I don’t get it. Can you explain this to me?
~Julie Hersey, Elyria Ohio

Answer

Hi Julie and thanks for your question.

We hear it all the time so you are not alone. A good 75% of Internet job seekers have told us that they have never received a job offer as the result of sites like WhyDoWork because the information posted there is out of date, misleading or incorrect. Many times, these types of free Internet forums are nothing more than an opportunity for the forum owner to promote their own products, MLMs or associations while putting down all others that they consider competition. This is why you’ll often see links to jobs that are really advertisements for work at home business opportunities or fee based offers.

HomeworkersNet.com was created in 1996 so we have years of experience in the field. In all of our work during this time, we have encountered very few job seekers who actually found a job as a result of free work at home job forums such as the ones you mentioned. This is why we set out to make HomeworkersNet.com a different service. Our idea was to provide you with all the tools and resources that would normally require a service fee.HomeworkersNet.com HAND SELECTS jobs for our website. This means that real people look at each and every job that is posted here to decide if it will go live to our more than 500,000 users. In fact, we delete approximately 65% of the jobs posted because we do not feel they are worthy of your time or effort.

HomeworkersNet.com also verifies each listing we choose. This means we call or email the company to talk to them about the work at home jobs they are attempting to fill. Once we decide to list a job, it is reviewed weekly by one of our Researchers to make sure the job is still active, the links are still working and the terms have not changed. Employers appreciate this extra effort too. While many legit employers frown upon their job leads appearing on sites like WhyDoWork, they actually come to us and ask if they can be included. They know that we will take special care in handling their listings honestly. For instance, many unprofessional free work at home job sites attempt to hide the fact that VIPdesk and others require a credit check and minimum credit score to be considered to work from home. Our listings will give you full details so you will know exactly what to exact.

We also provide a free Employer Directory to our registered users so that you can research each potential employer. Our Employer Directory includes tips for landing a job, company history and information, contact details and much more. Other work at home services would charge a fee for access to this information!HomeworkersNet.com provides it to you for free.

Best of all, HomeworkersNet.com gives you free access to real jobs. (Not MLMs and scams such as those that you find on unprofessional work at home discussion forums and groups). HomeworkersNet.com does not charge you a fee to register, apply or be hired. There is no start up fee or certification fee.


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So, while we do not encourage you to stay away from free forums that you find on the Internet -we do suggest that you use caution with the information that you find there. Most forum site owners are simply a home based hobbyist with little knowledge of the industry and probably zero industry contacts. There are a few exceptions. The other site you mentioned, WAHM, is probably one of the better choices as they have been on the Internet for many years and have built a solid reputation of business standards. Perhaps your problem there is with job seeker competition (too many job seekers per job posting).

The simple fact is – if you want to actually land a job – you will probably find a professional service such asHomeworkersNet.com to be more conducive to your goals and needs.

Have a look at our most recent job postings and see for yourself!

Good luck

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QUESTION: Do you know of any way that I can make money from home doing something that is fun and exciting? I can’t stand to sit at a desk all day! 

ANSWER:

Money…. You’ve gotta have it.

But wouldn’t it be great if you could find a job that would allow you to make money and have fun too? It’s not as far-fetched as it may seem. Many HomeWorkers have turned their
favorite hobbies into businesses–and made big bucks doing it. Here are some of their stories.

The Phone, The Phone Is Ringing
Making everyday phone calls may annoy you, but they equal money from home for Andrea Raymond from Salisbury, Maryland. Andrea started Call Backs, Inc, a virtual business that handles just about any phone call that you don’t want to make. “I have some clients who just want me to make one phone call to decline an invitation. I have other clients that hire me to return hundreds of calls from their voice mail.” Andrea has also just added special call services. For a fee she will call someone to delivery a special or fun birthday message or congratulations. “My favorite was a phone call that I made from a boyfriend who wanted to apologize for his bad behavior. His girlfriend wasn’t speaking to him so he hired me to read a scripted message.” Andrea charges anywhere from $10 to $40 per phone call and earns around $600 per week working part time from home.

Pens For Your Thoughts…
Jenny Kirkpatrick’s business started on a whim. “I saw an ad in a craft catalog for kits to make pens,” explains Kirkpatrick, owner of Jen’s Pens in Wood River, Nebraska. On impulse, Kirkpatrick ordered it: “I just tried it for fun and then got really involved.” Her hobby really paid off. Nowadays, Kirkpatrick’s handcrafted pens can be purchased in across her home state of Nebraska.

For The Birds
Shelly Lehan’s hobby-turned-business is for the birds–literally. As the owner of Sweet Tweets, a business that provides information online and sells a variety of small birds, Lehan gets paid for doing what she loves. “I’ve always raised birds such as Cockatiels and Love Birds. So, I put up a website that shares information about how to take care of them. My site also offers links to local sellers and I sell various bird related merchandise,” she explains. Shelly earns about $3,000 each month from home plus a little more in local bird sells. She averages about 25 hours per week from home.

There are many other great success stories….
Marci Lyons makes personalized baby clothes, Shelia Templeman makes gourmet dog treats, and – our personal favorite – Shandra Lewis who works as the “Story Lady.” (She goes to birthday parties, school events, hospitals, day cares, etc and reads stories to kids while dressed in elaborate customs.) She gets $75 for a one hour appearance and made over $50,000 last year…. Another Homeworker, Jean Christenson, goes to girls birthday parties and does hair wraps and braids. She gets $200 per party of eight and told me that she does at least six parties every weekend.
Not bad….

Many people dream of being their own boss. So, businesses that begin as hobbies may be the best opportunities of all. As famous entrepreneur Harvey Mackay once said, “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

Resources

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real

101 Businesses You Can Start With Less Than One Thousand Dollars: For Stay-at-Home Moms & Dads

Small Business Ideas: 400 Latest & Greatest Small Business Ideas

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QUESTION
Why do some jobs require a credit report or a minimum score? Is this legal?
~Debra Vang, Murfreesboro TN

ANSWER

Not only do applicants need a flawless resume and stellar interviewing skills but many now need a great credit score.

If you’ve applied to a job recently then you’ve probably noticed the increasing use of credit checks by employers. In fact, the use of credit reports by hiring managers is widespread and becoming more so. A recent survey by the Society of Human Resources Management found that 60% of employers conduct credit background checks for some or all job candidates.

Your credit score is defined as ”a number, roughly between 300 and 800, that measures an individual’s credit worthiness. The most well-known type of credit score is the FICO® score. This score represents the answer from a mathematical formula that assigns numerical values to various pieces of information in your credit report.” Some employers will consider applicants with credit scores as low as 450 while others are only looking for applicants with “near perfect” scores of 650 or above. (This is especially true of work at home jobs in the financial industry).

Problems with your credit report can cost you the job. This is especially true for work at home job seekers who will be required to maintain not only a home phone line and electricity but the home itself in order to perform work. Employers have been burned by job seekers who are hired to do a job but then cannot perform because they do not pay their telephone bill or Internet access.

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Companies typically look back over a period of years for patterns in applicants’ behavior. It’s a longer-term snapshot to see if that’s indicative of fiscal responsibility. This combined with your skills, education, home office tools and references are all used to determine your worthiness to work from home. Whether you agree with this technique or not, it is all the more reason to keep a close eye on your credit.

There are hundreds of work at home employers who now require a credit check. VIPdesk, for instance, requires a minimum FICO score of 500 before you can be considered. According to VIPdesk, this is in full compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and current labor laws. Employer credit checks are only considered to be discriminatory if they disproportionately exclude minorities, women or people over 40 and are not essential to a hiring decision. VIPdesk is far from the only company that requires a credit check – many County and State government, city jobs, federal jobs and opportunities with top Fortune 500’s now require an acceptable credit score.

Last year as many as five states in the U.S. attempted to challenge employer credit checks but most failed to move forward. While some are still pending, the majority were dropped because employers were able to easily prove that credit checks were useful and necessary to the hiring process especially as they relate to hiring home based staff. Simply put: a company must have some assurance that the home based employee that they hire is going to maintain the tools necessary to work from home. The best way to prove this is by hiring someone who has not made late payments on their phone bill, Internet fees, rent or mortgage and other related services.

It has been well documented by reputable news sources: employers want job candidates with good credit, so be sure that yours is free of errors.

For further reading we suggest:
How Bad Credit Can Cost You A Job
BestCredit: How to Win the Credit Game
Credit Repair Kit

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