I wanted to share the results of the Work-at-Home survey. Several sisters were kind enough to take time to answer questions so that I can get a better idea of the type of work-at-home job information readers need. I’m also in the process of planning an informative Work-at-Home webinar and Q&A session after Ramadan, insha’Allah. I’ve decided to leave the survey active so if you haven’t taken part, please feel free to do so – your anwers are so important – they help me focus on providing the exact information you need, insha’Allah. Make sure to take part in the ongoing survey
If you’d like to see the questions I asked and final results, here are the reader responses to our very first Work-at-Home Job Survey.
One question I asked all survey participants was: “What is the biggest challenge you’ve encountered when searching for a work-at-home job?” Naturally avoiding scams was at the top of the list, but another participant’s response really got my attention:
“The biggest challenge I have encountered when searching for a work at home job is finding a position which offers a consistent flow of work. Many jobs will only provide a few short assignments each month, or even less. Some will start out with a heavy work load, but no further assignments after the initial one is completed. The most important thing for me when searching for a work at home position is to ensure that I will always be able to jump from one assignment right into another, and even manage multiple assignments at one time.”
This is good feedback because at the heart of this comment lies the key to success in earning income from work-at-home jobs. Unless you secure a position as a company employee with benefits, most work-at-home job assignments are temporary. One major reason behind this is contract negotiations. Some work-at-home companies act as a middle man of sorts. They secure contracts with actual hiring companies that pay them to recruit a team of workers to carry out a specific job. That job might be answering calls and taking reservations for a well- known travel agency, cable company or pizza delivery service. This means that when they get a company contract, they get paid and you get paid for the work you do. It’s a win-win.
The only downside: another company could come in and offer the company you have under contract a better deal which leads to no contract renewal, which leads to loss of work. This is common with companies like West and Live Ops. They’ll provide several different projects for workers to choose from. A project may stick around for a few years or only one. It can make securing a guaranteed income tough. One common solution is to sign up to work on more than one contract and alternate your working schedule accordingly. It also protects you in case one project ends unexpectedly. You’ll still have one or more projects generating income. In the work-at-home world, it’s often referred to as adding eggs to your basket, and the best income insurance is having two or more eggs in your basket when you are an independent contractor.
Do you have any work-at-home job tips for generating a consistent income and work flow?