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Rather than binge-shopping on Amazon this holiday season (#guilty), I’m going to suggest you make money with the online shopping giant instead.
Your main job will be solving problems and answering questions from Amazon customers.
The catch? You have to live in one of these 20 states: Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin or Virginia.
Is your state on the list? Good. Keep reading.
Perks of Becoming an Amazon Customer Service Associate
First off, you’ll work from home. In flannel pajamas. Maybe your pup is snuggled up nearby. Or a fire is crackling in the fireplace — or your favorite candle is flickering, if you’re from Florida.
You’ll also be able to choose your own hours from a pool of available shifts — posted weekly. You can choose to work one hour or 30 hours, but the average associate works about 12.
During the holiday season (November to January), you might be asked to work 20 to 40 hours a week and perhaps on a holiday or two.
Either way, you’ll earn $10 an hour, which is a decent income for part-time, seasonal work. It’s at least enough to put into your holiday gift fund.
An Insider’s Look at The Hiring Process
One of our readers, Marie Snyder, was hired for the gig about a month ago. She says the interview process was very quick.
Three days after applying, Snyder was offered the position contingent on a background check and her attendance to the orientation (a group Google chat with her team leader).
After that, Snyder was officially hired. About two weeks later, the paid training began.
Snyder says video modules walked her through everything, and quizzes confirmed she was soaking up the knowledge.
It’s all self-paced, so if you’re like me and get test anxiety, stay calm. You’re also in a chatroom with your team leader and other employees who will field any questions.
Then, little grasshopper, you’re on your way.
Are You Qualified to Work for Amazon?
You should have a high school diploma or equivalent and a year or more of exposure in a service environment. You should also be able to type, speak on the phone (hey, you’d be surprised…) and navigate a computer.
There are also technology requirements, but Amazon ships you a headset and a token (not the golden kind, unfortunately).
Also, if this makes you feel any more confident, another one of your fellow Penny Hoarder readers let us know she applied for the job and was hired. Congratulations, Melissa and Marie!
Get going, and apply today.
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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents.