Long story short, my husband is a truck driver and I used to go on the road with him…until I got pregnant. Ever since I got pregnant and started staying home I started to look for every possible way to make extra income, from home. I started with cashcrate.com, the registration is free and all you do is complete surveys that pay less than $1.00 or complete offers. In one month I made $20.38!! Note: I was taking the surveys daily, but unfortunately you don’t qualify for every single survey they have. It took another month to receive my pay check since they only send them out once a month.
While taking surveys one day on cashcrate.com I came across a blog post (they have their own blog) regarding working from home. The company that they were advertising for was 1-800-Flowers. I took my chance and went ahead and applied. Now, the agency called sutherlandglobal.com is actually the one that was hiring for 1-800-Flowers, and they also hire for other companies as well. I finally heard back from the a month later with “Congratulations! You’re hired!” email. I was actually pretty excited about it.
Some time in the beginning of November I started my training for Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies company, it is a sister company of 1-800-Flowers. The training was one week long, 1pm – 10pm Monday through Friday. I was glued to my computer. The pay? $10 an hour. I had to download a few programs of theirs and everything seemed pretty easy, all I had to do was sit in front of my computer with a headset and answer incoming calls. Once the call comes in, the program automatically answers it and I went “Thank you for calling Cheryl’s Cookies and Brownies, how may I help you?!” with a big grin on my face. Some times people called because they wanted to order something and it was mostly older people that didn’t know how to order online. Some times people called because there was an issue with shipping or credit card information. I was doing both, sales and service. Oh, and it was seasonal position on top of that. Some weeks I would work 10-15 hours a week and some over 40 (they pay over time!!).
The day after Christmas all of us seasonal employees were called in for a meeting, a paid conference meeting over the phone. We thought they would tell us how great of a job we did and they were going to make us permanent. Nope. They told us the season is over, bye-bye. I was super upset.
A month later, I received an email from Cheryl’s once again stating that they are hiring for another seasonal position for the Valentine’s Day. I jumped right on it. I already had their programs installed on my computer and I was super comfortable with everything. First two – three weeks were okay. I worked about 18-20 hours a week and it wasn’t as crazy as over the Christmas. Following week there was no schedule posted, so I contacted my manager. Oh and let me tell you, trying to reach out to ANYONE is like knocking on the wood – you hear the noise, but you get no response. She finally got back to me couple days later saying there will be no more schedule and that the season was over. I was mad. I uninstalled all of their programs from my computer and started looking for another work from home opportunity.
About a week later I received yet another email from Cheryl’s stating that the schedule is up and asking me if I was coming back. I told them I refuse to work for such unprofessional company and I never heard back from them.
I applied to probably every single job from home posting out there (I will list the links with description at the end) and I had to luck. I went back to cashcrate.com and made another $4.00. I also started to mTurk with Amazon at mturk.com and so far I was able to make $49.79!! mTurk is basically same thing as cashcrate, except it’s BETTER!! They also have surveys and tasks that pay anywhere from $0.01 to $100.00+, but in order to get to the higher paying ones you have to take the less paying ones. The more surveys you take – the more you get paid and you dont have to wait a month to wait for the pay check, you can transfer your funds right into your bank account, the same day! I’ve been snooping around some forums regarding the mTurk and some people who stay dedicated to it make $100 a day.
I also started to sell some things that I’m not using anymore on Totspot, it’s an app that you can download on your phone. You just take a picture, post and wait. You don’t have to meet anyone once the item is sold, you just have to print out the label and ship it out via USPS. So far I sold one thing, for $20.00!!
Most recently, couple of days ago, I applied at Hilton.com and actually had a virtual interview the other night. Now I’m keeping my fingers crossed and once I hear back from them I will post an update here. Update: It’s been 3 weeks and I still have not heard from them. However, one my friend who applied 2 weeks before I did — got hired. So it is also about “jumping” into application right away, “First come — First serve,” as they say.
Working from home is very convenient, you can stay in your PJ’s whole day or you can go commando! You don’t have to take shower, brush your hair nor put make up on. You can take as many potty breaks and lunch breaks as you want. You can work from the couch or from your desk, whatever is more comfortable for you. You can even watch TV while working! Most importantly, you don’t have to drive anywhere!! Working from home is addicting, I don’t think I would be able to work outside of my house after having the taste of working from home.
Here are possible work from home opportunities:
cashcrate.com – A web site with paid surveys.
mturk.com – Also a web site with paid surveys.
Totspot – Mobile app for buying and selling gently used or new clothing and accessories.
upwork.com – Probably my favorite web site, you can find pretty much any job you’re interested in, starting with a Vistual Assistant and ending with a Freelance App. Builder.
Virtual Customer Service:
Become an Online Juror:
Become a Translator: