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Are there real online paid jobs?

Updated March 23, 2017

The ratio of scams to real online paid jobs in 2009 was approximately 57 to 1, according to Christine Durst, CEO of The Rat Race Rebellion. Lots of people look for virtual employment opportunities using the Internet. Unfortunately, an even larger number of people prey on gullible job seekers using a wide range of scam techniques. Prospective applicants can avoid many pitfalls by using common sense and taking the time to verify whether an advertised position is legitimate or not. Thankfully, a myriad of legitimate options exist for those who know where to look.

Online Writer

Experienced writers can find a vast number of paid opportunities online. The print publishing industry may be on the decline, but many companies continue to employ writers who create website content for them in a broad variety of niches. Writers can find clients on their own or through freelance web services, such as Elance.com. Alternatively, aspiring writers may opt to build a portfolio and earn revenue-sharing payments with prominent web publishing platforms, such as Associated Content, Helium, Squidoo and Suite 101.

Online call centre representative

Another common internet job is that of the online call centre representative. More and more companies have begun to outsource their customer service jobs to home-based independent contractors. These jobs typically involve technical support, order-taking or sales, though other niches also exist. The U.S. Department of Labor projects a 14 per cent increase in employment of both on-site and remote computer support specialists between 2008 to 2018, which is much greater than the national average for all occupations. Liz Pulliam Weston of MSN Money recommends a couple of online call centres that hire home-based workers, including Alpine Access and LiveOps.

Online Transcription

Online transcription jobs offer skilled typists a chance to make money by listening to audio recordings and transcribing everything on the recordings into word processing documents. Transcribing jobs are particularly prominent in the legal and medical fields. This type of work often requires special transcribing software that allows typists to play back recordings at a pace that lets them write as they listen, and you may have to pay for the software yourself. Aside from mastering the software and honing the ear to pick up minute details, these jobs are fairly straightforward.

Online Tutor

Distance learning has emerged as a popular educational platform, thanks in large part to advancements in collaborative multimedia software. Schools and educational companies now use the internet to connect remote instructors to students around the globe in virtual classrooms. Companies hire online tutors for nearly every subject imaginable. Of course, individuals with formal teaching credentials hold a significant advantage when it comes to finding work. Melissa Ezarik of Yahoo! Finance suggests using GetEducated.com as a resource for landing online teaching jobs. Similarly, Jacqueline Chinappi of Bright Hub mentions several well-known employers in this sector, which include Connections Academy, Kaplan Virtual Education and eSylvan Learning.

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About the Author

David Thyberg began his writing career in 2007. He is a professional writer, editor and translator. Thyberg has been published in various newspapers, websites and magazines. He enjoys writing about social issues, travel, music and sports. Thyberg holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a certificate in Spanish and Latin American studies.