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If you have to set these all up yourself, it can be time consuming, confusing and expensive to get started.

3. Is there a way provided for you to connect with other company representatives to share information, sales tips, or success stories - for example, message areas, bulletin boards, or an email discussion list? Successful online businesses know that they need to keep their independent consultants connected - torepparttar business, and to one another.

4. Are you offered any 'offline' tools - business cards, product information brochures, or catalogues, for example?

5. Is there an accessible customer service department for representatives to be able to ask questions, get product information, or track their orders?

These are all questions to ask yourself to evaluate potential money-making business opportunities onrepparttar 117982 Internet. There's lots of them 'out there,' but make sure you do your homework first before you jump in to anything you may later regret. Reputable businesses who are looking for legitimate sales consultants to work independently won't object to you researching to determine, first and foremost, ifrepparttar 117983 company will be there for you -- or just leave you to your own resources in 'Never-Never-Net-Land.

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The Reality of Working at Home

Written by Kimberly Hargis

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board and read what other people who do this type of work have to say and ask them questions you might have. Also, buy training tapes to listen to before paying for classes to see if you arerepparttar kind of person who can listen to them all day and type what you hear (given that an MT school will obviously teach yourepparttar 117981 necessary vocabulary and formatting styles, etc.). Personally, I found that I could barely understand half of whatrepparttar 117982 doctors. They talk very fast, some have foreign accents, and/or there were high levels of background noise (mayberepparttar 117983 doctor was dictating while driving). I wish I had done my homework before I had paid for repparttar 117984 at-home course that I took. Now I have a $300.00 MT certificate and a $250.00 transcription machine sitting in a box somewhere in my garage. Facts to remember: Be sure you really haverepparttar 117985 timerepparttar 117986 job requires andrepparttar 117987 desire to do this type of work, check out MT schools that interest you by asking aboutrepparttar 117988 school on MT message boards to see who else has gone to these schools, and check withrepparttar 117989 BBB to see if there have been any complaints made aboutrepparttar 117990 schools that were left unresolved. Q. I know HTML and made my own web site. Does this mean I can be a Webmaster at home? A. Probably not when it comes to jobs found through Internet job searches. Even if you know HTML, can make frames, tables, can create your own graphics, and use copy and paste JavaScript, you probably will not find a web page design job just by doing a regular Internet job search. I can write HTML freehand without an editor and am competent at many other web-page-related skills. I have sent out over 1,000 resumes and have not even gotten one honest reply. Three years ago I finally realized that if you really want to work at home doing web page design, then you need to have at least a two-year of college degree. This is not to say there are no honest HTML at-home jobs for simple skills like routine updates to web sites, but bear in mind that for every job available for doing HTML out there, there are thousands of people applying for it. I can't even imaginerepparttar 117991 number of resumes that are sent daily for jobs listed for HTML skills! My best advice is either go to college and get a degree in CGI, DHTML, Flash, ASP, VB Script, Java Script, Flash, Database Interface, Oracle, and SQL server (to name a few different skills and language codes) or try to develop a clientele of small business owners, local to your area, who need simple web sites and can't afford expensive "professionals." Many of small businesses would love to have web site, but either have no idea where to start, believe it costs too much money, or that they have to sell their product online (which they don't). They can use repparttar 117992 web page for advertising, promote sales, or offer printable coupons. The best way to get this type of work is ask your friends to tell any small business owners they know about your services. In your town has a local newspaper or newsletter, consider placing an ad. Fact to remember: If you all know is HTML, then either get a degree so that you can apply to online jobs or hand out business cards to friends and local small business to create a local clientele. Q. I can make postcards, greeting cards, and write verses using my home publishing programs. Can I use these skills to get an at-home job? A. This can be done on a freelance basis at home. There are books that offer lists of companies that might buy your work. You can visit your local library or book store to get Writer's Market 2001: 8000 Editors Who Buy What You Write and/or Artists & Graphic Designer's Market 2001: Where & How to Sell Your Illustration, Fine Art, Graphic Design & Cartoons. Now you are probably asking, "So what do you do at home?" I make my money using affiliate programs. Affiliate program are online stores that pay you per click, lead, or sale by placing banner and/or products on your web page. I, by no means, make enough money to pay repparttar 117993 bills, but it is a nice little income to buyrepparttar 117994 extras my family needs. To learn more about affiliate programs and web page designing visit There are jobs out there for at-home workers. However, no one is actually going to find you a job unless you have a marketable skill. You must know what it is you can do, and then you must findrepparttar 117995 market for it. If you are looking for more ideas and suggestions about working at home, please visit Good Luck with your pursuit of a work-at-home job!

Kimberly Hargis. Help support a work-at-home mom by buying your birthday and baby shower supplies at "They Grow Up Too Fast Birthdays & Baby Showers" at or just stop by and check out my free printable invitations, card, calendars, games and more.

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