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Work From Home Opportunity: Call Center Agent

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I’m looking for legitimate work at home opportunities to review for Quitters, and I’ve been spending a lot of time lately researching various types of work that can be done from home.  As I dig up information that I think you might be interested in, I’ll pass along whatever I’ve found and maybe one of these opportunities will be a good fit for you. Please jump in with comments if you have experience with this type of work, or any information about a particular company that might be hiring, etc. In this post I review information about working from home as a call center agent. I’ll fill you in on what kind of work is involved, earning potential, and what to consider when you’re comparing employers. I’ll also give you links to 16 companies that hire work-at-home call center agents. Continue reading

Saving Your Sanity When Your Computer Crashes

If you’re trying to start your own business – and especially if you’re trying to make money online – I’m guessing you’ve gotten pretty dependent on your computer. Ever thought about doing business without it? If you’re breaking out in a cold sweat right now, you’re probably not as prepared as you should be. Murphy’s Law basically states that Anything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong. Sucks, right? Yeah, well, what sucks even more is that your computer is not immune to Murphy’s Law and Microsoft hasn’t yet come up with a security patch for it. So, if you don’t do some planning now, you may just find yourself in the same position I’ve found myself in lately.

When it comes to repairing computer problems, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. My old Dell recently decided to take advantage of my shortcomings and would give me nothing but the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death.” I heard it laughing, I swear. Not even “safe mode” could save me from whatever evil, diabolical plot my Dell had devised. It was done. After two days of pleading, rebooting, restoring, cursing, kicking, and screaming, I was done too. My solution? I bought a new eMachine. This isn’t a review of eMachines. I don’t know enough about computers to review them. I know it works and it’s really quiet. And did I mention it works? But, as I’ve been going through the process of trying to get some of my old stuff onto my new computer, there were a couple of tools that saved what little sanity I had left, and that’s what I want to pass along to you. Continue reading

Inspiration for Reaching Your Goals

As we’ve said before, one of our goals here at the Quitters blog is to build a community of like-minded people so that we can all offer advice, ask for help, and share resources in the quest to achieve our goals. This morning I found a gem that I think you’ll find very thought-provoking and inspirational so I wanted to pass it along. Besides, my own creative juices don’t start flowing until I’ve got at least 3 cups of caffeine in my blood and it’s just too damn early for me to write my own stuff. Did I mention I’m NOT a morning person? Ok, that’s another post. Anyway, check out this free report from Chris Guillebeau called “A Brief Guide to World Domination,” available from his blog, The Art of Nonconformity. It’s probably the only PDF I’ve ever read from start to finish. If you’re even more morning-challenged than I am, save it and come back to it when you have at least 10 functioning brain cells. Really. Good stuff. Here’s a peek:

 

11 Ways to be Unremarkably Average

  1. Accept what people tell you at face value
  2. Don’t question authority
  3. Go to college because you’re supposed to, not because you want to learn something
  4. Go overseas once or twice in your life, to somewhere safe like England
  5. Don’t try to learn another language; every-one else will eventually learn English
  6. Think about starting your own business, but never do it
  7. Think about writing a book, but never do it
  8. Get the largest mortgage you qualify for and spend 30 years paying for it
  9. Sit at a desk 40 hours a week for an average of 10 hours of productive work
  10. Don’t stand out or draw attention to yourself
  11. Jump through hoops. Check off boxes.

Here’s the full report:  A Brief Guide to World Domination

Here’s the source. Make sure you check out Chris’ site

Have a productive and inspired weekend!

The Plan: Quitting My Job and Creating Multiple Streams of Income

The stubborn folks at the Virginia Lottery are simply not cooperating with my plan to be the next multi-million-dollar lottery winner. So, I figure I’d better come up with a more attainable plan for bringing home the bacon if I want to be able to quit my job in the next couple of years. Here’s how that plan shakes down:

  • I want to develop multiple streams of income, because it’s just good logic.
  • I don’t want all of my income to be related to Internet-related earnings. I have a recurring nightmare that I turn on my computer and see nothing except a blue screen and the words “Cyberspace is full. The Internet is closed. Move On.” Ok, it’ll (probably) never happen, but I’d feel better if some money was coming in through some other avenue. I’m just saying…
  • I want some passive income. That’s right, and I’m not ashamed of it either. I want money pouring into my bank account that I’m not even aware of. I want to be making money while I sleep, while I eat, while I’m avoiding my exercise routine, and while I’m breathing. I’m usually engaged in at least one of those activities at any given moment. It’s not that I’m lazy. Well, I’m a little lazy. But if I have to put a lot of effort into every stream of income, then I’ll end up working more than 40 hours a week, and that would kind of defeat the purpose of this whole thing, wouldn’t it? And by the way, “lazy” is such an ugly word, don’t you think? With all the political correctness crap these days why can’t we come up with a more non-judgmental term…say, “activity-challenged” for example? I’m sure all my couch-oriented friends will agree with me on this point. Moving on… Continue reading

Three Good Reasons to Start a Blog

Out of the bazillion sites in the blogosphere, you’ve finally found your way to A Couple of Quitters. Welcome. Because you’re here, I’m guessing you’ve spent plenty of quality time daydreaming about how awesome it would be if you could quit your day job, stop working 40 hours (or more) every week, and find some other source of income that doesn’t require you to do 98% of the crap you’re currently doing to pay the bills. Well, you aren’t the only grape in that bunch.

For years now, Scott and I have been sharing that same daydream. We want to quit our jobs, work from home doing things we actually enjoy doing, and preferably make more money doing it. If we could pull that off, it would give us more time to enjoy life, family, and friends. We would have the freedom to set our own hours, and take time off when we want it. Sounds good, right? Well, theoretically that’s how it’ll work. Of course, there’s always the possibility that we’ll fail miserably and end up selling hot dogs from a cart in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Nevertheless, we’ve finally decided to take a chance and try to make our dream a reality. Hooray for us. But, why would we want to blog about it? Glad you asked. There are a few reasons why we started this blog: Continue reading

My Career in a Nutshell, Part 2

Missed Part 1? Catch up here.

Remember the bumper sticker that read The One Who Dies with the Most Toys Wins? That line of BS was the motto of what I call The American Dream, version 1.0. I fell for it. Did you? This version of The American Dream was fairly simple and straightforward, which was a big part of its’ appeal for me.

Five Basic Tenants of The American Dream, Version 1.0

  1. Make a lot of money. The more, the better.
  2. Make a lot of money as quickly as possible. You might get hit by a bus and die next Tuesday. If you haven’t made a lot of money by then, you’ll die a loser just like everybody else who got hit by buses on Tuesday. Or something like that.
  3. Buy a lot of stuff so that everybody else knows you’ve made lots of money. You could always wear a T-Shirt with “I have a lot of money” printed on it, but then you’d look like an idiot. Besides, buying stuff is much more convincing. Other people will like looking at your stuff and wish they had it. Continue reading

My Career in a Nutshell, Part 1

Round One Goes to the Smart-Ass in the
Faded Jeans and T-Shirt

…Losing My Balls

By the time I got to high school, I knew a lot of kids who already had their lives and careers planned out. They had known for years what they wanted to be “when they grew up.” They really pissed me off. I knew I didn’t want a job that would require me to wear a dress and uncomfortable shoes. Beyond that, my future was a mystery.

The only thing I’d ever felt I had any natural talent for in school was reading and writing. I kept that bit of information to myself. Had I gone around reading and writing in front of people, I was sure I’d be banned from the cool kid table in the cafeteria. And let me tell you…I was way too smart to let that happen! Continue reading