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Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:01 pm
by susita83
Any expats telecommute? I'm looking at my options... any opportunities to work virtually in the U.S.?

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:20 pm
by sbaustin
I know tons of people that do but mainly in the technology or writing areas. Finding telecommute jobs are extremely difficult unless you already have existing contacts.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:34 pm
by Alpineprince
You can try http://www.flexjobs.com to see if you meet any of the criteria?

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:54 pm
by Kelly
I sent you a PM, but I also wanted to mention here for anyone else that might be looking for information to sites that offer up a lot of freelance work: Elance.com and Odesk.com. They both offer a variety of writing and tech freelance and I know people who make a very good living just from that.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:36 pm
by chi chi
I know some people who sell things by ebay. They go to the Mercado Inca at Av. La Marina. Take pictures of things, put them on ebay and when they get a good offer, they go by the things and send them to the buyer.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:09 pm
by lizzym
If you're going to telecommute with writing online, I'd steer clear of the content farms. They pay really low rates (even for living cheaply in Peru) and I suspect they won't be around for long as the search engine algorithms get more sophisticated in spotting them.

I telecommute as a marketing writer for software, but you can find a legitimate job in any area with a little time invested in searching for them. You'll eventually see which sites have the best opportunities, depending on what type of telecommute work you're looking for. I wouldn't limit myself to just the U.S. though.

My advice: start with a Google search for telecommute work, weed through all the junk that asks you to sign up for something or accept pennies; when you think you've gotten to the legitimate opportunities, dig a little deeper, and then see where you're at.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:11 pm
by susita83
Heard you have to have a US IP address & a landline phone for most of those jobs. Is that true?

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:12 pm
by susita83
Kelly wrote:I sent you a PM, but I also wanted to mention here for anyone else that might be looking for information to sites that offer up a lot of freelance work: Elance.com and Odesk.com. They both offer a variety of writing and tech freelance and I know people who make a very good living just from that.


Thanks Kelly I'm checking it out :D

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:27 pm
by lizzym
I've never heard the IP address thing, but sometimes you need a way to be in contact via phone. At the company that I work for everyone just uses Skype.

I would imagine that if they require a U.S. IP they only accept telecommuters from within the country for tax filing purposes. But it's certainly not a requirement for ALL of the companies whose workers telecommute.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:51 pm
by RICHARDandNORA
There are ways to get a US based IP address and I use Magic Jack for telephone which comes with a US area code. At $20 per year with its good performance, you can't beat it.....

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:00 pm
by susita83
lizzym wrote:I've never heard the IP address thing, but sometimes you need a way to be in contact via phone. At the company that I work for everyone just uses Skype.

I would imagine that if they require a U.S. IP they only accept telecommuters from within the country for tax filing purposes. But it's certainly not a requirement for ALL of the companies whose workers telecommute.


Thanks for the input, I'm going to do some more research online and see what I come up with.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:10 pm
by captsirl
I think I do this
I sell support and many other things for a company in Ohio. No special IP address And when I need more people I run adds in craigs list. I have Skype / You can get a Phone number from any country you want . Its no big deal.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:19 pm
by chi chi
Why would companies pay a lot of money for telecommuting?

Companies can use call centers in India. And those people work for a few dollars a day.

An easier way to make money is selling clothes of well known brands. Many people in Peru let their family in the US send over clothes and sell them in Peru.

Another way is selling electronics. Plasma TV's, laptops, etc. are far cheaper in Bolivia. Every day people walk over the border close to Puno to buy electronics and then sell them in Peru. Easy money and cash in hand every day.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:22 pm
by susita83
chi chi wrote:Why would companies pay a lot of money for telecommuting?

Companies can use call centers in India. And those people work for a few dollars a day.

An easier way to make money is selling clothes of well known brands. Many people in Peru let their family in the US send over clothes and sell them in Peru.

Another way is selling electronics. Plasma TV's, laptops, etc. are far cheaper in Bolivia. Every day people walk over the border close to Puno to buy electronics and then sell them in Peru. Easy money and cash in hand every day.


I'm not much of an entrepreneur. I'll leave the business stuff to my hubs. :lol:

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:33 pm
by chi chi
There are so many people that are working over the internet all over the world.

You already have to be lucky if you can pay your internet connection and luz with the money you make.

Also be carefull. There's a lot of scams on the internet. There are many companies that offer work on the internet but they charge a fee. And getting work...forget it, you have been scammed.

Or those ''how to make money on the internet e-books''. Full of estafa too.

If it seems too good to be through, then it is.

Don't fall for those get quick rich schemes. The only one who get rich is the scammer.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:37 pm
by captsirl
chi chi wrote:There are so many people that are working over the internet all over the world.

You already have to be lucky if you can pay your internet connection and luz with the money you make.

Also be carefull. There's a lot of scams on the internet. There are many companies that offer work on the internet but they charge a fee. And getting work...forget it, you have been scammed.

Or those ''how to make money on the internet e-books''. Full of estafa too.

If it seems too good to be through, then it is.

Don't fall for those get quick rich schemes. The only one who get rich is the scammer.


Well you only get paid for your talent. If your not worth much you will not get much.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 8:51 pm
by lizzym
Chi Chi's right about one thing: there are tons of scams and subscription/fee-required, or otherwise penny-pinching "opportunities" out there. That's why before going for anything it's important to bounce around the internet for a while and find out what the legit ones look like versus the non-legit ones.

Telecommuting is definitely a saturated field, but if you've got a niche and you're pretty good at it, you'll eventually find something worth your while.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:12 pm
by chi chi
lizzym wrote:Chi Chi's right about one thing: there are tons of scams and subscription/fee-required, or otherwise penny-pinching "opportunities" out there. That's why before going for anything it's important to bounce around the internet for a while and find out what the legit ones look like versus the non-legit ones.


Those scams are so good that you won't be able to pick them out.

Another way for gringo┬┤s to make money is trying to sell excursions on the street.

Talk to people that organise tours and ask if they would pay you a comission if you refer tourists to them.

You can do the same with restaurants. Those expensive restaurants in Miraflores will for sure pay you a few soles if you can bring a few rich gringos to their restaurant. Walk around Parque Kennedy and Larcomar and recommend a good restaurant to tourists and escort them to the restaurant that you have a deal with that pays you a commision.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:26 pm
by Kelly
There are plenty of legitimate freelance services online - the two I mentioned above have been in business for years and there are a lot of people who are making a very good living using them. I wish my Spanish was better, I'd love to make the money that the translators get.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 3:29 am
by alexPeru
I telecommute for a US company and I earn a good salary... what type of job are you looking to do? I may be able to help...

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:30 am
by susita83
alexPeru wrote:I telecommute for a US company and I earn a good salary... what type of job are you looking to do? I may be able to help...


Alex... I'll send you a PM but I have lots of skills!

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:00 am
by goingnowherefast
You can find loads of work on elance and odesk like Kelly mentioned, ranging everything from translation to tech to whatever. They are going to be pretty low paying though because both of those sites are saturated with groups from places like India and Pakistan and they work for next to nothing so they get most of the bids.

I actually have a friend who's a programmer who works 100% off of Odesk, he doesn't make half of what he deserves but it's steady work and he can do it from anywhere in the world. If I remember correctly all the payments must go through their escrow service which might be a little bit of a problem if you're trying to cash out in a timely fashion in Peru.

I didn't even know the term 'telecommute' existed, but I guess I do that also (software development), but for clients whom I have long time face to face relationships with and I started out with in an office as a consultant. I also know several people who do what I do except with remote administration.

Pigs must be flying because I'm agreeing with chi chi here. Between the bogus offers, the saturation of cheap labor, the competitiveness and the non-guarntee of payment (let's say you translate one word wrong for a client in Spain who's using PayPal to pay you, they raise a dispute and bam, 10 days minimum IF you get paid, and your pay check is at the mercy of PayPal's dispute teams, same for Alertpay/Moneybookers/etc) I'm going to say it's best to find something in person.

Re: Telecommuting

Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 5:06 pm
by captsirl
[quote="chi chi"]Why would companies pay a lot of money for telecommuting?
Because we need the talent / this is the key
People
I can take the news paper from Miami and show you all the adds for jobs that are bogus. If you have a talent you will be paid for it. Don't expect much pay if the only thing you have to bring to the table is have is a pulse.