How to Find a Work-From-Home Job
A good way to start a telecommuting job hunt is by scouring Best Places to Work lists, including those published by professional and regional groups. Job seekers might also consider online job board FlexJobs for professional telecommuting jobs. You can gain access to listings for $14.95 for one month, $29.95 for three months or $49.95 for a year. Recently advertised positions include an auditor for a commercial insurance company, a clinical administrative coordinator for a health care company and a systems analyst for a giant employee-benefits consulting company. The site also has relevant blog entries and other telework info that you can access free.
Beware of work-at-home scams. The Federal Trade Commission reported 36,000 complaints about business-opportunity frauds and work-at-home scams in 2011, up from 20,000 in 2008. Scammers might set up fake Web sites or co-opt names and logos to masquerade as representatives of well-known companies. They may also stalk social networks or reach out via instant messages to lure you into forking over money or information.
This article first appeared in Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. For more help with your personal finances and investments, please subscribe to the magazine. It might be the best investment you ever make.