If you’ve been looking for a way to make money from home on the internet, Lionbridge has several work-from-home opportunities you should check out. The positions they are actively recruiting for are Internet Assessor, Internet Judge (US only), Labeling Editor (US only), and BT Segmentation Editor. I can vouch for the company’s legitimacy, because I know someone who recently started working for Lionbridge, and I am in the process of testing for one of these positions myself. Of course, my ultimate goal is to work from home and be my own boss. But, until that happens, I figure if I have to work for someone else I may as well do it from home in my PJ’s while drinking way too much coffee. Read on for more information about these positions.
There is no shame in working at a typical 9-5 job. I understand that it may seem a bit ironic that I would make this statement, since my goal is to quit working for someone else, but it’s important to understand that work is not the enemy. Every day, I see various buzz words like “lifestyle design”, “4-hour work week”, “outsourcing”, and “fire your boss” as part of a wildly growing trend of leaving behind traditional employment or “work” as though having a job and working for someone else is a bad thing. But “work” is not a dirty word.
If you’re reading this, chances are pretty good that you’re already planning to quit your day job, or are at least thinking about it. But before you follow through with that plan, I think it’s important for you to understand your motivation. I believe that a lot of people who catch the quit-your-job fever don’t really have a good fix on why they want to quit. Is it the lure of “easy money” from a “get rich quick” scheme? Maybe you’re just sick of your job or you don’t like the people you work with. If someone feels like her life force is being sucked out of her, or like she’s withering away due to a complete lack of motivation and inspiration at work, it’s easy to see how the idea of quitting your job is like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. If this is your situation, it’s obvious that some kind of change is badly needed. But if you don’t know where you are going, how can you get there? Continue reading
We are a unique breed, those of us who are currently trying to develop work-from-home income or start a micro business, etc. Many of us just want to increase our income but I think the majority of us want to be free from having to work 40 hours per week for someone else. But there is a danger in the process that, if not recognized, can cause a great deal of stress and even make you miserable or lead to depression.
Are We There Yet?
It has been said in many ways that life is a journey, not a destination. The point is meant to remind us to enjoy the journey, to stop and smell the roses, etc. But how often do we really remember to do so? If you are in the process of “getting something going” that may eventually start generating income, that’s pretty exciting. But are holding your breath? Is your life on hold until your “ship comes in?” I’m not going to lie to you and say that I’ve beaten this habit. I still find myself doing it, probably less than most people, but it still rears its ugly head from time to time. I find myself dreaming of what the future will be like when I’ve accomplished my goal. While there’s nothing wrong with that, in general, it can be a problem if you feel that the only way to be happy is when you reach that future goal and until you’ve arrived, your happiness is on hold.
You know what I love about life? You never can predict what’s going to happen next. Okay, sometimes that’s good and sometimes it’s not. What happened to me over the past couple of days started out good, then ended up (arguably) not. Two days ago, I had decided that I would use the remainder of my time on unemployment to break through the remaining barriers that kept me tied to a 9 to 5 job. I was going to face the fear and uncertainty and make a commitment to a single-minded focus on generating additional income outside of a day job. Then, yesterday happened. Continue reading
A funny thing happened to me last week. Here I was, just minding my own business, when I got a friendly call from the HR woman where I work. We exchanged pleasantries, had a brief chat, and said our goodbyes. I mean, we said our goodbyes! That’s right, I got laid off. I am now jobless. I made it through several waves of layoffs over the last several months. Our company was already down to just bones. And now, they’re hitting marrow. It’s so bad that the HR woman even told me that she was getting laid off too. Imagine that! So she had to call herself and inform her that she was laying herself off. Yes, I know that’s a bit twisted, but things are tough all over, right?
So here I am in week 2 of being newly unemployed. What’s my next move? This situation is sort of a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing because I now have more time to spend working on my projects and exploring other ways to make money. It’s a curse because this is a really tough time to be looking for another job. Plus, I’m not ready to abandon my 40-hour work week, just yet. This may come as a surprise to you because the whole point of this website is to quit my day job. So maybe my former place of employment did me a favor, right? Some people would say I should buckle down and put all my energy into developing other sources of work-from-home income so I don’t have to go back to working at a day job. But, honestly, I’m just not ready for that yet. Continue reading
If you have ever dreamed of starting a business, inventing a product and selling it, doing work from home, or making a career out of your passion, this podcast might interest you. I started listening to Dan Miller’s 48 Days Podcast after reading his book, “No More Mondays” This podcast is a companion to the book, “48 Days to the Work You Love” and is excellent support for anyone who dreams of creating an ideal work life.
In each episode, Dan answers questions sent in by people who have read his books, listened to his podcast, and visited his website. The questions all relate to redesigning your life around doing work that is satisfying, fulfilling and that you love to do. Dan offers tips on how to find a job in a tough economy, and how to present your resume, as well as advice on startup business ideas, and transitioning out of an unsatisfying job and into work that you feel you were meant to do. I’ve been listening to this podcast for awhile and I really get the sense that Dan Miller cares deeply about helping people. This give the podcast a little more added weight, in my opinion. While there are many PROs with this podcast, there are some potential CONs as well. Continue reading
There’s no denying that we’re going through some tough times. Unemployment is high, businesses are closing, and while the country is solidly in a recession, any family struggling due to job loss is most definitely in a depression. However, some people will turn a job loss into an opportunity for starting their own business or striking out as consultants or independent contractors.
But for many would-be entrepreneurs, the pressure they feel from their job loss and their immediate need for dependable income means they must first relieve this pressure before entertaining the idea of starting a business or working from home. If you’re one of those people, I may have some good news for you. Continue reading