Friday, August 28, 2015

No Marketing, Online Money: Working Solutions

Happy Monday readers! Welcome to another addition of NMOM! Today I am going to be highlighting the company Working Solutions and giving you a little more information on what the company is about, how to apply, and what to expect. I know many of you are still looking for that perfect opportunity where you are able to get that work/life balance that you are hoping for and this is just one of the many legitimate opportunities out there that really allows you to control your schedule and ultimately how much you earn.

What are Working Solutions Agents on Demand?
Since 1996, Working Solutions has been hiring call center and data entry professionals that are home-based to work with their clients who have talent in customer support, sales, and technical support.The different clients or "projects" that you can be assigned to depend on the time of year and your preferred skill set. Working Solutions will provide training whenever you switch projects or do something that is new to you. They have a range of projects to choose from. I have seen jobs from Quality Manager, to Vacation Consultant, to Ticket Sales agent. Sometimes you just need to keep an eye on their job postings so you can apply for a job that is right for you. What makes it even better? There are no up-front costs or fees to work with this company!

What are the requirements?
Truthfully, there are not very many requirements in becoming an agent with Working Solutions. According to their website, this is all that is required.
"Although we don’t charge any fees or require you to purchase any special equipment, most of our projects require: an up-to-date computer, a high speed internet connection, a land line telephone, a willingness to work hard, a desire to be successful."
Most of the agents that are placed on projects are independent contractors, so you do not work for Working Solutions directly. Taxes are not taken out of the pay that is received, so as always consult the IRS or your tax representative for more information on becoming your own business and working independently.

How do I apply?
To apply, you will want to visit their website and select Complete or Update Agent Application. Applications can only be submitted online, and you will only need to apply once to be eligible for multiple projects that may be offered currently or in the future.

Once the application is complete, you will be asked to take a telephonic assessment and a brief technology scan to make sure that your system meets the requirements of the program.

Since new projects can begin at any time, an email will be sent to you if you match the specific requirements of any particular program. All they ask if that you keep your application current with up-to-date contact information so there is no delay in notifying you of potential positions.

How much can I earn?
The earning potential for this company is up to the project that you work on. Most of the projects that are associated with Working Solutions will pay you per minute. According to most employment websites, most independent contractors are earning between $9-$14 per hour depending on the position they hold. Since you are able to dictate your own schedule, the number of minutes you work directly correlates to the amount that you earn.

Currently Working Solutions pays twice per month.

If you would like to learn more about working with Working Solutions visit their website If you have any questions about the content of this blog, please feel free to contact me via any of the methods below or leave a comment!

As always, thank you for reading! Please share with your network, friends and family!

Shanice Patrella
Skype; MsLuckyDuck

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Independent Contractor - How to Start

Hello dear readers! For those of you that have been following my blog, you will see that I am always talking about being an independent contractor and self employed. Some of the questions that I have been getting quite frequently are the basic "How do I get started?!" questions. To be fair, I'm sure I probably should have started with that information before showing off many of the different programs and websites that offer self-employment work.

As always, I always recommend that you do your own research! If you are using the almighty Google, some search keywords are "freelancer opportunities", "independent contractor opportunities", and "self-employment start up". Once you can weed through the results that will most benefit you, you will want to consider if working from home or outside of the home is right for you. Some people will thrive in an "at-home" environment, but it does take incredible discipline and determination to find the business that is right for you.

There are a few essential questions that you want to ask yourself when you first decide to become your own boss?

#1: What kind of work/home balance am I looking for? 
     One of the biggest reasons that I hear time and time again for people to work from home is that it gives you a better work/life balance. Stay at home moms/dads love this option, especially when the kids are back to school and there are less distractions in the home. It also gives students a chance to work around a hectic college schedule and work part-time with less of a commute cost.

#2: Am I able to dedicate a distraction free environment in my home?
    This point is very important, especially if you decide to take up telecommunting. Having a noise-free background will be all important when speaking with your customers. Even if you are not spending time on the phone, you will need to have a committed atmosphere to help be sure that you stay on task to meet all goals.

#3: What kind of opportunities fit my lifestyle?
    Some people actually prefer a 9-5 schedule where others prefer to be able to pick and choose their own hours. Not everyone has the same preference because we all have different life styles. There are plenty of  different companies that will allow you to come on as an independent contractor to set your own hours or as an employee where they will assign hours to you depending on business need. Whichever you choose, you want to be able to make sure that you can commit to a schedule that will allow you to keep that cherished home/life balance.

#4: Will I be able to be resourceful enough to learn processes and troubleshoot equipment on my own?
   One of the toughest things you can learn is how to be resourceful with your information and troubleshoot your office equipment. All technology has the potential to fail at one time or another, so be sure that you know how to back up files on your computer, have the phone number to your internet service provider handy, and ask for help from experts when you need it. Some failures cannot be avoided so there should be steps to a solution in place so that your productivity does not take a large hit.

These are just a few of the basic questions that you want to ask yourself before quitting at your brick and mortar position. Working from home is a great option, and one people are turning to more and more! Still, there are some people that would prefer to have the office setting where they can be productive outside of their haven of a home. Consider carefully, and always do your own research!

Until next time!

As always, thank you for reading! Please share with your network, friends and family!

Shanice Patrella
Skype; MsLuckyDuck

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