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Different Ways to Work From Home

 

            In this day and age people are trying to find work in any way possible. One of the most popular ways to find work right now is by telecommuting, or working from home. With the internet in the stage it is today, this is a popular option among millennials and other generations trying to find flexibility and still make a living. Telecommuting can offer alternative hours, wages, and all around new job focuses for people who, for one reason or another, can’t work in the traditional setting.

There are several ways to work from home now, compared to several years ago. Many upscale, reputable companies are offering this option to people to give a more flexible work environment while still being able to hire reliable people. Amazon is hiring at home customer service workers to help with problems or help with their customers placing orders. There are even multiple websites where you can fill out a profile to work from home.

Some of the more popular websites include Flexjobs.com; UpWork.com; VirtualVocations.com; and AskWonder.com. Flex Jobs and Virtual Vocations are job search engines that allow you to use different filters to search for jobs. One of the filters has a telecommute option, and these will show you only jobs where you can work from home. Both of these websites have been endorsed by names such as Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and NBC news. The jobs posted on the websites are legitimately checked by the website and verified to be real, at home positions with no false parameters or fraudulent claims.  Up Work is a similar website, but is more geared towards freelance work from at home than towards continuous job offers. On all of these websites, you can upload your resume and create a profile for potential employers to search for and look at, while also searching for jobs yourself.

If you are really serious about finding a work from home job, there are a few other little known ways you can do it also. There are many jobs at home where people are looking for employees to transcribe things. If you are unfamiliar with transcription, it is where you listen to audio tape and type what you hear into a document for a company or person to keep for their records. You can make a great deal of money doing this if you are a fast typist. A quick search for transcription jobs will get you legitimate websites you can work for at home to do this in your own time.

Another way to work at home is to be a tutor. Websites like chegg.com let you make a profile and bid for jobs to tutor people who may be having difficulty on a problem or subject for school, and you can choose whether or not you feel like you are qualified to help them. In any case, there are a lot of resources today for someone who wants to work from home, and a little research can go a long way.

Catering Tips

Catering Tips

Whether you’re learning how to cater or a catering veteran, it’s always nice to learn some new tips and tricks that might help you out during working hours. How do you know how much food to make? How many people do you bring to assist you? These are some of the tips that would help the new caterer starting out or the caterer that’s been around for years.

Probably the biggest question a caterer has to answer is how much food they need to make. Knowing what type of event for the catering and how many people will be attending is a must when planning. It can also be helpful to know how long the event will last if you want to make extra food that will keep guests full the entire time. Depending on the time of day the event takes place also tells you how many courses you will need to plan for, as well as if you should include appetizers. Overall it’s up to the caterer, but knowing your courses, how many to have, and what meal you are planning can be the make or break part of the catering event.

One nice tip for catering is to keep the main part of the event as short as possible. This will allow you to make your presence known, get people fed, and get out of there before you run out of food. You will also need to make less food as people won’t be expecting to eat for a long period of time.  Also, trying to have a friend help you serve or eliminating servers all together (i.e. a self-serve bar) will be helpful in the long run as well.

Controlling the portions of food the guests get will also be helpful for the extent of the catering. If you have tiny appetizers and give each person one, or have someone serve the food and then take it away, it can be a time and cost saving measure on your end. Also, if there is a bar, sticking to a few different drinks can help cut costs as well as time for guests to choose what they want. If it’s just wine and beer and maybe a few special cocktails, people will be happy and it will be less of a headache for you.

Another cost saving measure is to try and come up with recipes that use cheaper cuts of meat or other ingredients than say an expensive prime rib dish. Using something like salmon, or a cheaper cut of beef to control your spending while making a creative dish can still be appealing to your guests and a huge cost saving measure for your business.

When choosing what to serve cut out things that you think you can do without also. Things like a bar may not be needed, so make sure to ask if that needs to be included. Dessert can be limited to something small if you make another portion of the meal fairly large. All you have to do is some juggling to get the right menu down while still keeping your costs low and you can make a nice profit from your service.

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