Pros: freedom to have a flexible schedule, no commute, no dresscode
Cons: have to pay your own startup costs, independent contractor not employee, must incorporate and have business account
I have been with Arise for about 2 years now and it has had its ups and downs. I was lucky enough to find an awesome client that I have been with the majority of the time. I tried a few others to find out if they would be a good fit for me and unfortunately they were not.
The best thing is the work/life balance that working from home gives me. Since – more... I am my own boss, I decide my hours and that is great as a single mother.
The worst thing is the fact that I had to pay for my own training courses. The price can vary from $29- $150+ After paying this fee and training for 4 hours a day/5 days a week, there is no guarantee that you will be certified to service the client. I had a case where the client cancelled on us during the last week of training. The training is also unpaid, so that can really hurt you financially. There is also the initial start up costs of background check, landline, high speed internet, headsets, etc. Most of the things I already own, but I did have to buy additional equipment to get started.
Overall I am happy with my decision to join Arise, but I did have to go through some tough times. My advise would be to choose your clients carefully and try to keep at least two. That way if your hours are cut on one, you can make up the money with another. – less