Who's Hiring Freelancers: Kgb, eTeacher and Working Solutions

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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.

Kgb

What they do: Also known as 542542, they provide answers to questions submitted by customers via text on virtually every subject imaginable.

Freelance opportunities available: Special agents.

Requirements: U.S. applicants must be 18 years old with a Social Security number or other taxpayer I.D. Canadian applicants must be 19 years old with a Canadian Social Insurance number or other taxpayer I.D. Must have good online research skills and be a fast and accurate typist. Requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and Mozilla Firefox browser. Must provide bank account information, as you will be paid via direct deposit.

Hours/Pay: Agents choose their own hours. The service operates 24/7, so all shifts are available. The average agent works a few hours per week. Agents who are inactive for 30 days will be dropped. Agents are paid on a per-response basis: 10 cents for each full response, and 5 cents for each validation response. Currently, the majority of work involves full responses.

Other info: Agents with a good track record can then apply for openings for Quality Agents, who either answer questions or review the quality of other Agents' answers.

Apply here.

Next Page: eTeacher

eTeacher

What they do: Provider of online education, specializing in language programs.

Freelance opportunities available: Teachers.

Requirements: College degree, teacher certification and teaching experience. Fluency in a foreign language is a big plus.

Hours/Pay: Classes are taught in three-month semesters. Pay is $18 to $20 per hour. Before teaching their first class, teachers must participate in online training (a few hours per week for a six-week period). They will be paid $150 for this training.

Other info: Must have good computer skills and a fast Internet connection. The company provides necessary equipment including camera, headset and teaching materials.

Apply here.

Next Page: Working Solutions

Working Solutions

What they do: Provider of outsourced customer service and sales resources.

Freelance opportunities available: Agents.

Requirements: Must have good computer and communication skills. Prior sales or customer service experience is helpful.

Hours/Pay: Hours vary by project, and will be explained in detail when project is offered. Agents can accept or decline each project and therefore choose their own hours. Many agents work on two or three projects simultaneously. Pay structure varies by project, with some paying by the minute/hour and others paying a flat fee or a specific amount per sale. The company says agents can earn anywhere from $7.20 to $30 an hour. Specific details on pay are provided when each project is offered.

Other info: Must have up-to-date computer with a high-speed Internet connection.

Apply here.

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