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How to Find and Land a Legit Online Work from Home Job

How to Find and Land a Legit Online Work from Home Job
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If you’re wondering whether online jobs pay, the answer is a resounding yes. Online jobs to work from home vary and depend on your experience, and skills working with computers. For example, some online jobs include being an artist (music, drawing, singing, dance, etc), course tutor, developer, engineer, product reviewer on YouTube, etc.

Because the U.S economy is boasting low employment (3.7 percent) and continuous job growth, employment scams are on the rise. According to a CNBC report, in 2018, there were 3,7000 incidents reported across the country.[1] Also, because we are in a very tech-driven era a lot of companies offer work from home choices, it is crucial to be careful and vigilant of job offers.

In this article, you will learn what jobs are reliable to work from home online. In addition, you will go through great details of what jobs you can apply for, and the resources you will need to curate bogus job postings to land a successful online job.

Before you go ahead and apply to an online job posting to work from home, you need to do your due diligence. Meaning, as a prospecting candidate, it is paramount to research the company, the website, contact information and number of employees at the company.

When you verify a work from home job online offer, you will save yourself from a scam and not have to deal with hardship, headaches and stress.

In the era of social media, you need to fact-check, verify and search the company on Google to make sure it is not a scam. Social media channels have been detrimental and flooded with fake news along with misinformation. If a job posting is too good to be true, avoid the company no matter how tempting it is.

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A good rule of thumb is to check if the company or website has Better Business Bureau (BBB) accreditation. When it displays this, it means it has been checked and verified by the company. Moreover, it is worth looking at company reviews and testimonials from existing or former employees to get a perspective on the company or business.

Below is a list of legit online work from home jobs and the possible range in the salary you can make on an annual basis. Without further ado, here are the common job titles you can check out based on your skills, experiences and interests.

1. Service Reviewer at SurveySavvy

The company, SurveySavvy, has been around since 1999. It has a solid reputation and is a recommended stay at home job. If you want to have an extra work on the side, it is a viable option.

At SurveySavvy, you get paid to review products or services. The income for this job depends on supply and demand. It is a great place to start though.

2. Virtual Bookkeeper

As it turns out, being a bookkeeper is a very lucrative and a successful job to work from home. You can freelance, start your own bookkeeping business, or work remotely for a company.

If you are looking to start your work in this position, you can take an online course to become a virtual bookkeepers.

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3. Transcriber

Being a transcriber can help you earn close to $2,000. This job allows you to set your own hours and complete as many hours you want to complete. You can take an online course to get familiarized with the role and what the job duties entail.

4. Caller at Liveops

Liveops is cloud-based call center based and founded in 2000. It is a company with a model based on gig economy with a flexible model for workers to work right from home. In addition, it is accredited by the BBB. It is a great company and the work is legit to work from home.

5. Dog Sitter

Let’s face it, human beings love companions. Pets are definitely a great work from home job and the work is not so difficult. You do not need to start asking around folks on the block or in the neighborhood. Instead, you can use the Rover app, which has a robust network that connects dog walkers and sitters to local down owners.

To get setup, you will need to be 18-years-old, pass a background check and have access to the mobile app (Android or iOS).

6. Rent out Home/Space in Airbnb

Do you have spare rooms available? Look no further. Having an extra bedroom is the perfect way to capitalize and invest on out of town visitors. All it takes is making sure the house is located in a place where there’s a lot of travelers and you can accommodate them.

Airbnb is a must have if you own a piece of real estate, property, condo, apartment, etc.

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7. Teaching and Tutoring Language(s) Online

These days, people don’t just learn a language in class, they learn from videos, online platforms and apps. You don’t necessarily need a certification or educational background to teach your native language or any language you speak fluently. But of course, if you do have a relevant certification, you will earn a higher rate.

Consider platforms like iTalki and Verbalplantet for opportunities.

Bonus Tip to Make Working from Home Work

Whenever you decide to have a work from home job, be mindful of time. Specifically, think about it you are in total control of your time and effort you put in. However, if you are not organized and disciplined, it may work against you in the long haul.

As a recommendation, it is essential to prioritize your daily to do list. Also, the “Eat That Frog” technique highlights that above anything else, you must have formulated what the goal is.[2] You want to write it down, and make it available to you as a reminder. Most of all, set a deadline and stick with it.

When looking around for these types of jobs, do not forget to use the BBB. They have accredited businesses who are legit and there is plenty of information about the jobs available within specific companies.

Always use official channels when signing up. There are a number of agencies that charge a monthly fee. This makes sense because they make sure their job offerings are legit and free from scams. It saves you the headache and this process ensure you avoid having to give out financial information, which is a red flag if a company or service is asking for these details.

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Bottom Line

The era we are in has spurred quite the innovation and the new jobs that come with. At the same time, we do have to be very careful when we apply and approach work from home job posts.

Once you have set your sights on your ideal job, have a reliable internet connection and a laptop. Use your timely efficiently and wisely because working from home requires a lot of organization.

Do not forget to reach out to your existing family, friends or acquaintances about doing these types of jobs. It is very possible to find a job that someone else might end up leaving. You could be one question away from landing your desired and legit work from home online job.

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Published on July 27, 2021

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

Put the Pro in Professional

After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

2. Dress the Part

While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

3. Stage Your Workspace

Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

5. Arrive on Time

In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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6. Turn on Your Video

Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

Attend to the Pesky Details

8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

Talking Has a Time and a Place

11. Chat Appropriately

Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

Manage Yourself

14. Minimize Distractions

While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

15. Save Snacking for Later

Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

Final Thoughts

Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

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