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Dec 19, 2008

New companies

Between now and a few days I will be updating a few new companies.

Stayed tuned!!!

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Top Over Looked Business Deductions

Here’s a list of Business Tax Deductions you may not have considered while working from home:

Automobile expense (repairs, mileage etc)
Cell phone (business calls)
Delivery and Freight
Dues and subscriptions (business related)
Equipment rental
Gifts to clients (up to $25 per client/customer)
Internet/Website Expense
Business interest
Laundry and cleaning (I mean you do have to wear clothes to work..right)
Legal and professional
Meal and Entertainment (my hubby and I go to Starbucks just about every day and we always discuss our businesses..if you stop by Starbucks try the caramel macchiato. I like mine with 2 added shots, it’s the
Mileage (I believe it’s still around 44.5 cents per mile, but you can easily check this yourself).
Office expense
Outside service (lawn care, car washes, etc)
Parking fees and toll
Permit and fees
Professional Upkeep
Rental cars
Repair and maintenance
Wardrobe and expense

Dec 13, 2008

Reminder to All Newbies

If this is your first time visiting my blog, please look to your right>>>>>>>>>

and start with November's Blog Archive. There you will see companies and links to those companies who hire people to work from home.

Have fun, get hired and work from home.

Questions??? Just leave me a comment.

More cool stuff coming your way, stay tuned!!!!!

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Dec 12, 2008


This is a question that starts to bother a lot of new (and old) work –at- homers.

I will try my best to ease some of the tension in this area. Please keep in mind I am not a tax expert or advisor. Never have been and probably never will be. That being said, let’s begin.

Definition of an Independent Contractor

An independent contractor is a natural person, business, or corporation which provides goods or services to another entity under terms specified in a contract or within a verbal agreement. Unlike an employee, an independent contractor does not work regularly for an employer but works as and when required, during which time she or he may be subject to the Law of Agency. Contractors often work through a limited company which they themselves own, or may work through an umbrella company.
In the United States, any company or organization engaged in a trade or business that pays more than $600 to an independent contractor in one year is required to report this to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well as to the contractor, using Form 1099-MISC.[1][2] This form is merely a report of monies paid; independent contractors do not have income taxes withheld from their pay as regular employees do. When computing taxable income on the federal income tax return, the independent contractor can deduct, from his gross income amount, the amount work related expenses, such as tools or safety gear needed for the work that were purchased by the contractor himself.
Source: Wikipedia

So let’s break down what this means:


You get hired to work for a work from home company. The money you receive will not have taxes taken out. Meaning you are classified as an independent contractor and you are responsible for paying your own taxes.


Employee Status

….An employee is any person hired by an employer to do a specific "job". In most modern economies, the term employee refers to a specific defined relationship between an individual and a corporation, which differs from those of customer, or client.

…..In this respect, it is important to distinguish independent contractors from employees, since the two are treated differently both in law and in most taxation systems. In the United States, employers are required to withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. Employers generally do not pay or withhold payroll taxes on payments to independent contractors. [1]
Many companies further classify employees as exempt or non-exempt. This designation is used to separate employees that are eligible for overtime from those that are not. An exempt employee is one that is typically salaried and is not eligible to earn overtime. Non-exempt employees are typically paid hourly and are eligible for overtime pay.

Source: Wikipedia

So now you can easily determine which one refers to you.

My intentions are to list the most overlooked business deductions tomorrow. This is very important so don't miss out!!

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Dec 7, 2008

Back to business

I was thinking of adding a few more companies but there is still plenty here to work with, so in the meantime I will go over tax tips that all of you new or inspiring work at homers may benefit from. Stay tuned...

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Dec 5, 2008

Sharing my fun day

I just wanted to share how beautiful Coulon Beach in Washington State was today. I went skating..fuunnn!!!

I haven't forgotten to give you guys the info on who's hiring 200 new employee's, my inside source tells me its...drum roll please..........................................

TeleTech --Job description is Customer Service. I hear they are a good company to work for. So take the time to visit there website and apply!

Also I had a reader that was concerned about Paypal and what they're all about. I wanted to take the time to give a little information for my reader and anyone else who may be interested in signing up with paypal. I have personally been with paypal since 2003 and I totally love them! I've attached some information directly from the company. Enjoy!

About Us
PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay and get paid online. The service allows anyone to pay in any way they prefer, including through credit cards, bank accounts, buyer credit or account balances, without sharing financial information.
PayPal has quickly become a global leader in online payment solutions with more than 164 million accounts worldwide. Available in 190 markets and 17 currencies around the world, PayPal enables global ecommerce by making payments possible across different locations, currencies, and languages.
PayPal has received more than 20 awards for excellence from the internet industry and the business community -most recently the 2006 Webby Award for Best Financial Services Site and the 2006 Webby People's Voice Award for Best Financial Services Site.
Located in San Jose, California, PayPal was founded in 1998 and was acquired by eBay in 2002.

Sign Up Today
Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

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Dec 3, 2008

Real Quick!

I just wanted to let my new readers know that there is valuable information throughout the entire blog. I wish it was archived as oldest first and newest last ( I'm still working on how to do that.. can anyone help!!??) anyway until then don't neglect to scroll down and see other jobs I have posted. Okay folks, tomorrow my plans are to upload a company who is looking for 200 new hires.

Stay tuned..

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Dec 2, 2008

More Companies..Go get em'!!

Here are more companies I think you will enjoy:

Company: Accolade Support
Position: Technical Support Agent
Pay: $10-12 hourly
Start Immediately

Company: Alpine Access
Position: Customer Care Agents
Pay: $9 and up

Company: Extended Presence
Position: Appointment Setters
Pay: $18-$25 + (Hourly Base/Salary plus lead bonuses)

I cannot personally give these companies a rating because I have not worked for them.

They come highly recommended!!

So far I have recommended jobs under the category of "Call Centers and Customer Service" because these happen to be some of my favorites.
Does any of my readers have a particular field that they are interested in? If so, you know what to do. Just leave me a comment as to what field you would like to work at home for and I will do my best to find some companies for you and add them to the list. Until next time....wishing you all the best in your journey and endeavors.

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"Check out these two ladies running their own business"

Today I will add 3-4 new companies that I recommend to work for from home but before I do that I quickly wanted to highlight on two entrepreneurial chicks that I happened to run across that caught my attention and I just had to give them a “shout out”.
The first one is 12 years old (yes 12 years old!). Her mom and I belong to the same work at home yahoo group. Her story truly amazed me.
I don’t want to ruin her story by trying to put it in my own words, so let me just add it directly from the source:

In May of this year my daughter created an online magazine for girls 6-16. She has caught the attention of the national media and now the whole family works at home on the magazine. It has been a great family uniting and learning experience; and who knows what it may become.
You can visit her magazine at
www.girlzlikeme. com and you can see her news appearances on YouTube.
For all of you that love CNBC's The Big Idea here is the link to her appearance com/watch? v=4s-EMC7XsUs
Thanks for the support,

This just goes to show you, when you have an idea don’t let anyway detour you from it. Try and if you fail, regroup and try again!!
The second story is a woman I saw on You Tube last night. Yes everyone I am a You Tuber.
Her name is Lucretia and she sells oils, sprays and some other cool stuff. I am an oil fanatic (just ask my husband) and my eyes lit up when I saw her video. I truly admire women that are in business.
Look ladies, you can do it. Whether it is working from home or taking that hobby of yours and turning it into a business (you’ll be surprised how that little hobby can turn into something big). You just gotta make sure you love what you do and everything else will fall into place. Don’t get me wrong I’m not in any way saying that it’s not cool or hip to work for someone else. If that’s what you love then you’re doing your thing, but I am speaking to those who desire to do something different.. Okay enough from me.

Lets me go ahead and introduce Lucretia of Lucretia's Body Oils and Sprays

Please stay tuned I will be back shortly to add those companies I had mention early, I need a coffee break. In the meantime if you are new to my blog scroll down and check out some of the companies I already listed.

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Nov 29, 2008

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Lets go ahead and get started with some definitions I used in my previous blog.

All companies that I have worked for hire "us folks" as independent contractors. Which means you will receive a 1099 at the end of the year (if you made more than $600.oo for the calendar year).

Being hired as an employee the company deducts taxes for you from each check and you will receive a W-2 at the end of the year.

Now, there is one company that changed its hiring status from independent contractor to employee and that company is West.

**(Don't worry we'll go more into detail about taxes and all of that stuff in a later writing).

You may wonder which hiring status do I prefer...ummmmm, well I really don't care as long as I receive some money back from filing my taxes : ).

I would like to go over a few of the companies that West, Liveops and Cloud 10 represent.

Virgin Mobile
Direct Response
Shop at Home Network
Cricket and many others.

Pizza Hut
1800 Flowers
Walk Fit
Hip Hop Abs
Direct Response
Out Bound and Inbound Calls
and so many more


So this should show you that you will never go bored working for these companies.
Tomorrow I think I will update a few more companies to work for (at HOME of course).

Please stay tuned and don't forget to subscribe. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my new blog.

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Nov 27, 2008

So how much do these companies pay anyway?

I believe we left off on a few updates of companies that I recommended:

Liveops , West and Cloud 10. Lets go ahead and break down some information that I'm sure you are wondering about. $$$$$$$$$$$$$....Yes the mu'lah.

First let me say that I started with these 3 companies because I personally have all the scoop and ins and outs of them. I have worked for Liveops and West for many years and my close friend still works for Cloud 10.

These 3 companies fall under that category of Customer Care and Call Centers. There's ALOT to be discussed here, in regards to...what will I be doing, how does it all work, will I be calling customers or will they be calling me, and so on and so on.

This is not the purpose of my quick blogging today. I just wanna give you some hard cold facts and that is ...HOW MUCH THESE COMPANIES PAY THEIR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS / EMPLOYEES (the difference of the two will be discuss later).

I know this is what you're waiting for so I won't make you wait any longer:

Liveops $6-$15 hourly
West per minute rate, per call or guaranteed hourly rate
Cloud 10 $8-$12 hourly

Well, that's it for now, but please stay tuned. I have a lot of information to cover and more jobs to post!

"Working from home has never felt so good"

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Nov 25, 2008

Ever thought about working from home?

I would like to start by saying hello and congratulations!

Yes, I am excited for you because I know the eagerness of wanting to stay at home and make a real income but not being able to find legitimate companies or evening knowing where to begin. Well, that's where I come in.

Now, if you don't already have a nice hot cup of coffee or something more to your liking, get up and go get yourself something to drink, maybe even a snack, pad, pencil and then come on back to your desk, bed, floor or whatever your using and get comfortable because you are in for a ride of your life!

First I would like to give you a little background about little ol' me. My name is Alyxsa. I am a wife, mother and businesswoman. My background is sales. I have worked for Sam's Club as a outside marketing representative, Buckley Broadcast Radio as an outside account executive, I've been a Realtor, etc. As you can see I've done many things but I grew tired of waking up early, getting in traffic, driving home to my wonderful family and as all we women know, starting work again once we enter the door.

When I began having children I wanted to stay home and home school my children but we didn't have the income to do so. I began searching for ways to make money from home but unfortunatley was burned by a lot of bogus "companies".

It wasn't until almost 16 years later that I found real companies that hired people to work for them. Basically its just like a real job in the corporate world, where you make a check every two weeks thats either deposited directly into your account or mailed to you (depending on what option you choose). Training is done from the comfort of your home, you also determine your own schedule. Too good to be true? Just keep reading..

So the purpose for me starting this blog is to help others and to give out valuable information that may help you the way it helped me. (OK now its time to get those fingers all warmed up and ready to jot down some valuable information).

What I would like to do is post daily or weekly updates of companies that I recommend. Tips on working from home, and anything else that may help you in your new journey of working from home.

(Keep in mind that I am totally new to this blogging stuff so I am still working on a format that will be conducive to you all and myself).

I will also try my best to answer questions from my readers, just leave a comment until I can figure out how to set up my contact page(??) : )

My Rating System
5 Stars ***** Exceptional
4 Stars**** Great Company
3 Stars *** Okay Company
2 Stars ** Not good to work for but there may be some benefits
1 Star * Please steer to the right or you may find yourself in a ditch

OK, here we go:

Liveops - 5 Stars*****

West - 5 Stars*****

Cloud10 5 Stars *****

There are many more companies I will be adding in my upcoming blog. I will also include in Ask Alyxsa's next blog, hourly pay, job descriptions etc. So please stayed tuned and don't forget to subscribe!

"Working from home has never felt so good"

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