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15 years -- that's how long ago I started my work from home journey. Four months pregnant with my second child with a 7-month-old baby, working outside the home wasn't an option. But finding legit work from home opportunities back then was hard work in and of itself.

I fell prey to a few scams in those early days, but eventually I found my way into some genuine live operator customer service positions. When those became too difficult to manage with five noisy kids in the background, I found legal document coding work, which led to home transcription and, finally, blogging.

I'm one of the success stories. But I can tell you that for every successful work at home mom you hear about, there are dozens who were not so fruitful. Working from home requires an entrepreneurial spirit and a fair bit of self motivation.

If you feel like you're up to the challenge, I've got a fabulous work from home opportunity to share with you...

Do You Want To Work From Home

Have you heard about VIPKID, yet? VIPKID is an online English education platform which allows children ages 4-12 in China to take English classes from teachers who are mainly based in the U.S. and Canada. Let that sink in for just a minute... I mean, how amazing is the world we live in today?!

Legit work from home opportunities are still few and far between these days, but I feel like I can wholeheartedly endorse VIPKIDS because I've heard nothing but good things about them from my friend (and fellow former Walmart Mom) Lynnae! She's been working with them for 7 months now, and she graciously allowed me to share her thoughts on why VIPKID is so fabulous with you all.

"There are so many things to love about working for VIPKID -- the flexible schedule, the supportive teaching community, and the cultural education that comes from working for a Chinese company. But the greatest benefit to working for VIPKID is the kids. Over the last seven months I have built relationships with several of my students, and I look forward to seeing them each week. To me, this "job" doesn't feel like work at all! It's too much fun to be considered work!"

Head over to her blog to hear more about what it's like to work from home with VIPKID!

Work With VIPKID

VIPKID was founded just four years ago and has a strong financial backing. (Fun fact: Kobe Bryant is an investor!) Already, they have over 200,000 students and counting. In fact, they're the fastest growing online education company globally -- and they need more teachers STAT. Teachers like YOU!

Requirements are as follows:

  • a bachelor's degree in any field
  • one school year of full-time teaching experience or equivalent hours in similar educational activities (e.g. home schooling, tutoring, educational mentoring, etc.);
  • eligibility to work in US or Canada

And NO, you don't need to speak Chinese to teach! VIPKID provides you with a unique curriculum to deliver English classes online in a 1:1 environment from the comfort of your own home, allowing you to earn money and still maintain a flexible schedule.

I'm especially intrigued by their unique flipped classroom approach. Students will independently learn the material and then receive a 30-minute lesson with the teacher. After that they receive virtual homework and practice games to reinforce what they've learned.

Staying motivated is minimized, too, because you will have scheduled meetings with students, and the classes are extremely engaging, so there is no room for slacking off. Plus, VIPKID also gives you a bonus for showing up to class on time!

Benefits of Working as A VIPKID Teacher

If you're interested in teaching, VIPKID offers some really great benefits:

  • Impact hundreds of thousands of children in China
  • Flexible hours
  • Work from anywhere
  • Earn an average of $19/hour
  • Incentives including cash, prizes, and even trips to Beijing

How To Become A VIPKID Teacher

Are you ready to submit an application? Step one is filling out the VIPKID online application. After that, there are several steps involved in the hiring process, but if you follow them and meet all of the qualifications, you could begin teaching in just about a month!

  1. REGISTER HERE and fill out the basic info (5 minutes)
  2. 10 minute teaching sample (virtual interview or recorded)
  3. Intro to teaching (2-3 hours)
  4. Mock class (2-4 hours)
  5. Sign the contract and start teaching kids!

What are you waiting for... Go apply now to get started!

Do you have experience working from home with VIPKID? I'd love to hear your perspective, as well. Weigh in, in the comments below!

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Just a reminder that the General Transcription 101 package is available for $14.99 through the end of today only. Once the sale ends, the entire package is being retired. If you're looking for an at-home career or have thought about transcription, be sure to get yours today!


Nielsen Homescan: Looking For New Panel Members

by Tara Kuczykowski on August 13, 2009 · 33 comments

Looking for a fun way to earn some great prizes? Then you might be interested in signing up for Nielsen Homescan.

Panel members are provided with a hand-held scanner. Every time you or members of your household shop, you’ll use the scanner to scan the barcodes on all of your purchases. Then you'll upload your data to Nielsen once a week and earn gift points that are redeemable for name-brand merchandise, including electronics equipment, jewelry, household items, toys, and much more!

I've been a Nielsen Homescan panelist in the past and enjoyed it very much. Nielsen is great about walking you through technical issues, so don't worry about feeling overwhelmed. Note that it was several months before I heard from them when I signed up – they have a limited number of openings available in each area.

Do I have any readers currently in the program that would like to share their perspectives?


Work at Home Opportunity: Southern Living at HOME

by Tara Kuczykowski on March 15, 2009 · 18 comments

The following is a guest post from Carmella at Southern Fried Dreams.


Southern Living at HOME has been a blessing in my life since the first day I joined. I was drawn in by the gorgeous products, but it didn’t take long for me to realize what an amazing opportunity this is. I never thought I could stay at home with my son. I never thought I could get up in front of others and speak. I never thought I could earn additional income for doing something that I love so dearly. Southern Living at HOME has changed my mindset in these areas and many more. It has allowed me to live out my dreams bigger and better than ever before!

When you become a Southern Living At HOME Consultant, you can earn a 25% profit on your personal sales. You also earn a 5% business supply credit based on retail sales so you don't spend your profits on important items such as catalogs and order forms. Earn up to an additional 9% of wholesale each month when you build your team.

The earning potential doesn’t stop there! Our Choices Program rewards consistent leaders within the company by paying out a cash incentive the can be used for savings, a dream home, a new car, or school tuition – you choose! PLUS I am continually amazed at the level of training, support, and incentives (products, additional cash, trips, etc.) hosted at the company level.


Our beautiful Starter Kit is filled with samples of our exclusive products, supplies to get your business started, and even a one-year subscription to Southern Living magazine—a retail value of more than $500 for only $199 + tax!


As an added bonus join in March 2009 and receive this Savannah Beverage Server (retail value $129.95) absolutely FREE!

Whether you are thinking about joining my team either part time (2-4 parties a month) or full time (6-8 parties a month), please contact me. I'd love to share more about our opportunity so you can decide if this would be a good fit into your life. Please visit my website – Click on Contact Me in the upper right hand corner to schedule your opportunity chat today!

Deal Seeking Mom here: As with any work-at-home opportunity, I always recommend you check out a company thoroughly yourself. I've mentioned general transcription in the past, but I've also worked as a customer service rep and in data entry and legal document coding from home. Is this information that you would find useful if I were to write about it?


Reminder: General Transcription 101 Discount Ends Today

by Tara Kuczykowski on October 31, 2008 · 24 comments

I just wanted to send out a quick reminder that today is the last day to purchase the General Transcription 101: Your Complete Guide to Getting Started ebook for just $14.99, 50% off the regular price!

If you haven't had time to read my article on working from home in general transcription, I would encourage you to look it over. I'm so thankful to have found such a wonderful and rewarding career that allows me to stay at home, and I just want to help other moms avoid the pitfalls and scams out there and be able to contribute to their household income in a meaningful way.

Again this special price includes the following:

  • General Transcription 101: Your Complete Guide to Getting Started PDF ebook
  • Financial Earnings Calls 101: Your Complete Guide to Getting Started PDF ebook
  • 4 podcasts with industry professionals
  • 4 transcript keys so you can use the podcasts as practice audio

General Transcription 101: Your Complete Guide to Getting Started

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!