Who's Hiring Freelancers: DeVry, mark and DunX

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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.

DeVry (Stock Quote: DV)

What they do: Provider of college degree programs, with 94 locations and an extensive distance learning program.

Freelance opportunities available: Instructors for a wide range of subject areas.

Requirements: Master's degree is required for all teaching positions, and additional state licensing or accreditation requirements may apply.

Hours/Pay: Hours vary; most classes meet once or twice a week, which may include nights or weekends. Pay depends on credentials and experience.

Other info: Must be able to work in a college atmosphere with a diverse student body. Must pass background check and drug test.

Apply here.

mark

What they do: A division of Avon (Stock Quote: AVP) that involves direct sales of beauty, jewelry and fashion products.

Freelance opportunities available: Sales representatives.

Requirements: Prior sales, retail or marketing experience helpful. Must have good communication skills, and be comfortable approaching and selling to customers on a face-to-face basis.

Hours/Pay: You can work as many hours as you want. Pay is based on commission: You earn 30% of your total sales, and can also earn discounts and bonus reward points that can be redeemed for prizes. They also have numerous promotions and incentive programs. 

Other info: You are required to buy a $20 startup kit, but you can return it for a full refund if you aren't satisfied.

Apply here.

DunX

What they do: Division of Dunham Express, the largest privately held delivery company in the Midwest.

Freelance opportunities available: Drivers.

Requirements: Must have a white vehicle no more than seven years old. Must have clean driving record, federal tax ID number, current credit report and be able to pass a drug test.

Hours/Pay: Can set your own schedule and choose a route. Pay depends on hours and route.

Other info: The company says you will be assured "steady work and a stable revenue stream."

Apply here.

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