Who's Hiring Freelancers: SPAR Group, Yellowbook and It's Just Lunch


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.

SPAR Group

What they do: Large retail merchandising company

Freelance opportunities available: Merchandisers

Requirements: Must have merchandising experience, good organizational skills and a positive attitude. Some assignments may involve the use of power tools.

Hours/Pay: Hours are flexible, with day, night and weekend shifts available. There are both full-time and part-time opportunities. Pay varies by type of assignment.

Other info: Must have reliable transportation and a computer with internet access.

Apply here.

Next: Yellowbook


What they do: Producer and distributor of printed phone directories

Freelance opportunities available: Distribution services

Requirements: Must have reliable vehicle and good driving record.

Hours/Pay: Hours are somewhat flexible. Payment depends on size of the route. After verifying completion of the route, the company mails a check for payment within two weeks.

Other info: Generally this is seasonal work, with drivers needed only until routes have been completed for that year. However, contractors who live near large cities with many routes may be able to work for extended periods.

Apply here.

Next: It's Just Lunch

It's Just Lunch

What they do: Dating service for busy singles

Freelance opportunities available: Membership consultant

Requirements: Must have excellent communication and presentation skills, present a polished and professional appearance, have a valid driver's license and car insurance and have a fully-equipped home office.

Hours/Pay: Hours are flexible. Payment is per lead, with amounts up to $300 per converted lead.

Other info: Must have a positive, outgoing personality and good interpersonal relationship skills.

Apply here.


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