3 Successful Work at Home Career Tales
Avoid work at home hoaxes and scams, and learn how to launch a successful work at home career. Three success stories and fool-proof work at home jobs.
By Kristina Cowan, Senior Writer, PayScale.com
Successful Work at Home Career 1 – Independent Web Business
In the early 1990s, Eddy Salomon fell prey to a work-at-home scam. After forking over his hard-earned cash and coming up short, Salomon made a decision to help others avoid work at home hoaxes and scams.
“I never wanted to be scammed again, and didn’t want others to be scammed, so that led me to creating my own Web site,” said Salomon, an Internet marketer and online business owner.
In 2000 Salomon’s aspirations for a successful work at home career came to fruition with the launch of his site, WorkAtHomeCareers.com, which provides content on work-at-home career opportunities and hosts ads from companies offering work from home independent jobs. Thanks to Salomon, those interested in starting a successful work at home career can more easily identify which work at home jobs are scams.
“I help people avoid work-at-home scams and find opportunities they might not have thought of. And I offer the opportunities based on some of the companies I work with,” explained Salomon, who is based in White Plains, N.Y.
Salomon, who also works full time as director of Internet marketing at New York Life Insurance Company, said he dedicates many evenings and weekends to his work at home business, which brings in about $10,000 a month.
Successful Work at Home Career 2 – Virtual Assistant
Jennifer Logullo also has a successful work at home career, working full-time for Corecubed, an integrated marketing, design and PR firm. She says it’s critical to be aware of work at home hoaxes and scams. You have to be able to spot which work at home jobs are scams.
“You have to be careful because there are so many of what look like good opportunities, where you can make a lot of money... If it sounds too good to be true, it is,” said Logullo, who is based in Maryland.
Enjoying a successful work at home career, Logullo is a work at home virtual assistant who provides executive and creative support to the creative and managing directors, as well as the rest of the Corecubed team. She also serves as a human resources associate. Corecubed offers honest, fool-proof work at home jobs to all of its staff, and according to Logullo, “the founder’s philosophy is that she pulls from the top talent in the nation without being limited by demographic concerns.”
Logullo started with Corecubed as a work at home independent contractor in 1999, and became a full-time employee in 2006. She wanted to establish a successful work at home career so she could spend time with her son, now 11.
“I love it. It has changed my life, just to be at home and raise my son; I can’t put a price on that. I have had 10 years with him I wouldn’t have had otherwise if I were commuting and working outside of home,” she said.
Successful Work at Home Career 3 – Virtual Concierge Training Director
Lindsay Gibson also is a fan of work at home careers.
Gibson, who works from the comfort of her farm-home in upstate New York, is director of training for VIPdesk, a provider of virtual concierge and customer service.
Starting six years ago as a concierge manager and reporting to the company’s call center headquarters in Virginia, Gibson worked in an office and managed work at home staff and concierges. She later moved north—and brought her successful work at home career along.
“I have the best of both worlds. I work at home and also live in the country, and am able to enjoy my animals and my husband runs the farm,” she said.
Over 95 percent of VIPdesk’s concierges work at home, and over 50 percent of the corporate positions such as Gibson’s are remote. VIPdesk’s current turnover rate is between 5-10 percent.
Kristina Cowan is the senior writer for the AOL Salary Center and PayScale.com. She has over 10 years of journalism experience, specializing in education and workforce issues.
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