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The Work-at-Home Sourcebook

by Lynie Arden

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The Work at Home Sourcebook is a self help book that lists work at home careers and opportunities, from home businesses to telecommuting to sales and outsourcing. The book is logically arranged by general type of work at home experience, with chapters such as "Opportunities in the Arts," "Opportunities in Computers," and "Opportunities in Sales."

Although this book is packed with information, the sobering news is that--aside from franchises and other businesses that require an outlay of capital--unless one is already employed and working for an employer willing to allow a telecommute, or is already fully trained and certified as a medical or legal transcriber, most of the opportunities are of a sporadic, extremely low-paying nature. Each listing has complete information--how to make contact, whether by phone or website, if the opportunity is local or national; however, upon exploration, a half dozen or more contained incorrect information, or information that was no longer up to date. ( )
1 vote BeckyJG | Jan 14, 2010 |
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Written by a 20-year veteran of working at home, this book explains how to do fulfilling, profitable work without leaving the house. It lists hundreds of companies that hire freelancers, providing contact information, job requirements, and salary and benefits data. This new edition includes black-and-white photographs and illustrations throughout, updates all existing information, and adds more than 150 new work-at-home opportunities. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Presents more than one thousand employment opportunities for individuals who want to work at home, as well as facts about potential home businesses, encompassing jobs in the arts, real estate, travel, computers, and service areas. Softcover. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
A good "idea" book, but short on local job availabilities, April 23, 2004
Reviewer: A reader
If you are in dire straits and are hoping and dreaming that this book solve you financial situation, I urge you to borrow it from the library first so that you at least can read it for free the first time.

If you like it only then buy it. There is some good info. in it, but except for some survey work (which I declined because they required a two--or three-day training period out of state) I certainly never found any local jobs with it. And most featured in the book did require a certain degree of education and experience, or you already had to be employed by the company, like 3M or similar, and then go about getting the job internally. The last ones are probably never advertised.

And the "opportunities" to "work at home" and get "easy pay" that you see in the local rag, stapled to electrical poles, in the classifieds and the multi-level marketing schemes inflicted upon you by people you know are only opportunities to make others rich and you poorer.

I should know. I looked and looked and looked on my late elderly mother's behalf, and I wasted a lot of time & money on her behalf too.The people responsible for such misrepresentation are the scum of the earth, for they give false hope to those who already feel hopeless and afraid.

I'd suggest looking up the company name at Rickross.com and also the Better Business Bureau before investing your time or money. You'll never get the former back, and probably not the latter either in my experience.

If your state or local government has an official Job Service chances are there have far better jobs listed at their website and a lot more of them as well. Speaking from personal experience, if you can put together a well-crafted resume, (our job service will do it for you for free) or even if you simply use the template for one in MS Works or similar, it will put you head and shoulders above the masses. And there are even occasional work-at-home ones listed there too.

I guess if you're really hard up for money and can get away for a while, there's always crab fishing in the Bering sea off of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Just keep in mind that even though you might make 30K for five days' work, there's a reason it's considered the most dangerous job in the world

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful:
Great Information, July 25, 2002
Reviewer: A reader
Frankly, I am surpirsed by the negative comments. It's like people buying a lottery ticket and complaining when they don't win.

I think that this is the most comprehensive book on the subject. Sure, there are not going to be work-at-home jobs in every area of the country -- they are not that easy to come by! And yes, it will probably be somewhat outdated, even before it hits the store shelves. That is the nature of business -- and books!

But all in all, I found the information credible and up to date. Plus it was full of ideas that give you jumping points from which you can start, even if there is not a job available in your area.

I bought the book for my brother who is disabled, and unable to get a "regular" job. I read it before I sent it to him, to be sure I was sending him something worthwhile. I thought the book had some great information, and yes! He was able to find a work-at-home job.

Be forewarned, work-at-home jobs are not always easy to come by. You (gulp!) actually have to qualify (!!) for the position, and in many cases, you must live near the company. If you ACTUALLY think that you can make money from home stuffing envelopes (or some other "easy" sounding job) from home, and send off [some] bucks to get the "position" be prepared to be out [money]. On the other hand, if you're looking for a real work-at-home job, and not some scheme, this book is a great starting point.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful:
Had some useful information and ideas, October 4, 2001
Reviewer: Trish from "ToothFairyCity.com" - See all my reviews
I did not actually contact any of the companies listed in the book, but the book was helpful for me in my work at home solution. It gave me several ideas on different things that can actually be done from home. Some of the actual businesses listed in the book do only hire local residents and unfortunately they were not in my state. It did give me some encouragement and ideas in my search. I did think that the book was helpful for me.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful:
Not What I Expected, August 22, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
I was looking for a book to give me some sort of a list of companies that would hire home-based workers and thought I had found it in this book. When I finally recieved the book, it was completely NOT what I was looking for. Sure it had a list of companies, but the positions I qualified for were in far away places where I had to become a 'local resident'. Then when I did find that "one in a million" company that you could be located anywhere, the company was either out of buisness or no longer hiring homeworkers. I am so glad that I was able to buy this book where I could return it instead of through these [...] websites where I'd have to get a lawyer just to get my [money] back. I am extremely dissappointed in this book and hope others don't make the same mistake that I did in purchasing it.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
Outdated Information, May 21, 2001
Reviewer: A reader
It seems that every edition of this book has contained seriuosly outdated information. I guess they are selling copies since they keep cranking out new editions. Very Disappointing.

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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful:
Very Informative, May 27, 2000
Reviewer: Rick Davis (In her heart) - See all my reviews
The author is very good in her writing skills. The Author has made a big change in my life. Thank you Lynie... ( X )

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful:
Many of the companies in this book don't exist anymore, March 1, 2000
Reviewer: Nikki J. (New York) - See all my reviews
I have purchased the sixth and seventh edition of this book and the information is very outdated. I have contacted many of the companies in this book and more than 70% are either out of business or have discontinued their work at home programs. I specifically needed computer based home work and out of all the possible jobs this book lists I have only gotten two leads out of the book.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful:
Idea Starter, July 18, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
Many entries were franchises. Many take-home work ideas were for local residents only. I don't live by any of the ones that I have qualifications for. But the book did spark some ideas for practical things I could do to find my own sources of work at home projects.
  Fortyplus | Feb 12, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0911781196, Paperback)

This indispensable directory contains information not found in any other book on the subject. The Work-at-Home Sourcebook is the only book available which gives specific information for finding, applying for, and getting home work with AT&T, J. C. Penney, and more than 1,000 other companies that routinely hire qualified home workers. Contact information, job descriptions and requirements, and details on pay and benefits are included. Other chapters cover handicrafts, franchises, telecommuting, learning how to work at home, and ideas for businesses that can be started from home with a minimal investment. All information has been updated, and over 150 new opportunities are included.

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A directory of over 1,000 companies that use home workers.

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