Yes, I work from home!

October 20, 2010

I’ve been working from home for a few years now.  Virtual call centers are popping up all over, and many are Fortune 500 companies!

I work for National Electronics Warranty (N.E.W), recently  named one of the “Best Places to Work” for 2010 by Washington Business Journal.

NEW is hiring Home-Based Customer Care Representatives (CCRs) to take inbound customer service and support calls. As a Home-Based CCR, you help customers from the comforts of your home—answering their questions, troubleshooting problems with their product and arranging service or replacement as needed. It’s a fulfilling job that gives you a variety of schedules, hourly pay and the opportunity to work from home.

Here are a few more Fortune 500 top ranked work at home companies!

Alpine Access

Alpine Access was established in 1998. They’re approach to customer service is to bring the call center to the employee verses bringing the employee to the office. With Alpine Access, you are an employee not an independent contractor.Applicants undergo an extensive application process to ensure that Alpine Access is hiring the best customer service reps. All interviews are done online. Also there is no fees but, once an applicant is offered the position they are required to pay $45 for a background check.

Arise

Arise Virtual Solutions, Inc.,originally Willow CSN Incorporated, was founded in 1997. Arise specializes in home-based sales, customer service and technical support.They service over 40 companies world wide by providing well rained, profession, telephone representatives. According to their website, You choose when and how often you provide service with flexible scheduling options that allow you to divide your time into increments as few as 30 minutes.With Arise, and a worker is an independent consultant and not an employee.

Cloud 10

Cloud 10 was established in 2006. With Cloud 10 a worker is an employee. They allow employees to set there own schedule to allow flexibility. All interviews are done online. The application process is very simple. Cloud 10 specializes in Inbound Communications, Outbound Communications, Back Office Administration, CRM Consultancy Services, Contact Automation, In-Language Support, and Business Continuity.

LiveOps

LiveOps was established in 2000. With LiveOps workers are independent consultants. There are no contractors fees but you will need to pay $30.00 for a background check. LiveOps specialize in Customer Service, Call Center Outsourcers, IT/Operations, Direct Response, and Sales & Marketing. LiveOps has over 200 customers ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

West

West is a Fortune 10000 company. With west you can work in office or at home. There are no fees to be paid ever. West At Home offers schedules based on either per minute rate, per call OR guaranteed hourly rate. With West At Home workers are independent contractors.

Working Solutions

Established in 1996, Working Solutions has been providing excellent customer service reps. With Working solutions workers are independent consultants. There are no fees to be paid ever.

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There are tons of other legitimate companies out there you just need to know where to look.There are even some well known companies that you may have never thought you could work for at home some of these include:

* Delta Airlines
* JetBlue
* Uhaul
* 1800flowers

When looking at these work at home jobs remember to look at the technology specifications. Many of these companies will have requirements such as equipment and computer capabilities. Do not fear,with these companies the most you will need is a dedicated phone line, a head set, a working computer, a printer and a fax. But again view the sites carefully to ensure your hardware is up to par.

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40 Useful Reference Sites You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Or Thought About

July 10, 2008

While most of us use Wikipedia or Google when searching for information, the Internet offers a smorgasbord of search engines, dictionaries, reference desks and databases that have organized and archived information for quick and easy searches. Here are some reference sites covering specific genres, exclusive to topics you may not have thought of.

Just for Fun

Search for unique profanity, sex terms and ridiculously long words here.

1. Roger’s Profanisaurus: Have fun looking up profane words at “the ultimate swearing dictionary.”

2. Sexual Dictionary: Look up quotes for “doin’ the wild thing” here, andSearch Engines other slang terms for sex.

3. Grandiloquent Dictionary: Impress your friends by using huge words you found here.

Search Engines

These sites offer different ways to search for different topics.

4. Gimpsy: Gimspy specializes in “active sites for active people.” You can search by verb or action, by filling in the sentence “I want to…”

5. Ms. Dewey: Your off-the-wall host Ms. Dewey flirts, sings and offers silly trivia or analysis while you search.

6. Ulyssek Search Engine: You can view your results organized into categories on this site.

7. Cha Cha: This creative search engine makes you feel like you’re sending a text from your cell phone when you search.

8. FactBites: FactBites is “where results make sense” and is touted as a search engine crossed with an encyclopedia.

9. Mega-Mega Search Engine: The MOTHER of ALL search engines allows you to search 20 engines at once. For serious searches, these are the 20 best general search engines, meta-search engines and directories on the Internet

10. USA People Search: Need to find someone? Try this free people search, which not only shows names and locations, but aliases, maiden names, married names, and possible relatives, all for free. It’s easy to find someone, just enter their name and click search. You can also add city, state, age, or zip code. Or search by address or phone number.

News and Pop Culture

Discover pop culture references, a sports almanac, and more in this list.

11. Who’s Alive and Who’s Dead: Keep track of which famous musicians, performers, actors, athletes and political figures are alive and which ones are dead.

12. Sports Almanac: From the Olympics to hockey, you can find everything there is to know about sports history and players on this site.

13. AllMusic.com: Search by genre like rock, jazz, pop, world, rap or blues.

14. Oxford Music Online: This site is “the world’s premier authority on all aspects of music.”

15. Bibliomania: Over 2,000 classic texts can be found on this site, as well as reference books, study guides and links to buy books.

Internet and Computer Reference

Tech’s and non-techies may want to brush up on Internet and computer terms by searching these sites and glossaries.

16. Glossary of Internet Terms: From ADN to Meta Tag to SDSL to cgi-bin, find definitions of Internet terms here.

17. McAfee Virus Glossary: Learn about online threats and computer security by browsing this authoritative glossary.

18. WestNet IT Glossary: Search results for IT words bring up definitions, a list of related words, animations and graphics.

19. Chat Stuff: This short dictionary has translations for popular chat acronyms like AFK, BAK, and BCNU.

20. Tech Encyclopedia: Look up a specific word or click to get a random definition each day.

21. What Is? IT Dictionary: Browse categories like personal computing, call centers, cheat sheets, authentication, network hardware, compliance, Linux, storage management, Telecom, robotics and a whole lot more for tech definitions.

For Students

22. Dictionary of English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions: ESL students and curious native speakers can search this dictionary to find idioms like “part and parcel,” or “gnaw your vitals.”

23. Historical Text Archives: This site boasts nearly 687 articles and 70 books about history, especially American history.

24. Style Guides and Resources: This reference list will help you out when you need to write a paper using APA, MLA, and other special citation systems.

25. Statistical Resources on the Web: Find updated statistics on everything from agriculture to business to labor to housing to the military.

26. RefDesk: Check your facts quickly and easily at the RefDesk, which features a site of the day, thought of the day, and plenty of multi-search tools.

27. Factmonster Reference Desk: Here, you’ll find an almanac, homework center, atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia for younger students.

26. Encyclopedia Mythica: Search for text, quotes and history of mythology, folklore and religon. Categories include Greek people, Celtic mythology and Roman mythology.

27. American Memory: The Library of Congress’ American culture and history reference site features topics like environment and conservation, immigration, women’s history, Presidents, religion, maps, literature, African American history and others.

28. ASL Browser: Look up American Sign Language signs here.

29. Biology Website References for Students and Teachers: Learn about evolution, cell chemistry, anatomy and genetics from this list of reference sites.

30. Math Glossary: Look up words and concepts like abacus, Thales’ theorem, obtuse triangle and a lot more in this special site.

Dictionaries and More

For a quick definition or more specialized results that display synonyms, rhyming words and slang, try one of these.

31. Strange and Unusual References: Head to this site to look up all-vowel words, magic words, magic archetypes, how to identify unicorns and other odd material.

32. Freedict.com: This online translator can find words in Dutch, Afrikaans, Russian, Portugese, Swedish, Japanese, Hungarian and more.

33. Word Spy: Search for a specific word to bring up funny quotations and a definition, or you can browse categories and sub categories like aging and death, hacking and hackers, entrepreneurs, jargon and buzzwords, art and design, drugs, euphemisms, sleeping or cell phones.

34. RhymeZone: Type in a word to find rhyming words, synonyms, definitions, Shakespeare references and more.

35. The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: Search through topics like technology, American history, literature in English, proverbs and more to become a more “active citizen in our multicultural democracy.”

36. OneLook: This no-frills online dictionary lets you look up basic definitions, related words, phrases and more. You can even customize your experience with different searches.

37. Directory of Occupational Titles: If you’ve ever wanted to know the official name of your job, look it up here.

38. Slang Site: Look up Web words, slang and even made up but often used words here.

For Consumers

39. Kelly Blue Book: Here you’ll find all kinds of consumer information about new and used cars.

40. Rip Off Reports: Victim of a consumer Rip-off? Want justice? Unlike the Better Business Bureau, Ripoff Report does not hide reports of “satisfied” complaints. Search the Ripoff Report before you do business with retail stores with bad return policies, checking & credit theft, rebate fraud or other unscrupulous business policies such as phony auto repairs, auto dealer bait-and-switch tactics, restaurants with bad service or food, corrupt government employees & politicians, police corruption, home builders, contractors, unethical doctors & lawyers, online stores that sell non-existent products, dead beat dads & moms, landlords & tenants, fraudulent employment & business opportunities, and individual con artists who scam consumers.


Web 2.0 The Machine is Us/ing Us

October 17, 2007

“Web 2.0” in just under 5 minutes. 

The video was created by Michael Wesch working alone from his house in St. George, Kansas, has accumulated more than 1,7 million views at youtube.  I’m sure everyone and their dog has seen this. It’s still worth posting because it’s thought-provoking, well-done, put together by an incredible professor who’s teaching methods inspire should inspire others in every college across the nation.

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The Internet Has a Face

October 17, 2007

With YouTube, a text world of interaction and networking is now given face and a persona. Not only for entertainment, the YouTube website is a platform for communication not previously used by the average web surfer before its birth in early 2005. Since then, this website has hosted not just coca cola and mentos experiments, but a network of vloggers who have meaningful interactions beyond the limits of text. Users are now seeing and subscribing to one another, attaching video responses along the way which embrace comedy and compassion, as well as criticism and conversation. Before, we were reliant upon what the user has expressed through words, however, when one can read beyond words through visuals, the communication seems to become more “human and personal.” If there was a fear that the internet was making society antisocial, vlogging would seek to prove otherwise.

With that said, the following video was created to explore the content and purpose of vlogs, as well as the networking and interconnectivity as users respond and reach out to eachother within and beyond the YouTube website. Many of the clips were found through a simple search for vlogs, resulting in a better understanding of the use of such a medium. Enjoy!

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