Hi everyone, I read through a few posts here and I felt so much that I had to post this information here. Please note that I get absolutely nothing from posting anything here. I am not affliated or anything. My sister does or has worked for these companies or I know about them.
You can go to: www.wahm.com and see what people say about these companies for yourselves. Some are bitter some are happy. I think it depends on your needs and personality but they are legitimate.
Here is a small list: some I don't really know much about except that htey are legit and you can talk to other ladies about them on the wahm website.
www.speak-write.com this is medical AND general transcription
www.workathomeagent. known as west, customer service, inbound
www.liveops.com customer service, inbound
www.alpineaccess.com customer service
http://www.connect-dataplus.com/index.shtml various things
http://www.verafast.com - customer quality check calls, outbound but not selling
check the wahm site for more lists, they have whole forums for them. Also, majority of the calls are from tv commerical ads with a number to call and you take their order. What I have heard that the agents don't like is that they have to read the script exact and sometimes that involves asking the customer if they'd also like this, aka upsells. Me personally, well, if I needed to feed my baby who am I to get upset? I'm just doing my job. You might not like to do that and it's understandable but that's what I have heard about a few companies... which you can check out yourself.
I am sorry to post such a long message but I really wanted you to know that there are some opportunities out there and you can make a little extra from home.
Some other ideas...that my lovely sister is/has done, is deliver phone books each year. In her area, she gets $100 for each route she completes. It's a project that is finished when the phone books are all delivered, but it's a little extra cash. That's what she's doing right now as it's phone book time!
When my husband was studying for his medical exams to start working we really had NO money. I sold a bunch of beanbags on Ebay and paid the rent and all for many months. I sold them from Oct - Jan though.. it was a busy season and beanbags had made a huge comeback at that time. THen when the spring hit I sold a few gazebos. My husband was like what are you selling?!? lol I just laughed and told him I really am not sure but it's paying the rent. At that time, we had one car that leaked on our heads, no heater/ac, the floor is showing holes in the ground..well...let's just say we still have that car but we can not get the registration renewed on it bc of its condition. We pay more on its insurance each year that its worth. Dumb aren't we? But dumb no more! It's got to go! Anyway that was meant to inspire you that no matter how bad it is, it can get better with some budgeting and determination.
We've had our share of tough times financially and we're grateful those times are over; sometimes we've got to do (legal and ethically right) jobs to make ends meet. We're not rich but we're doing alright and I am so thankful to G-d for that. Because before I got that leaky car my husband and I used to stand on the corner waiting for the bus to come then he'd walk me to my office up the hill in the snow and rain to the amazon.com office I worked in before I resigned and sold beanbags I worked totally out of my field because...I had no reliable transportation. Anyway we do what we have to.
With kids it is even more challenging ... with wah jobs you need silence. So that would have to be worked out. Maybe dh could watch the baby in the evening while you work and make get out of the whole and make a little savings each month for emergencies.
I tried to work at home but my son is too naughty and I am not going to put him in daycare to work when we really are not struggling. I want to cherish my time with him bc it will go very fast, but if I had a need to work I would definitely be doing what I had to do.
(ohhh and I wanted to mention...just because it says work at home mom's there is no reason dad can't do a small part time job too for a few hours...or even go to day labor and make an extra hundred to two hundred dollars a day. My sister also does that even though she's a girl.
I hope that helps. :bigarmhug: