Who's Hiring Freelancers: Allonhill, Franklin Resource Group and VoiceLog


If you need extra money but don't want a staff job, freelance work may be the answer. These days, companies hire freelancers for everything from writing and design to delivery and sales.

Pros and cons: You usually don't get benefits, but can often set your own schedule and may even be able to work from home. The pay is self-employment income, and is viewed differently than normal wages by the IRS. You'll need to file specific tax forms with your annual return – and, depending on what you earn, you might need to submit quarterly tax payments.

On the plus side, you can deduct many of your expenses, and may qualify for the home office deduction.

Here are three companies hiring independent contractors right now.


What they do: Independent credit risk management and third-party review firm.

Freelance opportunities available: Due diligence analysts, who perform a complete analysis of residential mortgage loans.

Requirements: They want reliable, objective, analytical and professional people with mortgage industry experience. Experience in at least one of these areas is required: correspondent transactions, bulk purchases, warehouse facilities, fraud, property valuation, scratch and dent or securitization. College degree preferred.

Hours/Pay: Full-time; pay depends on experience.

Other info: Some travel may be required.

Apply here.

Next Page: Franklin Resource Group

Franklin Resource Group

What they do: Retail promotions and data collection; specializing in the sporting goods and active lifestyle sectors.

Freelance opportunities available: Sell-through associates who provide visual merchandising help and handle product displays.

Requirements: Merchandising or retail experience, good computer skills, reliable vehicle with valid insurance, reliable digital camera.

Hours/Pay: These are part-time positions with flexible schedules. Pay is "competitive."

Other info: Job involves visiting numerous stores; at the end of each visit, you must take digital photos of the merchandise displays.

Apply here.

Next: VoiceLog


What they do: Third-party verification services (they confirm that a customer actually ordered a particular product or service from a company).

Freelance opportunities available: Live operators.

Requirements: Must have at least one year of call center experience, a PC with ample memory and ability to receive large documents via e-mail, high-speed internet access and a second phone line.

Hours/Pay: Flexible schedules that can involve as little as two hours per shift, with shifts available between 8 a.m. and midnight EDT weekdays and some weekends. Pay is a guaranteed minimum of $8.50 an hour for English-only agents, and $9 an hour for bilingual agents.

Other info: You will be taking verification information only; there is no selling involved. They also have openings for verification agents fluent in various foreign languages including Korean, Japanese and Spanish. Verification agents listen to recordings of sales calls to check for any evidence of fraud or misleading sales tactics.

Apply here.

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