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10 Real Work-From-Home Jobs for 2017

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by Holly Johnson

With the right skills, you can land a legitimate work-from-home job.


Just a few decades ago, the vast majority of work-at-home job opportunities were far from profitable. And before the dawn of the Internet, it was much harder to sort through the scams and the real opportunities.

Some of the “gotcha” job offers from the past include check-cashing schemes, mystery shopping, medical billing “jobs” that require you to purchase expensive computer software, and craft-making jobs that ask you to pony up the cash for materials before you get started. And let’s not forget about the famous envelope-stuffing scam that was nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed to siphon money from as many people as possible.

As the old adage goes: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” But is it?

In 2017, the questionable work-at-home jobs are still out there. But improvements in technology and the birth of social media have ushered in a new wave of such jobs that are actually legitimate. Check out these real work-at-home jobs for 2017 and beyond:

Virtual Assistant

With so many businesses operating mostly, or even completely, online, it’s no wonder that many hire virtual assistants to help keep them organized and complete administrative tasks. According to the International Virtual Assistants Association, these workers are “independent contractors who (from a remote location, usually their home or office) support multiple clients in a variety of industries by providing administrative, creative, and technical services.”

Although virtual assistant jobs vary drastically, tasks can include composing and responding to emails, creating and distributing business-related documents, responding to media and business inquiries, writing and creating content, and more. Check out virtual assistant jobs at sites such as Upwork.com and Zirtual.com.

Medical Transcriptionist

Although many medical transcriptionists work for hospitals or physician’s offices, most are able to work at home, and at a time or place of their choosing. Since their tasks involve transcribing recorded medical dictation, a computer, desk, and earpiece are generally the only requirements after completing a postsecondary medical transcriptionist program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical transcriptionists earned a national median wage of $35,490 in 2013, or $16.63 an hour. Although many medical transcriptionists are self-employed, many find jobs through their local hospital, physician, or community college or vocational school.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most translators do their work at home, and often under tight deadlines. Although some need a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement for translators is, of course, fluency in at least two languages.

As the BLS notes, around 20% of translators were self-employed in 2013. The majority were spread among these industries: professional, scientific, and technical services (30%); state, local, and private educational services (25%); health care and social assistance (13%); and government (7%).

The national median wage for this career was $42,420 in 2013, although the top 10% of workers earned an average of $77,140. Look for job postings for translators on sites like Upwork.com.

Web Developer

It’s fairly easy to build your own website if you take advantage of the many free learning opportunities online. However, much of the population isn’t equipped to build their own site, or doesn’t have the time, which is why so many people make a living building websites and blogs for others. According to the BLS, around 25% of Web developers were self-employed in 2012, with the vast majority able to work at home, or anywhere with a laptop and speedy Internet connection.

Even better, the national median wage for Web developers was $63,160 in 2013, with the top 10% earning an average of $110,350. And you typically don’t need an advanced degree to begin working in this field. All you need is some postsecondary education, applicable experience, and a portfolio of successful sites you’ve built and managed. There are even intensive coding boot camps designed to teach programming skills in just a few short months.


Sure beats a cubicle, right? Legitimate work-from-home jobs are out there if you have the right skill set. Photo: Chris Roos

Travel Agent

Although the demand is expected to decrease over the next decade, the opportunities are still there for travel agents who can harness the Internet to earn clients and help them plan their adventures. According to the BLS, job prospects may be best for travel agents who offer expertise in certain regions of the world, have experience planning tours or adventures, or who focus on group travel.

About 12% of travel agents were self-employed in 2012, but the vast majority of the rest of them worked in the travel arrangement and reservation services industry. Travel agents earned a national median wage of $34,530 in 2013.

Freelance Writer

More than ever, writers are needed to formulate news articles, create content, and come up with the creative ideas that fill the pages of nearly every site on the Internet. And although many bigger sites have in-house writers, a growing number of sites outsource their content and hire freelance writers and content creators. Writing experience is very helpful, but what you really need to get started are drive, ambition, and the ability to find a unique angle on events that happen every day.

Sites like Upwork.com list online freelancing positions, as does Freelancer.com and Media Bistro. To get hired, you’ll likely need to have a portfolio of solid work, or at least some writing samples you can include with your resume.

Social Media Manager

Almost every big business has gotten on the social media bandwagon as a means to reach their customers directly, and without paying heavily for television, print, or radio ads. But not every big business has someone to manage their social media accounts, which is why more individuals have begun marketing themselves as social media managers and helping businesses grow their online following and expand their reach.

Although very little data are available for this work-at-home job since it is relatively new, thousands of listings for social media managers can be found on sites like CareerBuilder.com, SimplyHired.com, and Upwork.com. If you have a demonstrated command of social media and a sizable following, you might even be able to get started by reaching out to companies directly and asking if they need help.

Data Entry

A wide range of businesses need workers to enter various data into their systems, whether that data are used to track inventory or shipments, create business plans, or measure performance or output. And since a computer and typing skills are the most important requirements for this job, many data entry workers are able to work at home, and on a schedule that fits their lives.

According to the BLS, data entry workers earned a national median wage of $28,470 in 2013, although the top 10% earned more like $42,120. Since many data entry jobs are at-home jobs, you can always find dozens of data entry job postings on sites like Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, and SimplyHired.com, as well as dozens of others.

Call-Center Representative

Many businesses need workers who can answer the phone at all hours, assist customers, and process orders or deal with returns. But since more businesses are operating online, a growing number of these jobs are going to customer service workers who work at home.

Being an at-home call-center rep requires a computer and may require specific software or equipment. A great phone voice helps as well, as does any experience in customer service, data entry, retail sales, or management. Dozens of sites list job openings for call-center representatives, including Upwork.com, Freelancer.com, and SimplyHired.com. However, you may also find listings offered by local businesses in your local newspaper.


Becoming a blogger is unlike any other work-at-home job in that you have to show up and build it yourself. Even worse, the vast majority of blogs make zero dollars for years as they grow and become established. In that sense, blogging isn’t much of a job at all.

However, there is a lot of potential for writers who are able to build an audience, grow their site, and find a way to monetize it and start earning an income. Some of the ways bloggers make money include affiliate advertising, sponsored posts, Google Adsense, and product sales.

Even better, owning a blog can be an inexpensive way to start your own business, with domains costing an average of $12 per year and Web hosting costing as little as $7.99 per month.

Related: How to Start a Profitable Blog: A Tutorial

Finding Real Work-From-Home Jobs

Besides those listed above, other websites that offer job postings include Monster.com, Indeed.com, Guru.com, iFreelance.com, and Freelanced.com. When searching a traditional job site such as Monster or Indeed, use keywords like “telecommute” or “work-from-home” and enter “anywhere” or “remote” in the location field.

When you start looking for work-at-home jobs, it’s crucial that you create a complete resume. And if you’ve done any online work, it might help to provide links to that work. References help, too, especially if you can list anyone who has overseen work you have done in any of these fields.

Is This Work-From-Home Job a Scam?

Even though there are many legitimate work-at-home opportunities, the scams of years ago still exist. But it’s up to you to find them and steer clear, and it’s not always easy to tell the real deal from a scam.

According to the National Consumers League and Fraud.org, there are some steps to take and signs to watch out for when you’re starting your search for a work-at-home job:

Research, research, research: It’s important to know exactly whom you’re working for. When you find a job posting you’re interested in, take special care to research the company that’s hiring. Check them out with the Better Business Bureau and conduct a Web search for any complaints or less-than-stellar reviews.

Ask for references: Any company that’s hiring workers to work at home might have other people working for them as well. Ask how many and find out if you’re able to contact any of them. If they are unwilling to provide references or contact information, it might not be a good sign.

Think long and hard before shelling out any money: Some work-at-home jobs will require you to purchase materials or equipment to get started, and while that doesn’t mean they’re not legitimate, it should be a red flag. If you are asked to pay for equipment, make sure you understand what you’re buying, and from whom. Also ask about the return policy for your equipment if your new gig doesn’t work out.

Many online job platforms such as Upwork.com also have their own system for recognizing and removing job scams. According to the site, many of them involve “employers” who try to pay workers outside the site’s payment system, and engage in some sort of check or money order fraud. For more tips on avoiding job scams on freelancing sites, read about it here.

Working at home is a dream of many, and thanks to technology, that dream is coming true for more people than ever. But if you want to work at home, you’ll need to research the possibilities and develop the skills required for many of these jobs.

So what are you waiting for? With the right skills, you could be working at home in 2017.

Holly Johnson is an award-winning personal finance writer who is obsessed with frugality, budgeting, and travel. She blogs at ClubThrifty.com and teaches others how to write online at EarnMoreWriting.com.

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Patient with severe Parkinson’s Disease before and after treatment using cannabis. No medical benefits? [VIDEO]


Published on Dec 3, 2016

“Larry Smith doesn’t just live with Parkinson’s. He rises above it.” Source: Ride With Larry http://ridewithlarrymovie.com/ “After a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s, Larry has exhausted every conventional method of treatment, every drug, and even brain surgery. Refusing to give up, he seeks alternatives, discovering the untapped benefits of exercise and medical marijuana. Now Larry will attempt the unthinkable, a 300-mile bike ride across South Dakota, a journey of hope for anyone facing a life altering illness. In this intimate portrait of courage, love, and community, Larry Smith refuses to give up, proving that if you love life, you’ll fight for it.”

The Arizona desert holds 146 frozen humans waiting to be resurrected

Image: The Arizona desert holds 146 frozen humans waiting to be resurrected

Many people want to live forever, but not everyone can afford it. At the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, AZ, it costs $200,000, plus monthly fees, for a body’s lifeless flesh to be drained of blood and filled with anti-freeze, wrapped and secured upside down in a liquid nitrogen tank called a dewar, and then hung suspended with a few other frozen folks until science discovers a way to warm up the dead and bring them back to life.

For preservation of just the brain’s memories, rather than the whole body, well, that’s only $80,000 plus those monthly maintenance fees. Insurance and annuities with payment to Alcor will work just fine though. Here’s advice on how to make that brain or body choice from transhumanist icon Dr. Max More, the current President and CEO of Alcor.

There are serious believers in cryogenics, in spite of the many scientists who insist that hoping to regenerate a dead frozen body is wishful thinking. The friends and family members of the 146 people in the Arizona Alcor facility whose bodies or brains are cryogenically frozen certainly believe, as do those on the waiting list.

James Bedford, a World War I veteran and psychology professor, was the “first successfully frozen corpse” after dying from kidney cancer in 1966, reports News.com.au. He was 73 years old, and had saved $4,200 for liquid nitrogen and a steel capsule. Bob Nelson, an early pioneer of cryonics, took charge of freezing Bedford’s body, which proved to be a bit tricky.

After his death, Bedford’s whole body was put “on ice in a wooden box and loaded into [a] Ford utility” for storage at a physician’s house. The doctor’s wife wasn’t thrilled and called the police. A tug of war ensued, while the family fought some legal battles. Bedford’s body was hauled a few more times and then finally hung upside down in a liquid nitrogen dewar at Alcor in 1991.

Baseball legend Ted Williams is in the same facility. He died in 2002, at the age of 83.

Alcor made a pretty serious error in 1987 and “deanimated” (which is another word for murdered) a lady named Dora Kent, who was almost dead from pneumonia. Alcor just took her head to cryogenically preserve and wouldn’t allow authorities to use it in an autopsy. Legal issues ensued, but the facility was eventually exonerated.

Alcor is not the only cryogenic facility. There are two others: The Cryonics Institute in Michigan, and KrioRus in Russia. All three facilities were encouraged recently by an experiment completed by Robert McIntyre, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT.) He took the brain of a white rabbit, reports Russian Times, and used a new technique called Aldehyde-stabilized cryopreservation. The white rabbit’s brain was cooled to a “negative 211 degrees Fahrenheit (-135 degrees Celsius).” When re-warmed, the brain was perfectly intact and became the first mammalian brain to be reanimated. McIntyre believes the long term memories of that white rabbit were preserved, but they have no way of inquiring if the furry creature remembers eating organic carrots or burrowing into tall grasses.

Jefferson Airplane, anyone?.

The transhumanists and cryogenics crowd truly believe in a future where they resurrect the frozen dead. After all, they’ll just grow new organs for the body or put loose brains into a robot.

Dr. Mehmet Toner has been a cryobiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital for three decades. Here’s his take on the subject. He’s interviewed in the video below:

“The chances you will bring back a frozen head is the same as when you … open the freezer, get out the ground beef and make a cow.” Hint: Don’t worry about being resurrected; live longer by eating clean food, including grass fed beef from an organic farm.










Prominent scientist admits to 17 counts of fraud in his scientific research, after publishing fraudulent Parkinson’s disease data for grant money


There are a lot of liars in the science world. That should be an oxymoron, but it’s not. Science by its definition means a search for truth without regard for one’s personal preference. You know, the hypothesis, the experiments to see if this is so, and then conclusions based on evidence. But in today’s culture lying is preferred above the truth – especially if there is grant money, kickbacks or flat out bribery involved. Perhaps Steven Soderbergh’s  epic flick could be reborn as “Science, Lies and Money.”

This is the case with Bruce Murdoch, a neuroscientist who faces 17 fraud related charges about his fake research concerning a “breakthrough treatment” for Parkinson’s disease. Science Alert has the details:

“In a trial at the Brisbane Magistrates Court in Queensland, Australia last week, Murdoch was found guilty of fraudulently receiving a $20,000 grant to fund his bogus research – which he knew had no actual basis in fact.

“He then tried to get away with it by forging content forms from study participants, ‘one of whom was dead at the time the alleged took place,’ Amy Ellis Nutt reports for The Washington Post.

“[Murdoch] co-authored a 2011 paper published in the high-profile, peer-reviewed Journal of Neurology, in which he reported the results of a clinical trial that supposedly put this new Parkinson’s treatment through its paces, with stunning results.

“But Magistrate Tina Privitera, who resided over the case, told the court that there’s no evidence that this clinical trial ever actually happened – Murdoch made it all up.”

Maybe Mr. Murdoch, who had held a research position at the University of Queensland, should try a major in creative writing.

Fraud can come in all shapes, sizes and directions. Bottom up, as in the case of Murdoch. In the instance of the so called research claiming that GMOs are safe, fraud comes from the top and around every corner. In fact, the entire paradigm of GMO safety is based on a pack of non existent tests and bogus non scientific pronouncements made back in 1992 by a corrupted FDA. In a nutshell, they proclaimed GE foods were “substantially equivalent to regular non GE foods.” Does that sound like a solid evidence based claim to you?

Steven Drucker, a lawyer and activist, formed the Alliance for Bio Integrity and sued the FDA to find out the truth. His book, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, exposes the massive fraud and cover up that few Americans know. Here’s what Jane Goodall, Ph.D. wrote about the book, as reported by the Health Ranger:

“… The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA)… it apparently ignored (and covered up) the concerns of its own scientists and then violated a federal statute and its own regulations by permitting GE foods to be marketed without any testing whatsoever.

The evidence further shows how the [FDA] agency assured consumers that GE foods are just as safe as naturally produced ones — and that their safety has been confirmed by solid scientific evidence — despite the fact it knew that no such evidence existed.”

When French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini, published peer reviewed research documenting the presence of cancer in rats fed Monsanto (GM)NK 603 corn, the global GMO lobby shouted foul, condemned his research and demanded a retraction from Food and Chemical Toxology. It was retracted. But the truth can’t be stopped. The same study was republished by Environmental Services Europe, and the Seralini group has won defamation and forgery court cases against the liars.

To all budding future scientists! Eat clean non-GMO food and never compromise the truth. Seek it until you find it. We’re counting on you.







Adobe Acrobat Reader caught installing spyware on browsers

Image: Adobe Acrobat Reader caught installing spyware on browsers

The most recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC was released last week, but not without controversy. The PDF viewing tool seeks information about your browsing habits on the Google Chrome browser. Without your knowledge or consent, a Chrome browser extension is installed with the newest security patch, but the extension is spyware. Anyone using Adobe Acrobat Reader needs to know that the Chrome spyware is included. The spyware feature currently affects one of the three versions of the software in circulation.

Acrobat Reader made its way into the cloud in April of 2015. If you are not running a cloud version of the software, the Reader XI version is on track to lose support in October. Acrobat DC, the cloud version, is split into two separate branches. The continuous release track is the one which was affected by this month’s spyware release, and the classic release track dates back to 2015, without the spyware.

Adobe Acrobat Reader gets dozens of security patches on a monthly basis; 29 holes were plugged this month alone. The DC continuous release patch is the one that most users will install, bringing the Chrome spyware along for the ride on Windows platforms. The Chrome extension that is installed, without user consent, is called “Adobe Acrobat”. It has the ability to read and change all of your data on websites that you visit; it can manage your downloads and communicate with cooperating native applications.

The good news is that Google Chrome is sophisticated enough to detect that the new extension has been added to the browser, and prompts the user for permission prior to enabling the extension. The bad news, the default action selected when prompted is to enable the spyware extension. You must specifically click on the option to remove the extension from Chrome, otherwise it will be installed at the expense of your privacy. (RELATED: Find more privacy news at PrivacyWatchNews.com)

You will see a notification revealing that the new extension can easily turn web pages into PDF files, so they look and act just like the page you converted while keeping original links, layout, and formatting intact. The notification also promotes that you can quickly switch from viewing PDFs in Chrome to opening them in Acrobat on your desktop, and explore Adobe Document Services to convert and combine files in your browser.

The release enables sharing information with Adobe about how you use the application. That option is employed by default. Adobe notes that the information is anonymous and will help them improve their product in future releases. The setting can be changed at any time in the Options section for the Chrome extension.

Adobe also participating in rootkit scandal

Two independent reports are claiming that Adobe’s e-book software, named Digital Editions, logs every single document that readers add to their local library. Digital Editions tracks what happens with those files and sends reporting logs back to the Adobe. Those logs are sent over the internet, making it possible for others, in addition to Adobe, to track your reading habits.

The reason this is all being tracked is for copyright enforcement. Digital Editions helps publishers securely distribute and manage access to books. Libraries encourage the use of the software because it aids them in complying with the restrictions that publishers have imposed on electronic lending. But Adobe is tracking more than its users are aware of, including information about self-published and purchased books. Reports indicate that Adobe is scanning your entire collection, although borrowing one e-book from a library shouldn’t grant them those permissions. (RELATED: See cyber attack related news at CyberAttack.news)

Adobe doesn’t quite agree with those reports; however, they did have some disturbing information pertaining to the matter. According to Adobe, the software collects information about the book you are currently reading; it collects information on where you are when reading the e-book, how long you’ve been reading it, and how much of it you have already read.





Trump & Putin Plan To Take Out ISIS Angers GOP Dinosaurs


Published on Jan 30, 2017

President Trump had his first official phone call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin today in which the two agreed to develop relations ‘as equals’ and to establish ‘real coordination’ against the Islamic State group in Syria, the Kremlin said.