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If you're looking for a solid part-time or work-from-home job, be careful: Not all the seemingly amazing offers are legit. The pitfalls range from straight-up scams (I'll need your Social Security number, thanks; don't call me, I'll call you) to legalized Ponzi schemes.
1. Registered nurse
Increasingly, nurses can find work-from-home jobs performing telephone triage and helping patients address their health-care concerns. If you've struggled with a long commute in the wee hours, consider taking a remote nursing position to have more time with your family.
2. Call-center rep
While you probably think of a depressed college grad in a cube farm, call center reps are increasingly at-home employees. Many positions only require a high-school diploma and minimal related experience. Do you enjoy interacting with people and helping to resolve their problems? This might be an easy way to do it.
3. Remote chef
Some companies hire remote chefs to feed their staff. Such chefs prepare meals in their homes and deliver them in time for employees to feast on a good dish. You can also consider using companies such as ZeroCater to expand your customer base.
Distance learning isn't just for college students these days. K-12 students increasingly learn via the Web as well. Keep in mind that, while you can work from anywhere, you'll still need the relevant education and licenses.
5. Virtual assistant
Virtual assistants help executives with a range of tasks, from copy editing to scheduling to preparing a visually appealing PowerPoint presentation. Websites such as Zirtual and VirtualAssistants.com can help you find an executive in need of flexible help. Alternatively, you can skip the fees and take a look at Craigslist.
6. Legal transcriptionist
You don't need a law degree from Yale to be a legal transcriptionist, nor do you need to ride three trains to a busy downtown office. With good English skills, you can transcribe audio files at home for around $20 an hour.
7. ESL tutor
As an English-as-a-second-language, or ESL, tutor, you'll help international businesspeople, students, and travelers learn English to improve their language skills. Whether your client is in Beijing or is the foreign-exchange student who lives next door, you can work from your front porch on a laptop if you'd like.
8. Travel agent
To become a home-based travel agent, you can either find a traditional job online or become a franchise owner. Expect to earn a regular salary with it, but some report earning six figures. Either way, learning about exciting destinations and helping people enjoy them is a fulfilling way to earn a living from home.
9. Mock juror
Using sites such as VirtualJury.com, lawyers evaluate their cases before heading to trial. They need people like you to serve as mock jurors and, for your opinion and time, you get paid a fee of up to $60 per case. Unlike the other jobs listed, this one doesn't necessarily require special training or credentials, so it's a great way to earn money fast.
10. Graphic designer
This one is surprising in the sense that you can get paid a good salary to have fun all day without taking off your slippers. Basically, if you create clever designs and have solid computer skills, you can earn $40,000+ in your first year.