5 Tips to get the Perfect Work from Home Job
If you are looking for full-time work or just a part-time income, work from home jobs can offer you flexible scheduling and opportunities that mesh with your abilities. Here are our tips to find the right job for you.
Evaluate your needs
Before you start looking at work from home jobs, you first need to evaluate how much money you need and the kind of time you can dedicate to your new job. If you need full time hours, you will most likely need to work for a company that will allow you to telecommute. If you are just looking for a little bit of extra cash, freelancing may be a better option for you.
You also need to check your schedule options. If you already work full-time, you most likely won’t be able to take on a position that has rigid schedules and will need more flexibility. If you are a stay-at-home parent, you may have more flexibility, but you will also need the option to step away from your computer at a moment’s notice.
If you already work full-time for a company, but think you would prefer to work from home or could better perform your job from a home office, write up a proposal to your company. Sometimes you will be able to keep your pay rate and benefits, but you need to be sure to include the benefits to your company when writing your proposal.
How organized are you?
The key to making it with an at-home job is organization. You may not realize everything that goes on behind the scenes of a major company that keep things running smoothly. If you begin working from home as a freelance contractor, suddenly you will be keeping your own schedule, evaluating your own taxes, and essentially running your own business. If you find yourself falling behind or working frantically to stay organized while working at a company, you may find yourself floundering while self-employed.
If you are able to telecommute for a large company, you will still need to hone your organizational skills. Get rid of distractions and set yourself up for success by setting attainable goals and meeting them daily. Don’t let yourself save everything for the last minute, which will cause stress and unhappiness that may ruin your work-from-home experience.
Communication is key
From getting the job initially all the way through terminating a contract, communication is the central tenet of working from home. You need to be able to market yourself to new clients or companies while keeping successful relationships. Working on your email abilities is crucial- you will be eliminating almost all face-to-face communications while telecommuting, and you still need to be able to communicate your proposals, tasks, and successes to your clients or bosses.
It is also incredibly important to constantly keep an open line of communication with your clients or bosses. Don’t forget about them and don’t let them forget about you! If your job is important enough that they are continually paying you, don’t let them forget that you exist. Daily communication, even delving into lighthearted personal conversations helps to keep your clients happy with you and your work.
Avoid work-from-home scams
Many of the most enticing opportunities that we see around the web or even in TV commercials are scams. These companies are looking to steal your hard-earned cash or your personal information. There are many types of scam jobs, including pyramid schemes, get rich quick opportunities, and home assembly jobs. There are so many more but these are the biggest ones to watch out for.
Any job that markets itself as a “legit work from home job” probably isn’t. The companies that are looking for telecommute work won’t be advertising with an in-your-face advertisement. Most of these scam companies will ask you for your personal information or cash before you are able to start work for them. This is a huge red flag as you should never ever pay for a job unless it is investment in your own business.
The key here is to do your research! If you come across a job that seems too good to be true, it is. Look up the company’s information online, go through their website or find employee reviews. The easiest way to determine if a company is a scam is to simply google the company name plus the word scam, which will bring up forums or information from other work-from-homers about the company.
Build up your resume
As a work-from-homer you are expected to be more valuable than in-house employees as the company is allowing you to work out from under their supervision in the comfort of your own home. To keep yourself as a valuable asset to companies or to gain more freelance positions, make sure your resume is up to date with certifications, job experience, and education.
Make sure all of your certifications are up to date and always keep an eye out for further education. Whether you have a degree or not, keep pushing your education forward. Take classes that will help you be better at your current job or that will allow you to offer a new service to your clients. There are training opportunities for any number of topics happening all over the country and all over the internet.