Moms Who Work From Home ( Dads Too!) Find Legitimate Opportunities

We are often asked, "How realistic is it for dads or moms who work from home to do medical billing?" If you have looked through our pages you will know that it is definitely realistic to work from home doing medical billing, if you take the proper steps (For more information see our Billing Home Business tab on the navigation bar). But we also know others that are using many different ways to make extra money from home.

In our search to find a legitimate resource for telecommuting jobs for our dads and moms who work from home we came across great business called FlexJobs.This company compiles many legit work from home business opportunities which saves clients the time of combing through hundreds of websites to find possible jobs, and screens them to avoid scam offers enabling dads and moms who work from home to find a good opportunity.

We were very fortunate to be able to speak with the CEO of FlexJobs, Sara Sutton Fell, who had been featured on CNN as well as appeared in Forbes, USA Today as well as many other publications. Ms. Fell was kind enough to answer several questions we had about her company and business model, and about how to find good jobs for dads and moms who work from home.

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Q: EVERYTHING MEDICAL BILLING: What inspired you to start this business?

A: SARA SUTTON FELL, CEO, FlexJobs: I started FlexJobs after I had my own frustrating experience looking for a flexible job.

It all started when I was pregnant with my first son. I knew that I wanted to be able to work from home at least part-time. But once I started looking for a flexible job – even though I knew the jobs were out there – I quickly discovered that finding a legitimate work from home job was not going to be easy. So many scammers are looking to take advantage of people who want to telecommute that the real jobs are buried under countless scams and too good to be true business opportunities. I was very upset by this.

The experience inspired me start and run FlexJobs as the service that I really wanted when I was looking for a work from home job. FlexJobs is designed to help job-seekers looking for telecommuting and work at home jobs to find job listings without needing to spend countless hours sifting through fake jobs, scams, and questionable business opportunities. FlexJobs also reduces the risks associated with looking for home-based jobs

Q: Everything Medical Billing: What three pieces of advice would you offer to our dads and moms who work from home who really want or need to secure a work from home job?

A: Sara Sutton Fell:

  1. Keep an open mind – especially if you are not currently working. Even if you are interested in a full-time position, look at part-time, freelance, and contract jobs. These jobs can provide you with some income, experience, networking contacts, and may even turn into additional work.
  2. For every job you are applying to, write a customized cover letter/email. Explain why you are in interested and why you are a good fit for the specific job you are applying for. Many people want to work from home, so the competition is stiff – use your cover letters to stand out from the crowd.
  3. Be careful in your search for a work at home job. Avoid scams by using common sense: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

(Note from Everything Medical Billing: Some ways to avoid scams for dads and moms who work from home:

  1. Do NOT send money. Legitimate companies will not require up-front money to hire you or to get started.
  2. "Get Rich Quick" schemes are just that: schemes. If an ad promises lots of money for relatively little effort, steer clear.
  3. Check references from past or current employees; if these are not provided, that is a big red flag.
  4. Assembly, envelope stuffing or data entry jobs are rarely legit.
  5. Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been filed about the company you are researching
  6. Do an internet search that includes the company name and the word "scam" and see what turns up.

Doing your research will help you avoid unpleasant surprises.)

Q: Everything Medical Billing: What do you think the telecommuting job market will look like five years from now?

A: Sara Sutton Fell: The telecommuting job market will be larger and offer even more opportunities in five years. More and more companies are using telecommuting and can be held as examples of how telecommuting works to the benefit of employers, employees, and the environment. Combine that with inevitable advances in technology and it is clear that telecommuting will be thriving.

I wrote a post once about Unexpected Work from Home Jobs that we’ve seen. I need to write another one – we really see some surprising jobs!


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