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The Go Green Guide – Job & Business Edition 2008

The Go Green Guide - Job & Business Edition Copyright © 2008 Theresa Harper – Trial Version - Some Rights Reserved This is a TRIAL VERSION ebook – you may distribute it freely but you must offer it AT NO CHARGE. You may NOT make any money from the distribution of this trial version ebook. CREDITS Contributors to the 2008-2009 edition of The Go Green Guide – Job and Business Edition© are: featurepics.com, internetbasedmoms.com, the24hoursecretary.com, wahm.com, scopists.com and gma.com.

DISCLAIMER This book is designed to provide information about telecommuting careers and home based businesses. Every effort has been made to make this book as complete and as accurate as possible, but no warranty is implied. The employment opportunities listed in this directory have been pre-screened and are believed to be scam-free but are not guaranteed. The job descriptions and income claims that appear in this directory are made by the employers. Please exercise caution when considering any business or employment opportunity; you are assuming full responsibility for any outcome resulting from responding to the employment opportunities in this directory. Job opportunities and their availability are subject to change.

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For my knight in shining armor, my husband Kirk, who has always supported and encouraged my entrepreneurial spirit. Without him I would never have had the courage or resoluteness to write this book. Thank you Kirky ☺

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Foreword
This book is the result of the three frustrating years I spent trying to find a ‘real’ work-athome job. At the time, my husband and I had just moved to a remote section of east Texas and I was in need of work. I tirelessly searched online, trying to find a legitimate way to make money from home. After six months of turning up nothing but work-at-home scams, I gave up hope of ever finding a real home-based career.

I ended up taking a low-paying job that was a mile from my home so I could contribute something to our household budget. I resumed my search for that elusive at-home career, doing countless hours of online hunting at night while working a regular job during the day. After three years, I finally realized my dream.

Yes, it really did take me three years of research to find all the outstanding homebased jobs and careers that appear in this directory, but my standards are incredibly high – I simply would not settle for a low-paying, thankless job just to be able to work from my house. I wanted a REAL job with REAL pay,
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benefits, and all the other perks that come with traditional employment.

The research alone proved to be a job in itself! That’s why I decided to write this book. I vowed that no one else would ever have to search that long, or experience such heartbreaking disappointment, in order to find a genuine home-based job. You’ll find fantastic opportunities within these pages – great paying careers with benefits, lucrative contract positions, entrepreneurial endeavors – all carefully researched to ensure their legitimacy. It is my sincere desire that this book will be a blessing to you, helping you discover that perfect home-based career…for you, your family, and your future.

Theresa Harper

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Acknowledgments
I consider myself very, very blessed. Each day I get to work from my home doing what I love. When I’m not working, I’m surrounded by my precious family and friends whom I dearly love, all of who help and enrich my life in so many ways. Thank you, Kirk, Mom, Dad, Glenda, Brandy, Vic, and all my family and friends across the country. You have made me who I am today and I’m forever grateful for your love and prayers. Ya’ll are awesome!

Most importantly, I want to thank God and His son Jesus Christ, for leading me to the man of my dreams, for blessing me with such a wonderful family, for allowing me to make a living doing something I truly love, for always being there when I need Him, and for blessing me with a wonderfully fulfilling and happy life.

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Table of Contents
Foreword.................................................................................. 4 Acknowledgments .................................................................... 6 Chapter One ........................................................................... 10
Kick the Commute! ....................................................................... 10
Customer Service Representative..................................................................11 Data Entry .....................................................................................................12 Freelance ......................................................................................................13 Transcription .................................................................................................14 Virtual Assistant (VA)....................................................................................15

Chapter Two ........................................................................... 16
Accounting/Bookkeeping ............................................................. 16
BalanceYourBooks ............................................................................... 18
Bookkeeper ...................................................................................................18 CPA ...............................................................................................................19 Outside Salesperson......................................................................................20

BatemanHouston ................................................................................. 21
Telecommuting Staff Accountant...................................................................21

ClickAccounts ...................................................................................... 22
Virtual Accountant.........................................................................................22

TADAccounting .................................................................................... 23
Bookkeeper Specialist ...................................................................................23

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Chapter One Kick the Commute!
With more and more of us feeling the pain of skyrocketing gas prices, telecommuting has become a very attractive option for stay-athome moms, military spouses, retirees, or just about anyone who is searching for a legitimate way to make money working from home.

Whether you’re looking to contribute to your family’s finances, earn extra cash for unexpected expenses, or secure a full-time home-based job, you’ll find that perfect opportunity in The Go Green Guide - Job & Business Edition©.

I’ve done the research for you, weeding out all the scams to reveal the most lucrative and legitimate work-from-home career options. From freelance to full-time, I’ve included a wide variety of career fields and resources to help you discover that perfect opportunity. However, only you can decide if an opportunity is right for you.

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There are many career fields to choose from, covering a wide range of skills and specializations. The most popular position is remote Customer Service Representative, or Home Agent. Next in line are positions that are clerical in nature, such as virtual assisting, data entry and transcription. Freelance opportunities are numerous and can be very profitable if you have the right skills and training.

Customer Service Representative As a customer service representative or homebased agent, you work from the comfort of your own home office providing customer support via phone, email, chat and/or instant messaging. There are inbound and outbound call positions depending on the company. Inbound calls focus mainly on taking product orders, resolving customer issues, troubleshooting, etc. Outbound calls consist primarily of cold-calling, appointment setting, fundraising and sales.

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This is a great work-from-home opportunity as it offers the ultimate in flexibility – you get to schedule your own hours! To be successful in this position you must have a pleasant phone voice, strong customer service skills, high-speed internet access, updated computer, land-based phone line and a quiet place to work. Having a professional homeoffice set-up is crucial as well. If you need to upgrade or replace any component of your home office, you will find trusted vendor links listed at the end of Chapter Three.

Data Entry It’s sad to say, but let’s face it – 99% of the work-at-home data entry jobs on the internet, in newspapers and magazines are SCAMS. There are precious few that are legitimate but you’d never know they exist because they never advertise! These companies have been in business for years and have never had a problem filling their job openings. The jobs are filled solely by word-of-mouth advertising.

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If you can type at least 60wpm and key at least 10,000kph with exceptional accuracy, then this career field would definitely be worth looking into. To prepare you for this type of work there are free practice drills and tutorials available in Chapter Four that will help you improve your typing and ten-key speed and accuracy.

Freelance Freelance opportunities are exploding! The traditional workforce is being downsized but the work is still piling up, so many companies are looking to freelancers to fill their staffing needs.

Freelancing is a very viable option for people facing job uncertainty. There are a number of web sites dedicated to connecting freelancers and employers of all types and sizes, and I’ve included them in Chapter Six.

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Transcription Due to the rise in popularity of online lectures, webinars, podcasts, webcasts and the like, the need is quickly growing for skilled typists to transcribe these types of audio files.

If you possess exceptional English language and grammar skills and you can type at least 75wpm, then you can transcribe audio to text. Some companies will require you to take a transcription test as part of their application process.

There are companies out there who will hire you with no experience. If you’re looking to break into this lucrative career field, Tigerfish will give you the opportunity to ‘learn-whileyou-earn’. Although the pay is low, it’s a great way to get your feet wet and prepare for those high- paying, high-demand transcription jobs.

If you need to brush up on your typing skills I’ve listed some free speed drills, accuracy drills and practice tests at the end of the ‘Transcription’ chapter of this book.

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Virtual Assistant (VA) If you’ve got secretarial, accounting, travel or management experience consider becoming a Virtual Assistant. VAs handle bookkeeping, administrative duties, clerical work, travel arrangements, transcription and other business support services that can be done remotely via email and phone. A VA is often hired by small business owners and executive professionals who need an assistant but can’t afford to hire one on a full-time basis, or they just don’t have the office space to accommodate one. Therefore, they hire Virtual Assistants from remote locations to do their administrative work for them.

I’ve provide you with many valuable VA tools and resources to aid you in securing a job in this high-demand career field. They’re located at the end of the ‘Virtual Assistant’ chapter.

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Chapter Two Accounting/Bookkeeping
If you have accounting or bookkeeping skills, why not consider working from home? There are many businesses, both brick-andmortar as well as online, that require a bookkeeper. It's an easily outsourced position and it pays well.

Freelance Bookkeepers can make upward of $30/hour easily. Some bookkeepers will charge a flat monthly fee ranging from $200 $800 a month depending on the responsibilities.

Typical duties for a freelance bookkeeper include tracking business income and expenses, reconciling bank statements, making deposits, payroll, billing and reports.

Many small business owners can't afford an accountant or CPA and so they opt for a bookkeeper. Or they may use the bookkeeper for general duties and hire a CPA to handle their taxes.

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You can find clients locally through small advertisements and word of mouth. There are also many jobs that come through freelance job boards like elance that you can bid on. To help jump-start your search and get you on your way, on the following pages I’ve included four noteworthy companies that hire you to work from your home office.

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BalanceYourBooks
URL: www.balanceyourbooks.com Position: Bookkeeper/CPA/Sales Type: Employee

Balance Your Books provides outsourced online bookkeeping and controllership services to small, mid-size, and fast-growing businesses. They offer a competitive salary, a family friendly environment, and an outstanding opportunity to telecommute.

They appear to be hiring for these positions on a regular basis. To apply, send your resume to jobs@balanceyourbooks.com. Be sure to include the job title you are applying for.

Bookkeeper As a BYB Bookkeeper, you are responsible for providing A/P, A/R, payroll and general support for their clients. They are looking for self-motivated candidates, who can provide superior bookkeeping services via their home computer. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prioritize multiple clients' needs are a must.

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Additional Bookkeeper requirements: • • • • AA degree or equivalent experience 2 or more years bookkeeping experience Experience providing data entry, A/P and payroll functions Knowledge of QuickBooks, MYOB, Peachtree or other accounting software CPA As a CPA, you are responsible for managing the activities of several bookkeepers and providing controllership services to BYB clients. They are looking for self-motivated candidates, who can provide superior professional services on a telecommuting basis. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to prioritize multiple client and staff needs are a must.

Additional CPA requirements: • CPA plus 5 or more years-prior public accounting or controllership experience with small to mid-sized companies and start-up businesses • • Proven experience in managing a staff Knowledge of QuickBooks, MYOB, Peachtree or other accounting software

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Outside Salesperson BYB is looking for experienced, upbeat individuals to give presentations for outsourced bookkeeping and controllership services. In addition to visiting prospects, this position also solicits new clients around existing clients’ and prospects’ locations. As an outside salesperson, you function as a communications link to increase service to clients and obtain referrals. You would also manage the supply of business information and lists for the inside marketing department.

Outside Salesperson requirements: •
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Excellent communication skills Some evenings and Saturdays Knowledge of QuickBooks, MYOB, Peachtree or other accounting software

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BatemanHouston
URL: www.batemanhouston.com Position: Telecommuting Staff Accountant Type: Employee

Bateman & Company primarily prepares individual, partnership, and corporate tax returns, including reviewing accounting records to prepare tax returns. They don’t require that you live in Houston, but they prefer Texas residents, if possible. CPA certification and 3 years prior public accounting experience is required.

Telecommuting Staff Accountant Bateman & Company is looking for permanent part-time telecommuting staff accountants. This position is ideal for moms or stay-at-home dads who have their CPA certificate and want to work part-time at home, or people who have retired from public accounting who want to continue to work. They furnish necessary software.

You may submit your resume via email, fax or snail-mail to: Bateman & Co., Inc., P.C. Certified Public Accountants 5 Briardale Court Houston, Texas 77027-2904 USA Fax: (713) 552-9700

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ClickAccounts
URL: www.clickaccounts.com Position: Telecommuting Staff Accountant Type: Employee

ClickAccounts is a Business Process Outsourcer (BPO) focused on accounting and bookkeeping, as well as security and disaster recovery. Their customers are small to medium size companies and many of their clients are Fortune 500 companies.

Virtual Accountant They employ a virtual team of accountants who use standard accounting software like QuickBooks®, PeachTree, NetSuite, SAGE, and MyOB.

ClickAccounts is always looking for creative, talented individuals. To apply send your resume to careers@ClickAccounts.com.

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TADAccounting
URL: www.tadaccounting.com Position: Bookkeeper Specialist Type: Employee

TADAccounting is an accounting and bookkeeping services company serving small and medium size businesses using the client’s choice of accounting software. They offer competitive wages, a family friendly environment, and an outstanding opportunity to telecommute.

Bookkeeper Specialist This position is responsible for providing A/P, A/R, payroll and general support for their clients. TADAccounting is looking for selfmotivated candidates, who can provide superior and responsive bookkeeping services via their home computer. Specific requirements can be found on their web site. You can apply by sending your resume, salary history, and desired pay to resumes@tadaccounting.com.

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A Message from the Author…
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