Finding real work from home employment is a bit more difficult than finding a traditional out of the home job. It can however, be done. You will need to understand that while there is much advertising for work from home jobs, not all of these are real jobs. Some are business opportunities and others are merely scams. Those that are real jobs may require you to live in a certain region and spend a minimal number of hours each week in an office setting. Other jobs may simply be part-time gigs or freelancing opportunities. You will need to spend some time researching the various opportunities and choose one that best suits your needs.
The actual skills that you will need for work from home jobs are very similar to what you will need for a traditional job. For instance, if you are applying for a customer service position, you may need experience in this field. If you are applying for a freelance writing position, you will need to know how to properly research and write feasible content. You will also need a home office setup complete with computer, printer, fax machine, phone and various other needs.
You should plan to set aside several hours each week for your job search. There are a number of work from home job sites online that can help you in your search. Take some time and look over the various job listings and again, do your research. You want to know that you are not falling for an internet scam. Post your resume to job search sites so that potential employers will be able to find you. You can use search engines for your search as well. Simply put in phrases such as “freelancing”, “work from home” or “telecommute”. These are key search phrases for companies that offer the option to work at home.
Most of the online opportunities will require you to apply online. Have a copy of your resume and a cover letter saved to your computer so that you can easily upload them when needed. Depending on the type of job that you want, you may also be required to submit samples. Be sure that you are keeping up with companies that you apply to so that you do not reapply inadvertently. Many job sites list the same companies so be sure that you are keeping track. Remember that before you automatically accept a job, do a bit of research to ensure that this is a legitimate work from home opportunity and not simply a business offer or a scam.
If you are currently employed, speak with your employer about the possibility of working from home. Many companies are now offering this option and your employer may be much more accepting of the idea than you think. You can also look for community forums that revolve around working from home. There are a number of forums that are run by women who currently have at home employment and offer helpful advice and links to companies that hire employees from home. Do a quick internet search for work from home type forums and spend some time looking around the sites that you find.
A few tips to ensure that you do not fall victim to a scam:
- If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
- Check out all potential jobs before you apply. Find out the payment structure and what equipment you will be required to furnish.
- Ignore any listing that guarantees to make you a millionaire overnight. This will never happen.
- Never, ever send money for a job. Legitimate employers will not charge you a fee to work for them.
- Never send money for directories of work from home companies or kits that are designed to “get you started”
Remember that in order to work from home you will need to be flexible. Consider part time employment as well as freelancing to get started. Be patient and keep sending out those resumes. You will find a legitimate work from home position before you know it.