HOME WORKER'S DIRECTORY OF INCOME OPPORTUNITIES
A. OUR PURPOSE
Our purpose in creating this
booklet is to offer people alternatives to the 8:00 to 5:00 grind of making a living and getting ahead. We hope our
directory will help improve their life-styles. We wish to provide a valuable service to the public--allowing families
and individuals who need a supplemental income, the opportunity to fulfill their
B. WHAT OUR DIRECTORY IS
is like a catalog that lists companies that need people to assemble arts and crafts products
at home, or will teach people how to open and operate their own home-based businesses.
Over 100 researched companies are listed. They are divided into three
main categories — the first being “Assembly At Home” for people who are interested in assembling
arts and crafts for others or selling their own. In our most popular section,
“Crafts Assembly,” approximately 40 companies listing over 60 craft assembly programs, will pay you for
products assembled in your home. They in turn will sell the products to wholesale
distributors, craft shops throughout the country, and individuals by mail order through catalogs and magazines. Using home workers, greatly reduces each company’s operating expenses (including insurance, high
rent, utilities, etc.), and helps them reach many more customers than they possibly could by themselves. They usually pay a certain amount per item or unit assembled. Most
assembly companies require a non-refundable registration fee to set up an account for you in their computer files. This fee helps them defray the costs of shipping and receiving procedures, filing, materials in your starter
kit, inspection of your first items assembled and giving you helpful tips when necessary, and entering you in their computerized
payment system. Oftentimes companies will refund your registration fee once you
become a steady assembler. Most companies require a refundable raw materials
deposit of approximately $20 to $40 before shipping raw materials or parts to you. Not
that you would do anything, but they are mailing raw materials to people all over the country, and they just want to ensure
that they will receive those materials back. Upon receiving the raw materials,
you then assemble the products in your home and ship the finished products back to the company. Most companies reimburse your shipping charges. The company
then sends you a check reimbursing you for your materials deposit and paying you for your labor! In essence, the company is buying back the product that you have assembled and you are considered a home-based
supplier. No selling to others is required and you may work as much or as little
as you wish. You may have your family and/or friends help you with the assembly. You may perform work for several companies at the same time. You may take as much time off as you please for vacations, holidays, illnesses, etc. But of course, the more diligently you work, the more money you’ll make. Basically, you’re an independent contractor and in essence, your own boss. Since you are self-employed, you are responsible for keeping your own tax records. No company will withhold income taxes for you because you are not an employee and will not be on any company’s
payroll. The “Hobbies” section lists companies that need craft
assemblers but pay a nominal amount for finished products. The “Craft
Malls” section lists companies that provide outlets to crafters to sell their handmade crafts.
The next category, “Work-at-Home Programs,”
lists companies that need people to perform “Services” for them or sell by “Commission”
their products for them, from their homes. Examples of such a Service would be
Freelance Writing, Art or Photography; Medical Transcription; Mystery Shopping; Telecommuting and Computer Work; or Translating
Languages. An example of such a Commissioned Sales position would be selling
memberships of a legal service plan.
Next is the category, “Home-Based Businesses,”
consisting of companies that will teach you how to start and operate your very own business from home. Usually the leaders of these companies have already earned a great amount of money in their business and
will impart their secrets of success to you. Several companies will supply the
raw materials for you to create your “Product/Service” and teach you how to market it. Other companies listed in this section offer “Distributorships” for their services and
products. Usually an initial investment is required to purchase materials, tools,
etc. to get started. The parent company teaches you the business and short cuts
to success, but does not take a percentage of the daily profits or demand a certain day-to-day procedure (as is done in a
franchise). Your income potential for a distributorship is extremely high. Several companies listed in this category offer a “Home Party Plan”
whereby you invite people to your home or to a host’s home to display and sell your products. Besides being lucrative, this plan can also be fun! Also listed
are “Mail-Order” opportunities whereby you take orders for customers from a catalog and you receive profits
for sales that you generate. Other companies in this section provide home study
courses that show you how to start and operate your own home business with ”Business Plans,” training manuals,
lists of resources, customer lists, equipment, products, suggested procedures, etc.
Some companies will offer several programs in separate listings. Each listing has a distinct address so incoming inquiries are received in the mail
in program groups.
C. BENEFITS OF HOME EMPLOYMENT
There are many benefits
to working at home. First of all, you are your own boss. You set your own hours and work at your own pace. You conduct
yourself by your own rules and regulations, not someone else’s.
You also have the luxury of working in the comfort of your own home – no 8:00 to 5:00 grind – no
traffic. Home employment is also ideal for mothers who want to stay at home with
their children or for individuals who physically cannot go out of the home but would like to have an extra income or even
a whole new career. Some working expenses will be lessened or eliminated by working
at home such as child care, eating out, gasoline, auto maintenance, dry cleaning, uniforms, business wardrobes, etc.
Overall, as a home
worker, you are an independent agent – free to conduct and be as creative with your work as you wish. Being self-employed promotes motivation because you know that whatever efforts you put into your work/business
will benefit you directly as opposed to increasing the profits of a company. And
when the motivation and interest are there, you’ll like working.
D. BENEFITS OF OUR DIRECTORY
will help you to achieve your financial goals. It also helps the companies listed
to fill their employment needs. In essence, it’s the connection between
you and the employer in satisfying both of your needs. Also, this directory will
put you in touch with people who have been very successful in business and are willing to impart their secrets to you.
E. WHAT TO DO
receiving your directory, first look at the Table of Contents to get a feel of where your interests lie. Most people favor Section III.A.“Assembly At Home”.
Glance through your interest area of III. “Company Listings”
and note the particular programs that sound the best to you. Then call, visit
their websites, or write to those companies about their programs. When corresponding, it is critical to print your name and address clearly and include your telephone number
with area code in case the company cannot understand your address. Many companies
do not list their telephone numbers and/or physical addresses because a constant influx of curiosity calls/visits detracts
from their production. Note that the words “net” , “netting”
or “net income”, in Section III.A. Assembly At Home, mean that you should receive on the average (depending
upon your speed), that amount of money net for your labor. In other words, the
actual money you will receive for your time to assemble the product after deducting any material and/or shipping costs of
the product. Amounts listed “net per week” or “weekly net income”
are based on a 40-hour workweek (unless specified otherwise), for one assembler of
average speed making the products in a production line fashion.
F. COMMON QUESTIONS OUR READERS ASK
1. Are there any fees I must pay before getting started?
Most assembly companies require a starter kit fee for initial sample materials and instructions, and/or a registration
fee to set up an account for you in their computer files, (fees defray company costs of advertising, accounting, processing,
quality control, etc.). Sometimes these fees are refundable. Most companies require a refundable materials deposit before shipping supplies/parts to you. After you assemble the products in your home and ship the finished goods back to the
company, the company then mails you a check reimbursing you for your deposit and paying you for your labor! Oftentimes that check will include reimbursement of any shipping costs you may have incurred. In the company listings, we have calculated approximate net income wherever we state the word “net”;
in other words, we have subtracted out your costs for supplies and shipping to state your probable net income for your labor.
2. Are the companies
listed legitimate? Our staff has researched every company listed as extensively as possible. We require each company to complete and sign our five-page questionnaire.
For any answers returned to us incomplete, we call the respective companies and have them explain their programs thoroughly. We have personally spoken to most company owners/personnel on the telephone. We also periodically check each company’s standing with business agencies in
their local area. We possess and have inspected many samples of products that
the homeworker actually assembles. We have secretly posed as customers of companies
listed and participated in their programs as homeworkers. After all this, each
company is on probation indefinitely while we study the number of complaints (or lack of), it receives from our readers. If a company receives many complaints, we ask them to rectify the problem. If the problem persists, the company is deleted from our directory, and we have refused listing to many
companies that do not meet our standards.
3. What about envelope stuffing programs? We accept
no MLM chain letter or envelope stuffing programs in our listing. If you have
received envelope-stuffing information, you are probably on someone’s mailing list and we suggest that you throw that
information away! We feel it is a scam and you will lose money!
4. What if my work is not acceptable? This does
not usually happen because the listed companies usually send easy-to-follow directions.
However, most companies will explain to you how to standardize your assembly and allow you to resubmit it for another
5. What about taxes?
You are an independent contractor and pay your own taxes at the end of the year. If
you make $600 or more during a calendar year with any one company, that company is required by law to send you a form 1099.
All companies listed in our directory are U.S. companies. Most of them are delighted to conduct business with Canadians. Unfortunately,
some are unable to because of higher shipping costs, fees, or health and agriculture restrictions on transporting goods over
the border. Such companies will state so in their listing.
H. TIDBIT INFORMATION
1. The Seal of Preference symbol is
printed next to several listed companies that our customers over time have preferred because of simplicity of the product,
quick company response time, amount of payment, etc.
2. Our publication, “Home Worker’s Directory
of Income Opportunities”, was first copyrighted in 1989 and our copyright was registered with the U.S.
Copyright Office, Washington DC in 1991. Neither date reflects the current printing
of this directory. We print a new edition of our directory about once every two years
and present the most current information possible. Emailed directories are current to date.
I. ABOUT HEN
Home Employment National is licensed in the County of San Diego, California. We have been in business since 1989. We
are members of the Fallbrook, California Chamber of Commerce. We are listed with
Dun and Bradstreet and are also in good standing with other business agencies.
Home Employment National respects the privacy of our customers. We do
not give or sell to others any information about our customers including name, address, telephone number, email address, or
credit card information. Our website is a SECURE SITE. Any information you exchange with our site
cannot be viewed by anyone else on the web.
K. MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
hope you will find our information helpful in your search for home employment, but if for some reason you are not completely
satisfied with our directory, you may receive a full refund of the purchase price. Please allow the companies
listed at least three weeks to respond to your inquiries. Oftentimes companies
do not respond because the assembler has not written his/her complete address clearly.
So please print clearly and include your apartment number (if applicable), and phone number in case the company has
questions about your address.
L. UPDATE INFORMATION
& CUSTOMER HOTLINE
Keeping the information in
our directory current is an ongoing, daily operation. We are constantly adding
listings of new companies or new programs of existing companies, and deleting others that do not meet our expectations. We are continually making address, phone number, and pay rate changes in our listings. We are consistently researching and testing new companies that wish to be listed and
require existing companies to complete our update forms periodically. We feel
that this continuous updating and research preserves the integrity of our publication.
Therefore, about every other year when we go to print, we have a new edition of our directory. In the meantime, we offer our customers a 24-hour information Update Hotline phone number to call for the
latest new and/or changed information available on a quarterly basis. Emailed
directories are current to date.
M. IN CONCLUSION…
hope that you will thoroughly enjoy and benefit from our directory. We look forward to servicing your needs for home employment.