Arise.com is a company that offers independent contractor job opportunities to people looking for work from home positions. An independent contractor is not a traditional employee.
ICs are contracted to work for a specific company, performing designated duties in exchange for a pre-determined hourly pay rate. However, taxes will not be taken out of your paycheck, though the company you work for will be claiming you on their taxes, so make sure to put aside enough money from your checks to pay your dues at the end of the year.
Now, you will not actually be contracted to work with Arise. Arise.com acts as a middle man between you and the companies who will hire you. Arise.com does a background check on you, trains you, and then connects you with the company you will be working with.
Arise.com connects you with online retailers who need people to do telephone customer service, online customer chat services, and email technical support. You determine in advance what hours you will be willing to work, and once you are contracted to a company, you must be willing and able to honor those hours.
You will generally be required to have specialized training for many different companies, however, once you’ve gotten your specialized training for a couple different companies, you’ll usually maintain working with them for extended contracts.
Positions acquired through Arise.com tend to begin at $10/hr and then move up the scale to $14/hr once you have a job that requires further training.
So What’s the Deal with Arise.com?
While Arise is a legitimate company, the most Arise.com complaints come from users who are upset at the technical issues and required costs.
First, the software Arise.com uses to track your working time and officially pay you only functions with Internet Explorer and certain types of anti-virus software. In addition, their software hasn’t been updated to work with versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7, so you must have earlier versions to work with.
But the costs of working with Arise seem to generate the most complaints. Of course you must have a home computer and high speed internet, but you must also have a landline designated for business purposes only and a set of headphones. If you don’t have one of the few anti-virus programs that Arise software works with, you’ll need to purchase that as well.
You must have a national background check performed, which you have to pay for, and can run around $30. Also, the actual training provided by Arise.com will run you $99 initially, and you will be charged various costs whenever you require further specialized training, which almost every job will require.
Finally, the software that Arise provides you with to connect you with your employer and track your working hours – in addition to the 24/7 support they offer you – will cost you $40 each month.