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The Secret to Getting a Work-At-Home Job

Secret to Getting a Work-At-Home Job

Yesterday, I was interviewed for Josh Elledge’s podcast 90 Days to Abundance, where he asked several questions about work-at-home jobs. One thing that came up, that I’ve said before, but I don’t think people recognize, is how long and difficult getting a work-at-home job can be. The jobs are out there. Finding them is the easy part. It’s getting hired that is hard.

I’ve written before on the importance of focusing on job skills you have and creating a resume tailored to each job you apply to, but the real secret to success is persistence and tenacity. Finding a work-at-home job, like finding a traditional job, is a frustrating and humbling process. Most of the time you won’t hear back about your application, so you don’t know if it was seen or why it was rejected. I applied to a writing job that is still advertised after a year, and I’ve followed up twice since I submitted my application, and I still haven’t heard a word.

And sometimes you’ll hear ‘no’. Let’s face it, rejection sucks.

So if you’re serious… and I mean SERIOUS about getting a work-at-home job, you have to be persistent. That means searching for and applying to jobs everyday, so you can get your application in right away. It means being tenacious, determined not to give up no matter how long it takes whether it’s weeks, months, or even years.

If you find the process is taking a longtime, there are things you can do to troubleshoot areas that you might be able to improve on to increase your chances of getting hired. Check out “Job Troubleshooting: Why You’re Not Getting Hired,” posted here at WAHS for tips.

About Leslie Truex
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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Make Money ePublishing Your Books on Kindle, Nook and More

6 Steps to ePublishing

I recently read that over 80 percent of people believe they have a book in them. Unfortunately, the majority won’t write their book. Those that do, only a handful will succeed in attracting a publisher. And fewer still will actually make any money at it.

Fortunately, authors who get their books written now have a viable, affordable alternative to traditional publishing. With Amazon.com paving the way, authors can now digitally publish their books for Kindle, Nook, i-products and more making their books available to millions of readers.

ePublishing is the shiny, new work-at-home option you’re hearing a lot about, but like any money-making program, success depends on you. Despite what some epublishing programs would have you think, you can’t just slap together a book, post it on Amazon with a few good keywords and make tons of money. To be a successful epublisher you need to:

1. Write a quality book. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, it needs to be interesting and/or helpful and well-written.

2. Have it professionally edited. Don’t think a few typos don’t matter? They do, especially to readers who pay money for a professional book. You and your family and friends of readers won’t find all the errors. Trust me on this.

3. Create an attractive, attention-getting cover. The cover is the first thing that stops a reader from browsing to focus on a book. This is another area where it pays to hire a professional.

4. Write an attention-grabbing description. After checking out the cover, readers read the description to see if they want to buy the book. Boring ho-hum descriptions will send them off to the next book. If you write fiction, read the descriptions of other similar books to see how writers explain the book in a way that lures the reader in. If you write non-fiction, write like a marketer, accentuating the benefits the reader will get from reading the book.

5. Select appropriate keywords. What words will readers use to find your book? Don’t use other book titles or author’s names as that will violate TOS on Amazon.

6. Market your book. Just because your book is on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and/or iBooks, doesn’t mean people will buy it. Determine who your readers are and where they can be found. Use a variety of marketing strategies, such as blogging, social media, guest blogging, and publicity to reach your readers.

Are you ready to publish your book? I recently added Digital Author Success to Work-At-Home Success University. This four-week course covers everything you need to know about writing, preparing and publishing an ebook to Kindle, Nook and other platforms, and making money at it. You’ll learn:

Week 1 – Ebook Overview and Set-Up: Get writing tips and learn how to start getting fans even before your book is published.

Week 2 – Preparing Your Book: Learn how to get feedback on your work for free, how to find a professional editor, basic formatting, cover creationg and how to get an ISBN (for free!)

Week 3 – Publishing Your eBook: Step-by-step instruction for formatting and uploading your ebook to major distributers, such as Kindle. Plus you’ll learn how to write a sales-generating description, choose keywords and tags to help readers find your book, and pricing strategies.

Week 4 – Marketing Your Book (and Making Sales): Discover how to get reviews and learn more marketing strategies to make sales.

Visit Digital Author Success to learn more and start the course!

About Leslie Truex
Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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Note: Work-At-Home Success contains advertising as well as screened work-at-home jobs and resources. Some posts may contain affiliate links, which means I may receive compensation if you register or buy using the link. Occasionally, WAHS publishes "Supporting Contributor" posts or paid reviews for which compensation is paid. These posts are marked as such. All opinions are my own. Click here for full details and disclosures.